5 fun games you can play on your phone without downloading apps

5 fun games you can play on your phone without downloading apps

So, with the holidays happening, do you find the need to escape those around you to the comfort of your phone?

Here are some great games you can play on your phone right now—and they don’t require downloading any apps or software.

Let’s play!




This is the game that has taken the world by storm in the last couple of years. The New York Times reportedly paid the development of the game over $1 million for the rights to the game.

The idea is quite simple. You have to guess a 5 letter word. There is a new word every day. To get started, just type in a word. If you get the letters right, they will turn yellow. If you get some letters right AND in the right place, they will turn green. You have 6 attempts.

Play Wordle once a day. The new days start at midnight. (I bet a lot of people stay awake or wake up to guess the Wordle. Play it here.

2. Quordle.

It’s like Wordle’s big brother.

Quordle has four different words, but you try to guess them all at once. As you type a word, it fills in the panels for each word. While you’re technically guessing all four at once, you’re really guessing one at a time.

Hurry, there are only a limited number of guesses!

Play Quordle here.

3. Nerds.



Ok, this is like Wordle, but with numbers. In a way.

You don’t need to be exceptionally good at math. What you need to be is good at guessing at math.

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Instead of typing in letters, you type in numbers and try to guess what today’s math equation is. Again, it’s like Wordle, but with numbers.

Your math equation must “work” and you have six tries. Many people find this tough and frustrating and don’t come back one day.

Play Nerdle here.

4. Waffle



I guess you could say this is a Wordle inspired crossword puzzle.

You have to move the letters around until you make the words go in each direction. Again, you have a limited number of moves.

Play waffle here.

5. Context

This is my new favorite game and it might be the most challenging yet.

You have to guess a word. That’s it. Guess the word. There are no clues and no limit on how many letters there are in the word.

The only help you get is that when you guess a word, you get a score for that word that has to do with the context of your word and how close it is to the secret word. Think of it as a “you’re getting warmer” kind of thing. It’s pretty wild and can be pretty frustrating!

Play Contexto here.

Again, none of these games require downloading anything. Just log in and play. Waffle and Contexto actually gives you the chance to go back and play past games, which is an absolute time waster!

What games do you play on your phone?

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