Wordle has become an instant hit since its appearance. The word game was developed by software engineer Josh Wardle and was recently picked up by The New York Times on January 31, 2022. The objective of the game is quite simple: uncover the five-letter mystery word of the day.
Due to its success, we have seen several clones of the game released from Android and iOS app stores. However, none of them are the real Wordle game. This fact is that there is no application to play the real game. Instead, everything happens directly from the browser. Even so, we can give you some tips for getting the “real” experience on your smartphone while making it more convenient, just like clicking and launching an app.
The game gives you six chances and you will lose if you do not answer correctly on the sixth try. To determine which is the correct word, you can type any five-letter word, and Wordle will tell if any of the letters are in the mystery word. If so, it will let you know if it is in the exact location or not. Then you can use the knowledge to expand the second word, which will eventually give the correct letters and locations to build the mystery world on or before the sixth attempt.
Wordle and the multitude of copiers
As we mentioned earlier, the original Wardle Wordle can only be read on the web, through a browser. Therefore, apps seen in the App Store are mostly clones. While things are wilder in the Google Play Store, Apple has consistently removed copycats from the App Store due to them violating developer guidelines.
Sometimes Wordle clones can be addictive. After all, they offer unlimited gameplay, whereas Wardle’s version only gives a mystery word once a day. As we mentioned before, the fact that NYT bought the game could mean that in the future it will no longer be a free game. It’s only a matter of time before the company adds it to its paid platform. You will therefore have to go through a paywall to enjoy the game. To avoid this and continue playing, you can download a copy for offline play.
The process of getting the game on your smartphone is simple and a bit obvious. But not everyone is familiar with this. It’s also a good way to make things more convenient by simulating the act of clicking and launching an app.
How to install Wordle on your iPhone
To install the game on your iPhone, you just need to visit Wardle website Where The New York Times in Safari. you can tap the share icon and select “Add to Home Screen”. After that, just click the button to “Add” the shortcut. You can even give it a different name.
The Wordle app will appear on your home screen. Interestingly, it will also be present in your app library. However, if you remove the app icon or bookmark from your home screen, you will also remove the game from the app library.
The positive point is that once opened, the game has its own window. The reason is that it is a “Progressive Web App”.
How to add Wordle to your Android home screen
In the same form, the process to install it on your Android smartphone uses the shortcut function of the browser. All you have to do is visit one of the websites, click on the three-dot menu (in Chrome for example), and then press the “Add to Home Screen” shortcut.
The catch is that Android’s feature adds a small widget in the form of an app icon. So you will have to move it to the exact place you want on your home screen. The problem is, unlike iOS or iPadOS, the Wordle app won’t appear in your app drawer.
It should be noted, however, that like iOS, the app also opens in its own tab due to its Progressive Web App status.
As you can see above, the process of getting Wordle apps is quite simple. The process should also be similar if you want to add another “Progressive Web App” to your smartphone. Special credit to Smartphone gadget hacks for this simple but very useful tutorial.