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27 top hacks for playing Wordle on your phone

Every now and then, a new viral craze sweeps through mobile phone users leaving everyone hooked. Temple Run, Flappy Bird and Among Us have all had their time in the sun. But this time it’s Wordle’s turn. If you’re wondering what all the fuss is about or just want to get better at this game, then we’ve got all the answers right here. The gaming geeks at Gadget Cover have put together this ultimate list of 27 top Wordle tips and tricks. Each one will help you crack word of the day in the least possible attempts.

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Contents

  1. Beware of imitations
  2. Pin Wordle to your home screen
  3. Be clear on how to play
  4. Play more than one Wordle a day
  5. Start with the same word every time
  6. If something isn’t working, change it
  7. Start with a new word every time
  8. Figure out the best starting word – vowels are key
  9. Know the most common letters
  10. Watch out for letters that might show up more than once
  11. Get to know your digraphs
  12. Pick two very different words for the first two lines
  13. Know what not to start with
  14. If in doubt, experiment
  15. Guess a deliberately wrong word
  16. Use a thesaurus or dictionary to find useful words
  17. Play other word games
  18. Read a book
  19. Be patient and wait for inspiration
  20. Don’t stress
  21. Break out the pen and paper
  22. Share your success online – without spoiling it for everyone else
  23. Use the same browser every day
  24. Cheat
  25. Don't overlook the gear icon
  26. Too easy you say, then try Hard mode
  27. Getting bored? Try some of these Wordle alternatives

 

What is Wordle?

This free-to-play online brain teaser has skyrocketed in popularity since late 2021. The object of the game is to use clues to guess the secret five-letter word of the day, which changes every day. Most importantly, you only have six tries to guess the word correctly. If you fail, you lose.

It lies somewhere between a crossword puzzle and a sudoku and is very addictive. Particularly as you can easily share your success through social media, with all the bragging rights that entails.

As with many popular games there are lots of strategies fans swear by to get ahead in this game. Whether you’re a noob who’s wondering how to get started or a seasoned Wordler who wants to up their game, then we’ve got some practical tips for you.

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1. Beware of imitations

For anyone who’s grown up with the belief there’s ‘an app’ for everything, it may be shocking to hear that Wordle is completely web-based. So, if you go searching for Wordle in Google Play or the App Store then be aware that you’ll only find some pale imitations. To get the true Wordle experience you need to use the website. That said, many of those rival games are also worth your time.

2. Pin Wordle to your home screen

While there’s no Wordle app and you can’t download it on your iPhone or Android device, there’s still a convenient way to play it. Simply pin the Wordle website to your phone’s Home Screen using the Safari or Chrome browser (or any other browser for that matter). So, when it’s next time to play Wordle, it’s just a click away.

To add Wordle to your Home Screen in iOS:

  • Open Wordle on Safari.
  • Tap the Share button below the search bar.
  • Select Add to Home Screen.
  • Tap Add.
  • A Wordle icon will now appear on Home Screen. Simply tap and play.

To add Wordle to Home Screen in Android:

  • Open Wordle in Chrome.
  • Tap the 3-dots at the top right hand corner of your screen.
  • Tap Add to Home Screen.
  • Tap Add.
  • A Wordle icon will now appear on Home Screen. Simply tap and play.

3. Be clear on how to play

Just like any great game, it’s certainly possible for you to throw yourself into Wordle and learn as you go along. However, just like finding the right mobile phone insurance you’ll get much better results if you do some research beforehand.

To get started, simply enter any five-letter word into the box and hit enter. The colour of the letter tiles will now change. If any of the letters get highlighted as green, that means you’ve got the right letter in the right place.

If any of the letters get highlighted in yellow, that means those letters are in the word, but they’re currently in the wrong place.

Finally, if any of the letters get highlighted in grey, it means those letters aren’t included anywhere in today’s word.

Keep going until you solve it or run out of attempts.

4. Play more than one Wordle a day

To get in some practice and rival other more experienced players then you’ll want to play more than one Wordle a day. However, there’s only one puzzle released each day, so how can you go about doing this?

Well, for real obsessives there’s also Wordle Unlimited. So, even after you've completed Wordle’s daily word, you can keep playing.

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5. Start with the same word every time

Perhaps the most popular ‘hack’ and one that’s open to constant debate is starting the Wordle with the same word every time. This is a great way to build up a baseline strategy for every game. Who knows, eventually you might even pick the right word on your first attempt. That’s something well worth bragging about!

6. If something isn’t working, change it

Over time every player begins to develop their own strategy that seems to work for them. However, Wordle isn’t ‘just’ a word puzzle. It’s also a bit of a mind game that can really get your brain into some unusual positions. If you’re starting with the same word every time and it’s no longer working, then why not kick-off tomorrow’s Wordle with something completely different?

7.Start with a new word every time

Some players argue that mixing it up a bit and trying something new each game will make you much more successful in the long run. Even if you don’t agree, over time it’ll certainly extend your vocabulary of five-letter words.

8. Figure out the best starting word – vowels are key

Depending on what Wordle expert you ask, the answer to the above question may be slightly different. And in fact, there’s still a lot of disagreement over this. But something that many agree on is the need for this word to contain a multitude of vowels.

As any school child knows, A, E, I, O, or U are essential to English words. Indeed, they’re some of the language’s most commonly occurring letters. Unfortunately, there are no five-letter words that are made up entirely of vowels. So, the best we can offer are five-letter words containing four of them. Examples include Adieu, Audio, Miaou and Ouija.

Although just the other week the NME revealed that ‘crane’ was the ideal starting word. We’re not convinced.

9. Know the most common letters

We still think words with plenty of vowels are a great start, but that doesn’t mean you should ignore some of the English language’s other most used letters. The word gurus over at the Oxford English Dictionary have assured us that among consonants, R, T and N take the top three spots. Could the word ‘antre’ be a good start for tomorrow’s Wordle? It means cavern or cave and might be worth a go.

10. Watch out for letters that might show up more than once

A green tile in one spot doesn’t necessarily mean it won’t appear somewhere else in the word. Wordler’s get annoyed when this happens and accuse the game of ruining their day. The last time this happened was in February when ‘spill’ appeared as Wordle 252.

11. Get to know your digraphs

Digraphs are a combination of two letters that create one sound in a word. For example, ‘th’, ‘ch’, ‘st’ ‘ph’, ‘er’, ‘on’ and ‘an’ are all useful pairs of letters worth knowing.

12. Pick two very different words for the first two lines

Playing Wordle is really a process of elimination. So, following your first guess with a word that contains entirely different letters may help narrow down the secret word quicker.

13. Know what not to start with

If you want to make your life harder, choosing a consonant-laden word like ‘xylyl’ could be an interesting option. Who knows? It could be your lucky day!

14. If in doubt, experiment

If you’re stuck, then why not try a little experimentation? If the word you enter isn’t in Wordle’s official list, then it won't be counted as one of your attempts.

15. Guess a deliberately wrong word

An interesting strategy used by many players is to deliberately guess an incorrect word. It may sound counter-intuitive but it’s actually a great way to eliminate potential letters.

Confused? Then let’s explain. Imagine you have made some great moves and been rewarded with four green tiles spelling out a-t-c-h. You’re just missing the first letter. Surely the solution is within your grasp but there’s a problem. Can you see what it is yet?

The answer could be patch, catch, hatch, latch, batch, match, or watch. How are you going to eliminate options? Well, by deliberately guessing the incorrect words 'caput' and 'blows' you can significantly narrow down the number of possible solutions.

16. Use a thesaurus or dictionary to find useful words

Using an old-fashioned dictionary or thesaurus can be a great help if you’re looking for a five-letter word beginning with p-r-o for example. However, online word tools such as WordHippo are even niftier. You can choose the tool to search for words of varying lengths and with different characteristics. Very handy indeed.

17. Play other word games

Just like any skill, practice makes perfect. And so it is with word puzzles. Playing Scrabble, Upwords, Boggle or Bananagrams with family or friends will help keep things fresh and keep your word skills in tip-top shape. It also gives you time away from your electronic devices and is a lot of fun!

And don’t ignore the traditional crossword puzzles, they will really test your creative problem solving and vocabulary skills.

Playing other word games is a fun way to spend time with your family. But if you let other family members play Wordle on your phone then you’ll want mobile phone insurance from a company like Gadget Cover. Policies arranged by our team can also protect against damage and other problems caused when a family member is using the gadget.

18. Read a book

The more words you know, the better you’ll get at this game. And there’s no better way to expand your vocabulary than by reading. Whether fact or fiction, sci-fi or classics, poetry or comics, it’ll all add to your vocabulary arsenal for tomorrow’s Wordle.

19. Be patient and wait for inspiration

If all of this sounds like a lot of work and effort, there is another way. Some fans claim that emptying their mind and staring blankly at the screen until the eureka moment hits it the path to success. A very zen approach.

20. Don’t stress

While we all love proving our Wordle Master credentials by solving the daily puzzle in one or two attempts, it's unlikely to become a habit. So don't worry if today’s Wordle is taking a bit longer to solve. Slow and steady often wins the race.

21. Break out the pen and paper

Sometimes, you just need a break from looking at the same old screen. So, take out a piece of paper and write out the letters you already have with blank spots for letters that still need to be guessed. You never know when inspiration may jump out at you.

22. Share your success online – without spoiling it for everyone else

There’s nothing worse than toiling over the daily puzzle only to be accidentally told the answer by someone bragging online. To help keep the secret, Wordle allows users to share their success online using an emoji grid to hide the letters. Phew!

23. Use the same browser every day

Because there's no sign-in for Wordle, the only way to keep track of your daily progress is by using cookies. So, you'll want to make sure you're using the same device and browser to play every day.

And if you regularly clear out cookies, you’ll want to make an exception for Wordle's cookies, so you don't lose your performance record.

24. Cheat

A five-letter word no one likes to admit to. But sometimes, when you’ve had a long day and you find yourself struggling with the daily Wordle, cheating is very hard to resist. Particularly when it’s so easy to do.

Perhaps the ultimate cheat is to log on to one of the many websites which are updated daily with the latest answer and its definition.

And before you ask, yes Googling “words ending in i-s-t” is still cheating.

25. Don't overlook the gear icon

Like any great game, Wordle is simple to pick up and play. But that doesn’t mean you can’t make changes if you like. Hit the gear icon and head to the settings page where you can make a number of tweaks to the game playing experience.

For example, select the Dark Theme to replace the all-white background with an easy-on-the-eye all-black background. For those who have difficulty differentiating colours there’s also a High-Contrast Mode to make it easier to read.

26. Too easy you say, then try Hard mode

While you’re in settings, why not try your puzzle powers against Hard mode? This tweaks the game play by making you include every clue you’ve picked up so far in your guess. So if you've got a green tile and two yellows already you’ll have to use all of those letters in subsequent guesses.

While this does make the game harder, if you want to get better at it and solve the puzzle in as few rounds as possible then it’s great practice.

27. Getting bored? Try these Wordle alternatives

Wordle’s world-conquering popularity has given rise to a limitless number of alternative games well worth playing. From those limited to Disney words, Ye Olde English spellings, or making you solve eight at once, there are plenty of ways to get your guessing game high.

When you’ve finished with today’s Wordle, why not try one of these?

  • Absurdle
    When you start a game of Absurdle, the system doesn’t have a mysterious word of the day already chosen for you to discover. Instead, in an interesting twist, it decides on what that word will be on the basis of the words you enter as guesses. Do you dare pit your wits against the mighty Absurdle?
  • Sweardle
    Billed as the sweary four-letter word guessing game, this is great fun. Definitely NSFW.
  • Lewdle
    Another one for the potty-mouthed. Lewdle is a game all about the very rudest words known to humanity. If you're likely to be offended by profanity, vulgarity or obscenity, then this is not for you.
  • Heardle
    Music lovers will get a kick out of this game. Heardle sets players the challenge of guessing a song based on the intro. Just like Wordle, you only have six guesses, with each hint revealing more and more of the song. Unless you want to disturb those nearby you'll need to wear headphones for this game. Make sure to invest in mobile phone insurance that also covers accessories lost, damaged or stolen at the same time as your phone.
  • Survivle
    A mash-up of both Wordle and Absurdle, in this challenging alternative the aim of the game is to keep guessing the wrong answer. So, if you’re rubbish at Wordle, maybe you’ll be brilliant at Survivle.
  • Worldle
    If words aren’t quite your thing, then how about geography? The game of Worldle asks you to identify a country, using only a silhouette of its shape and the clues that you discover. Each wrong guess gives you vital information including how far your guess is from the correct answer, what relative direction the location is from your guess, and percentage proximity. This is a great game for those who love to travel. But if you do decide to play it while on holiday, be sure that your mobile phone insurance covers your phone abroad.

So, what do you think? Do you think any of these 27 top hacks will help you get better at Wordle on your phone? If you have any further ideas, then comment below and we’ll see if we can add them to the list. Just don’t spoil today’s Wordle for us!

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