How to Download Torrents on iPhone & iPad without Jailbreak: iOS is a great platform for users who like a simple mobile OS that just works out of the box. As per many reports, iOS is loved by senior citizens because of how easy it is to use as compared to Android. But this simplicity might be a deal breaker for many. As the competition between Android and iOS grows stronger everyday, Apple needs to find ways to keep the whole iOS platform fresh for users as well as developers to develop on.
In the last post we told you how you can jailbreak your Apple device running the iOS 8.1.2 and jailbreaking will open doors to much more customizing options on your iOS device. If you have already broken out of the jail that Apple put you in when you bought that shiny iDevice, then there are several apps that you can get from Cydia to download torrents. iTransmission 4 and iPhone Torrent Downloader to name a few. But for those of us who are too afraid (weak) to jailbreak our devices the choice is pretty limited.
That said jailbreaking your device isn’t that hard these days, and it’s the only way you can directly download a torrent on an iDevice, other methods require you to use some online services (which is what we are going to do here). You could also just buy an Android since torrent clients are pretty common and easily available on the Play Store.
Torrent at the end of the day is just a protocol, you can download whatever you want over said protocol, same as HTTP or FTP, there is no difference except the fact that torrents are distributed host while HTTP/FTP is hosted on a single server somewhere in the cloud. Most people think of torrents only for the means of downloading warez or pirated software, music, videos etc. But there’s more to torrents than you think. It’s a very efficient protocol for P2P file sharing and it is used by companies like Canonical (developer of Ubuntu – Linux distro) to distribute software among users.
So we are today going to download Ubuntu 15.04 64 bit, cause you never know when you are going to need Linux to save you from the horrors of Windows – or Unix for that matter. The same procedure can be used to download anything using torrents but we are using Ubuntu as a general example.
Now this isn’t simple without jailbreaking, you have to go through hoops. Apple really hates torrents for some reason, and they love being cryptic with their reasons. Anyway – let’s begin our journey to the magical world of torrents.
Download Torrents on iPhone & iPad without Jailbreak
Let’s start by
- Downloading iDownloader from the iOS App Store. It’s free and it works, it won’t let you download torrents directly though.
- Now there are two ways to retrieve a torrent’s information – we are going to cover both of these methods, but they are not that apart from each other
- Since we are downloading Ubuntu here for our example, we only have a .torrent file. You need to download this .torrent file via Safari and use it in the next step.
- If you are downloading “something else” and belong to the group that we assume is responsible for Apple’s hatred towards the torrent protocol, you might have a magnet link for the torrent instead of a .torrent file. If that is the case you just need to copy the magnet and use the link in the next step.
- Now open a new tab in Safari and goto www.zbigz.com, you will see a URL field and an upload button there.
- If you have the magnet link, paste it in the URL field and tap Go.
- If you have the .torrent file, click the upload button and give it the .torrent file, then tap Go.
- Wait for ZBigZ to process your torrent and give you the download link.
- Once it’s done, just tap on the download button that looks like a down arrow on the side of the filename, and copy the link.
- Open iDownloader, and add the link there. The download should start and the files should appear in the files segment of iDownloader.
Note that we are using an online service (ZbigZ) here, if it doesn’t work for some reason there are several other services that do the same thing.
Some of these would be Boxopus and Bitport.io but there are several others that you can easily find by using your favorite search engine.
This method should be compatible with every iOS version that iDownloader is compatible with – even if iDownloader isn’t compatible you can maybe download the files using Safari but it might just stream instead of download. Which is why we are using iDownloader.
And that’s how you would download a torrent on a not-jailbroken iDevice. Wasn’t that hard was it? Still recommend jailbreaking if you want do this often though, because there is no other way to download a torrent directly on iOS.