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How to play Wordle on iPhone – Turn a web page into an app

Download Wordle before the New York Times monetizes it
Last Updated on July 15, 2024
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Wordle is c currently plaguing everyone’s social media timelines alongside spawning endless knock-offs on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. Whilst we wouldn’t condone taking someones original idea and stealing it, it does show much people want to learn how to play Wordle on iPhone via an app.

New York Times has just bought the app for the ‘low seven figures’ from Wordle creator Josh Wardle, so an iPhone app may come in the future. As it stands, Wordle will most likely become the latest addition in subscription benefits from joining the New York Times monthly membership.

Wordle can be easily accessed and played via the Safari browser here on iPhone, but that involves keeping a tab open on a web browser. It would be so much easier having this content available as part of an app sitting on the home screen. Well, we can show you how to do that yourself right now. Well, kind of…

How to play Wordle on iPhone

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We’re going to make our own app on iPhone by adding the website to an iPhone home screen. Please note, any progress made in the browser version may be lost, but Wardle is working with the New York Times to ensure progress on Wordle is saved when they eventually swallow the killer app whole.

But for now, follow the simple instructions below to add Wordle to your home screen and turn it into an iOS app:

Open Safari

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Once Safari is open, head over to https://www.powerlanguage.co.uk/wordle/ and look for the share button. For those who don’t know, it’s a rectangle with an arrow pointing up. Give it a quick tap once you’ve found it.

Add to the home screen

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Next, we need to find the ‘add to home screen option in the sharing menu. This should be under Copy and Add Bookmark. Next, rename the home screen shortcut to Wordle and tap ‘Add’. And there we go, just tap the ‘W’ icon on the home screen to play Wordle.

Load a new game

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If the home screen shortcut for Wordle is stuck on yesterday’s Wordle, shutting the shortcut down and opening it again should refresh it. Don’t worry about losing your streak either, all of this information will remain.

The quickest way to do this is by swiping up from the bottom edge of the iPhone to bring up the App switch. Find Wordle and swipe up on it to shut it down.

Save the Wordle website and play offline

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By saving the Wordle webpage, users are essentially downloading the full version of Wordle. It doesn’t run on a server or anything like that, which means it isn’t a live service, just well-written code. Here are a couple of ways to do this on iOS, although please be aware that you will lose and streaks converting from online to offline play:

As a Web Archive

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Open Safari and go to  https://www.powerlanguage.co.uk/wordle/. We will be selecting the Share button again but going for the ‘Options >’ hyperlink next to the website title. In the options menu, select ‘Web Archive’ to save the whole website to an iPhone.

Add to reading list

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First, go to Settings > Safari and turn on the ‘Automatically Save Offline’ option under the ‘Reading List’ heading to enable this option. Next, go to https://www.powerlanguage.co.uk/wordle/ in Safari and tap the Share button. Select the ‘Add to reading list’ which will save the website offline under the eyeglasses icon in Safari bookmarks.

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Christian 'Reggie' Waits' is a contributor to PC Guide, having written a wide array of how to and buying guide content.