When Wordle first launched, you were on your own: just five squares, 26 letters, and your brain. But the game’s massive viral success quickly spawned an entire industry of Wordle alternatives, help tools, and Wordle-hint articles like mine.
All this means it’s a lot easier today to get help with Wordle, if you want it. And you should – because even if you don’t use Wordle solver tools while playing, they can definitely improve your game if you refer to them later.
Below you’ll find 5 Wordle solver tools and resources to take your game to the next level and make sure your streak is safe for another day.
1. WordleBot by the New York Times
What is it?
WordleBot was launched by the NYT in April 2022 with two objectives: helping people improve their game and convincing people to sign up for a NYT subscription. Of course they don’t want to admit the latter, but it’s pretty clear to me that you don’t make a tool like that and then put it behind a paywall if that’s not one of the goals.
The idea is that you access it after you complete your daily Wordle (it doesn’t work before that) and it will analyze your play and give you useful feedback.
And you get tired of it. For starters, WordleBot will tell you exactly what words it would have played on each turn. For example, I’ve learned that LINED is a good choice if I get a yellow R and E on the first guess, and that SLATE is Wordle’s best starting word (although I ignore the advice on that front).
It also tells you how many options are left after each guess, what other players chose, and what the overall average score was for each game. None of this is essential information, but Wordle enthusiasts will appreciate it.
Best of all, it really helps you improve your game. Sure, it can be patronizing at times, but the advice on the best way to approach Wordle – so no guessing blindly – is invaluable.
it’s well worth the $1 per week (£0.50 / AU$0.50) subscription fee – though keep in mind that that price increases significantly after your first year. But if WordleBot alone isn’t enough for you, that subscription also gives you access to other NYT games, plus tons of news and features.
Is it cheating to use WordleBot?
In a word: no. WordleBot doesn’t give you information about the day’s game until after you’ve completed it, so there’s no chance of spoilers and no way to use the information to cheat.
Subscribe to WordleBot (opens in new tab)
2. Wordle Solver by The Word Finder
There are many Wordle Solver tools that let you enter your letters and then show you your possible answers, but one stands head and shoulders above the rest: the aptly named Wordle Solver on The Word Finder site.
Its main advantage over the competition is that it allows you to specify the exact positions from which yellow letters are already excluded, while none of the others do. It’s not perfect, because if you’ve ruled out a letter in multiple positions, it can’t account for that, but it certainly produces more accurate solutions.
For example, I tried it with yesterday’s Wordle (game #635), which ended up being CIDER. I had the I and E in place so entered them in the green boxes. I also knew I had an R and a D there and the D at the end couldn’t.
That gave me this result:
CIDER, the answer, was there, as were other guesses I tried, including EIDER and WIDER, plus other words WordleBot then suggested as options: RIDER and HIDER.
The other tools, on the other hand, all suggested FIRED as a possible solution, even though that couldn’t be the answer on this occasion.
I personally don’t use it while playing the game, as I like to challenge myself to find as many answers as possible, but if you’re in a hurry to finish a game before the midnight deadline, or if you’re completely stumped, it’s a great option. It’s also useful for post-game use to see what you could have played if you didn’t subscribe to WordleBot.
Is it cheating to use the Wordle Solver?
Well, it depends on how you use it – and your perspective! I personally wouldn’t use it during a game, but I certainly found it useful afterwards. And besides, I’m a bit hardcore about how I play – in the end, you get to draw the line wherever you want.
Use Wordle Solver for free (opens in new tab)
3. Past Wordle Answers
The longer Wordle goes on, the harder it becomes to remember all previous Wordle answers. After all, there are now 637 (it started with game #0), and unless you have a much better memory than I do, you’ll probably struggle to remember more than a few dozen.
It is compounded by the fact that so many answers are similar. Did we have FLOAT or GLOAT (or both)? Was that really a heavy RIPER or PIPER? Some will undoubtedly stick in your head, but many will not.
One possibility is to consult a list of previous answers. A simple page search can tell you if the word you wanted to play has been a previous solution or not, potentially turning a 5/6 into a 4/6.
Is it cheating to consult a list of previous Wordle answers?
Again, it’s up to you to decide, but I think most people would consider this a fair resource to use while playing. There is no way anyone can remember that many answers, and in a few years we will have more past answers than there are left. Games can get ridiculous without checking a list like this.
Read our previous Wordle answers page
4. Get unlimited
One of the best ways to improve your Wordle skills is to practice. But since Wordle itself can only be played once a day, that won’t help much. Enter Wordle Unlimited (opens in new tab)a site that gives you (guess) unlimited games of your favorite word guessing puzzle.
It’s essentially the exact same game as Wordle right down to the stats/streak info, so it’s a small wonder it hasn’t been shut down by the NYT yet. Play it today and improve your game.
Is it cheating to play Wordle Unlimited?
Absolutely not. It can help you sharpen your game, but in no way can it spoil the day’s answer.
Play Become unlimited (opens in new tab)
5. Wordle Archive
The other way to practice Wordle is by playing old games – possibly all over 600. This offers a distinct advantage over playing Wordle Unlimited or the like, as you might also remember some of the answers when tomorrow comes and it time to play the real thing.
It was sporadically possible to play past Wordles through one of several Wordle Archive sites, but those have been largely shut down by the NYT for the past year. At the time of writing, however, at least one such site exists: the prosaically named Wordle Archive (opens in new tab). So, may I suggest you try it sooner rather than later?
It does exactly what you’d expect: lets you replay any Wordle, all the way back to the very first. I tried it myself and came all the way to this day with only one failure – and trust me, that was a tough one! The game itself is set up exactly like the real Wordle, but you can jump to specific puzzles if you want, which is a nice touch.
Is it cheating to play Wordle archive?
Usually not – but it does contain the current game, so you could play it there and then go to the official site and complete it for a 1/6 or whatever. But you would only be cheating yourself, really!
Play the Wordle archive (opens in new tab)