Until a few years ago, Torrent files were one of the most common methods to download material from the internet. Often associated with illegal content, in reality if you use Torrent you do not commit any crime, if your intentions are not to download copyrighted material.

On Torrent, in fact, you can still find many resources made available by small companies or fans who do not have a cloud space available to distribute it, and then rely on users’ computers to allow files to be distributed to other users.

Apple, of course, does not allow the presence of applications that allow you to download from the Torrent App Store, for the problems of illegality, but still you can download it. For this reason, in this article we will explain to you how to download Torrent files from iPhone and iPad, but for this you need to jailbreak the device.

How to download torrent files

First, you need an app that allows us to do it, a counter of uTorrent or BitTorrent for computers: fortunately, an app like that exists, and it’s called iTransmission 5, the fifth version of an app already present by now different time.

The app can be downloaded from the Cydia store, which can be installed on any jailbroken iPhone or iPad, is free and you can download it from the BigBoss repository, so simply using the “Search” function.

Once downloaded, simply reboot the device to find the app icon on the Home screen and then start downloading.

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To do this, you need to enter Safari and find the Torrent that interests us. This will download a file with the extension .torrent, which opens on the computer with the programs mentioned above; on iPhone or iPad a message will warn us that the file can not be opened, and through the “Open in …” we can choose an app that can read it: then choose iTransmission 5. The application will open and start downloading the files we have chosen.

How to check the status of the download and see the downloaded files

The nice thing about iTransmission 5 is that the app keeps downloading in the background while we use the phone or tablet normally. Given that we must pay attention to the consumption of the band (otherwise we risk ending the data traffic) the device will continue to download, and we can check the status of the downloads, and eventually pause them, through the main application screen, until these do not get completed.

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When, then, a download will be finished, to find it you need another application, also freely downloadable from Cydia: iFile, one of the essential apps for those who have the jailbreak, which allows you to browse through the files and the folders of the device.

At this point there is little left to do: via iFile we can go to the var / mobile / documents / torrents folder where we will find the files we have just downloaded.

Through the “Open in …” function we can open them in any app of our iPhone / iPad, for example Documents; from there, then, we will be able to view the files or export them to the computer, via iTunes, and use them as if we had downloaded them directly from the PC.