- Although uTorrent and VPNs go hand in hand, sometimes your torrenting client might decide to stop working while connected to a VPN.
- If you find yourself in the situation depicted above, check out our list of suggested fixes and learn how you can fix the issue with ease.
- Visit our VPN Troubleshooting section to discover more user-friendly VPN tutorials and guides.
- Check out our uTorrent Hub for more uTorrent-related fixes, guides, and recommendations.
But what happens if uTorrent is not working with your VPN? That could quickly put you in a sticky situation.
Well, the good news is that this is not an uncommon issue.
In fact, it happens so often that we’ve prepared a list of suggested fixes you could easily try by yourself.
How do I fix uTorrent not working with VPN?
Reliable VPN services
- Purchase a premium VPN plan (we recommend PIA)
- Download the VPN and install it
- Launch the VPN client
- Log into your account
- Connect to an appropriate server
- Launch uTorrent
- Check if there’s any improvement
Some (if not most) users rely on free VPN to hide their torrenting activity.
However, free VPNs are not exactly trustworthy, considering that many of them either leak or sell your private data.
If your VPN has IP, DNS, or WebRTC leaks, your ISP can easily restrict your torrenting traffic.
Which is why you’d want the best protection (both security- and privacy-wise) from a trustworthy VPN service while torrenting.
You can only find this kind of protection from certain premium, paid VPN services such as PIA, so you’d better buckle up.
Private Internet Access
Want a VPN that works with uTorrent? Why not try PIA?
While some VPN providers have P2P support network-wide, others only offer this service on some or none of their servers.
With that in mind, it’s wise to check if your VPN has P2P/torrenting support, to begin with.
Furthermore, if your VPN has dedicated servers for P2P/torrenting, it’s wise to stick to them exclusively while using uTorrent.
Otherwise, you may notice some throttling or even more serious functionality issues.
Unfortunately, various services (including your ISP) can detect and block VPN traffic.
No, that doesn’t mean that your ISP can decrypt VPN traffic. It just means that it knows when you’re using the VPN.
However, using an obfuscation-ready VPN (also called stealth VPN) can prevent that from happening.
What this feature does is it disguises your VPN traffic, making it look like regular traffic.
Therefore, if you notice that uTorrent is not working with your VPN, try connecting to a stealth/obfuscated server.
Here is a list of our top picks for VPNs with obfuscated servers:
|Product Name||Obfuscation||Company Name|
|NordVPN||Obfuscated Servers||Tefincom & Co., S.A.|
|Surfshark VPN||Camouflage Mode||Surfshark LTD|
|VyprVPN||Chameleon protocol||Golden Frog GmbH|
|IPVanish||Scramble OpenVPN traffic||StackPath, LLC|
|ExpressVPN||Stealth servers||Express VPN International Ltd.|
|TunnelBear||Stealth VPN||McAfee, LLC|
|Windscribe VPN||Stealth VPN||Windscribe Limited|
|VPN Unlimited||KeepSolid Wise||KeepSolid Inc.|
Flush your DNS
- Launch a CMD instance
- Type the following commands:
netsh winsock reset
- Reboot your PC
The functionality of various online-based services can be affected by cached data build-ups. This includes uTorrent.
So, if you notice that uTorrent is not working with your VPN, make sure you’ve flushed your DNS and reset Winsock.
Furthermore, don’t forget to restart your computer after executing the last command in the CMD.
Disable IPv6 support
Unfortunately, IPv6 is not exactly ready to meet the world, which is why IPv6 leaks can still occur while using VPNs.
As we’ve previously explained, leaks are bad, especially if your ISP has a bad habit of restricting certain traffic.
So, to avoid that from happening and preserve your uTorrent-VPN combo functionality, try disabling IPv6 on your system.
- Make sure you’re running the latest version of uTorrent
- Update your VPN client to its latest version
- Restart your computer
- Reinstall your uTorrent client
- Enable your VPN kill switch
- Restart your router and/or modem
- Enable SOCKS5 or Shadowsocks support on your VPN
- Check and modify your firewall/security software rules, if needed
- Switch to another VPN server
To sum it up, you can easily fix uTorrent not working with your VPN most of the time.
However, if you’ve already ran through all of our suggestions and nothing seems to work, you should contact your VPN provider for an alternative course of action.