Downloading stuff 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. I think FDM is the best alternative to IDM (Internet Download Manager).
The tips I will share will help you make FDM fully utilize your bandwidth. That means increased speed. This guide won’t magically increase your bandwidth. You need to contact your ISP for that if your bandwidth is limiting FDM download speeds.
How to make FDM download faster?
Today, I will be sharing some settings that will help you increase your download speeds in FDM. Let’s get started:
Free Download Manager lets you download files from the Internet via proxy servers.
Keep Proxy disabled if you have no idea what it is. Go to
Settings » Network
Under the Proxy setting, select No Proxy.
If you have limited your download speed somehow or put no restriction on the upload speed, then that could be one of the reasons why Free Download Manager is slow.
In Settings, 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.
Some files rely on P2P (peer-to-peer) connections to distribute files. That means the more peers, the better the download speeds.
Change the Maximum number of connections to 10 or more. It will make your downloads faster, especially if you are downloading Torrent files.
Downloading a lot of items at once influences the overall bandwidth. As a result, FDM won’t utilize the full speed of your internet connection.
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.
Sometimes, some services or apps use your internet data in the background. Sometimes it’s your OS that keeps itself updating the background.
In both cases, Free Download Manager won’t have enough bandwidth to download your files at full speed.
To fix that, set your current Ethernet or WiFi as Metered Connection.
Some antivirus software and even your PC’s firewall can sometimes interfere with FDM. That usually happens if the files you’re downloading are infected.
Though I won’t recommend turning them off, but if the files you are downloading are really important for you, then you can try to turn off antivirus and firewall temporarily and see if it helps.
I tried all of these settings on my FDM, and I was able to increase download speeds.
If you have doubts or suggestions, then feel free to share them below.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does Free Download Manager (FDM) cost?
Free Download Manager is a freeware software and doesn’t require you to pay anything.
What operating systems are supported by FDM?
Currently, FDM supports Windows, macOS, Android, and Linux.
Does FDM supports downloading torrents?
Yes, Free Download Manager fully supports BitTorrent protocol and enables you to download torrents.