How To Disable uTP In the Latest uTorrent Version

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utorrentIf you’ve been downloading torrents for any period of time, I’m sure you’ve heard of μTorrent, the nifty, and, possibly the most popular BitTorrent client for Windows.

Recently, it introduced a new lightweight protocol called uTP in its latest version – 2.0.

The developers of uTP claim it to be ISP-friendly, as it slows down transfer speeds when it detects a network congestion. Many ISPs throttle, and even block BitTorrent transfers through their networks when they catch it eating up bandwidth. uTP is meant to prevent such a situation, thus benefitting both the user and the ISP.

However, if you get your connection from an ISP with poor infrastructure and clogged networks, you’ll find that your torrent download rates remain almost continually low, thanks to uTP.

Personally, I’ve seen download rates plummeting by as much as 30% after installing the new μTorrent version. That may not be noticeable to people with fast broadband connections, but for all those rocking 1 mbps or slower connections, it’s quite a serious issue ( especially if you’re a torrent freak 😉 ).

Thankfully, uTP is yet to be widely adopted, and μTorrent 2.0 gives you an easy switch to kill it off.

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Here is how you can do it:

  • Go to Options -> Preferences in the μTorrent window.

utorrent settings

  • Under the BitTorrent section, uncheck the tick box next to “Enable bandwidth management.” Click OK, and you’re done!

Disable uTP in utorrent

Why Should I Bother To Disable uTP?

Just because you can disable uTP doesn’t mean you have to! If you’ve got high speed Internet access with a reputed ISP, you’re unlikely to notice much, if any, decrease in transfer rates with uTP enabled.

Disabling it might actually cause trouble, as your ISP could be throttling normal torrent transfers. Personally, I think uTP is a forward-thinking step by the BitTorrent community that will help itself, the ISPs, and ultimately us, the users, in the long run.

That being said, it’s still a pain for many (yeah you guessed it, my connection sucks!) who’ve access to slow broadband connections from crappy providers. If you’re one of us, it’d be wise to switch uTP off for now.

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  1. Gouthaman says:

    It’s nice to read a post of yours after a really LONG time. I use BitTorrent 6.4 and there’s no such feature here although the UI is mostly the same.

    • Ashutosh says:

      Very few BitTorrent clients are supporting it at the moment. I think Ktorrent is one. The main BitTorrent client is usually behind the curve, so no doubt it doesn’t support uTP yet. :)

  2. Saif says:

    What is slow speed? 2Mbps?

    • Ashutosh says:

      Depends on where you’re. A constant 2 mbps connection will be awesome for me, while it’s considered extremely slow in developed nations like the US or Japan. :)

      • Saif says:

        I’m in India. My speed varies from 2Mbps at Night to 12Mbps in Day. I disabled uTP and speed didn’t vary from constant >800KBps!! :)

      • Ashutosh says:

        You do have a very good connection then. Congrats! :)
        As I said in the post, users with fast connection usually won’t notice much variation in transfer rates, and should preferably leave uTP switched on.

  3. Bin2oo says:

    Jan 2012 – I’m pretty sure my ISP is throttling UTP traffic now. (Rogers Canada) I have a 15 MB connection and average 500 KB to 1.2 MB with no issues until I enable UTP. Once utp is enabled my seed drops within 30 seconds to 40- 50 KB.

  4. John says:

    I’m on a 50Mb/s connection (soon to go to 120Mb/s), and my problem is my downloads, despite my current one having a seed-to-peer ratio of around 3:1, are constantly “diving” up to 5MB/s and back down to 100KB/s, up and down, up and down…
    I set a limit of 1MB/s hoping that would give me a constant speed, but no, instead it created a flat line where it would otherwise be over 1MB/s, then took the dive down again when it would usually…

    I was wondering if uTP could be to blame for this, as if maybe that was diving down and my Hamachi network or something else was diving up, switching over, but I disabled uTP and it still did the same thing…
    Anybody got an idea? It’s not that important, I don’t really sit and watch my downloads (not usually anyway; though with a 50Mb/s connection sometimes it’s fun), but I’d like to know if anybody has any suggestions.