How to play Wordle: Starting words, tips & tricks

Wordle logo with a gameplay gridJosh Wordle / New York Times

If you’re wondering how to play Wordle, look no further, as our guide will take you through tips, tricks, and more that you’ll need in order to make the most of your skills and continue your daily green streak.

Since the game’s release, Wordle has become a household name — and there are plenty of other games like Wordle that can be played in 2022. Be it families coming together to solve for the Wordle word of the day, or friendly competition between friends to see who takes fewer guesses, the game has become a daily activity for many players.

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If you’re yet to jump on the Wordle hype train and have been wondering how to get started, we have you covered. Our guide features everything that you need to know about how to play Wordle — including tips for mastering this unique and fun word game.

Alternatively, if you’re trying to get some inspiration for today’s Wordle answer, make sure to check out our yesterday’s Wordle guide to help point you in the right direction.


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Cover art for wordle. New York Times
Here are some tips and tricks for how to play Wordle each day.

 

How to play Wordle

All you need to do to start playing Wordle is to visit the New York Times website and start guessing. Wordle can be accessed by anyone, from anywhere, as long as they have a working internet connection.

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The game’s words are updated daily, and once you have found the mystery word of the day, you will have to wait until the next day for another shot.

However, before you start guessing, you should note what the different colors in Wordle mean:

  • Green: This color appears when you guess the accurate position of a specific letter in the word.
  • Yellow: This color appears when you guess a letter accurately but get its position wrong in the word.
  • Gray: This color appears when you guess a letter that is not present in the word at all.
Rules for how to play Wordle.New York Times
Make sure to remember what each color stands for in Wordle.

Wordle tips and tricks 

Given that Wordle is a guessing game at the end of the day, the main objective is to guess the word accurately in as few attempts as possible. There are a few methods you can try to give yourself a headstart when you attempt to guess your next word:

  • Avoid repeating letters that have already been marked in gray.
  • Yellow-marked letters in the same position should be avoided so you don’t lose out on your limited chances.
  • Remember that the same letter can appear twice in a word. This means that if a specific letter appears to be green, it doesn’t mean that the same letter cannot appear again in the word.
  • Try and focus on vowels for the first guess. Words like ‘adieu’, ‘audio’, ‘canoe’, and ‘house’ offer at least three individual vowels for you to check before planning your second guess.

Wordle word tips

A lot of five-letter words have already been used up in Wordle, making it even more difficult to guess new words on each rotation. For this reason, you can check out our archive of daily Wordle answers to ensure that you’re not repeating any previous words.

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Apart from that, we have a few tricks for you to use when guessing the Wordle word of the day. These tricks mainly involve guessing the starting and ending letters of the word.

Some of the most common starting combinations for five-letter words are:

  • Tr
  • Th
  • Br
  • St

Other than that, some of the most common ending combinations for five-letter words are:

  • ck
  • ng
  • ty
  • ry

Finally, be sure to try out several common vowel combinations in order to guess the daily Wordle word of the day much quicker. These vowel combinations include:

  • au
  • ou
  • ie
  • ea

How to play Wordle on iPhone

Although Wordle doesn’t have an official iPhone app yet, there are a couple of methods using which you can play the word guessing game on your iPhone. While the first method involves opening the official NY Times Wordle webpage, the other method allows you to create a web app that can be directly accessed from your App Library.

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However, before getting started with the web app creation, you should note that your Wordle streak won’t carry over from the streak on your iPhone’s web browser. Having said that, here are the steps you need to follow to create the Wordle web app on your iPhone:

  • Launch Safari and head over to the official Wordle website.
  • Tap on the “Add to Home Screen” button after the webpage loads. It is the button located in the center of the toolbar.
  • You should be able to find the Wordle web app with the official logo in your App Library.
screenshot of the add to home screen button on iphonesNew York Times/Apple
Click on the button marked in red to add the Wordle web app to your Library.

Once you have added the web app, you will be able to access the Wordle website directly by tapping the app icon.


So, there you have it — that’s everything you need to about how to play Wordle.

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