One of the most frustrating issues for uTorrent users is the connection issue. Sometimes clients such as uTorrent get stuck due to a “peer connection” error where the BitTorrent client is unable to connect to other BitTorrent users. The error uTorrent does not connect to peers means the user cannot start downloading the torrent.
This error can occur for several reasons. Sometimes the problem is with the client or internet connection, but it can also be caused by problems with the torrent file itself. If uTorrent is stuck on “peer connectivity” for you, here are some ways to fix the problem.
Check your firewall and enable port mapping
The problem with uTorrent not connecting to peers can often be related to your system or network firewall. For BitTorrent clients like uTorrent to work properly, they need open network ports to allow inbound and outbound traffic. If the ports uTorrent uses are blocked, you won’t be able to download the torrent file (or share it with others).
A good way to get around this is to use port forwarding (or port mapping). You can set up port forwarding to redirect traffic to BitTorrent ports on your computer (and vice versa), allowing uTorrent to establish a stable connection.
If your network router has auto port forwarding options, such as UPnP (Universal Plug and Play) and NAT PMP (Network Port Mapping Protocol), uTorrent can take advantage of this to redirect firewall restrictions and automatically connect your computer to torrenting and downloaders.
- You can verify that this option is active by opening the uTorrent client and clicking Options> Preferences, then making sure the Enable UPnP Port Mapping and Enable NAT Port Mapping options are enabled -PMP “. You should also make sure that Enable Windows Firewall Exception is checked to allow uTorrent connections through Windows Firewall.
Run the uTorrent Settings Test
When uTorrent gets stuck while connecting to peers, it could indicate a problem with your network configuration. To help you, the uTorrent client includes a setup guide that will test your network and configure uTorrent settings for the most optimal configuration.
- To start the uTorrent installation guide, open the uTorrent client and click Options> Installation Guide. From here, make sure the boxes for Network and Bandwidth are checked and select the server closest to you from the Bandwidth dropdown menu. Click “Run Tests” to start the tests.
- The uTorrent Installation Guide starts. Once completed, the results of your tests will be listed in each section. Click Save and Close to save any recommended changes to your configuration.
Hide your uTorrent traffic
BitTorrent has a reputation – and not a very good one. For most people, this means illegal file sharing, so ISPs will (where possible) block and severely restrict users’ ability to download or upload BitTorrent files.
To work around this problem, you can hide your BitTorrent traffic using uTorrent BitTorrent encryption. Technically, uTorrent does not encrypt traffic, but it will help bypass the type of traffic shaping that ISPs use to automatically interrupt BitTorrent file sharing – the kind of issues that prevent uTorrent from connecting to peers.
- To enable BitTorrent encryption in uTorrent, click Options> Preferences in the uTorrent client. From here, go to the BitTorrent tab, then be sure to select Enabled from the Protocol Encryption dropdown menu. Click OK to save.
If you still experience problems, change Protocol Encryption from Enabled to Forced to always use protocol encryption.
Are you using a VPN? Switch to a BitTorrent-friendly server
Many users will choose to use a virtual private network (VPN) to bypass ISP restrictions or to maintain their anonymity when downloading or sharing BitTorrent files. Unfortunately, not all VPNs are created equal – some will actively block BitTorrent connections on all or specific servers, depending on the VPN provider.
If you are using a VPN to download or share BitTorrent files, you may need to check if the server you are connecting to (and the VPN provider itself) allows BitTorrent connections. Otherwise, they can use the same tools that the ISP uses to block BitTorrent traffic and terminate uTorrent peer connections.
Contact your VPN provider and, if they offer BitTorrent-friendly servers, be sure to connect to them when using uTorrent to download or share files. For example, the popular VPN provider NordVPN refers to these servers as P2P servers.
If you are still having connection problems, be sure to run the uTorrent setup guide again to change your connection settings (Options> Setup Guide).
Is your Torrent file dead? Torrent files without seeds
While uTorrent is certainly a capable BitTorrent client, it cannot resurrect dead, that is, dead Torrent files. If the BitTorrent file is no longer in use and has no seeders to match with, you cannot download it.
This means that uTorrent will hang while â€œconnecting to peersâ€ until other users start downloading the file you selected to download again. The only option in this scenario is to try to find another torrent file similar to the one you are trying to download.
Of course, missing seeds doesn’t necessarily mean your torrent file is dead, but it is a likely and possible cause.
Try another BitTorrent client
uTorrent is a catchy name in the BitTorrent business, but it’s definitely not the client it used to be. If uTorrent doesn’t connect to peers, it might be worth taking a look at alternative BitTorrent clients to see if the issue is software-related and not file-related.
You can try options like qBittorrent for free on all major operating systems, or if you prefer using a mobile BitTorrent client, you can download torrents to your smartphone using a client like Flud.
Of course this is not a miracle. If uTorrent is unable to establish a connection, this indicates a problem with your internet connection or configuration, but if uTorrent itself is blocked, then trying an alternative client might fix the problem.
Solve uTorrent problems
If your uTorrent hangs due to a peer connection error, these fixes should help you fix the problem and make your torrent client work. BitTorrent isn’t just about downloading files, however. If you have a file large enough to share, you might consider making your own torrent file to distribute to your audience.
Remember to protect your computer when using uTorrent, especially if you download torrent files from sources you don’t fully trust. To reduce the risks, you should regularly scan your Windows computer for malware.