uTorrent is, perhaps, one of the greatest and most popular applications for downloading torrents around the Web. It serves its purpose by consuming a minimal amount of resources and running silently while you download several gigabytes of data. Of course, there will be people who use uTorrent for purposes other than downloading freeware, but we’re not going to get into that. This tutorial will teach you how to effectively track your downloads while you’re away from your computer. This is especially useful if you’re going out for a short errand and want to see how far your downloads are via your phone or tablet.
Method 1: Using ‘uTorrent Remote’ To Track Downloads
This method involves using a feature within uTorrent, known as “uTorrent Remote,” to access and manage your downloads. Using uTorrent’s remote interface, you’ll be able to pause, remove, stop, and add new torrents at your discretion from any device running Windows, OS X, Linux, iOS, or Android. Here’s how you do it:
- Open uTorrent, click “Options” on the top menu and then click “Preferences.”
- Navigate to “Remote,” as shown below.
- Click “Enable uTorrent Remote Access.” Now, you have to type a computer name and a password. Please do so then click “OK.”
Once you’re out of there, you’ve successfully configured your computer to be a remote hub for your downloads. Of course, you need to access the computer’s remote interface now. You can use these steps:
- Go to this URL. You will see an interface similar to the one below.
- All you have to do now is type the computer name and password you set within your computer.
Once you click “Log In,” you’ll be taken to a centralized interface where you can control all the stuff your remote computer’s doing. Pretty cool, huh?
If you have a fixed IP address or domain name pointed to your computer, you could alternatively use another method.
Method 2: The Web Interface
If you want to set up your own Web interface for remotely controlling uTorrent, it’s going to be a bit more complicated unless you have a static IP address (one that never changes) or a domain name pointed to your computer. Setting up a Web interface can be more of a headache than needed, so you should try the first method if you’re not an expert. It’s a bit less intuitive to set up and a bit more annoying to use if you really don’t have the know-how necessary. Here are the steps:
- Go into “Options > Preferences” as in the first step of the previous method.
- Navigate to “Advanced” and click the little plus sign next to it. This expands all your advanced preferences.
- Click “Web UI.” By now, your preferences window should look like the image below.
- Click “Enable Web UI” then type the username and password you desire to use for authentication.
- If you’re running an HTTP server on your computer already, then you must be sure to enable the “Alternative listening port.” Make the port any value below 65535. You’ll have to know what ports are being used on your computer to correctly identify what you should use. Or, you can just guess a random 4-digit number. Just make sure to remember it!
To access this Web interface, type the IP address or domain name of your computer (i.e. “184.108.40.206” or “webui.myurl.com”). If you specified an alternative listening port, you must put a semicolon (“:”) after the address and type the port number. That’s all!
If you have any problems using this method or the previous one, please leave a comment.
Note: If you can mange Torrents remotely then why not you try to shut down your PC remotely?