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6 Settings To Boost FDM Downloads (Free Download Manager)

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 Β» Network

Disable Proxy in FDM

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 connectionsΒ to ’10’ or more. It will make your downloads faster, especially if you are downloading torrents.

Bandwidth Limit FDM

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 πŸ™‚

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11 thoughts on “6 Settings To Boost FDM Downloads (Free Download Manager)”

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  2. Hey Ritesh Saini ,

    Great post with effective tips and settings to boost FDM. It is true that downloading has become an important part of our lives, but can be annoying sometimes if the downloading speed slows down.

    Your each of the suggested steps for doing several settings are so clear, easy to understand and follow, whereas following these steps will be helpful and will boost FDM downloading speed. Doing these setting will absolutely make the downloading speed faster.

    Truly helpful post and thanks for sharing.

    • Theoritically its all right but FDM really uses it in its engine… not sure. Its actual behaviour don’t shows so. Dont believe me.. check it out! πŸ˜‰

  3. My Wi-Fi usually downloads stuff at 1.5 Mbs/second but sometimes local problems happen and it drops to 1M and such. Today, my FDM was downloading at a 100Kbs/second and there were some local problems. After following this guide, it rose up to 600Kbs/seconds. Thank you.

  4. Unfortunately It did nothing for me as it’s still stuck at 2.9 Mb/s :'( I dont know what to do anymore, a 4GB download takes a while

    • Sometimes it’s the downloading file’s server that limits the download speed. There’s nothing much you can do in that πŸ™‚

    • It depends on the download file’s server as well. Sometimes these servers restrict the bandwidth, and there’s nothing you can do about it.


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