Downloading has become an essential part of our lives. It’s the best way of having an offline copy of the music, video, movie, or anything else in your device’s storage so that you can watch it anytime and as many times as you want.
Not everyone can afford a blazing fast internet connection to stream music, videos, and movies right away, and that’s why they download the content of their liking.
Internet Download Manager (IDM) made our lives easier. But the worst part is that it’s not free. Then Free Download Manager (FDM) took the crown due to its “100% Free” price tag.
FDM has all the features that IDM has like downloads grabber, accelerator, bandwidth limiter, etc. In my opinion, FDM is the best alternative to Internet Download Manager or IDM.
6 Settings to Increase FDM Download Speed
Today, we’ll be sharing some settings that will help you increase your download speeds in FDM. Let’s get started:
Setting #1. Keep Proxy Disabled
Keep Proxy disabled if you have no idea what it is. Go to Settings » Network
Under the Proxy setting, select No Proxy.
Setting #2. Change Traffic Limits
Change Traffic Limits to create a custom profile. Set ‘Unlimited’ for Download speed. Then set Upload speed to ‘1’ which is the least possible value.
There are some files that consume your bandwidth by uploading the files to peers. This way uploading will be limited.
Setting #3. Change Maximum Number of Connections
Change the Maximum number of connections to ’10’ or more. It will make your downloads faster, especially if you are downloading torrents.
Setting #4. Change Maximum Number of Simultaneous Downloads
Change the Maximum number of simultaneous downloads to ‘2’ or ‘3’. That depends on how many downloads you want to keep active at a time.
Setting #5. Enable Metered Connection
Set your current Ethernet or WiFi as Metered Connection. This will disable all kinds of background internet usage by your Windows or Mac OS like updates, maintenance services, etc.
This is an optional step because it’s always recommended to keep your OS updated.
Setting #6. Temporarily Disable Antivirus/Firewall
Antivirus software and firewall can interfere with FDM. If you use any, try to temporarily disable them and observe the difference in downloading speed.
If you have doubts or suggestion then feel free to share them in the comments section below 🙂