Wordle has been the new hit trend of 2022 and if you too have jumped on board then you are probably looking to build a streak. Most of the bragging rights in-game come from guessing the daily word in the least number of guesses possible, however, another point of bragging to your friends seems to be the streak aspect of Wordle.
The game allows you to share results that also display the number of consecutive days you have been playing the game. Sadly many users have recently lost their progress randomly and if you too are in the same boat then here’s all you need to know about it.
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Why did your Wordle Streak reset?
Before we jump to why your Wordle Streak reset itself, let’s first take a look at how Wordle works. Wordle identifies you as a new user based on your current browser and device ID. The game then uses your local storage to store your guesses, streaks, solved puzzles, and attempted puzzles over time. Unlike popular perception, Wordle does not rely on cookies which is why you can play as a new user using a device on the same network or even on the same device.
It is this local file stored by Wordle that when and if deleted can cause you to lose your streak. Here are some other cases where you will lose your streak or your streak will fail to show up when attempting and solving the daily puzzle.
- If you are not using the same device as earlier.
- If you are not using the same browser as earlier.
- If you clear your browser history or cache.
- If you have auto-clearing of history and cache setup on your device.
- If you have Anti-Viruses or cleaners that regularly clear cache on your device.
- If you have extensions clearing your history or cache whenever you close your browser.
- If you are using the Incognito/InPrivate mode in your browser.
All these scenarios will fail to fetch your original Wordle file either because they are looking in the wrong place or because the file has been deleted and no longer exists. This is the reason why your current Wordle streak appears to have been reset in your browser.
Can you get back your Wordle streak?
This depends but in most cases getting back your Wordle streak simply isn’t possible. The local file once deleted, is permanently deleted from your system. The file won’t show up in the recycle bin and most recovery software will identify it as deleted cache and fail to recover it.
There might however still be a way to keep your old streak going depending on how much you are willing to bend the rules. Keep on reading to find out more.
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How to prevent Wordle Streak from being reset?
There are a few measures that we recommend you take to avoid using your Wordle Streak in the future. As you will be starting anew, your new streak will be of utmost importance to you. Taking care of these factors and performing these measures will help prevent your new Wordle Streak from being reset in the future.
1. Do not clear cookies and cache: Wordle has seriously blown up in the past few weeks and the service is bound to have an update in the recent future. This means that there is a possibility that your scores and streaks will no longer be stored on your local storage. Hence you mustn’t clear your cache files and cookies until we have more information about Wordle’s plans. This will help you retain your current scores and streaks while ensuring compatibility with future changes as well.
2. Use the same browser and device: As Wordle uses a local storage file as we discussed above, this file is browser-specific. This means that you will need to use the same browser and device you used earlier to access and retain your Wordle Streak. Using another browser or device will cause Wordle to view you as a new user.
3. Preferably use the same network: We recommend you try using the same network as earlier if by chance your browser tends to keep a network-specific cache that can access your deleted Wordle streak. However, this is a long shot in most cases.
4. Avoid auto clearing plugins and privacy extensions: We recommend you whitelist Wordle or your browser to avoid cleaners and Anti-viruses from deleting your Wordle file. While these services create the placebo of a faster PC, they are detrimental to retaining your Wordle Streak at this point. Whitelisting or disabling such services will help prevent your Wordle streak from being reset in the future.
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Can I get back my old Wordle Streak?
Yes, you can get back your old Wordle Streak, not the original file, but you can edit your current file to reflect past scores. This, however, introduces a whole new possibility of cheaters that can seriously hamper the game’s appeal by faking scores.
And likely from here on out, players will find it hard to believe in untainted streaks without a single loss. We recommend you stick to your original scores when editing your Wordle file and only use this trick to recover your lost scores.
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How to get back your Wordle Streak
We request you do not use this trick to cheat in the game. Let’s get started.
- The latest version of Chrome or Microsoft Edge
- Your old Wordle scores and streaks (can grab them from where you shared then, if any)
- A desktop device
This trick only works for desktop devices and you will need a desktop device to make these edits and get back your Wordle score. Use either of the sections below depending on the browser that you are currently using.
Visit the Wordle website or use this link to open it in Microsoft Edge (you can use Chrome or any browser too as the process should be very similar).
Once opened, hit F12 on your keyboard. For ease of view, we will now switch the console view in Edge. Click on the ‘3-dot’ menu icon in the top right corner of the console screen.
Select the separate window option as shown below and maximize the same once separated.
Now click on ‘Application’ at the top.
Double click and expand ‘Local Storage’.
Now click on the powerlanguage.co.uk file underneath it.
Select ‘Statistics’ on your right.
Right-click on the ‘Value’ and select ‘Edit “Value”‘.
Use your keyboard to first edit your ‘Current Streak’ as shown below.
Now edit the maximum streak that you managed to get since you started playing Wordle.
Edit your winning percentage now. You can calculate the same by dividing the games you’ve won, by the total games you’ve played and multiplying the same by 100.
Enter your played and won games now.
Finally, enter your average number of guesses.
Hit ‘Enter’ on your keyboard once you are done to save the changes.
Close the Console window by clicking on the ‘x’ in the top right corner. Refresh the Wordle page now and the changes should now be reflected in your today’s result.
If you haven’t attempted the puzzle yet, go ahead and solve it to add today’s score to your all-time Wordle score.
If you’re new to Wordle then here are some commonly asked questions that should help you get up to speed with this latest viral trend of 2022.
Why does my streak reset automatically?
If you’ve recovered your streak but find it resetting automatically after a day or two then you likely have an automated rule or extension setup to clear your cache. It could also be that your browser has been configured to clear its cache over a certain period.
We recommend you check your browser settings as well as third-party cleaners or privacy helpers that you might be using. If you are still unable to find the cause we recommend you check your internal storage. If you are running out of space then your browser will automatically clear out the oldest cache to help make space for newer items.
Will clearing cookies reset my streak?
No, clearing your cookies will not reset your streak but we recommend you avoid doing so or whitelist the Wordle website cookie before clearing your cookies.
Depending on your browser, your data could indeed be stored in the cookie if your browser does not use local storage for websites at all. In such cases, you might end up losing your Wordle results as well as Streak data.
How do I perform browser maintenance without losing my streak?
We recommend you whitelist the website and then clear all the items you wish to clear from your browser. If your browser does not have the option to whitelist the website then we recommend you use the guide above to make a note of all your statistics over time. You can then use the streak above to restore your data once everything has been cleared as intended.
Will my Anti-virus delete my streak?
This totally depends on the software that you are using. While virus detectors and protectors won’t delete your Wordle data, most tools nowadays come with browser extensions and helpers that clear your cache regularly to provide “optimum” performance.
These tools can indeed delete your streak and cache, hence we recommend you check your installed programs at the earliest to avoid losing your streak.
We hope you were able to easily learn about your Wordle Streak being reset using the post above. If you have any more questions, feel free to drop them in the comments section below.
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