Wordle caused a massive internet explosion upon its release, and it still holds a spotlight on our social media posts today. It's not just the game's puzzle-solving premise that caused such a spike in popularity. It's about the shared experience that happens globally. Everyone competes to solve the daily word puzzle and then ultimately brag or rant over their results, all sharing a similar experience. This is why Wordle is such a powerful game, it sparks tons of conversations everywhere you go, but amazingly enough, it's also an entertaining game with simple-to-learn rules.
Of course, with how popular Wordle is, you'd think it would offer its own Android app, but it doesn't. In fact, the app you're looking for is in the form of a progressive web app acquired directly from The New York Times' website. Luckily, progressive web apps still offer a seamless app-like experience on your Android device, and we will walk you through step-by-step how to set up and install the Wordle web app while teaching you how to play and share your experience.
While a native app doesn't exist for Wordle, the next best option is pinning the progressive web app to your home screen for an app-like experience that launches just like a native Android app.
How to install Wordle on your Android phone
- Open Google Chrome.
- Navigate to Wordle's homepage https://www.nytimes.com/games/wordle/index.html.
- Click the three vertical dots in the upper right to access the overflow menu.
- Tap on Add to Home screen > Add.3 Images
- Tap Add again in the secondary pop-up to finish; Wordle is now on your home screen.
Customizing your Wordle settings
You'll have a few options to tinker with that may enhance your overall experience.
- To access your settings, tap on the gear icon at the top right corner.
- A menu will display some options: Hard Mode, Dark Theme, and High Contrast Mode.2 Images
- To turn on any of these options, tap on the slider until it is highlighted green or orange (for high contrast mode).
Turning on hard mode will force you to use revealed hints in your subsequent guesses; this will help users structure guesses around the green and yellow letters — no more wasting and repeating letters.
The dark theme inverts the colors found on the app, so if you prefer a darker background with white font, turn that on.
High contrast mode is strongly recommended to be turned on if you're color-blind. The yellow is replaced by blue coloring, and the green is replaced by orange.
Understanding Wordle's gameplay
Wordle’s premise is relatively simple: you’re given six attempts to guess a 5-letter word, with new words to guess every day. After each attempt at guessing the word, the letters in your word will offer hints to solve the puzzle. If a letter contains a green background, this means you guessed the proper letter in the correct spot. Anything with a yellow background indicates you’ve guessed the correct letter, but it’s in the wrong spot. And finally, letters with gray backgrounds are not in the word at all, which means you can skip them in your following guesses. This adds up to just enough clues throughout six turns to figure out the word of the day.
Playing Wordle is similar to playing a word detective game. You’re always on the lookout to optimizing your guesses to gain more clues. These clues you’ll use to improve your later attempts. This process can be performed efficiently and effortlessly by placing goals on each attempt. Knowing how to form your starting word and what strategies to apply after is precisely how you’ll crack the daily word. So make sure to check out our Tips & Tricks Wordle guide if you'd like to sharpen your skills further.
How to play Wordle
- Navigate to your home screen and open the Wordle web app shortcut.
- Wordle’s ruleset box pops up. Once you’ve reviewed the rules, close the ruleset box to get to the gameplay.
- A blank 5 x 6 grid is displayed. Each row is where you’ll enter your word, starting at the top. New attempts start in the following row.3 Images
- Using your keyboard, enter any 5-letter common word and tap Enter. Each letter in your word gets highlighted (green, yellow, and gray) along with the corresponding keys on the keyboard. Use these clues to guess more 5-letter words. Keep the green letters where they are, move the yellow letters to new spots before they turn green, all while avoiding any gray letters. You have a limit of 6 guesses.3 Images
- If you guess the correct word, the entire row is highlighted green. You’ll see the word ‘impressive’ once you’re done. Congratulations, you’ve solved the daily puzzle!
- To play more puzzles, you have to wait for the daily reset, as there is a new puzzle daily. Once you get a streak going, a box keeping track of your stats displays on the screen along with the reset timer.
Remember, Wordle uses common words. Your first word should include as many common letters as you can; vowels are your best friends. Picking a starting default 5-letter word that hits the criteria helps immensely. Don’t forget duplicate letter possibilities, but leave these for your later attempts. If you’re ever stuck, open the web browser and search a word list to help get your gears turning again.
How to share your results online
- After solving a word puzzle, you can post your results online by tapping on Share.
- Tap on Share to access more options. You can directly choose an app to post your result or copy the text to post anywhere. Your results only show colored boxes – so no worries about potential spoilers or leaking personal data.
- Alternatively, you can screenshot and crop your stats box and upload that as an image instead.
Foreseeing Wordle's legacy
Wordle remains untouched today, even if concerns about the free-to-play structure would disappear after the New York Times' acquisition. Sure, the initial move was off to a rough start, but the overall experience has thankfully remained the same. The creator initially planned for his game to stop in 2027, but the acquisition may mean Wordle's life expectancy will be higher than expected.
If you're digging your experiences so far, you may want to consider trying Wordle on hard mode. Who knows, maybe you'll be surprised how much you'll level up your word-solving skills by taking on more challenges.