Sunday, June 30, 2013

Update Samsung Galaxy S Advance I9070 with I9070XXLQG Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean - 29 June 13

A new official update, Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with build version XXLQG, recently rolled out for the international version of Samsung Galaxy S Advance bearing model number GT-I9070.

The latest official build is a completely unbranded version of firmware and originally for the users from Italy. Users can grab the update through the Samsung KIES server. Those belonging to supported regions can also install the update manually using Odin flashing tool.

Firmware details



Version: Android 4.1.2

Build date: 29 May, 2013

Country: Italy

Region: Europe

Galaxy S Advance users who failed to install the update using official method may follow our step-by-step guide to install Android 4.1.2 XXLQG Jelly Bean manually.

Before installing the firmware, users are advised to ensure that their devices meet the following requirements.


1) Install USB Driver for Samsung Galaxy S Advance to transfer files between the Android device and the computer.

2) Enable USB Debugging Mode on the phone to connect the Android device with the computer and use the Android SDK with it. [Press Menu>> Settings>> Applications. From there navigate and click on Development option and then check the USB Debugging Mode.]

3) As the tutorial is likely to wipe out all data of the phone, create a backup. If the device is having any custom recoveries such as CWM/TWRP already installed, then back up data using the recovery only.    

4) The Galaxy S Advance should have above 80% battery charge.

5) The device should be factory unlocked and not locked to a particular carrier.

6) The phone will lose custom firmware with the installation of official firmware. Additionally, it will lose custom recovery which will be replaced by the stock recovery.

7) The phone will no longer belong to a rooted version once official firmware is installed.

8) The Android 4.1.2 XXLQG Jelly Bean official build is compatible only with Samsung Galaxy S Advance GT-I9070. As applying this to any incorrect variant might brick the device, verify the model number of the Galaxy device by navigating to Settings>> About Phone>> Model number.    

Steps to install Android 4.1.2 XXLQG Jelly Bean on Samsung Galaxy S Advance GT-I9070  

Step-1: Download Android 4.1.2 XXLQG Jelly Bean official firmware for Samsung Galaxy S Advance to the computer

Step-2: Extract the downloaded zip file using Winzip, Winrzr, 7zip or any other extracting tool to get a file with .tar.md5 extension with some other files

Step-3: Download Odin3 v3.07 which will help to install the Jelly Bean firmware. Extract the Odin zip to get Odin3 v3.07.exe and some other files

Step-4: Switch off the Galaxy S Advance and wait for five to six seconds for the vibration to confirm the power off

Step-5: Boot the phone into Download Mode by pressing and holding Volume Down, Home and Power buttons together. A warning screen will appear, now press the Volume Up button to continue to enter into Download Mode    

Step-6: Run Odin3 v3.07.exe as an Administrator

Step-7: Connect the Galaxy S Advance to the computer using USB cable while the device is in Download Mode. Wait for some time until Odin detects the device. When the device is connected successfully, an Added message will appear under Odin. Also, the ID: COM box in Odin will turn blue indicating all the drivers are installed successfully  

Note: If the Added message does not appear, then try the USB port at the back of the computer. In case Odin still fails to recognsie the device, then re-install USB driver.  

Step-8: Select these files extracted from I9070PXXLQG folder to install on the phone

a) Click the PDA button and select the .tar.md5 file

b) Click the Phone button and select file with Modem in its name

c) Click the CSC button and select the file with CSC in its name

d) Click the PIT button and select the .pit file

Note: Ignore the last three steps (b, c and d) if such files are not found.

Step-9: Verify that Auto Reboot and F.Reset Time checkboxes are selected in Odin window. Also, ensure that the Re-Partition option is unchecked; select it only when a .pit file is being used

Step-10: When everything is set, hit the Start button in Odin. The installation process should begin now and would take few minutes to complete

Step-11: Once the installation process is completed, the phone will reboot automatically. And soon a PASS message with green background will appear in the extreme left box at the very top of Odin indicating successful installation. Now safely unplug the USB cable from the phone to disconnect it from the computer

Samsung Galaxy S Advance should now be updated with Android 4.1.2 XXLQG Jelly Bean official build. Head over to Settings>> About Phone>> Firmware info to verify the new software version running on the device. Additionally, re-configure the APN Settings to avoid data networks connection issues. Also change the default language to your desired language by selecting Setting>> Language and Text input.

How to Fix Bootloop Issues

1) While installing the firmware if the PASS message does not display (step-11) or the device gets stuck for a long time, then disconnect the phone from the computer. Remove the battery and re-insert it, check the USB connection, re-install the USB driver and disable KIES. Enter Download Mode and repeat the whole procedure.

2)  If bootloop occurs or the device is stuck in welcome screen logo, then boot the phone into recovery mode. To do so, press and hold the Volume Up, Home and Power buttons together. In recovery mode, perform data wiping task by selecting Wipe data/factory reset then select Wipe Cache Partition. Reboot the phone in normal mode by selecting reboot system now. When the phone boots up, it should be running on the official build. In recovery mode, use Volume keys to scroll between the options and use the Power button to select the particular option. Performing wiping task will erase the internal memory of the device.  

How to Add a Floating Facebook Like Box into Blogger Blog/Blogspot

Facebook fan Page are a great way to promote your blog or website and facebook like box is widely used social plugin from Facebook developers. This facebook like box will help your visitor to become regular reader just by clicking like button. So that this box will increase number of your facebook fans. To get this widget follow below procedure.

Simple Facebook like box:

Let me explain how to add simple facebook like box.

Adding Jquery Plugin

1. Login To Blogger Account.
2. Go To Dashboard > Template > Edit HTML
3. Search for </head> teg in your template and just below it paste the following JQuery code (You can ignore this step if Jquery Link is already added in your template)

 <script src="" type="text/javascript"> </script> 

Adding Widget Code
1. Go to Layout > Add A Gadget
2. Select HTML/Javascript
3. Paste the following code inside it.

 <script type="text/javascript">  
  $(document).ready(function() {$(".w2bslikebox").hover(function() {$(this).stop().animate({right: "0"}, "medium");}, function() {$(this).stop().animate({right: "-250"}, "medium");}, 500);});  
  </script> <style type="text/css"> .w2bslikebox{background: url("") no-repeat scroll left center transparent !important;display: block;float: right;height: 270px;padding: 0 5px 0 46px;width: 245px;z-index: 99999;position:fixed;right:-250px;top:20%;} .w2bslikebox div{border:none;position:relative;display:block;} .w2bslikebox span{bottom: 12px;font: 8px "lucida grande",tahoma,verdana,arial,sans-serif;position: absolute;right: 6px;text-align: right;z-index: 99999;} .w2bslikebox span a{color: #808080;text-decoration:none;} .w2bslikebox span a:hover{text-decoration:underline;} </style><div class="w2bslikebox" style=""><div>  
  <iframe src=";width=245&amp;colorscheme=light&amp;show_faces=true&amp; connections=9&amp;stream=false&amp;header=false&amp;height=270" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" style="border: medium none; overflow: hidden; height: 270px; width: 245px;background:#fff;"></iframe><span><a style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 9px; color: #999;" href="#" target="_blank"> +Get this</a></span> </div> </div>  

4. Replace being.imran.ansari with your Facebook fan page URL.
5. Now save your template and you are all done!

Visit your Blogs to see it floating at the right side of your webpage.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

How to increase battery life on my Android device

  1. Don't use Live Wallpapers. They're cool, but they eat battery.
  2. Don't use Sense UI. That's HTC's home app. Again, it's pretty, but not friendly to battery.
  3. Prefer the back button over the home button. The back button lets apps decide if they want to run in the background. The home screen often leaves apps running when they don't need to.
  4. Don't use app killers! There's no need for them if you use the back button, and you'll end up crippling other apps because of non-obvious dependencies between apps.
  5. Use WiFi whenever you have access to a network because it uses less battery than 3G. (Shorter distance, lower power.) Turn WiFi off when you don't have access to a network, otherwise it will keep looking for a WiFi network it can use (which drains battery).
  6. Reduce the frequency at which apps refresh their content. Common offenders are social media clients (Twitter, Facebook, etc.) and news or weather apps.
  7. Finally, watch your battery usage under Settings -> About Phone -> Battery -> Battery Use. This will show you what has been using the battery since it was last charged. (So it shows nothing while charging!) If anything unexpected is using the battery, consider replacing it with another app or service.

Some other tips:

  • Lower the screen brightness
  • Turn off 3G (if you have a phone that you can switch between 3G and 2G).
  • Disable automatic Data Sync or:
  • Set your apps to sync at longer intervals or don't use apps/widgets that do synchronize often
  • Turn off any unnecessary vibrations or haptic feedbacks
  • Disable the keyboards backlight
  • Avoid using the speakers, opt in for using headphones
  • Underclock the CPU (rooted users)
  • Turn off data completely (using an app like APNDroid)
  • Don't use task killers to automatically kill off processes. They simply will respawn. Uninstall undesired apps.
  • Use applications like Locale or Tasker to control your phone's Wifi/GPS/Bluetooth/Sreen brightness/etc. settings automatically with profiles that activate under certain conditions
  • Set your screen timeout to a short time interval. Then use Screebl to keep your phone screen on when the phone is only held at certain angles.

Troubleshoot your smartphone for App Crashing,Slowness and Lags- Blackberry


If your new Z10 or Q10 is running slow and has some random bug, you can switch it off by pressing Power button for a few seconds. Restart it by pressing the same key again. But in case, the device is unresponsive, you can keep the key pressed for around 10 to 15 seconds to do a hard reboot. This will not delete your data.

In case, you want the device to be restored to factory settings, go to Settings > Security and Privacy > Security Wipe. Type blackberry to confirm the process and you're done.

Depending on the amount of data you have, the process can take from a few minutes to even half an hour, or longer.


Backing up from a Z10 or Q10 is slightly old fashioned and reassuring, as it stores the data on your computer. To create a back up, download the BlackBerry Link application and install it on your PC.

Connect your phone to the computer using its cable. BlackBerry Link will identify the device. Click on the Settings icon (top right in the program).

In the General section, check Back up My Device and Select Data To Include In Your Backup Files. On the left pane, click on Back Up Now.

To restore the data, you will have to use the same application. Along with the Back Up Now option, there is a Restore Device Data option. Use that to restore the data to your device.


Users who have OS7-powered BlackBerry phones can back up their data locally on their computer as well as to the cloud. To back up on your local computer, download the BlackBerry Desktop Software from the company's website and install it on your PC. Then connect your handset to the computer, click BlackBerry device on the left panel in the Desktop Software and select Backup Now on the main screen.

To restore the data that you had saved previously, connect the phone to computer and click on Devices at the top left corner of the program. From the dropdown menu, select Restore and follow the instructions on the screen.

The other way to back up and restore contacts, etc, on OS7 devices is through the BlackBerry Protect app that can be downloaded from BlackBerry World for free. It can't save data for BB10 devices, but for OS7 devices it can be used along with the BlackBerry Protect website to manage backups and restore your phone.

Troubleshoot your smartphone for App Crashing,Slowness and Lags- Android


Like it is with the iPhone, sometimes a simple restarting of your Android handset can take care of the operating glitch in your device.

In case restarting the phone doesn't solve your problem, or if the device has become unresponsive, simply remove the back cover and take out the battery. Wait for a few minutes before putting it back and restarting the phone.

If this still doesn't solve the problem, you can reset your phone to default settings. To do this, go to Settings > Backup & reset > Factory data reset > Reset phone.

Unfortunately, given the fact that different companies use different user interfaces on their phones, on some Android devices you may find this option under Settings > Privacy > Factory data reset.

Doing a factory reset will delete your data and apps from the phone, so it's always a good idea to have it all backed up before erasing everything.

If your phone has become unresponsive and restarting it or a software reset doesn't help, you can try a hard reset by simultaneously pressing a combination of buttons on your handset Volume Up + Power + Home button,
or Hold the Volume Down + Power button for several seconds.

If you are not sure about the key combination for your device, look it up on the web, or call your service centre.

Once your phone is in recovery mode, use Volume Up and Volume Down to navigate on the screen.

Select Factory Reset and click ok through the home button (Samsung phones) or the power button (stock Android). All your personal data will be deleted.


BACKUP TO GOOGLE CLOUD: To backup your app settings, Wi-Fi passwords, contacts, etc, to Google servers, go to Settings > Backup & reset > Back up my data.

GOOGLE ACCOUNT: Go to Settings > Accounts > Google. There, click on the account name. Select what you want to sync, and you're done. In fact, once you have saved your contacts to your Google account, you can access them on Android, Windows Phone, BB10 and iOS devices. If you've installed the Google+ app, you can turn on auto upload in it to backup any picture you click with the phone in real time.

G CLOUD BACKUP: This is a third-party utility that backs up the data from your Android phone to web servers. After installing the app, you will have to create an account with G Cloud before you can start backing up your contacts, messages, photos and music. Every user gets 8GB of free cloud storage.

Download: genie9. gcloudbackup&hl=en Samsung and HTC have programs like Kies and Sync Manager respectively—downloadable from their web sites—that will let you back up your phone data to your PC.


Restoring an Android phone depends on where you have backed up your data. If you had saved your contacts to your Google account, all you have to do is add your account while setting up the device, and select Auto sync. If you had used some app to back up the data, you can use the same app to restore it back onto your existing or new phone.

Troubleshoot your smartphone for App Crashing,Slowness and Lags- Windows Phone


While Windows Phone devices may not be made by the same company that also developed the operating system for them, Microsoft, which makes the OS, decides the minimum hardware requirements for each Windows Phone. Result: Most Windows Phone devices run fast and are stable. But in case you face issues with your handset, here are a few steps you can follow...

You can switch off a Windows Phone device by pressing the Power button for a few seconds and then dragging the prompt that appears on the device to the bottom of the screen. To restart the device, press the Power button again.

You can reset the device by going to Settings > about > reset your phone. This will reset the device to its factory settings. You will, however, lose the data stored on your handset.

If the device is not responding, you can do a hard reboot by simultaneously pressing the Volume Down and Power button for around 10 seconds.

If your Windows Phone handset still does not respond, try a hard reset.

To reset a Nokia Lumia (Windows Phone 8) 

Make sure the charger is disconnected. Switch the power Off. Press and hold the Volume down and connect the charger. You will now see an exclamation mark (!) on the screen. Then press the keys in the following order: Volume up, Volume down, Power, Volume down. The phone will reset and boot up automatically. Please note, this may take several minutes.

To reset Lumia with (Windows Phone 7) 

Make sure the charger is disconnected, then, switch the power Off. Press and hold the Volume down and Camera key. Now, press and hold the Power key. When the phone vibrates, release the Power key, but continue holding the Volume down and camera key, until the phone reboots. Now wait patiently as the device goes through the hard reset process and restarts. Ensure that you always have a backup before resetting your phone. (You can find the details on how to hard reset different HTC handsets from:


The best way to back up data on a Windows Phone is using SkyDrive, Microsoft's cloud storage service.

To back up app settings, photos and text messages, go to Settings > backup and individually select what you want to back up. You will require a Microsoft account to back up your data on SkyDrive.

Contacts are automatically synced to your Microsoft account (Hotmail contacts) if you are using a data connection and a Microsoft ID on your phone.

You can also save your contacts to your Google account from your Windows Phone.


While setting up a new Windows Phone device or an old device after a reset, select restore your phone during the process.

Your phone must have a working data connection and you will have to use the Microsoft ID through which you backed up your data to Skydrive. Unfortunately, Windows Phone 8 devices can't be backed up to a local computer and therefore can't be restored through it.

Troubleshoot your smartphone for App Crashing,Slowness and Lags- IPHONE

                                                                          HOW AND WHEN TO RESET

The iPhone is a product of tight integration between hardware and software. But even if the occurances are rare, there might be times when apps start crashing, and the device seems slower than usual.

Restarting the phone is likely to solve some issues. To do this, press the Power button for a few seconds and then use the slide-to-power off option on the screen.

If the problem persists, you can try resetting the device back to its factory settings. To do this, go to Settings > General > Reset.

In Reset, you are provided with several options...

If the issue you are facing is minor in nature, like a laggy phone, for instance, reset your handset using Reset All Settings. Don't worry. This option will not delete your data or the apps you have installed.

If your problem is a little more serious, where your phone restarts by itself or freezes during use, try Erase All Content and Settings. If your phone has frozen, you can try a hard reboot:

Press the Power button and Home button simultaneously. Keep both pressed for around 10 to 15 seconds. Release the buttons when you see the Apple logo on the screen. Your phone will reboot.

If your iPhone isn't booting up, hard reset it through iTunes (data will be lost).

Open iTunes on your PC or Mac and make sure it is updated. Then, connect the phone to your computer. If the phone is switched on, iTunes will recognize it. If it doesn't , keep the power and home button pressed. iTunes will then detect the device in recovery mode. Follow the onscreen instructions on your PC to complete the reset and restore process.



You can use Apple's iCloud service to back up your phone's dat
a (contacts, app settings, messages and images) to its servers. To enable this feature, click on Settings > iCloud > Storage and Backup > On. Alternatively, to back up your data manually, click on Storage and Backup > Backup Now.


To back up your iPhone through iTunes, connect it to a PC on which iTunes has been installed. Once your device is identified, click on the iPhone shown in iTunes and select Backup.


Whether you are setting up a new iPhone or restoring it after a factory reset, you are provided with three options: Set up as a new iPhone. Restore from iCloud (will require a Wi-Fi connection). Restore from iTunes Backup (will require a cable connection to your computer).

Friday, June 21, 2013

Google's app to trace missing persons in flood-hit areas in 2013-uttrakhand-floods-India

Uttarakhand, in Northern India has been ravaged by floods with around 150 feared dead and more than 15,000 stranded according to the latest statistics. As the government of India battles to save lives, Google is doing its bit to help people by launching a web application called People Finder, a temporary tool set up to help people find their missing friends or relatives.

The tool is very easy to use and just like the Google homepage sports a Spartan UI. There are two buttons, one to find a missing person and the other to share information on some person. If you need to search for someone, you click on the green box and any information relating to that person will show up on the results. If you need to share some information, you click on the blue box and you type in the name of the person and the information that you may on them. All the information shared through this tool is available to the public and shared with press agencies, NGOs and others to help keep the database up-to-date.

You can simply hit this URL   or  and find the missing one or create a new search/Profile for your missing member.

Google has also shared the emergency numbers listed on the National Disaster Management Authority, and people can call on the following numbers to get an update.

Uttarkashi: (+91) 1374-226461
Chamoli: (+91) 1372-251437, 9411352136
Rudraprayag: (+91) 1364-233727, 9412914875
Tehri: (+91) 1376-233433, 9411548090
Kedarnath: (+91) 1364-233727
Control Room (Uttarakhand): (+91) 135-2710334, 9557444486

Thursday, June 20, 2013

What users complain about Android Jelly Bean Problems- Issues

Problem: Wi-Fi dropping or not connecting

We’ve seen this problem reported widely on a number of Android devices. The common thread for some people seems to be the update to Jelly Bean, but different version updates have impacted on different devices. There are a lot of potential reasons that Wi-Fi issues can occur and it might be due to your specific router or the settings on it. If you find that your device is unable to connect to a Wi-Fi network, or keeps dropping the Wi-Fi connection, there are things you can try.

Possible solutions

Try turning the router and the Wi-Fi on your device off. Tell your device to forget the details of your Wi-Fi network. Hold down the power button and restart it, or shut it down completely and then turn it back on again. Turn the router back on again. Turn Wi-Fi on your device on again and enter the details afresh.
Try going to Settings > Wi-Fi > Menu > Advanced on your device and make sure that “Keep Wi-Fi on during sleep” says Always. You can also try unchecking the box next to Avoid poor connections.

Problem: Random rebooting or freezing

If you find your phone keeps freezing or crashing and rebooting itself after a Jelly Bean update then it could be caused by an incompatible app. The problem is that your software has been updated, but the app hasn’t. It could also have been caused by a bug in Jelly Bean – Google released 4.2.2 and it was supposed to fix a number of bugs including the random reboot issue. If you’re still having problems there are a few things worth trying.

Possible solutions

Your first port of call is always just to hold down the power button and turn your device off completely and then wait a moment and turn it on again.
Check which apps are running in Settings > Application manager on the Running tab. Remove them one at a time and wait to see if the rebooting or freezing problem occurs until you find the app responsible. This solution can be annoyingly time-consuming.
Do a factory reset by going to Settings > Backup & reset > Factory reset. Enter your pattern, password, or PIN when prompted, then choose Erase everything. Keep in mind, this will actually erase all content on your phone and re-install a fresh version of Android. Backup anything important.

Problem: Poor battery life

Complaints about poor battery life are common for smartphones generally, but some people have complained that their device’s battery life has been noticeably worse after upgrading to Jelly Bean. This could be down to specific apps or services. If you find that your battery is draining faster than it was before, then try and reboot first. If that doesn’t help, try the steps below.

Possible solutions

Go into Settings > Battery and take a look at what is draining the power most. Some people reported an increase in battery life after switching off Google Now, or Google Wallet and NFC functionality. Perhaps you have another app running in the background that’s eating more power than it should. If so, you’ll find it here, and you can deal with it.
It could be because your device is connecting to LTE or trying to. You can change this in Settings > More settings > Mobile networks and select your Network mode.
It could be a reading fault with your microSD card. Try removing it and see if the problem persists. If it works then backup the contents to your computer and reformat the card.

Problem: Bluetooth not working

Google confirmed that version 4.2 of Android contained a Bluetooth bug that can disrupt audio streaming. If you’ve experienced issues with your Bluetooth functionality after upgrading to 4.2, then that’s the reason.

Solution: Google released a fix in version 4.2.1. You need to upgrade to get your Bluetooth working again. This is, assuming it’s possible

Problem: Missing December

A high profile gaffe saw December missed out of the People app calendar on Nexus devices in the 4.2 update.
Solution: It was restored in version 4.2.1.

If you find alternative fixes for any Jelly Bean issues then please do share them. Check back again, as we’ll update this roundup over time.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Solved Network Blocked in India

Recently I have noticed that all the links in my blog links are not opening which directly affects earning of the blog. After searching I got to know that it was blocked as per by the order of DOT. If you try to open you will get message as below


Anyways I found a trick to open blocked links but don’t know how long will it work.

How to access blocked /How to Unblock my Links/ How to get back my Original Links

All you have to do is just access your link with secure http protocol.
If your link is then open it as

There you go :)

Friday, June 14, 2013

Infolinks - The Best Ad Manager in industry.

Every Blogger looks for many monetizing tools o show Ads and get paid for their hard work.
But many times we end up in a wrong Ad manager company or website. Sometimes the company doesn't pay the publisher or sometimes they just have too much high pay out threshold which a normal blogger never reaches.

In Today's market you have only 2 Authentic tools for Ad Management:

1)Google Adsense - A Product of Google.

2)Infolinks - A product with a very low pay out thresh hold value and very effective Management.

There are 4 types of features provided by Infolinks

  1. InSearch
  2. Intext
  3. InTag
  4. InFrame

One of a kind - give your search traffic a new direction
InSearch monetizes only your search traffic without disturbing your returning visitors. InSearch only appears when needed, introducing visitors who’ve arrived via search to an unobtrusive overlay ad. A few seconds after it appears, InSearch shrinks down to a quiet headline. InSearch units reduce your bounce rate, and improve your SEO by providing an alternative to visitors hitting their browser back button. Proven to boost revenue, InSearch ads lure engagement with 30x the engagement of conventional ad units.

Break from convention - advertise inside the lines
InText ads break through typical banner blindness, by scanning your content in real-time and double underlining your most valuable keywords. This creates an intelligent, interactive atmosphere where users connect with relevant brand messages and click to learn more. Infolinks balances relevancy and payouts to keep your content clean and your earnings flowing. Maintain complete control over the look and feel of your site by fully customizing the appearance and volume of InText ads on your pages.

Good-looking and smart, too - InTag is the ultimate tag cloud
InTag draws on Infolinks’ intelligent algorithm to recognize the most valuable keywords relevant to your content and display them in an attractive tag cloud. InTag allows you to target a wider spectrum of readership with a range of relevant keywords, and exposes your readers quickly to the context of your page. Customize your InTag ads to complement the design and layout of your site.

Broaden your advertising horizon - go beyond the frame
InFrame monetizes unused screen margins and frames your site’s layout with attractive display banner ads relevant to your content. Capitalize on the expanding width of widescreen monitors - the Infolinks In³ platform auto-detects when the browser window is wider than your web site and inserts display ads that remain stationary as users scroll down your pages. This is yet another way Infolinks drives revenue from under-monetized areas of your sites.

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Sunday, June 9, 2013

What is Torrents Torrent files seeds peers and BitTorrent?

Despite the fact that BitTorrent has been around for a good 6 years now, the lightning fast file sharing protocol hasn't completely taken off in the mainstream. Since we post a decent amount about BitTorrent around here, we figured it was just time we put out a beginner's guide to BitTorrent. This is the guide you can send to your friend next time he gets that glassy look in his eyes when you mention BitTorrent and how quick and easy it makes downloading albums educational, public domain videos and other large files.

Without going into too much detail, here's a crash course in the file sharing protocol that is BitTorrent

What is BitTorrent ?

BitTorrent is not a program. [1] It's a method of downloading files using a distributed peer-to-peer file sharing system. The programs that you use to download files via the BitTorrent protocol are called BitTorrent clients.

BitTorrent is not like Limewire/Kazaa/Napster/other P2P programs you've used in the past. This is often the biggest source of confusion for people new to BitTorrent. It's not difficult to use, it's just different. As soon as you forget about your old file-sharing program (and you will once you start using BT), the easier it will be to start using BitTorrent.

How does it work?

What makes the BitTorrent protocol unique is that it distributes the sharing of files across all users who have downloaded or are in the process of downloading a file. Because BitTorrent breaks up and distributes files in hundreds of small chunks, you don't even need to have downloaded the whole file before you start sharing. As soon as you have even a piece of the file, you can start sharing that piece with other users. That's what makes BitTorrent so fast; your BitTorrent client starts sharing as soon as it downloads one chunk of the file (instead of waiting until the entire download has been completed).

In order to download a file like the educational public domain video we mentioned above, you have to find and download a torrent file (which uses the .torrent file extension) and then open it with your BitTorrent client. The torrent file does not contain your files. Instead, it contains information which tells your BitTorrent client where it can find peers who are also sharing and downloading the file.

How to find and download a file with BitTorrent?

Now that you've got a better idea of the terminology and process behind BitTorrent, let's jump right into using BitTorrent.

First you need to download a BitTorrent client (the program that manages your BitTorrent downloads). I'd recommend:

uTorrent for Windows/Mac
Transmission for Mac
Vuze or KTorrent for Linux (Actually, Vuze is cross platform, meaning it will work on Windows and Mac, but on those platforms we still prefer the alternatives listed above.)

But on top of them all my personal favorite is Free download Manager.

Search for a good torrent.
There are a handful of really good web sites for downloading torrents
Just search with your subject and torrent name  in google for example if you are looking for space ship studies torrents search like "Space ship studies torrents".

Try out whichever one you like. One might fit your tastes better than another, but I've had good experiences with all of these. From this point, search the site using their search box like you're using Google—just type in the name of what you're looking for. You'll likely get several results, but you want to choose the torrent with the highest number of seeders (indicated in most BitTorrent search results under a field labeled 'S'). Seeders are people who have already downloaded and are sharing the entire file. The more seeders, the faster your download will be. Some sites also provide you with a health meter, which is generally a measure of seeders vs. active downloaders.

Download the torrent. 
Once you've found a good and healthy torrent, find the download link and download the torrent. Your browser will ask you what you want to do with the file, so be sure to tell it to open the torrent in the BitTorrent client you downloaded above.

Your BitTorrent client will open and (possibly) ask you where you want to save the file(s). Pick your save location, hit OK, and that's it; your file will begin downloading. If you're not impressed with the speed at first, be patient. It can sometimes take a minute or two before the download ramps up to full speed. If you're still not happy, try searching for another torrent with more seeders.

That's it?
Yep, that's it. That, in a nutshell, is how to download files using BitTorrent. There can be more to it, of course, if you want to dive in a bit deeper. For example, you can run through the Speed Guide in uTorrent to improve your download speeds (the guide is fairly self explanatory—just go to Options -> Speed Guide to get started), download select files from the torrent rather than every file, throttle your bandwidth, and so on, but this basic guide should get you started.

Also, to ensure you stay in good standing in the BitTorrent community (and aren't labeled a leecher), you should always try to upload as much as you download. Most BitTorrent clients keep track of your upload/download ratio, and you should generally continue sharing a file until your ratio reaches 1, after which you can feel free to remove it from your client (the file will remain on your computer—you just stop sharing it).