How to use VPN-Drop Protection on FrostWire for Android

On FrostWire for Android (Basic and Plus) there is a really important Privacy Protection feature for VPN users.

FrostWire will detect if your VPN connection drops and if you have this setting activated FrostWire will automatically stop all BitTorrent transfers to protect your privacy.

This is a really important setting if you want to protect your privacy on the Internet as you won’t accidentally be transferring or sharing files using your local IP address.

How to use VPN-Drop Protection?

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Turn on VPN-Drop Protection

Remember! In order to use this feature you will need a VPN. You can order a VPN on FrostWire!

How to save mobile data downloading torrents?

There are some moments —some sad moments— when you are away from home/work/school and you don’t have wi-fi to connect. If that’s the case, maybe your mobile phone will start consuming data. And if you run out of mobile data without realizing it, you may be in trouble.

So today we are going to explain how to save mobile data. Sometimes, you only to change a few settings on your Android in order to not use mobile data. For example, if you don’t want to use your mobile data downloading torrents. We made a very useful video explaining how to save mobile data downloading torrents from BitTorrent with FrostWire.

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Get FrostWire 1.0 for Android

If you are getting an Android device this holiday season, we’ve spent the last 5 months building a must-have app for it.

Install FrostWire via Google Play.

Download the .apk installer.

Here’s a few things you can do with our completely re-designed and easy to use file sharing client and media player.

Improved search that integrates with the cloud.

Search results are faster than ever (instant in most cases) and not only you’ll have the most powerful BitTorrent Deep-Smart search[1] featured in previous versions, now FrostWire integrates with popular cloud services where content creators from all over the world share millions of legally available files[2].

The fastest downloads ever on any FrostWire for Android.

Be it on Wi-Fi, 3G or 4G you will experience in most cases downloads that are so fast you won’t even see the progress bar begin to move, by the time the transfer screen is opened the file will already be on your device. Specially when sharing files with other FrostWire devices (PCs too) on the same Wi-Fi network.

Share files between phones, tablets and computers without any networking know-how

You don’t have to use cables or become a computer guru to share files between your phones, tablets or computers. We’ve also been working on FrostWire for desktop so that when you open FrostWire on your phone or computer you will be able to see every device automatically.

Just make files publicly available by opening padlock icons next to the files and every device running FrostWire will be able to download and even stream music or video from each other.

This makes it great for groups of people (work, school, home, party), now you only need to take only one photo and share it with everybody else next time you’re all connected to the same Wi-Fi hotspot.

Sending documents, music, family videos between your mobile, tablet or computer has never been easier or faster, best of all it doesn’t even matter what Operating system you’re running, Windows, Mac, Linux, it doesn’t matter, all you need is FrostWire and a Wi-Fi router. It just works.

World class Gesture Based Music Player

We’ve redesigned our music player for simplicity and convenience. FrostWire’s music player is the world’s first gesture based music player, we built it thinking of drivers in mind, no need to take your eyes off the road if you want to switch songs or pause/resume playback.

On this version we’ve introduced a beautiful new design with a 3D presentation of the album art currently being played. It also has functionality to share or un-share the file you’re currently listening to without having to browse or find the file on your device.

Easier Navigation

We’ve recreated the navigation system on the application, it now has a beautiful animated and responsive slide in menu that will take you anywhere in the app, with room for future functionality, and if you’re playing a song you will be able to see the album art of the song being played.

We’ve also implemented a custom “Back” history handler so that you can backtrack perfectly the screens you’ve navigated as you used the app. You now have random access navigation through the menu, and sequential access navigation through the Android’s back key.

We’ve added new controls to let you instantly filter your own files and see which are being shared on the Wi-Fi network and which aren’t in just one touch.

Install FrostWire on your Android and spread the word, the more the merrier, it’s absolutely free.

Install FrostWire via Google Play.

Download the .apk installer.

[1] FrostWire's Deep-Smart search uses the most popular torrent indexing services to fetch torrent files, then FrostWire opens these files and searches for the individual files indexed by the torrent. As FrostWire searches it remembers the files it's seen in the past to make your next searches instantaneous.

[2] Only on in 2012 it was announced users had shared over 4 million Creative Commons licensed videos. FrostWire also taps on, the internet's biggest sound and music community of content creators, bands, singers and DJs that pay to make their music available for free to the SoundCloud community. If you share your content on YouTube or SoundCloud you're automatically available to the millions of FrostWire users on both Desktop and Android. Integration with more popular cloud services to come in the next releases.

When you download and install FrostWire you must agree that you will not use it for the purpose of copyright infringement otherwise the software won't work. FrostWire condemns copyright infringement. Downloading FrostWire does not constitute permission or a license for obtaining or distributing unauthorized files. It is illegal for you to distribute copyrighted files without permission. If you want to know about legal content you can download and distribute legally please visit,,, and

Quick Peek at the next generation of FrostWire for Android (1.0.x)

Test the 1.0.0 beta installer

Here’s a sneak peak of the next generation flagship file sharing client for the mobile world.
This next generation will include a brand new user interface with a more streamlined experience, you’ll be able to search, access and consume your files better than ever with FrostWire for Android, which will integrate tightly with FrostWire for Desktop, no matter on what operating system you run, with absolutely no setup required, just run and share.

Get the current version of FrostWire for Android free today, as soon as 1.0 is out you will receive the update message.

New FrostWire for Android with improved search

Download FrostWire for Android now

The latest version of FrostWire for Android addresses very important issues affecting search experience.

We’ve made a number of improvements in our search algorithm, we’ve improved local indexing (the more you search the better it gets) and we’ve made the process of searching a bit more interactive so you have a clue what’s going on during search.

International users should be able to find more files as we’ve fixed a few UTF-8 encoding issues we found on the Azureus core, so files with non western characters should be easier to find.

The response from users that installed or upgraded the app during this week tells us that we’re on the right path to a 1.0 release.

If you also have a desktop computer running FrostWire and you’re not using FrostWire to transfer files from or to your PC, boy, are you missing out, take a look at these videos.

Full Changelog

FrostWire 0.9.12
– Search performance improvements.
– Better international search thanks to improved special character support.
– Search status UI feedback improvemens.
– Search results remain on screen when the device is tilted.
– Search results remain after a transfer has been started.
– New animated media player status bar for easy access to media player.

FrostWire for Android 0.5.1, now with 3G/4G support

Download FrostWire for Android

The top request by the FrostWire for Android community was being able to use the application outside a WiFi network, wel the first version with 3G/4G support is finally available.

This new release brings a few new Features like “Send File To Chat”, you will also notice subtle but useful changes to the User Interface and User Experience.

After FrostWire 0.5.x, we’ll be dropping support for older Androids still running 1.6. According to our stats only 4% of the network was running 1.6 and this 4% was holding back the rest from some great ideas we had in the beginning on how to use multitouch, gestures and other features of Android +2.1. Other than that we believe Androids running newer versions of the operating system will handle the p2p networking technology a lot better.

Many more to come during the 0.5.x series, please report all bugs, crashes and give us your feedback on how to make the application better.

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Here’s the full changelog for 0.5.1:

FrostWire 0.5.0:
– New Feature: 3G/4G support. Use FrostWire outside your Wi-Fi network.
– New Feature: Send file(s) to chat. Long press on a file or select many, then send to the chatroom.
– UI-love: Updated look of Screen Headers. Tabs and Headers have new gradient looks and look well across all devices.
Better looking buttons on Transfers screen.
– UI-fix: Updated “Love FrostWire” section. No more donations until we integrate payment system.
Please rate us 5 stars on the Android Market if you like the app instead.
– UX-upgrade: Distances to peers now shown in both miles and kilometers (by popular demand)
– UX-upgrade: Peer Browsing is more frugal in screen real-state. Good for small screens.
– Drops support for Android 1.6 to favor health of the network with faster/better peers.
– Bug-fix: Fixes several reported (NPE) crashes.

Make sure you know your carrier rules regarding the use of P2P applications since you might be breaching your carrier contract by using this app in some countries. Also make sure you don’t leave FrostWire for Android running for a long time if you have a limited data transfer plan since you might exceed your plan limits.

FrostWire condemns Piracy

Since the FrostWire project started the FrostWire Team and community have worked hard to show the potential of p2p file-sharing as a legitimate and convenient mechanism of content delivery that can level the playing field for content creators all over the world who are willing to share some of their content for free.

We designed and built FrostWire for Android thinking of how the world should be, before FrostWire for Android the most social device by nature (your phone) was crippled when it came to connecting with people near you, it was a great device for remote interaction (email, phone, web browsing, tweeting, blogging) but not for close range interaction. Now you can connect and share one of the most precious assets in your mobile device with those around you, your files.

P2P filesharing will evolve as a content distribution model, we think there’s been plenty of schooling about illegal downloading over the world, we want to school the world on what legal file sharing is, specially in regards to music when you have over 8 million bands and singers in sites like myspace willing to share their music and be discovered, p2p is perfect for them.

We created FrostWire for Android initially for close range file sharing having in mind use cases like:

  • Groups of Friends and family sitting at the dinner table in a restaurant who are usually “texting”, tweeting and being disconnected from what’s in front of them. Now they have another way to interact with the people in front of them, they can exchange pictures, videos of earlier in the day and not be so technologically alienated. No need to have a rain check on that video you recorded of your friends hours earlier in the club, you can exchange the recently recorded memories while you’re having a slice of pizza at 3am on that open Wi-Fi of the pizzeria
  • Conferences and classrooms. Speakers can now share materials with the audience right from the phone, no need to give an URL for later, just grab the presentation, or the video, or the pictures, or the podcast related to the talk from my phone, right now.
  • Parents with smartphones usually have hundreds (if not thousands) of pictures and videos of their kids. You can now easily send in a short amount of time all those pictures and videos to your friends and family, more over, you can now share these files across all the android devices you have at home, think of tablets and tvs.
  • You’re part of an indie band and you want to share a few free tracks with your live audience, whip out your Android and tell the audience to start downloading those demo tracks right now, create buzz around your band after the show is over.
  • You are a shy person, you find yourself in a room full of hundreds of people, there’s an open Wi-Fi network, start FrostWire and see who’s around, the Chat is a great way to break the ice with other shy people around you.
  • Use FrostWire to promote your free Android Apps. FrostWire will only share Apps the user has installed and which are not copy protected (this also gives a level of protection against malware, you can’t just share malicious .apk files unless you have installed them on your own phone/device).
  • Search and Download thousands of Free Apps. You’ll actually see what people has installed on their phones, not some reviews or sketchy numbers on a website.
  • Sending files Wirelessly between your Android devices and PCs. FrostWire is a great way to transfer all the videos and pictures taken with your Smartphone into your computer without any hassle.

FrostWire for Android hits the Market

The Best BitTorrent client for Android Tablets, Phones and TV is here and in over 16 languages, free.

Get it now from the Android Market

What’s New?
– BitTorrent Support on WiFi, 3G, 4G.
– Browse and share with other Android devices on the WiFi network.
Stream music to FrostWire for Desktop 5.3+
– Share files with FrostWire for Desktop 5.3+
– Smart BitTorrent search powered by several torrent search engines.

FrostWire for Android is real and it gives your phone super powers #adHocMobileSocialFileSharingNetwork

This is a quick update for those of you that are not part of the Alpha Tester community on FrostWire for Android.

Don’t you think your smartphone is the most social device you own?
It was about time we could use our phones for more than talking, texting, emailing, micro-blogging, web-browsing and media creation/consumption. Your phone probably has a lot of stuff that you’ve been putting on it which could well be shared with others but never makes it out since it’s not very easy to do so.

We can’t think of any parent who has a smartphone with a high resolution camera who hasn’t taken hundreds of pictures and videos of her/his kids and doesn’t want to share with family and friends, same goes for all the party people every night, never uploading or sending hundreds of pictures to friends who would love to keep those fun memories for themselves… so many pictures and videos lost when they get a new phone or if they happen to reformat their phone’s memory. Those pictures you see on Facebook or Flickr, that’s but a fraction of all the pictures sitting on phones and cameras out there, it’ll only get worse as more and more people upgrade their cheap “dumb-phones” to smartphones.

We have this device which is probably the best representation of our real “social profile”, initially created to interact in one of the most intimate forms (voice) with our “social graph”, a device that is conveniently with us at all times, for some almost like an extension of ourselves. For some mysterious reason we can’t understand, smart-phones are crippled with inconvenience when it comes to sharing their contents with others: Slow transmission speeds (bluetooth and it’s device pairing), bad or non-existent file management tools (iPhone or Android phones don’t come with a file manager when it’s a fact your phone stores plenty of files, not everybody is dumb to understand a file manager, right?), bandwidth limitations (3g), distance limitations (bluetooth and it’s device pairing), file size limits (try attaching large files on emails), you name it, it’s almost like they don’t want you to use your phone to share files. We feel this is a great contradiction: “the most social ever device can’t easily share files“.

So we couldn’t just sit and wait for others to solve this problem and we set out to build the best file sharing app we could ever think off, An app specifically meant to run on Smart-phones, that if adopted by enough people it would instantly create one of the largest, real-time ad-hoc social networks, created by you and the people near you, no central entity peering over what you do, by the people, for the people.

No need to build profiles or sign up to anything, just open the application, connect and you’re part of a “social network” that starts with you and the files that represent who you are. If you want to put it in the hyped terms of the social media slang, it’s a real time social network where members get together for one common interest, their files.

There’s no central entity looking over your shoulder, we think human interaction is meant to occur from people to people. When you go to a cafe and start a conversation with someone you don’t tell the “barista” to record and relay all your words to a person, no intermediaries should be necessary for two people to share information.

We think our phones were initially built for that one on one communication, and now that they’re more than phones it’s about time they help some of us have social super-powers. With the chat features we believe that not only it will be a social-file-sharing app, but it’ll be a great way to break the ice if you find yourself in a place full of strangers (given the software will have mass adoption of course).

DOWN TO EARTH NOTE & PREDICTION: The social aspects of FrostWire for Android will only be truly appreciated once it’s adopted by a critical mass. In the surface it’ll feel just like a cool file sharing app, but it only takes a little imagination to think how it could be a very powerful social networking tool if over half of your city had a smartphone running it (then multiply by every city in the world). We’ll see.

Philosophical Vision aside, what did we do?

We can now say we have built the first mobile-p2p-file-sharing application in the world (please correct us otherwise if you’re already sharing files with lots of other phones, we also want to learn from competition).

Thanks to the Alpha Tester community feedback and to some inspiring technological events that occurred during the development of the application we decided to extend the sharing possibilities outside of the Local Wi-Fi network (the original concept was only for local network file sharing), now FrostWire for Android can interact with other peers via the Internet using a Wi-Fi Internet enabled connection. We think you’ll have a greater chance to serendipitously meet other FrostWire users in person if they get used to launch the application everytime they’re on a Wi-Fi internet enabled network.

When we saw that Apple launched Face-Time on the iPhone 4 and we saw that they were doing it ONLY via Wi-Fi (using standard port mapping and NAT traversal tech), and people took it like Kool-Aid (as in no revolt for lack of 3G support), we thought: “hell, we are network geeks, we can do that and better blindfolded with one hand tied to our backs”. Jokes aside (all the respect to the Cupertino coders), a couple of weeks later we had all the code for port mapping and peer rendezvous, we immediately noticed how the application usage and feedback from users surged almost exponentially . The app was more useful once you could use it over longer distances while still keeping all the core design for super fast transfers on a local level.

Currently the app is doing almost everything we intended, it allows browsing files from other peers, suggesting files (from your phone or other phone) to other peer or many (via chat-room), it allows downloading files (even large ones, tested up to 1Gb files) locally and over the internet, and it now supports pure p2p search.

We are now focusing on making sure the user experience is as convenient and natural as it can be, so expect an open beta announcement in the following weeks, and an appearance on all android markets shortly after that.

More will be revealed in time. This is only the beginning of what’s in store.

For the adventurous of heart
If you don’t mind trying software that might crash (or even break your phone) you can go ahead and install the latest alpha installer. Try it at your own risk, (If you have issues, it’s expected, it’s still alpha and we’re working on it with well over 300 testers that drill us with no compassion), the app can be highly addictive, it can be quite fun to look at other people’s shared files.

Now go! don’t be a freeloader and break your phone for the sake of freedom and privacy.