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

There is a war against torrents all over the world. Content producers and copyright holders are doing their best to block access to torrent hosting sites. Some ISPs (Internet Service Providers) are under pressure to block all torrenting.

In a world where you don’t have to be a pirate anymore, blocking illegal downloads of copyrighted works will certainly stop. But blocking torrenting, which can also have legitimate purposes, is not the right way to go.

This is how you can unblock any torrent connection.

Note: MakeUseOf does not tolerate illegal torrenting. Use of the following websites for illegal purposes is done entirely at your own risk. We are not responsible for any legal problems you may encounter.

A Simple Hack: Start on a Different 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?”

Many ISPs and network firewalls (like those in offices or universities) only apply the basic blocks. This basic block restricts the first connection point to a website or torrent, so you will need to bypass this firewall.

So to get around it, start your torrent on a different connection, such as by connecting to your phone’s internet data. Once the torrent starts downloading, switch back to “blocked” Wi-Fi and it will resume downloading.

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This method doesn’t work if the firewall is a bit more advanced, but you’d be surprised how often that’s not the case. Give it a try, you may have the easiest workaround with this hack.

1. Change DNS Server to Unblock Websites

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

The most popular free public DNS servers are:

  • Google DNS: 8.8.8.8 | 8.8.4.4
  • OpenDNS: 208.67.222.222 | 208.67.220.220
  • DNS Comodo: 8.26.56.26 | 8.20.247.20

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

  • On Windows: Go Network equipment and right click > Click Nature > IPv4 properties, then change the DNS server and click OK. In addition, you can also use Command Prompt to change DNS.
  • On macOS: Go System Preferences > Network > High level > DNSand add new DNS servers and click OK.
  • On Linux: Click Network Applet > Edit connection > Editor > IPv4 Settings > Automatic addresses only (DHCP) > DNS serverand add each new address separated by commas.

2. Use a free VPN to unblock websites

If you are uncomfortable with the network settings, an alternative method to unblock websites is to use a VPN. A VPN, or virtual private network, masks the origin of your IP address.


Basically, you are shown accessing the Internet from another country where the site is not blocked. And so you can see it.

For this, you can use some reliable free VPN services, but they usually limit monthly data downloads. There are several other unlimited free VPNs out there, but they have their own hidden costs.

Remember we only use this VPN to access blocked websites and download torrent files or magnet links. (See apps for converting hashes of information into magnet links if you’re not familiar with the terms.) You really shouldn’t be downloading entire torrents through such free VPNs.

We recommend using ProtonVPN, as the company doesn’t keep any logs of what users access and is transparent about data sharing requests from companies.

3. Use a Premium VPN to Download Torrent

Unlocking a website is the easy part. However, some ISPs or organizational firewalls are more cunning in their blocks. Your torrent simply won’t start on such networks. That’s when you need to carry the big guns and use a paid VPN service for torrenting.

Paid VPNs have fewer restrictions and will usually encrypt your data. They also don’t record your activity online. Set it up on your computer or on your router and you can access and download torrents with ease.

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

4. Use ZbigZ or Premium Seed Box

The seed box is the big new thing in the torrenting world. Seedbox is a virtual server that allows you to upload and download torrents. You can then download or upload torrents to Seedbox from your computer. Think of it like Dropbox for torrents.

Why are seed boxes so popular? The seed box transfers data to your computer using the same method that any website transfers data to your computer. This means that the network administrator cannot block Seedbox because it means blocking all web access.


Seed boxes are usually paid, but there is a popular free app called ZbigZ. The free account has some limitations, such as a 150 KBps download limit, a maximum file size of 1GB, two files stored at any time, and a seven-day shelf life.

The paid seed box removes most of these limits or offers different limits based on your plan. The easiest torrent-driven seed boxes are RapidSeedbox and Seedbox.io.

If you are comfortable setting up your own virtual private server or VPS, then DediSeedbox and UltraSeedbox are recommended options.

5. Use Port 80 (But It’s Slow)

Unfortunately, some ISPs block ports and forward ports used by popular torrent clients. If you don’t want to pay for the seed box, you can use the same idea for free.

Port 80 is the default port for all HTTP data transfers, so it should never be blocked by a network administrator. All you need to do is set up your torrent client to only use port 80.

Go to the app’s network preferences and uncheck “Random port” 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, as this will slow down torrent speeds considerably. This is the slowest of the options here, but hey, beggars can’t be pickers.

Your Choices on Torrent Client Matters

Torrents have a bad reputation because they are closely related to piracy. But there are a number of legitimate uses for BitTorrent, from downloading new operating system ISOs to major video game updates.

But even if you’re using torrents legally, you still need a good client. And no, that doesn’t mean uTorrent. In fact, uTorrent has been plagued with problems over the past few years, including security holes, bloatware, and ad serving. Instead, use one of these best torrent clients as an alternative to uTorrent.


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