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Since Frostwire disappeared for good in September 2018 we have been seeking out Frostwire alternatives. The torrent software was known for being simple and easy to use, very fast to download, and advert free. It was available on all platforms, and was regularly updated.
Fortunately, there are so many contenders out there on the market that it has not been difficult to find Frostwire and Frostwire plus alternatives.
After Google removed the Frostwire app from its Play app store the owners decided it was not possible to continue with the torrent software. Billed as a new contender to Limewire back in 2004, Frostwire went on to become a well-known source for all your torrenting needs.
Yet with a reported 80% of its users opting for the Android app, Google’s decision to remove Frostwire from its app store has been a devastating blow to the company.
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This well-known alternative to Frostwire is available for Mac, Windows, and Android, and has its own very helpful Twitter account.
BitTorrent had to come first on this list, if only because it was the first name that sprung to mind, and we expect will be familiar to most of our readers. It is billed as being a relatively risk free torrent option, and comes completely free.
If you want to disable the adverts there is a small fee of three dollars a month. If you are careful not to install the additional software it offers during the installation process then BitTorrent takes up little storage space, is fast, and has a proven track record and a solid base of users.
Another well-known option, μtorrent gets a lot of good feedback from its users.
μTorrent is a lightweight option and may be added to an external hard drive. Unlike many of the open source torrents out there, the code for μtorrent is not available and so it is not possible for the user to check for anything suspicious.
Lots of adverts are another problem, but hey, for a free torrent downloader that is to be expected. A neat feature allows you to schedule speed caps so that your downloads will only happen during certain times in the week.
Although Flud is only open to Android users it is definitely worth a mention on this list of Frostwire replacements. It is available on the Google app store and has an attractive logo and interface.
This is recommended as a great option for beginners, as it is reliable and easy to use, but also for more experienced users as it has plenty of features to grow into. Pay just 2 dollars a month and you can have the advert free version.
One really useful setting, considering it is running on your Android, is that you can make it so that the downloads only happen when your phone is plugged in charging.
aTorrent is another one available on the Google app store for Android devices.
It was last updated over a year ago and has the same advert free option as Flud, for just 2 dollars a month. Though many users say that this is not worth doing, as the adverts are fine. It is not the fastest option, but it is reliable and simple to use. Perhaps if a new update comes along this will be one to opt for.
TorrDroid is designed for Android and was updated March 2018.
It is definitely a great alternative to Frostwire for Android users, namely because of its simple to use search and download capabilities.
Whilst many of its users complain that it uses a lot of mobile data to download movies and games, files with strong seeder-to-leecher ratios will work far better. The program will save to your phone’s memory card and so take up less storage space.
The CatTorrent torrent client for Android has the best branding of all the torrents we’ve discussed so far, a clean and simple design, and is lightweight.
This is certainly a less well known torrent client on the Google app store. Nevertheless it is a fine choice for those wishing to torrent files on their phone. It is very pared down and lacks complex features.
One notable one being that you can set it so that downloads begin only when your phone is charging. This one gets very mixed reviews and so probably not worth the risk, when there are far superior options already on this list.
WeTorrent is available for Android and has been updated very recently and has some nice features.
This is a very fast option, though this must be weighted against its poor search functionality. Best used when paired with another search app. You can reduce your data consumption by setting the app to only download torrents when you are connected to Wifi. The very simple interface is somewhat ruined by the millions of results a search brings up.
How to torrent safely with Frostwire
We would like to preface our conclusion to the top alternatives to a Frostwire download with a question that comes up a lot: is Frostwire safe? Indeed this is a question that applies to all torrent sites. The answer is yes, but with some caveats.
Check the seeder-leecher ratio, which describes the number of people downloading the file compared to the number of people with the file on their computer, from which your torrent takes a part. If there are a lot of seeders – people with the file on their computer – then they presumably all trust the file and it works fine and are happy to share it back with the community.
A VPN, or virtual private network, will help you keep safe yourself, especially seeing as in many cases the files we torrent are protected under copyright. When you login to the internet your IP address reveals where you are in the world. This is visible to all the people using the torrent. By using a VPN you are able to misdirect people away from your true IP.
Check out our list of Best VPNs for torrenting.
Another simple tip is to have a good antivirus program installed, and to regularly check and update it. You should also take care to avoid files with certain file name endings, as some are more prone to viruses than others, and also to note that cracked programs – essentially where the copyright protection has been removed so that you are able to use it for free – are particularly vulnerable to viruses.
As you can see there are so many options out there for all your torrenting needs. Depending on whether you use Mac, PC, or Android, you’ll find different options in this list suit you best. But if you are new to all of this, go with the tried and tested BitTorrent, which will work across all platforms.
So, which of the these Frostwire alternatives listed here today are you using in 2020? Are there any major ones that we’ve missed?
Any ones that we’ve listed that are having problems? Let us know in the comments below!
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Jan is a cybersecurity and consumer protection specialist focused on investigations that help readers navigate the complex infosecurity sphere. His research and commentary has been featured in Forbes, ComputerWeekly, PC Mag, TechRadar, ZDNet, The Mirror, Entrepreneur, and many other leading publications around the world.