Classic Hacks: Automatically Start Torrent Downloads Remotely With Dropbox

Sometimes when you’re on the go, you want to start your home PC downloading a torrent to be ready for you when you get home. Thanks to cloud storage powerhouse Dropbox, the solution is simpler than you may think.

We first ran this story back in 2009, and though some BitTorrent clients have since added inbuilt remote access and mobile apps, the Dropbox solution is still the simplest and most elegant — especially if you already have Dropbox set up across multiple devices.

First, you’ll need to create a Dropbox folder to drop all your .torrent files into. Then, go into your torrent client (this should work on all but the most basic) and under preferences, tick the box that forces the client to automatically access all .torrent files found in a certain folder. Then, simply select the folder you’ve just set up in Dropbox for that field. Your home PC will have to be powered on already, of course, but otherwise it’s a very simple process.

Does this method not work in your torrent client, or do you have a different method of starting remote torrent downloads? Let us know in the comments!

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