How to download Wordle to your phone to keep playing it for free offline

Sam Fried

Table of Contents Get the CNET How To newsletterHow to download Wordle on your computerHow to download Wordle on AndroidHow to download Wordle on iOS Due to the sale of Wordle, some people are worried about losing the game. Sarah Tew/CNET Nearly everyone I know (including myself) plays Wordle each and every […]

Due to the sale of Wordle, some people are worried about losing the game.


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Nearly everyone I know (including myself) plays Wordle each and every day. It’s a fun and addicting word puzzle, in which you get six tries to guess a five-letter word, assisted by green and yellow tiles that show you how many letters you get correct. You get to play one round each day and then share your results to social media. Or if you’re feeling extra, you can wear your Wordle score around your neck.

The game has become bigger than life, which is why the New York Times recently bought Wordle for an undisclosed low seven-figures. And while that isn’t bad news in itself, there’s a fear that the subscription-based news site might hide the game behind a paywall sometime soon.

In a statement posted to Twitter, Wordle creator Josh Wardle said, “When the game moves to the NYT site, it will be free to play for everyone, and I am working with them to make sure your wins and streaks are preserved.”

However, if you’re still anxious about losing your daily Wordle fix, there’s a way to continue playing for free — forever. (Well, maybe closer to five more years of daily words.)

Twitter user Aaron Rieke recently posted a thread explaining how Wordle runs entirely in your web browser. Technically you don’t need the internet to play Wordle, because all of the game’s future daily words are included right in the webpage. If you download all the parts of the Wordle site, you could in theory play Wordle every day for years without an internet connection; the game only needs your device’s current date to deliver a new word puzzle.

Here’s how to download Wordle on your computer or smartphone so that it’s free to play no matter what happens.

How to download Wordle on your computer

No matter whether you use Mac or Windows, or whichever web browser you use (Chrome or Safari, for example), you can easily download Wordle to your computer.

1. First, go to the official Wordle website in the web browser of your choice.

2. Next, right-click anywhere on the webpage.

3. Finally, save the page to your computer using one of the options in the menu that appears.

Depending on which web browser you’re using, it might show Save As (Chrome) or Save Page As (Safari). Whatever the option, it should download the Wordle webpage as an HTML file.

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This is how to download the Wordle webpage in Chrome.


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Now all you need to do is click the downloaded HTML file to open the saved Wordle webpage. Now you can access it while you’re offline. However, it won’t import your previous streaks, so it’s as if you’re playing it for the first time.

How to download Wordle on Android

On an Android smartphone or tablet, you can also download a webpage to your device just like on a desktop computer. The download process may vary across web browsers, but we’ll be using Chrome for this example because it comes downloaded on most Android devices. To download Wordle on Android:

1. First, go to the official Wordle website in the Chrome app.

2. New, tap the three-dot menu in the top-right corner.

3. Finally, hit the download icon (arrow pointing down at a line) to download the Wordle webpage.

At the bottom of Chrome, you’ll see a notification that shows the Wordle webpage has been downloaded to your Android. To play Wordle offline, tap the three-dot menu in Chrome and go into Downloads. There you should see the Wordle webpage, which you can then access, even if Wordle is paywalled or shut down in the future.

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You can easily download the Wordle webpage in Chrome on Android.


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How to download Wordle on iOS

Finally, you can download Wordle offline on your iPhone or iPad, but this option requires you to use the free Microsoft Edge web browser, which you can download from the App Store. After you download Microsoft Edge, do the following:

1. Open the official Wordle website in Safari.

2. Tap the Share button.

3. Hit Options next to the webpage URL.

4. Select Web Archive and tap Done.

5. Tap Save to Files in the share sheet.

6. Choose a folder and hit Save.

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First you have to save a web archive version of Wordle to Files.


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This will save the Wordle webpage to your Files app, but you must now find the file itself and open it in theMicrosoft Edge (it doesn’t work in Safari or Chrome). To do this:

1. Press and hold on the Wordle webpage in Files to bring up the quick actions menu.

2. Select Share from the options that appear.

3. Choose Edge.

4. Tap Open in Microsoft Edge.

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Then you must open the web archive file in the Microsoft Edge web browser app.


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Wordle will open as an offline webpage in Microsoft Edge, which you can play without being connected to the internet, although it won’t transfer over your wins or streaks.


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