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Turn your smartphone into a remote control for your torrent client

Ian Paul | Sept. 10, 2014
Many major torrent clients make it easy to add a (legal) torrent to your PC while on the go. Here's how to do it.

Adding a torrent file on Android
Once you've found a torrent you want to send back to your PC, all you have to do is copy the torrent link and add it to the remote app. If your PC is on, connected to the Internet, and the BitTorrent client is active then the torrent will start downloading in a few minutes. If your PC is not on, you'll get an error message.

Let's say you wanted to watch One Mile Away, a documentary available for free on Visit the film's Vodo page and click Watch Now, then click the Download .torrent button.

This will trigger a torrent file download to your phone, but in my experience these files don't open in BitTorrent Remote for Android very well.

Instead what you want to do is after you've pressed the download button, look for a link on the page that says "click here." Long press that link and then choose Copy link address.

Now, open up BitTorrent remote, login in if it asks you to, and then press the menu item icon (three vertical lines) in the bottom right of the screen. From the menu that appears select Add, paste the link you copied, press Add again and the torrent will be sent to your PC.

Most of the time you won't have to jump through hoops like that to get the right torrent link. Vodo is a special case that is worth reviewing since it can help you troubleshoot adding torrents via URL with other sites.

Now that you've added your torrent, sit back and wait for the file to finish downloading on your PC.


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