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10 Strategies on How to Win Words with Friends

How to Play Words with Friends

How to Play Words with Friends

Are you looking for effective strategies to win Words with Friends? Do you always end up a loser and you feel you need to do something to end this malady?

In this hub, I will share with you 10 strategies on how to win Words with Friends. I assume that you already played the game, and you need some tips and tricks to beat your opponent.

I’ve been playing this game for quite some time now. My curiosity and eagerness to learn are the reasons why I research about this topic. I read a lot of topics about the tips, tricks and strategies in Words with Friends, and I compiled the 10 most effective strategies in playing the game.

I am using these strategies and I found all of them to be effective in getting the points that I am aiming for. Some players may use word solver tools like Words with Friends Cheat, but I believe that if you master these strategies it will be easier for you to dominate the game.

What is Words with Friends?

For the benefit of those who haven’t played this game, I will give you a quick background. Words with Friends is a popular word game application which is almost similar with Scrabble. You can play this game using your iPhones, Android gadgets, and even on your Facebook. The main goal of the game is to score the most number of points. If you play Scrabble, it would not be hard for you to adjust the game because they operate on almost the same mechanics. However, there are still a number of modifications, which you can discover as you become more familiar with the game.

Words with Friends

Words with Friends

Form Parallel Words

Try to create parallel words on the existing words on the board. In this way, you create multiple points, one for the existing word and another for the new word. You can also double or triple your points if you use the bonus squares.

Master the Art of Hooking

Hook one or two letters on the existing word to form another word. Say for example adding letter P to AGE will form the word PAGE. Then, when you pluralize the word by adding S, so you can form the word PAGES.

Use S and Y Properly in Hooking

As mentioned above, you can use the letter S to pluralize the word. But aside from S, the letter Y is also an effective letter that you can use for hooking. So make sure, to use these two letters properly because you can take advantage of them to increase your points dramatically.

Swap Letters if You Really Need To

There are some things that you need to consider before swapping any letters. You can swap your letters only if your tile consists of all vowels and you will not have any chance of scoring any high point letters but as much as possible refrain from swapping so you won’t regret it.

Use Two-letter Words

Using two-letter words is one of the best strategies in gaining more points. Most of the two-letter words consist of the tough letters like Q, J, X, and Z. By forming two-letter words, you can easily get rid of the tough letters. In fact, there are around 130 two-letter words that are acceptable in Words with Friends. You will surely have a great advantage, if you know a number of these letters which includes QI, XI, HO, OX and ZA.

Use Blocking Letters

One of the most useful letters to block your opponent in forming words is to use the letters C and V. There are no any two-letter words that start with C or V, so you can use these as blocks so your opponent will not be able to score on the bonus squares.

Words with Friends Cheat

Words with Friends Cheat

Group the Prefixes and Suffixes

Group your letters according to prefixes and or suffixes. Look into your letters and put ATE, ER, ED, IER, PR, TION, TR, TH, ST and so on to one side. Try to look a word where you can add these letters. Who knows you may end up forming a bingo word which will give you an additional 35 points.

Form Bingo

Bingo refers to the seven-letter word that you can form in one turn. If you are able to form a bingo word, you can get bonus points plus additional points if you land it on the double or triple square. If in case, you only have one letter left to form a bingo, don’t wait too long for that letter to come, or else you may lose more points.


Block your opponent if they still have another opportunity to score using a high value letter, and you can’t use it.

Use the Premium Squares

Don’t let the premium square available for your opponent. Grab the opportunity of using it even if you score a bit lower. If you will let the chance pass, your opponent may have an opportunity to use it.

Using Words with Friend Cheat

Some people are tempted to plug in their letters to word solver applications like Words with Friends Cheat. Actually, there are many word solver app online solely for this game. Using them to cheat in the game is not healthy. The key note here is to play smart and fairly. Better to use the word solver tools as a means to know more strategies on how to play a particular move, so you won’t rob the fun and excitement in the game.

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word carlos from India on January 07, 2020:

Best those are some great tips. For more, you should look at the lists from

Ghost Two on December 07, 2018:

@Ghost268948510: your comment literally reads: "the game it's self", this equates to: the game it is self. With your supreme comand of English, I can't see how you could lose.

John Smith from New York on August 07, 2018:

Was this the reason I was always losing against my friends?

Bilbo on May 24, 2016:

The person who wrote this article seems to struggle with the english language. Not so sure this is who you want to take word advice from.

Ghost268948510 on May 02, 2016:

I think that this was a waste of my time reading as the game it's self is not as challenging as others might say it to be

Dave Shimoda on August 25, 2015:

Those are some great tips. For more, you should check out the lists from

Buff on February 16, 2015:

That's a smart way of thkniing about it.

Sarah Forester from Australia on February 05, 2014:

I never had much luck with Words with Friends, obviously I would have had a lot more luck if I had these tips.

Alecia Murphy from Wilmington, North Carolina on May 23, 2013:

I really need to improve my strategy. Thanks for sharing!

Aileen Billones (author) from Naga City, Philippines on May 21, 2013:

Thanks EJ Lambert for the funny comment..:)

EJ Lambert from Chicago, IL on May 21, 2013:

Bonus strategy. Do not, under any circumstances, play it on an airplane. There's a built in feature where a flight attendant will kick you off the plane, causing an automatic loss.

Aileen Billones (author) from Naga City, Philippines on April 23, 2013:

Thanks Ar and Butchokay, glad to know this hub had been useful for both of you.

Butchokay on April 23, 2013:

Now I know that letter C and V are effective letters to use in Blocking. Nice tips.

AR on April 23, 2013:

I am really looking for some tips on how to play Words with Friends. I am new to this game and I want to learn more. Very useful.

Aileen Billones (author) from Naga City, Philippines on April 23, 2013:

Wow, thank you very much Aya, Norelyn, Almira, Christopher, April Jean and Amelia for your kind comments. I'm glad it help you in playing the game. :)

Amelia on April 23, 2013:

Awesome... I find three tricks to help me out in playing this game.

Norelyn on April 23, 2013:

Finally, now I know how to beat my opponent.. Great tips..ty

Christopher on April 23, 2013:

I will follow these tips.... thanks...

AprilJean on April 23, 2013:

Great hub!!!!

aya on April 23, 2013:

I enjoy reading this hub... Thanks for the tips!!!

Almira on April 23, 2013:

thanks for the article, Its very helpful

Aileen Billones (author) from Naga City, Philippines on April 22, 2013:

Thanks ate Pearl for the like, I really appreciate your support.

pearl on April 21, 2013:

I like this !!!

Aileen Billones (author) from Naga City, Philippines on April 20, 2013:

Thanks John for the link, I will check it out. Jimmyglaughlin thanks for the nice comment. I really appreciate it. :)

Jim Laughlin from Connecticut on April 20, 2013:

Good advice!

John on April 19, 2013:

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