The home of Wordle, the popular word puzzler, changed on February 10. If you visit the powerlanguage.co.uk/wordle link now, you will be automatically redirected to the new owner’s site. This is not surprising considering Wordle was purchased recently from Josh Wardle for an unspecified price, The New York Times. Many players will be surprised to learn that the game now includes ad-trackers. You can still stop it by Wordle hacking.
Wordle is among the many amazing word games
The acquisition of Wordle online game by The New York Times has sparked even more interest and concern over the future of this addictive, but ad-free, game. The newspaper is known for its quality games, including Letter Boxed (create words from letters around squares), Sudoku, and Crosswords. Apart from their addictive nature, the only thing that unites them all is the fact that they are behind a paywall. If you want unlimited access, you will need to pay for play. The cost is only $5 per month or $40 per year. Wordle costs just $5 per month, or $40 for the year. Wordle was always free and still is.
The New York Times will monetize Wordle?
Wordle is powered by client-side code.
Wordle tracks you?
, a Gizmodo reporter noticed some ads while playing online and this gave him a clue as to how The New York Times might monetize the puzzler. It was not surprising to me as I had seen the same thing using web browser extensions like Ghostery and Privacy Badger.
Today, ad-trackers are common on the internet. Let’s face it. I would not be honest if I didn’t mention that Forbes.com also uses multiple ad trackers. These ad-trackers can be accepted and you either accept the web’s 2022 structure or you may use blockers to control the situation. Wordle was not subject to these ad tracking concerns and that was part its appeal. It wasn’t hinting at monetization in any way. It is hard to believe that such a non-monetized product could be sold for over a million dollars. Wordle trackers may not be all advertising-oriented. Some are analytical, however. It should not be assumed that you will see ads along with your daily word puzzle.
I reached out to The New York Times. A spokesperson said that Wordle, which is now hosted at The Times’s domain, follows the same privacy rules as other Times properties. This includes our other games. Although The Times does not track as much as industry standards, we continue to strive for better privacy across all our digital properties. We are also developing a variety of solutions that will improve industry practices.
Do you think you can kibosh Wordle trackers?
You might be wondering, in the interim, if there are other options than accepting trackers or refusing to play Wordle. Of course you do, for now. With other apps for your smartphone, you can also use the tracker and advert blockers mentioned above for your web browser. You can also use the Safari browser for iOS to prevent trackers from profiling your device. These won’t work if Wordle is behind a paywall. A hack allows you to avoid tracking and allow you to play for free for the near future. I already mentioned it: download the code.
You’re right, you are saying that it’s okay for people who did this before the redirection at The New York Times on February 10. It’s okay for those who didn’t do it, because you can still do the same Wordle hacking. The code will remain locked for now, at least for the moment. Wordle is still running on client-side at time of writing. You can use this hack to play Wordle on iPhone without an internet connection. To be sure you are not being tracked online, you can disconnect both your internet and mobile data to play Wordle.
Step-by-step instructions for playing Wordle offline
Although I am referring to the iPhone because it is what I have, you can do the same thing for Android devices and desktop web browsing. Although it’s complicated, it is easy enough to follow. Use Safari on your iPhone to access the Wordle game at The New York Times. Hit’share’ to open the Wordle game at The New York Times. Look for the options link at top of screen. After clicking on it, make sure to tick the “Web Archive” option before you click the “Save to Files” action. After saving it to the folder you choose, Wordle offline will be available on your device.
It’s more than clicking on the saved file to play. But it’s easy and only takes a few seconds. Open the iOS Files App, hold down the Wordle file you saved and then choose Share from the popup menu. If you don’t have Microsoft Edge, you can choose to open with it. Robert is your brother. What is the downside to this? Yes, there is. If you play offline, your existing streaks and wins will be lost. Only you can decide if it’s worth the sacrifice for complete privacy.