What Is The Best Free BitTorrent Client For Android?

Andre Infante 10-09-2014

Modern smartphones are fully-fledged computers and can do a number of things, including using modern torrent client software The Torrent Guide for Everyone This beginner's guide is a great introduction to peer-to-peer file sharing with BitTorrent. Get started with torrent downloading in a safe and responsible way with our tips here. Read More . Today, we’ll be looking at three of the most popular basic torrent clients for Android and ranking them based on their features, interface, and the intrusiveness of their advertisements.


Peer-to-peer file transfers are fantastic, and in one form or another, underlie a large amount of software that we use on a day to day basis (including giants like Steam). Bittorrent is a great example of this technology — and, while it’s mostly used for piracy, the software has a lot of legitimate applications as well 8 Legal Uses for BitTorrent: You'd Be Surprised Like HTTP, which your browser uses to communicate with websites, BitTorrent is just a protocol. You could use your browser to download pirated content, just as you could use a BitTorrent client to download pirated... Read More (most Linux distros are distributed peer-to-peer).

The ability to download torrent files directly to your phone is enormously useful, and you’ll quickly wonder how you lived without it.

Bittorrent Free



Basic torrent downloading functionality works well, and the app seems generally quick and responsive. The app supports WiFi-only downloading, and upload and download caps to save bandwidth. I was disappointed to note that the battery saving feature was reserved for the pro version of the software only.


The interface of the Bittorrent client is attractive and modern, employing a lot of white space, clean fonts and iconography, drop shadows, and generally strong visual design. By and large, this Bittorrent client is a joy to use, as you might expect.



The free version of the Bittorrent client does have adds (two bars, one at the top, and one at the bottom), but they’re largely unobtrusive.




aTorrent is reasonably feature rich, and it downloaded my test file (a collection of Mark Twain’s short stories) without a hitch. From the settings page, you can control download limits, WiFi-only downloading, and power-saving options.  The app is generally responsive and functional.


Unfortunately, the interface of aTorrent was significantly less clean and functional than that of its competitors. The options weren’t as well laid out, and the formatting was busier, more poorly laid out, and just generally harder to use.



On the up-side, the app comes with only one unobtrusive banner advertisement, which does not appear on all screens.




Vuze is reasonably usable; it has all of the major features, minus the ability to disable downloading when the battery is low. The app itself can be a little sluggish when you’re starting it up or adding torrent files, but seems to download at a reasonable speed once you get past that.


Vuze’s interface is clean, if not pretty.  The gray-white-and-blue, whitespace-heavy look is easy on the eyes, but the layout of elements doesn’t feel intuitive, and some of the screens are less well designed than others. It isn’t bad enough to be a problem, but some parts of the interface definitely feel a little cluttered.



Vuze doesn’t have any advertisements at all, which is a refreshing change and might be enough to sell you on the app on its own.

Apps to Avoid

While going through apps for this review, I discovered a couple apps that are probably best avoided, for functional and security-related reasons:

uTorrent: it’s identical to the Bittorrent app, with the exception of a different color palette and the addition of intrusive full-screen pop-up advertisements. Though it’s a fantastic PC app µTorrent: Still Tiny, Still Powerful, and Still the Best Torrent Client Do a Google search for "BitTorrent Client" and it will come up first, but is µTorrent really the best client out there? In short: pretty much. Few other clients match µTorrent for features, which is... Read More , the mobile version is probably best left alone.

tTorrent: This app, along with the standard permissions, inexplicably also requires some pretty invasive permissions How Android App Permissions Work and Why You Should Care Android forces apps to declare the permissions they require when they install them. You can protect your privacy, security, and cell phone bill by paying attention to permissions when installing apps – although many users... Read More . It doesn’t integrate normally with the Android system, so you have to use a proprietary torrent search app to find torrent files (rather than simply tapping on the download link from your browser). It also rate-limits your downloading unless you pay for the Pro version.


Which App Wins?

There’s a case to be made for each of the three mentioned here. Bittorrent is the nicest looking and easiest to navigate. aTorrent is the most feature rich. Vuze doesn’t have advertisements.

For me, not having to worry about accidentally tapping on an ad and getting yanked away from what I’m doing is enough that Vuze is my torrent client of choice. However, for most people, I suspect that aTorrent gives the best overall value proposition.

Did we miss your favorite torrent client? Let us know in the comments!

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  1. Sachin
    January 16, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    Vuze free version is not ad free anymore

  2. cio
    March 7, 2015 at 1:17 am

    Flud for me too, never noticed any ad appear on any page with the free version. No need to buy the "ad-free" version, basically, it's just a donate version.

  3. Curtis
    December 28, 2014 at 11:04 am

    There is one cloud based named . You do not have to install anything and it works on all devices...

  4. me
    September 13, 2014 at 2:27 am

    Flud has sequential downloading too, and I've never noticed any ads... I never paid a cent either so I'm not sure why others are getting them and I'm not? Lucky me. It's really clean and easy to use.

  5. Mo
    September 12, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    I like forstwire.
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    • Topu
      April 7, 2015 at 7:09 pm

      Me too!

  6. Parag P.
    September 12, 2014 at 9:45 am

    Atorrent is the best. It has sequential downloading

  7. Anonymous
    September 12, 2014 at 4:10 am

    Adownloader is missing. The version from thier website hss built in sesrch. No biggy. But nice to have. Yes the free is handicaped. Still good.

  8. kekes
    September 11, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    The best one is Torrentex, clean and good interface and works just fine. No ads.

  9. Ashish Jain
    September 11, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    tTorrent with limitations in free version as you mentioned gives me the power of sequential download of a file. so I could start a torrent of a movie and start watching the movie right away. Also the download limit is enough which enables me to do this. That's why its my fav.

  10. Akash
    September 11, 2014 at 11:33 am

    You missed out on one of the best there is - 'Flud'.

    • Ankit
      September 11, 2014 at 12:03 pm

      Agreed! Flud is good. I gave up atorrent for Flud.

    • Naor L
      September 11, 2014 at 3:01 pm

      I prefer this client too, it's amazing! The only downside is the advertisements..

    • me
      September 13, 2014 at 2:13 am

      I picked Flud because I've used Deluge since I switched to linux on my home computer almost a decade ago, and I figured it was a clone. It isn't exactly a clone, but I have no complaints about it.