5 Ways to Unblock a Torrent When It’s Not Working

Mihir Patkar Updated 30-12-2018

There’s a worldwide war against torrents right now. Content-makers and copyright holders are trying their best to shut down access to torrent hosting websites. Some ISPs (Internet Service Providers) are under pressure to block all torrent activity.


In a world where you don’t need to be a pirate anymore, blocking the illegal download of copyrighted works should no doubt be stopped. But blocking the act of torrenting, which can also have legitimate purposes, isn’t the right way to go about it.

Here’s how you can unblock any torrent connection.

Note: MakeUseOf doesn’t condone the illegal use of torrents. Using the following sites for illegal purposes is done entirely at your own risk. We assume no responsibility for any legal issues you may encounter.

A Simple Hack: Start on a Different Connection

WiFi Connection

The first workaround for blocked torrent connections is a simple hack. You’ll find yourself saying, “Why didn’t I think of this first?”


A lot of ISPs and network firewalls (like those at offices or universities) apply only basic blocks. This basic block is restricting the first point of connection to a site or torrent, so you’ll need to bypass this firewall 6 Ways to Unblock Websites From Behind a Firewall Need to know how to unblock websites? Here are several methods you can use. One of them is bound to work! Read More .

So, to bypass it start your torrent on a different connection, like by tethering to your phone’s internet data How to Connect Mobile Internet to Your PC via Tethering With data tethering, you can use your mobile internet on your PC, laptop, or tablet. All you need is an Android phone! Read More . Once the torrent starts downloading, switch back to the “blocked” Wi-Fi and it will continue downloading.

This method doesn’t work if the firewall is a little more advanced, but you’ll be surprised how often that’s not the case. Try it out, you might have the easiest workaround with this hack.

1. Change the DNS Server to Unblock Websites

Often, the only block that your ISP implements is at the DNS level. The DNS, or Domain Name System, translates IP address numbers into website names. By default, you are using the DNS server controlled by your ISP. If you switch that to a public DNS, you will solve your problem.


The most popular free public DNS servers are:

  • Google DNS: |
  • OpenDNS: |
  • Comodo DNS: |

You can change your DNS server in network settings, and you’ll soon be able to access all those blocked websites.

  • On Windows: Go to Network Device and right-click > Click Properties > IPv4 Properties, and then change the DNS servers and click OK.
  • On macOS: Go to System Preferences > Network > Advanced > DNS, and add the new DNS servers, and click OK.
  • On Linux: Click the Network applet > Edit Connections > Edit > IPv4 Settings > Automatic (DHCP) addresses only > DNS Servers, and add each new address separated by a comma.

2. Use a Free VPN to Unblock Websites

ProtonVPN Free Unlimited VPN

If you aren’t comfortable messing around with network settings, an alternative method to unblock websites is to use a VPN. A VPN, or virtual private network, masks your IP address’ origin.


Basically, you are shown as accessing the internet from a different country, where that site isn’t blocked. And so you can see it.

For this, you can use a few reliable free VPN services 8 Totally Free VPN Services to Protect Your Privacy Free unlimited data VPNs don't exist unless they're scams. Here are the best actually free VPNs around that you can try safely. Read More , but they usually limit the monthly data download. There are a few other unlimited free VPNs The Best Unlimited Free VPN Services (And Their Hidden Costs) Looking for a free unlimited VPN to protect your online privacy? Here are the top choices, along with their hidden costs. Read More , but they have their own hidden costs.

Remember, we are only using this VPN to access blocked sites and download torrent files or magnet links. (See apps to convert info hashes to magnet links 4 Easy Info Hash to Torrent Magnet Converters How do magnet links and info hashes help you download torrent files? How do you convert info hash to magnet files? Read More if you’re unfamiliar with these terms.) You shouldn’t actually download the whole torrent over such free VPNs.

I would recommend using ProtonVPN, since the company does not store any logs of what its users access, and is transparent about data-sharing requests from companies.


3. Use a Premium VPN to Download Torrents

Unblocking a website is the easy part. But some ISPs or institutional firewalls are more devious in their blocks. Your torrents simply won’t start on such networks. That’s when you need to bring out the big guns and use a paid VPN service for torrenting.

Paid VPNs have fewer restrictions and will usually encrypt your data too. They also don’t log your activity on the network. Set it up on your computer or on your router, and you can access and download torrents easily.

We recommend ExpressVPN and CyberGhost, both tried-and-tested services that are excellent for torrenting. Use this link to get three FREE months when you sign up for one year of ExpressVPN.

4. Use ZbigZ or a Premium Seedbox

ZbigZ is a free seedbox for downloading torrents

Seedboxes are the new big thing in the world of torrents. A Seedbox is a virtual server that lets you upload and download torrents. You can then download or upload torrents to your seedbox from your computer. Think of it as Dropbox for torrents.

Why are seedboxes popular? Seedboxes transfer data to your computer using the same method that any website transfers data to your computer. This means a network administrator cannot block a seedbox since that would mean blocking all web access.

Seedboxes are usually paid, but there is one popular free app called ZbigZ. The free account has some restrictions, like a 150 KBps download limit, 1GB maximum file size, two files in storage at any time, and a seven-day expiry.

Paid seedboxes do away with most of these limitations, or give different limits based on your plan. The easiest torrent-oriented seedboxes are RapidSeedbox and

If you’re comfortable setting up your own virtual private server or VPS What Is A Virtual Server, And What Can You Do With One? Virtual machines and virtual servers — what are they and how do they differ? Read More , then DediSeedbox and UltraSeedbox are the recommended options.

5. Use Port 80 (But It’s Slow)

Use Port 80

Unfortunately, some ISPs block ports and port-forwarding What Is Port Forwarding & How Can It Help Me? [MakeUseOf Explains] Do you cry a little inside when someone tells you there’s a port forwarding problem and that’s why your shiny new app won’t work? Your Xbox won’t let you play games, your torrent downloads refuse... Read More used by common torrent applications. If you don’t want to pay for a seedbox, you can use the same idea for free.

Port 80 is the default port for all HTTP data transfer, so it’s never blocked by network admins. All you need to do is set up your torrent application to use port 80 only.

Go to the application’s network preferences, and uncheck “Random Ports” first. Then set Port 80 as the port, and test to make sure it works. Finally, uncheck the boxes for UPnP and NAT-PMP, and you’re good to go.

Be warned, this will slow down torrent speeds drastically. It’s the slowest of all the options here, but hey, beggars can’t be choosers.

Your Choice of Torrent Client Matters

Torrents get a bad reputation because of how closely associated they are with piracy. But there are several legal uses for BitTorrent, from downloading ISOs of new operating systems to large video game updates.

But even if you are using torrents legally, you still need a good client. And no, that does not mean uTorrent.

In fact, uTorrent has had a host of problems over the past few years, including security vulnerabilities, bloatware, and serving ads. Instead, go for one of these best torrent clients to replace uTorrent The Best Torrent Clients to Replace uTorrent Are you still using uTorrent? It's time to switch to a cleaner and more trustworthy BitTorrent client. Here are the best uTorrent alternatives for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Read More .

Related topics: BitTorrent, Download Management, Firewall, ISP, VPN.

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  1. Manoj
    April 24, 2018 at 12:39 pm

    simbly awechome... That DNS server address change worked for me...

  2. Tom Collins
    April 7, 2018 at 5:15 pm

    I used a combo of 2 of the suggestions. I changed my port to 80 to just get the torrents started, then changed it back. Worked great.

  3. Hose
    March 9, 2018 at 11:43 am

    Good advices, but difficult
    I prefer croxyproxy
    just put link and go

  4. vova
    March 3, 2018 at 10:14 am

    Some ancients say that true knowledge comes only via some suffering. This was my case - my windows has crashed, and I installed it with my HP recovering system - it worked excellent. I got my newest windows with no upgrades need after recovery,
    I installed my Norton and all my staff, and everything was fine, except uTorrent. I was unable neither install it nor download torrent files from Internet - only torrent files, other files were OK.
    Neither advice about Firewall not helped me, I tried some other torrent clients - same, until I found advice about qBittorrent client. My Norton let it in, and let it be
    on allowed firewall list (controlled by Norton). By the way, I found some articles about pirate torrents problems, which some author rights corp. owners try to fight
    with sights blocking, also some torrent clients try to make unauthorized changes
    on computers (I've seen it with uTorrent).
    So, it seems better to get a right torrent client, which will pass Antivirus and spam
    protection and allowed with Firewall, than try to overcome your computer protection to install questionable clients.

  5. Migamix
    November 26, 2017 at 9:12 am

    if you are not at home, using the service you paid for with your money, and you dont need to worry about about 50+ other people on the network... then by all mean, follow this guide if you must.
    but if you are not on your own service, are traveling, or wanting a cup of coffee... TURN YOUR DAMN TORRENTS OFF YOU BANDWIDTH GREEDY SOD. do you realize the business you are sucking every byte from actually is a lower speed, more expensive per level than your home connection. and you put those other networks at risk while you are BEING SELFISH.
    this is a reason i actively monitor my business's network access with MANY different tools yeah, i know the Pr0n sites you visit you nasty traveler, i know your fetishes (im nasty, but damn some of you people), and dont think a VPN is stopping me from seeing all of the traffic on MY network. i AM THE MAN IN THE MIDDLE on my network. oh the fun i have with injecting/editing/tainting packets to offending IP on my network (the same fun some VPN admins have). think about this while you download your next copy of nickelback.

  6. Meeps
    August 24, 2017 at 1:40 am

    Tons of solution none which need you to fork over money.

    1. Tor for finding onion sites for torrents.

    2. Firefox with a free vpn + torrent tornado plugin.

    3. CyberGhost VPN service, preferably the paid version.

    4. Tribler, just make sure to disable disk sharing.

    5. Android ;-)

    6. Open VPN + a free service.

    7. Ethersoft, just be weary of installation and setup and choice of servers.

    8. All the above in a VM!

  7. Shawn
    July 13, 2017 at 6:36 pm

    I'm sorry, this sounds like an ad for express vpn.

  8. Wedgr
    January 7, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    Linksnappy.Com, but it is not free.

    25gb storage. Download 10 torrents at the same time.

    Downloading the finished torrents from the site is slow though.

  9. Joss
    November 28, 2016 at 5:24 am

    Thanks, good to know!

  10. Joss
    November 28, 2016 at 5:22 am

    Thanks! I was about to try that one!

  11. Basith Paykat
    August 25, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    hello there , Nice article .
    i am in a totally different situation now.
    i can't torrent with my normal IP , so i used Softether to change the VPN and the problem gone. but ive got only few data left and by using this VPN method, data consumes much faster and am getting only half of the download traffic.
    ( if my pc gets 200 kb/s , softether uses 100 kb/s and torrent uses 100 kb/s )

    why can't i download with my normal IP ? , why do i need to change to different IP in other country ?
    is it because my service provider blocking me ? if so
    is there any work around for not loosing too much data with the VPN method

  12. Naman
    June 13, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    I made a video demonstrating how to run torrents anonymously . It will work even if torrents are banned by your ISP.
    Please note that it only supports HTTP trackers so none of your UDP trackers would work. What it does is basically route all your torrent traffic through the TOR network (which is so secure that even the NSA hasn’t been able to crack it. )
    Have a look ( .

  13. Anonymous
    July 27, 2015 at 11:28 am

    Hey guys, if you have problem with Chrome block or some other block screen try site filespook dot com and you will be able to download w/o issues and everywhere

    • Anonymous
      August 25, 2015 at 12:10 pm

      Thanks Jay your your idea worked icredibly thanks

  14. Govind
    February 25, 2015 at 7:39 am

    I think the best one right now is Though it gives you only 1GB per torrent(still its enough) ,it downloads super-fast and has no blocking or throttling.

    P.S Sorry for my English.