How to download torrents and watch movies on Iphone or Ipad

UPDATE (18-09-2014):- This post is very old, around 3 years now. Please do understand that I haven’t tried these on my iPhone for over 2 years. My phone is not Jailbroken since the past two years. That said the logic to download the torrent on an iPhone or iPad remains the same. The steps are as follows.
1. Jailbreak your iphone/iPad (Google should be handy with finding the right tutorial for you).
2. Download the torrent downloader app like iTransmission/ safari torrent download Plugin.
3.Use the Vlc app/ or your favorite move player to watch video the file.
I gave up on Jailbreaking because the iPhone is designed to work awesome within the Apple ecosystem and hampering that creates too much of a hassle, some time some basic functions like Phone/celluar network fails, which is not my cup of tree. I prefer to keep my phone working rather than worrying if it was the Jailbreak that caused the restart of the phone or the battery drain. You are better off using an app like dropbox or Bittorent Sync and syncing an already downloaded movie from your laptop to your phone. That said I learnt a lot of things hacking and jailbreaking the phone, So I won’t stop you from trying to download a torrent directly to your iphone or iPad.

I’ve always been fascinated by how much one can actually do on the mobile phone, after getting my iPhone last year. This time as well, I  tried some thing as much that blew me away and that’s what am here to write about. Yes I downloaded a movie from a torrent, watched an .avi file on the iPhone all with out using a computer.  It took almost 3 hours figuring out how to get it done. Not many tutorials were really helpful, so I am going to save you those precious 3 hours with which you could watch a movie on your iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch 😉

Setting up  the device to download and watch. 

Firstly this tutorial is for those who have their iOS devices jailbroken  or are willing to take the efforts to jailbreak.  Based on the versions of iOS you are running on your device (you can find yours by  navigating >settings> general>about, look next to Version) jailbreak your device first if you haven’t already. (look up for a tutorial on redmondpie to get it done for your version).Make sure you are getting Cydia installed on the device while jailbreaking.

Open up Cydia and search for ” torrent downloader safari plugin”. Get it installed.  Next search for the package iFile in Cydia and get it installed.

Open the Installous  app to search for Vlc player, yes the impeccable player has an iOS app, sadly it has been pulled out of the App store, hence we are forced to download the player from the alternate app store. If you dont have the installous app, look a tutorial here. Please be reminded that it is illegal to install the app. On the Installous app search for VLC player  and install it. Do not install the VLC streamer app, look for the VLC player App and install it.

Screenshot Torrent Downloader Plugin Screenshot of iFile Screenshot of VLC player on Installous

Downloading torrents.

Now that we are all set to download  from torrents and watch movies, Let me go through how to download so that  it gets easier and quicker.  Just go to a torrent site like Piratebay or  Isohunt , Search for the torrent and click the download button.  once a torrent file is downloaded the torrent downloader plugin automatically kicks in and prompts that the torrent is loaded, press the start button to download the file/movie. As far as i have tried, it does support pausing and resuming the  torrent. It downloads even if the screen gets locked,  Quite neat  i must say.  Once the download is done, open up the iFile app that we downloaded from Cydia.  Browse to /var/mobile/Library/ you would find your download file/Movie here.  If the file is a pdf or a txt or audio or video or  you can directly open with  a suitable app, and you can as well archive or compress the file which is nice. If it was a movie in Mp4, you could use the default Quicktime player to watch it.

Screenshot downloading torrent Screenshot of torrent loaded Screenshot of torrent downloading

Watching AVI files with VLC.

What happens if the movie doesn’t play on Quicktime, thankfully we downloaded the VLC player app which supports most codecs.  VLC App is done in a such a way that you need iTunes to share a specific video file so that the VLC player can access it, which is a lengthy  process and requires a PC/Mac. My whole idea of downloading the movie directly on the iPhone was not to rely on the computer. So here is the workaround for it. Select the movie file from /var/mobile/Library/ (could be where ever you have saved your download) by pressing the edit button in the iFile app. Cut or copy it by pressing the  clipboard icon. Now  browse back to /var/mobile/Applications/ . You would see a list of folders with jumbled letters and numbers, the trick is to find the VLC player among these. As of now, manually opening each folder is the only option to find out which folder has the VLC app. How you find  the VLC app folder is by looking for a folder with a name So once you find out, just remember  or make of note of the folder name (Mine was something like A65A27……, Also remember the folder name is randomly generated and might change if you upgrade your iOS ) so that at least the next time its just a tap away.  Inside this folder  you could find the documents folder open it and tap the edit again, you will see the clipboard icon highlight again, tap to paste the file.  Now the file is inside the documents folder of the VLC player app.

Screenshot of  Select to copy Screenshot of Copy/cut Screen shot of Vlc  app Folder

Just open the VLC player app and you already have the movie you downloaded to watch. I must mention that VLC does use a lot more battery than QuickTime, that  should be acceptable  given you are trying to use your iOS device as a replacement computer :)

Screenshot of VLC player playlist

You can use an app like iExplorer from you PC/Mac to back up the movie if you want :)

Hope it was easy for you to follow the tutorial. Feel free to let me know if you  liked the tutorial, or share your queries in the comments section below.

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17 thoughts on “How to download torrents and watch movies on Iphone or Ipad”

  1. Hi!

    Thanks for the explanation! I have a question, when downloading torrents, say I have an iphone 16G…and say i don’t want to take up space, shoould i only download mp4/smaller file torrents? Also, it’s for a small screen, so shoouldn’t there be a specifc type of torrent I need to download?


    1. Hi
      The type of torrent depends on what you are looking for and what type of file u want to download and how much of free space u have on the phone..let’s say u have 1gb of free space you could download a movie file. Most of them are around 700mb. Incase you need to free up space u can always transfer the file u downloaded to your computer using a utility like ifunbox.

  2. Thank You!
    Thank You!
    There was no single tutorial in Internet helpful!
    You are awesome!!!!!
    Though I used the cinexplayer, but everything was same!

    1. THANK YOU!!!
      The download is so slowly, can I do sg to solve this problem? (my internet download is 10 Mbps)
      I hope somebody can help me. :)

  3. THANK YOU!!!
    The download is so slowly, can I do sg to solve this problem? (my internet download is 10 Mbps)
    I hope somebody can help me.

  4. so i tried what u said. i kept running into the problem of 1. i cant find out how to get the movie in vcl and 2. in vcl it keeps asking me to install it and download somethign from the website. help please lol

  5. David i think Vlc is not part of the app store anymore.. so it might not work now. so now u can just download only Mp4 files and it will by default open in quick time on the phone. Just use i-explore to open the file. One thing that i havent tried is search for third party apps on the app store that u can use for watching avi files. May be u might find one and try that.

    1. Thank you for hr help ill be sure to try that. I had gotten the vlc from installous. And it works till that one problem. Thank u for researching this im sure its helped lots of people:)

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  8. Hi,
    I dnt have an internet connection right now so I am using the 3g internet on my iphone will it still work??? I just want to download a small audiobook. Help!!!

    1. Anurag,
      It is impossible with out a jailbreak, because of the safari torrent download plugin, i am yet to see an app for torrent download officially on the appstore. so the only other way is purchase movies from the iTunes store.

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