Best Torrent Clients for Android

Nowadays smartphones and tablets have  overtaken the PC era, you can now do most of you PC work on your phones and tablet. Though downloading torrents is something I had never thought of doing on my phone. But it was just a matter of time before developers started releasing the Android versions of their desktop softwares. This means that now we can legally and legitimately download torrents containing music, videos and other applications directly to our Android phones and tablet! (Yes, legal torrents do exits.)

Below is a list of the Best Android Torrent Clients available in Android Market/Google Play, along with the pros and cons of each:

SmartTorrent BitTorrent Client

SmartTorrent is a Native Bit Torrent Client for Android, optimized for both mobile devices as well as tablets. SmartTorrent is the fastest torrent client available for android devices. This is undoubtedly the best torrent client available in Android Market.

Features:

Pros:

  • Multiple simultaneous torrent downloads
  • In-App searches for top torrent search engines
  • Set file priorities (Ignore,Low,Normal,High)
  • “Wifi Only” download mode
  • Limit torrent download/upload speeds
  • UPnP and NAT-PMP support
  • Proxy Support
  • Port Configuration
  • UI optimized for tablets and other devices using Android 3.0 and above
  • Add torrents from files
  • The option to set your download folder location
Cons:
  • None

Get SmartTorrent BitTorrent Client from the Android Market.

aTorrent – Torrent Downloader

aTorrent is a native BitTorrent app for android phones.

Features:

Pros:

  • Search for new torrents using the torrent search dialog
  • Open torrents right from the browser
  • Add torrents from files
  • The option to set your download folder location
  • Partial download (choose files from torrent)
  • Multiple parallel downloading
  • Option to limit the download and upload speed
  • Option to limit downloads by Wi-Fi

Cons:

  • No tablet specific UI
  • No In-App search
  • No UPnP and NAT-PMP support
  • Can’t set file priorities (low, normal, high, ignore)
  • Can’t remove the torrent data files
  • No port control

Get aTorrent – Torrent Downloader from the Android Market.

tTorrent

Features:

Pros:

  • Multiple torrent downloading
  • Queuing torrents
  • Wi-Fi only mode, Wi-Fi or WiMax mode
  • Limit your upload or download speed
  • Provides web browser integration
  • Set peer limits
  • UPnP and NTP-PnP support

Cons:

  • High price of $3.90

Get tTorrent from the Android Market.

Swarm Torrent Client

Features:

Pros:

  • Supports multiple simultaneous downloads
  • Integrates with file managers and web browsers.
  • Downloads work over Edge/3G/4G or wifi.

Cons:

  • UI not optimized for tablets
  • No In-App torrent search
  • No “Wifi Only” Download mode
  • No UPnP and NAT-PMP support
  • Can’t set file priorities (low, normal, high, ignore)
  • No Proxy Support
  • Lots of problems faced by users

Get Swarm Torrent Client from the Android Market.

aDownloader

aDownloader is a native Bit-Torrent downloader for Android phones.

Features:

Pros:

  • Supports IP filtering
  • Moving all the apps back to phone
  • Supports various search engines
  • Adds your SD card to torrent directories
  • Control the maximum speed and upload speed
  • Control the maximum connections for torrents

Cons:

  • Bad Phone UI
  • Not optimized for tablet (i.e. no tablet specific UI)
  • No in-application search
  • No “Wifi Only” Download mode
  • No UPnP and NAT-PMP support
  • Can’t set file priorities (low, normal, high, ignore)
  • No Proxy Support

Get aDownloader from the Android Market.

Rutracker Downloader

Features:

Pros:

  • Search and download files from piratebay.org, mininova.org, and isohunt.com
  • Manage multiple torrent downloading
  • Queuing torrents
  • Limit your upload and download speed
  • Provides web browser integration
  • Set peer limits

Cons:

  • No “Wifi Only” download mode
  • No tablet specific UI
  • Can’t set file priorities
  • Not fully in English (few words in Russian)

Get Rutracker Downloader from the Android Market.

Having tried all of the above and as you can see clearly from the above list, SmartTorrent is definitely the one having the most number of features and it’s certainly the best torrent client for Android available among the lot.

There are other torrent clients that I’ve not included in the above list such as Red Torrent, Mtorrent, aBTC as they have multiple problems downloading torrents and don’t have enough good reviews and features. uTorrent for Android is also coming in a few month, lets wait and watch what that brings to android!

Note: One of the major problems with using torrent apps/clients on your phones and tablets are, that it uses up your battery fast and consumes a lot of mobile data (of course depending on the torrent size). So, applications with a “Wi-Fi Only” download mode are recommended.