Internet Download Manager (IDM) is probably the best download manager used for downloading files quickly. It increases download speeds as high as 5 times the normal download speeds. Error recovery and resume functionality will resume broken or interrupted downloads due to network problems, lost connections, computer shutdown or any other reason.
Simple GUI (Graphic User interface) makes IDM user-friendly and easy to use. IDM has a smart download logic accelerator that uses dynamic file segmentation and multiple downloading technology to accelerate downloads.
It includes multilingual support; download categories, zip preview, virus scanning after completing download, HTTPS support, sound notification on different events, queue processor, download accelerator and many more.
There are various ways to speed-up downloads and maximize IDM’s utility functions. Some are given below:
Customize your default settings
Open IDM and click on “Downloads" menu, and then select “Options".
IDM configuration window will open. Select “Connection" tab.
Select High speed: Direct Connection from “Connection Type/Speed" drop-down values.
Select 16 or 24 from “Default maximum connection" drop-down values.
This will enable IDM to create 16 or 24 simultaneous connections as compared to 8 by default. But be warned that if you have a slow Internet connection, you should not create more than 8 connections as it will slow down the transfer rate instead of speeding up.
Limiting Download speeds
IDM slows down browsing speed while downloading. User can limit download speed if do not want to stop download.
Open downloading progress window of a file.
Open “Speed Limiter" tab.
Check the box of “Use speed limit".
Select limiting speed as required.
Change IDM’s Temporary folder
User can change default temporary folder of IDM if C:\ Drive has less space
Open IDM and click on “Downloads" tab, then select “Options".
IDM configuration window will open. Select “Save To" tab.
Find “Temporary Directory" section at bottom, select your desired location by clicking “Browse".
Virus scanning after completing download
Open IDM’s configuration window.
Select “Downloads" tab.
Go to “Virus Checking" section, and select “.exe" file of your anti-virus application.
Add a link manually
If downloading is slow using a specific browser and the browser does not support IDM, the user can add a link to IDM manually.
Open IDM and click on Add URL button.
Paste the required link in address bar and press OK button.
These features generally help everyone. There are many more functionalities of IDM that can be used according to user. The bottom line is that if you are an avid Internet Download Manager user and want to make the most out of it, you will need to customize it according to your own needs and not rely on the default configurations. Which settings do you customize when you are using IDM?