Did you find a good movie to watch but you find that uTorrent is stuck on “ Connecting to Peers ” and won’t start downloading the torrent file?
For you to download torrent files, you would need to install a reliable BitTorrent client. One example is uTorrent. It allows you to download all sorts of files that are available on the internet like games, software, movies, and music.
Lucky for you this kind of problem on uTorrent can be fixed easily. In this guide, we will show you a few steps that you can follow to try and fix the issue on uTorrent stuck on “ Connecting to Peers ”.
- 1. Check Your Internet Connection.
- 2. Restart Your Internet Router.
- 3. Run uTorrent Client as Admin (Windows Users).
- 4. Update Torrent Trackers.
- 5. Enable Firewall Exception and Port Forwarding.
- 6. Enable Protocol Encryption.
- 7. Use VPN Service to Bypass Restrictions.
1. Check Your Internet Connection.
The first thing that you should do if you are having problems downloading files on uTorrent is to check your internet connection. uTorrent client has a built-in network tester that tests your bandwidth and port settings.
You can access this network tester by following the steps below.
- First, launch the uTorrent client on your computer.
- Next, click the Options tab on the navigation bar located at the top of the uTorrent client.
- After that, click on the Setup Guide tab or you can press the Ctrl + G key on your keyboard to open the network tester.
- Lastly, click on the Run Test button to start the process.
After running the test, it will display whether your internet connection is stable and enough to download torrent files. If your internet connection passed the network test, you can proceed to Method 3 and skip the next method.
However, if your internet connection failed the test, you can try restarting your internet router.
2. Restart Your Internet Router.
If your network connection failed the network test, then it is possible that your router is having problems communicating with your ISP (Internet Service Provider). This causes a slow or unstable internet connection. You can possibly resolve this by simply restarting your router.
To properly restart your router, locate the power cable on your router and remove it to turn it off. Now, wait for 10 – 15 seconds to allow the router to rest, then plug in the power cable back to your router to turn it on.
After restarting the router, open the uTorrent client and try downloading the file to see if the issue on uTorrent stuck on “ Connecting to Peers ” is resolved.
If you are still having internet connection problems after restarting your router, it is best that you contact your ISP to let them know about the problem with their internet service.
3. Run uTorrent Client as Admin (Windows Users).
The next thing that you should do after ensuring that you have a stable internet connection is to run the client as an administrator.
If your computer has restrictions on your network connection and the firewall, then uTorrent would not be able to work properly as it is being blocked by your firewall.
To run uTorrent as admin, follow the step-by-step guide below.
- On your computer, go to the Desktop and find the uTorrent client.
- Now, right-click on uTorrent’s icon which opens the Options tab.
- Next, click on Run as Administrator on the Options tab.
- Lastly, a pop-up window will appear that asks you if you want to proceed with your action. Click on Yes to run uTorrent as an Admin.
Now, try to download the file to see if the “ Connecting to Peers ” issue is already fixed.
However, if you are still having problems with the uTorrent client, you can proceed to the fourth method below.
4. Update Torrent Trackers.
Torrent trackers are used by uTorrent to find peers from all over the world who are seeding the torrent file so that other users are able to download the file on their computers.
If the torrent file you are downloading has been uploaded for quite some time, then it is possible that its trackers are already outdated and it is having problems finding peers on the internet.
You can follow the steps below to guide you in the process of updating torrent trackers.
- On your computer, go to the Desktop and launch the uTorrent client.
- Now, inside the uTorrent client, right-click on the torrent file that you are downloading.
- Lastly, click on Update Tracker from the selection menu to start updating the file’s trackers.
After updating the tracker, give it at least 2 minutes to process. Now, check if the issue on uTorrent stuck on “ Connecting to Peers ” is resolved.
5. Enable Firewall Exception and Port Forwarding.
If running the uTorrent client as admin did not work. You can turn on firewall exception settings on the uTorrent client so that it would be able to bypass the firewall of your computer. Windows firewall may see the uTorrent client as a malicious program and it removes internet connection to the client.
To enable firewall exceptions on uTorrent, you can follow the steps below.
- First, go to the Desktop on your computer, then open the uTorrent client.
- Now, click on the Options tab located at the navigation bar at the top of the screen.
- Next, click on Preferences or you can also press Ctrl + P on your keyboard to open the Preferences tab.
- Lastly, click on the Connections tab inside Preferences and make sure that the “Add Windows Firewall Exception”, “UPnP Port Mapping”, and “NAT-PMP Port Mapping” option is checked.
Now, try to download the file on the uTorrent client to see enabling firewall exceptions on your computer fixed the issue.
On the other hand, if you are still experiencing problems with the uTorrent client. You can try enabling force download which is discussed in detail below.
6. Enable Protocol Encryption.
Another reason for torrent files being unable to connect with peers is that your ISP (Internet Service Provider) does not allow the use of torrents. It disrupts any form of an attempt to connect with torrent related files.
To fix this, what you can do is enable protocol encryption on the uTorrent client so that it can bypass those restrictions set by your ISP.
- On the uTorrent client, click the Options tab located at the navigation bar at the top of the screen.
- Next, inside the Options menu, click on the BitTorrent tab.
- Lastly, find the Protocol Encryption tab and make sure that the Outgoing option is set to Enabled.
After enabling ‘Protocol Encryption’ on the uTorrent client, go back to the main page and try to download the file and check if it would proceed with the download.
7. Use VPN Service to Bypass Restrictions.
VPN services are a great way to bypass internet restrictions set by your ISP (Internet Service Provider). This allows your computer to connect on a different server located in another country that doesn’t restrict the use of torrent files.
If you don’t have an idea of what VPN service to use, you can check out our review of the best VPN services that you can use to bypass internet restrictions on your country. These VPN services are also great for watching US Netflix outside the USA.
This wraps up our guide on how to fix uTorrent stuck on “ Connecting to Peers ”. We hope that we were able to help you fix the issue on the uTorrent client. Also, if you have any questions or concerns kindly comment it down below and we will do our best to help you out.
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