Everyone has been obsessed with Wordle lately. However, that obsession may have turned into apprehension when she was bought by The New York Times. Fear not, though, because you can download the original Wordle through your browser and keep it free no matter what the NYT decides to do with it.
If you want to make sure you can continue to play Wordle for free every day of the week, even if the New York Times decides to put it behind a paywall, nothing could be simpler: just right-click on the Wordle and click “Save As”.
It is literally as simple as that! Aaron Rieke pointed out the option to save Wordle to your computer at Twitterand it’s amazing how well it works.
Wordle is a small game that runs entirely in the browser.
The everyday words are there, in the code, in a giant list. There are thousands of them.
Do you remember these?
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—Aaron Rieke (@aaronkbr) February 1, 2022
Even if you play Wordle offline, it still has all the puzzles, skips to the right one every day, and even lets you share your scores and results with friends so you can keep your competitions alive.
Unfortunately, you’ll be starting from zero in terms of progress, just as you would if you decided to switch from reading Wordle on your phone to your computer. However, you can start a new streak, which is great.
Hopefully, when The New York Times notices everyone moving to offline play, the company will realize that it just makes more sense to keep Wordle online for free. It could still monetize the game through ads or additional features for subscribers.
We’ll see what happens, but in the meantime, you can definitely save Wordle to play offline and not have to worry about running out of puzzles for a long, long time. Of course, we expect NYT to do more than just host the original game behind a paywall, so the offline version will miss any new features the company decides to add.
Does this constitute copyright infringement, as some have speculated? Don’t ask us, we are not lawyers. We don’t think there’s a problem saving any type of web page for offline use. Don’t put Wordle on BitTorrent and start seeding it.