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How to install Wordle on an iPhone or Android phone

How to install Wordle on an iPhone or Android phone
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If you are wondering how to install Wordle on your iPhone or Android phone, then you're in luck as we have the answer. The popular word game was acquired by the New York Times and while the paper of record moved the game to its own site, it remains a simple process to install it on any mobile phone for free.

Wordle is a simple word game created by Josh Wardle that has captured the attention of many users thanks to its simplicity and limited nature. Whether you are just trying it for the first time or are already a Wordle fiend, we have a quick and easy method on iOS or Android to place the game on your home screen like an app.

Wordle is playable once per day and gives you six chances to guess that day's word with color-coded hints after each guess. Yellow indicates the letter is in the word, but in the wrong spot and green indicates you got it dead on. If you opt to play in hard mode you will have to reuse any letters that were yellow or green in the previous round. For those familiar with the game show Lingo from the 80's and early 2000's, it's similar to that game or a word-based version of the code-breaking boardgame Mastermind. Once you've installed the game here are some tips on how to play Wordle.

The limited nature of the game is part of the appeal as you can't spend too much time playing Wordle and the ease of sharing your result for the day with the visually pleasing colored grid has helped contribute to the game's virality. Others are leaching off its success by releasing paid clone apps in the App Store and Google Play, but the original remains the most popular and is thankfully still free after the move to the New York Times.

How to install Wordle on iOS: Share sheet, Add to Home Screen and then Add.

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How to install Wordle on your iPhone

That's it, Wordle will now appear on your home screen just like any other app. The one caveat for this is that it won't bring over your current streak. Wordle isn't presently designed to carry over between browsers or devices, so you will have to start fresh.

How to install Wordle on Android: Overflow menu, Add to Home Screen and Add.

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How to install Wordle on your Android phone

That's it, Wordle will now appear on your home screen just like any other app. Just like on iOS the one caveat is that it won't bring over your current streak. Wordle isn't presently designed to carry over between browsers or devices, so you will have to start fresh.

Sean Riley has been covering tech professionally for over a decade now. Most of that time was as a freelancer covering varied topics including phones, wearables, tablets, smart home devices, laptops, AR, VR, mobile payments, fintech, and more.  Sean is the resident mobile expert at Laptop Mag, specializing in phones and wearables, you'll find plenty of news, reviews, how-to, and opinion pieces on these subjects from him here. But Laptop Mag has also proven a perfect fit for that broad range of interests with reviews and news on the latest laptops, VR games, and computer accessories along with coverage on everything from NFTs to cybersecurity and more.