Wordle: What is it, why is it popular, how to download, how to play, tips and tricks

Here's everything you need to know about the viral game, Wordle.

  • Wordle is an online Word game developed by Josh Wardle.
  • Players have to guess the word with the help of colour hints.
  • Currently, it’s limited to the website as there is no app for the viral game.

Unless you’re living under a rock, you must have come across the viral word game Wordle on your social media feed. Wordle is an online word guessing game where players have to guess a word based on colour hints provided by the game. The game suggests to players how close the letter is to order via the background colours of the block. Players get six chances to guess the day’s secret five-letter word (which changes every day).

Currently, the game is free to play on the website with no ads. 

What is Wordle?

Wordle is a simple online word game where players have to guess a word based on colour hints provided by the game. It gives the player six chances to guess the correct words of the day successfully. It was developed by Josh Wardle, a software engineer based in New York. Wardle made a prototype of the game back in 2013 and made it public at the pandemic for his partner, who loves to play word games.

Why is Wordle popular?

According to Wardle, the game went viral in November 2021 when technologist Andy Baio embedded the link to the game in a blog post. Wardle then made the game’s results easy to share by posting Green, Yellow, and Black square on Facebook and Twitter, among other social apps, for everyone. As users shared results on their socials, the games went viral. 

How to download Wordle?

Currently, the game is only accessible via the official website and cannot be downloaded as there is no app available at the moment. The creator also says he has no plan to release an app of the game (at least for now).

However, sensing an easy cash opportunity, many developed their own apps similar to the website that are likely to be removed soon. 

How to play Wordle?

Currently, you can head to the game’s website via smartphone or desktop and enjoy the game. 

The game is simple to play: when you make a guess in the game, the colour of the letter blocks changes to indicate how close you are to guessing the hidden word.

If you guess “Write,” and the letter W turns green, that means the secret word starts with a W. If you type the letter R and it turns yellow, that means the letter R is in the word but not in that spot. Any letters that aren’t in the word turn grey.

There is also a colour blind mode for folks who are colour blind.

Wordle tips and tricks

According to Wardle, there is no perfect way to make right guesses, although there is a huge debate among the fans revolving around the correct way to guess words. 

Some argue using vowels first (AEIOU) will surely help to get the right words quickly. On the other hand, some argue that using general consonants will help get the right words quickly. Some just casually type random words, whatever comes to the mind to simply play the game.

We recommend you try the game yourself, and if you are good at the game, please do share some tips in the comments below.