Worried about losing Wordle? This hack lets you keep it for free

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HOUSTON, TEXAS – JANUARY 12: In this photo illustration the Wordle pun seen displayed on a mobile phone on January 12, 2022 in Houston, Texas. Online word game Wordle has gone viral after initially gaining momentum in October 2021. Created by software engineer Josh Wardle, the game now has over 2.7 million players. (Photo Illustration by Brandon Bell/Getty Images)

(NEXSTAR) — News that the fantasy online game Wordle had been acquired by The New York Times Company for seven figures earlier this week, many wondered if free play would indeed remain free.

As the Times said Wordle was going be free to play “As it moves to The New York Times,” fans fear the game will, at some point, be locked behind a paywall like some of the paper’s other games. If you’re not attached to the game enough to pay for it, you’re in luck: users have found a way to access hundreds of days of Wordle.

Josh Wardle, a software engineer from Brooklyn and creator of the game, made the game a webpage, which means Wordle can be saved like any other webpage.

Because you can save the webpage, you can save all of the nearly 2,500 Wordle games and their solutions right now. It would also skip to the correct puzzle each day and provide a “Share” button that would allow you to show your score to your friends.

You don’t have to be tech-savvy to save Wordle forever, either. Like the two Vice and The edge explain, you must first go to the Wordle website. Then right-click on the page, select Save As, and save it as HTML in its own folder (you can even name the folder “Wordle” if you’re super organized).

Next, you will need to save two more web pages: the manifesto and the engine that makes everything turn. You will save them as the exact file type they already are in the same Wordle folder.

Once you save all three items in the same folder, you will be able to open the Wordle page you saved as a new web page with a unique URL. Here is an example :

How your Wordle page should look like after saving the necessary elements in the same folder. (nexstar)

While this will still allow you to play a new game every day, your streaks may not be saved. Sharing your green and yellow squares after completing the puzzle can also be weird at times, according to Vice, with the cubes becoming gibberish.

If you used to watch Lingo on the Game Show Network, then Wordle will sound largely familiar to you. This is a free online game which challenges players every day to identify a five-letter word in six tries or less.

By early November, around 90 people were playing Wordle, according to The Times. Now, nearly two months later, millions of people are playing the game daily.

It’s unclear when Wordle will transition to The New York Times Company, but the company and Wardle said it will at least initially be free. In addition, the gameplay will not change.

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