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How to Make the Most of the WordFinder App

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When you’re already playing word games on your phone or tablet, it only makes sense to download the official WordFinder app too! This way, you’ll always have our word unscrambler at your fingertips. All you have to do is enter the letters you want to unscramble and hit search! Want to learn more? Here’s what you can do with our WordFinder mobile app.

Download the Latest Version

We’re constantly updating our app — available for Google Android and Apple iOS devices — to provide you with the best possible experience! This includes adding new features, improving performance, fixing bugs and optimizing navigation. If you want to make the most of the WordFinder app, you’ll want to update to the newest version.

Select Your Word Game

Did you know that the WordFinder app supports 24 popular word games

  1. Tap on the game’s menu button (the three horizontal lines) in the top-left corner of your screen. 

  2. Press the Switch Game option beneath your profile. This reveals the full list of games we support, including Words With Friends, Scrabble GO, and Wordscapes. 

  3. By selecting your current game, you ensure you’re using the correct dictionary and scoring system.

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For example, Scrabble letter values are different from Words With Friends letter values. You'll also find that some words may be playable in Words With Friends, but they're invalid in Scrabble GO.

Enable Advanced Search

The basic functionality of the WordFinder app is easy to understand. Enter the letters you want to unscramble, including up to three wildcards using question marks. Hit the search button and our tool will present a list of possible words for you to play. But, you should take advantage of the advanced search to maximize your point potential!

Access the advanced search by tapping the down arrow below the search bar. In the advanced search, you can enter letters you want the word to start with, to contain, to end with, or any combination of the three. For example, if you need to start your word with S to use a hook, you can do that with advanced search.

Customize Your App Settings

Just as you should select your current game, it’s also helpful to adjust the app settings to suit your preferences too. 

  1. Select the game you want to play from the Switch Game menu. 

  2. Tap the Settings button beneath the Rules & Resources button to open the menu. 

  3. Keep in mind that the settings change from game to game. If you are playing Scrabble GO, the most important setting is choosing between the Scrabble US and Scrabble UK dictionaries. 

  4. Beyond that, you can also decide whether you want your results to be capitalized, in bold or without color. 

  5. You can also decide whether you want to see the bonus added to your score. 

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Sort by Total Points

By default, the app will group the list of words by word length. The longest words appear near the top. Within each grouping, the words are then sorted by total points. If you’d prefer to see the full list of words grouped by total points, you can do that too. 

Once you have your list of words, tap on the icon with four squares below the game icon in the top-right corner. Choose to group by “Total Points.”

Read Definitions of Words

One of the best aspects of playing word games is that you have the opportunity to expand your vocabulary in a fun and engaging way! Knowing some of the best lit words to play is one thing. Learning what they mean takes your game to a whole new level! Whenever you perform a search and get a list of words, tap on the three vertical dots next to any word.

Choose “Read definition” from the resulting options. Then, you can check out the full definition, including the part of speech and word origin, as applicable. You can even tap on the little “speaker” icon to hear how the word is pronounced.

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Choose “Read definition” from the resulting options. Then, you can check out the full definition, including the part of speech and word origin, as applicable. You can even tap on the little “speaker” icon to hear how the word is pronounced.

Save Your Favorite Words

Just like how you get to the definition of a word, tap on the three vertical dots next to any word. There, you’ll also find the option to “Save this word.” This is a handy way to save your favorite words for later, whether you’re playing word games or writing poetry. Access your list of saved words by tapping the menu button (three horizontal lines) to the left of the search bar and choosing “Saved Words.”

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Use Crowns to Find Your Answers Quickly

Our newest feature for WordFinder, Crowns, allows you to save time while using the app. Crowns are an in-app currency you can spend to view the best game-winning information. This includes revealing the best word to play in Words With Friends or the full solution to a level in Wordscapes. 

To learn all you need to know about this new feature, take a few minutes to read our complete guide about Crowns. We outline how to earn them, how you can use them, and what this means for premium subscribers.

Report and Submit Words

We always strive to provide you with the most accurate and comprehensive word list possible. If your favorite game rejects one of the suggested words, let us know! Tap on those same three vertical dots and select “Report invalid word.” Similarly, if you play a word and it’s not on our list, choose “Submit missing word” from that same list to let us know.

Find Your Winning Play!

Whether you’re racking up those stars in a Wordscapes tournament or toppling the competition in Words With Friends, the WordFinder app is here to help. Download the app for Android, iPhone or iPad for free today. And heed these tips above to take advantage of everything it has to offer.


Michael Kwan is a professional writer and editor with over 14 years of experience. Fueled by caffeine and WiFi, he's no stranger to word games and dad jokes.

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