One of the most popular torrent clients available today is uTorrent. The latest version of uTorrent adds the unique ability to monitor and manage your downloads from your Android phone, wherever you might be in the world. Of course, you need to have your computer and the uTorrent client running in order to do the deed, but the convenience afforded is really amazing.
Our tutorial today deals with exactly that — remotely controlling your BitTorrent downloads with the uTorrent Android app. It requires some setting up on both your computer and Android phone before it can work properly.
Remote Control uTorrent: Setting Up The Computer
You obviously need to install the uTorrent client itself from here. Then you need to click the uTorrent Remote icon in the application’s toolbar and make sure you enable uTorrent Remote for your system. In order to do that, check the box marked enable uTorrent Remote Access and assign yourself a username and password. Remember these credentials because you’ll need them to access your torrents on your mobile device.
Remote Control uTorrent: Setting Up The uTorrent Android app
On your Android phone or tablet, you need to make sure to have the uTorrent Remote Android application installed from the Android Market. Once you’re done with that, fire up the app. You’ll be greeted with a screen that requires you to sign in with your credentials for uTorrent Remote. It’ll even prompt you to register in case you don’t yet have your credentials.
Once you are done with the sign up or sign in on the uTorrent Android app, as the case may be, you’ll be taken a screen which serves as the main menu for the app. From here, you have the options of remotely controlling and monitoring your torrents on your desktop computer at home. Aside from that, you can even initiate new torrent downloads right from your Android device (and I suppose that this will be an extremely useful tool) and have it transfer to and play on your Android device when it’s done.
The settings section of the app is pretty spartan, and provides you with options for staying logged in, changing the update interval, and whether or not you want to download over 2G/3G (transfer files to your Android device). If you are on a limited data plan, you might want to disable this, as I’ve done.
All in all, uTorrent Remote is one of the more useful Android apps that I’ve used in recent times. Still, it provides a much sought after feature, that is to remote control uTorrent from an Android app. The web interface made remotely controlling uTorrent easy but with uTorrent Remote, it has become so much simpler. See whether you find the uTorrent Android app just as useful during your downloading sprees.