Wordle, the five-letter guessing game, was as successful as it was for one simple reason. It’s free to play, with no ads, no in-app purchases, and no intention to over-stimulate anyone by metering games every 24 hours. Its creator did it without the desire to earn money, as a gift for his partner. And in an age of subscriptions, in-app purchases, and endless advertisements, something like Wordle was a breath of fresh air and a throwback to the internet of yesteryear.

And that’s why the inevitable next step was for someone to buy this game. Wordle was acquired by The New York Times for just over a million dollars, casting doubt on the future of gaming. But don’t you don’t worry, because we can download and enjoy it until 2024. Let’s see how to do it.

Wordle is a website, but can be downloaded and saved in an app

Wordle is a web page, it is not an application that we can download from the app store and keep without further ado. But there’s a catch: the entire Wordle game is bundled into a single HTML file and some JavaScript. And all the words that we will have to guess by 2024 are already accumulated there, so we have at least about two years of entertainment.

How can we download this HTML code on the iPhone? With an application called iSaveWeb Lite that we can download for free from the App Store.

There we can load the Wordle URL (https://www.powerlanguage.co.uk/wordle/) and save it as we see in the following screenshots. Simply press the ‘+’ button, enter the URL in the upper text field, click SAVE and select the download in HTML format and not PDF:

In this way we will have Wordle saved permanently on our iPhone and in iSaveWeb, without the need for an Internet connection to read it. I tested with the Spanish version of Wordle and it worked for me as well, although I didn’t have so much luck with the Catalan version. We still don’t know what changes The New York Times will make to Wordle now that it’s owned by them, but just in case we can have the original game safely.