Helps you find and download torrent files
µTorrent Beta is the mobile version of the acclaimed desktop torrent client of the same name.
Many files are shared via torrent, and until now, Android devices have had no reliable way of seeding and leeching torrents. There's no question that this client is feature-filled and easy to use on desktops, but do these features translate well to mobile devices? It has the basic required functionality, but not much else. This may be good for non-power users, but the lack of options may throw users under the bus who require more specialized functionality.
The app does not have a built-in WiFi vs 3G/4G control, which is a big detractor. Obviously, downloading torrents takes up a huge amount of bandwidth. Most mobile plans have a limited data transfer count. If you accidentally leave this app on, it can use up all of your data and charge you overages very quickly. Even if your downloads have finished, the client will still try to seed it for future downloaders. In short, if you're going to use this, ensure that you have good controls in place for downloading over metered vs unmetered connections.
The user interface is simple enough for anyone to use. There are very limited anonymity options. While there is no built-in VPN support, there is built-in proxy support. This is sub-standard security, and users who want to be anonymous will need to look into alternative options.
- µTorrent Beta is from a trustworthy and well-known company
- It does every basic function the desktop client does
- Built-in proxy support for basic security
- No controls for metered vs unmetered connections
- Lacks some advanced options
- No specific VPN support yet
What's new in µTorrent® v3.30-3.32
✔ improve RSS
✔ bug fixes
✔ improve core library comms
✔ Nougat support
✔ Update 3rd party libraries
✔ Bug fixes
✔ Tools and SDK update
✔ Request permissions at runtime (6.0+)
✔ DHT fixes
✔ improved core stability & speed
✔ Music player accessible from anywhere in app
✔ (Pro) Automatically shut down torrenting when app is in background
✔ Easy access to your music & videos via media library
Potentially dangerous permissions
- ACCESS_FINE_LOCATION: Allows an app to access precise location. Alternatively, you might want ACCESS_COARSE_LOCATION.
- READ_EXTERNAL_STORAGE: Allows an application to read from external storage.
- WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE: Allows an application to write to external storage.
- ACCESS_NETWORK_STATE: Allows applications to access information about networks.
- ACCESS_WIFI_STATE: Allows applications to access information about Wi-Fi networks.
- INTERNET: Allows applications to open network sockets.
- RECEIVE_BOOT_COMPLETED: Allows an application to receive the ACTION_BOOT_COMPLETED that is broadcast after the system finishes booting. If you don't request this permission, you will not receive the broadcast at that time. Though holding this permission does not have any security implications, it can have a negative impact on the user experience by increasing the amount of time it takes the system to start and allowing applications to have themselves running without the user being aware of them. As such, you must explicitly declare your use of this facility to make that visible to the user.
- VIBRATE: Allows access to the vibrator.
- WAKE_LOCK: Allows using PowerManager WakeLocks to keep processor from sleeping or screen from dimming.