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Understanding Hanging With Friends app

Updated on July 21, 2013

Hanging With Friends

This is the unofficial complete guide to the Zynga smartphone application/game Hanging With Friends. Now for Android too!. You can call it Hangin with Friends if you want, I don't mind.

This page will guide you through the basics of the game, the rules, the different screens, the options, and game play...as well as a few tips along the way.

I am not affiliated with Zynga or New Toy Inc whatsover.

There is a free version of the App which shows an ad after each word play. There is a paid version which has no ads. The cost of the paid version varies depending on any specials Zynga may be offering but is essentially a very low $1.99 for a limited time. Zynga doesn't state when that limited time will be over.

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The Game

Hanging With Friends Rules

To understand Hanging With Friends rules you need to understand the basics. Hanging with Friends is one of Zyngas latest additions to the "With Friends" group of gaming. These games allow users to play up to 21 games at a time with real people as opponents. Chess with Friends and the very popular Words with Friends are the other two (Now there's also Scramble With Friends). Hanging with Friends is a hangman like game with a twist. In this game you make words and get points for the words based on letters used and bonus squares similar to the bonuses found in Words with Friends (Double letter, Double word, Triple letter, Triple Word). Users take turns trying to figure out each others words. The first one to miss 5 loses. Zynga has recently made some changes to the game which are interesting to say the least. You now have levels and achievements. As you reach certain achievements, they get marked off and when the number of achievements for that level are done you can level-up. You can also pay to skip an achievement. It appears there are only 3 active ones to strive for at any one time so if you really don't want to change your avatar or balloons you might consider paying to skip them (10 coins to skip avatar, 60 to skip balloons). So far (I'm only on level 4) they're pretty silly and easy achievements...play a word with a Y in it, solve a word with an S in it, make a 4 letter word... We'll see where this goes. What's most intriguing is the possibility that they'll continue this with their other ...with friends games.

Hanging with friends app
Hanging with friends app

Main Screen

The main menu is similar to other "...With Friends" menus. At the top you have the logo with a + button to start a new game. Below that you have the news from Zynga. You then have three sections: Your Move, Their Move, and Completed Games.

Each of these sections contains games based on whose turn it is. You select a game by touching it and you enter the game display. Below your moves are the other menu options. You have Facebook to connect to games with facebook contacts, Twitter to connect to followers on Twitter, and Settings to change some account settings, get help, change password, etc

Note that when you first start playing, the Tutorial shows up and kinda gives you a walk through of the game. Once you turn this off, you can re-enable it under Settings > Options > turn on the Help Tutorial.

Hanging with Friends game
Hanging with Friends game

Settings Menu

The Setting Menu allows you to choose/change your avatar, Buy things at the store (See Below), Change basic game options or change your account settings such as your password. You'll also see a help menu (Note it's nothing like the level of detail you're getting here!)

If you click on Account, you have the option of adding your mobile phone number and email address. This is so other's can find you using their address book. If you put your data in there and you're on my contact list in my phone with the same data (either address or phone or both) Hanging With Friends will allow me to start a game with you.

Hanging With Friends Store: In the Store you can get additional avatars and balloons for the coins which you've earned. Zynga said originally that backgrounds and extra lifelines might be available as well, we'll see what comes next. You can also buy coins. It appears that it will be billed right through Apple (for iOs users anyway) but I'm not about to click that "Okay" to see. Saw that 5,000 coins was $49.99 though.

One thing you will not find here are push notifications and badges. These are actually located in your iPhone's settings menu (Settings > Notifications > Hanging With Friends). Alerts are the popups saying it's your turn. Sounds are the noises that come with the Alerts. Badges are the numbers in a red circle on top of the apps icon showing you how many turns are waiting for you. This is typical among iPhone apps.

Also under Account Settings you'll have the option of logging out of Facebook (disconnects the link between your game and your facebook account - You will no longer be able to select Facebook friends to play with), new password, and Upload Logs. This last option sends diagnostic info to Zynga. Seeing as they don't advertise this or recommend it anyware, I assume it's only if you have an open support ticket with them and they ask for it.

Hanging With Friends cheat
Hanging With Friends cheat

Creating a Game in Hanging With Friends

When you click the PLUS sign at the top right of your main screen, you're presented with your Create a Game Menu. Hanging With Friends lets you play against your facebook contacts (You must sign in to facebook through the HWF app), random opoonents, a specific user, or someone from your contact list.

If you select Contact List, HWF will search their database for someone with the same email and/or phone number as your contact you selected. If the game can't find anyone, it will offer to send an email invitation to them. - Hint: Go to Settings > Account Settings to add your phone number and email address so people can find you.

There's also the option to Pass and Play. This is a nice option for when you're sitting right with someone you'd like to play with. You don't accrue points in this type of game as it would just be too easy to cheat.

Hangin with friends walkthrough
Hangin with friends walkthrough

Your Turn / Their Turn

At the top of the game display is a Menu arrow to take you back to the main menu, a scoreboard showing how many balloons you and your opponent have left, and a Chat bubble to send messages to your opponent.

You can touch the scoreboard to see the history of words in any one particular game.

The next line shows you your bonus score. For every 200 points, you get 20 coins. These coins are used to buy lifelines in the game. More on that below.

Hangin With Friends Game
Hangin With Friends Game

Chat Function

The chat option allows you to communicate with your opponent.

The one thing you'll notice is that your messages are on the left, your opponents on the right. This is opposite of your default iPhone chat screen. Not sure if that's by design or chance.

Once your game is over it will go down to the completed games section of the main menu. You can swipe it to delete the game, or just let it sit there. Eventually the game will disappear, and so will your whole conversation. This is true even if you rematch the person or have many games with the same person. The chats are part of that game and that game only.

Hanging With Friends chat glitch: Periodically you'll see an error when sending a chat message. The messages are controlled by a Zynga server and yes, periodically it goes down.

Hanging With Friends Help
Hanging With Friends Help

Game History

Touching the scoreboard drops down the word history. You can look here to see what kind of words your opponent likes creating.

Sometimes you can get an idea about the word your guessing by looking at their history with you. Do they always use tough letters like J, Q, Z, X? Do they like making words with odd letter combinations or always use a U as the main vowel to throw you off?

You can also use this to remind yourself what types of words your oppoent has trouble with!

Hangin With Friends Help
Hangin With Friends Help

Game Display - Watching Opponent

The Hanging With Friends (HWF) game display is interesting. Rather than a man hanging on a rope, you have 2 avatars being suspended above lava by 5 balloons each. Every time you miss a word, you lose a balloon and drop a little closer to the lava. The background is of a tropical island with an erupting volcano.

Skip or watch

As you go into each round to guess your opponents word you'll see Watch or Skip at the bottom. You have the option of watching each letter your opponent guessed or just skipping to the end and seeing if he/she got it right.

Watching how your opponent guesses letters can give you an idea of what type of word you need to make for them. If they always start with RSTLN, you obviously don't want to make a word with those common letters! If they always go for the vowels first, try using a U (always guessed last) or maybe a word with a Y to throw them off.

Hanging With Friends rules
Hanging With Friends rules

Guessing Letters

When it's your turn, you will see a blank tile for every letter in the word you have to guess. HWF gives you a headstart by showing you all instances of 1 vowel for each word. You select the PLAY button at the bottom to begin guessing letter. Above the unguessed word is your strike count. You'll notice words with more letters have less strikes available. Each time you guess incorrectly, you get a strike. Max out on strikes and you lose that round, thereby losing a balloon.

The number of guesses you get in Hanging With Friends depends on the number of letters in the word to be guessed. Four letter words (the minimum) have 8 strikes available. 8 letter words have 4 guesses. It goes up in a linear fashion, 5 strikes for 7 letter words, 6 for 6, 7 for 5. This is why your opponent might seem like he's getting more guesses than you. You're making shorter words than he is.

Hanging With Friends Lifeline
Hanging With Friends Lifeline

Hanging with Friends Lifelines

You can call them Hints if you like

Lifelines: You have 3 lifelines you can choose from. All 3 are free the first time you use them in any given game. The next time you use one, it will cost 20 coins. You can only use one per turn. To reiterate that, on my first turn I can use the first lifeline. That's it. Once I use one of them, they all dim and are unavailable for that turn. On my next turn, I can use the same lifeline for 20 coins or I can use one of the other lifelines for free. Once I use the free lifeline, any subsequent uses of that particular lifeline cost 20 coins. Here I will explain each lifeline and give a basic idea of when to use them. For a more detailed look at each of the lifelines, Click Here

Suspects (Handcuffs): This will show you 4 letters. One of those 4 letters is certain to be in the word you're trying to guess.

This one is pretty useful when you get down to 1 letter, but it can be any one of 4 or 5 different available, but you only have 2 or 3 misses left. If you have _ O V E S then you're stuck not knowing if it's D, L, M, R, or W.. Use this lifeline to get a choice between 4 (I assume random) letters. Chances are not all 4 letters will fit.

Hanging With Friends Lifelines
Hanging With Friends Lifelines

Lifeline: Extinguish

Extinguish (Fire Hydrant): This will get rid of 4 letters that are not in the word you are working on. I've found this lifeline useful for when you have a big word to solve. With an 8 letter word, you only get 4 misses. Getting rid of 4 random letters just makes things easier.

Quite honestly I don't use it much myself. When I do, it's in the context stated above.

Hanging With Friends Zynga
Hanging With Friends Zynga

Lifeline: Revive

Revive (Band Aid): This will remove one strike from your current round.

This is very useful for when you are at the end of misses (strikes, guesses, whatever) and you have the word narrowed down to 1 of 2 letters.

Hanging With Friends iPhone
Hanging With Friends iPhone

Letter Pool

Once your guess is over, it's your turn to make a word for your opponent to guess.

The bottom of the game display resets to show a PLAY button. You'll see a roulette of bonuses circling the Word area. This will slow, then stop on the place of the bonus. The bonus icon will alternate between the 4 available bonuses and eventually stop on one of them. You must put a letter on that particular spot to get the bonus.

You click Play to begin making your word. You'll be presented with a box of 12 letters. The value of the letter is similar to Words With Friends (WWF) in that it resembles the traditional Scrabble game. Next to the letters are Recall and Resign buttons. Recall brings back all the letters you put in the tray in case you change your mind or try playing a word that really isn't a word. Resign is only available when it's your turn.

Hanging With Friends Strategy
Hanging With Friends Strategy

Making a word

To make a word, simply touch the letters and they will go up into the tray area one at a time, from left to right. You can touch them in the tray area to put them back.

You can also touch and hold the letter to move it to a specific place on the tray.

You'll notice you usually get letters that are tougher to use (less common in words) but also of a higher value than the more common ones.

Once you make the word you want, hit PLAY. Your score will be computed by using the point values of the letters in the word you made, plus any bonuses for a particular letter, or the whole word. It will now be your opponents turn to guess.

Deleting a game in Hanging With Friends

Requirements

Ok, this topic led a lot of people here so I'm giving it it's own section. How to delete a game or otherwise make it go away has brought more people to this page than any other term.

To delete a game in Hanging With Friends you swipe it to the right, then hit the delete button. Here's the thing though; it has to be a completed game to delete it. That said, you really don't have to delete old games. They will disappear on their own in a short while.

You cannot delete an active game in Hanging With Friends. You have to resign the game first. You can only resign a game when it's your turn. Let me reiterate that: If it's not your turn in an active game, you cannot get rid of that game. You must wait until they take their turn, you have no choice.

Winning Hanging With Friends
Winning Hanging With Friends

Game Over

And finally...Once you win (or lose) you have the option of a rematch.

If you haven't noticed throughout this page, my username is ryonmyarm You can select the Username option from the Create Game menu to start a game with me.

Look forward to seeing you on HWF!

Tips and Tricks for Hanging With Friends

hints too!

- To delete a game in Hanging With Friends, simply swipe a completed game sideways then hit the Delete button when it comes up.

- The last vowel is always the vowel they show for free. So if you have _ _ i _ _ _ _ don't go hitting all the vowels thinking there's gotta be one at the end. F L I G H T S would be my first guess in the above, but either way Hanging With Friends always shows the last vowel (and all occurrences of it)

- Keep the above in mind when making your word. If you have three Es in your word and one is at the end, it will show all 3 Es. That makes guessing pretty easy.

- To reach the Triple Word in the 7th or 8th place in Hanging With Friends, try ending words in T I O N, I N G, E R S or whatever. I G H T S is always nice, too.

- When it's my turn to guess, I prefer RSTLNE as my first guesses until a word starts to appear that I can guess more strategically.

- Words that end in I _ _ are I N G most of the time. If they were I E S or I E R, the E would be showing, not the I.

- To delete a current game in Hanging With Friends, you have to resign. You can only resign when it's your turn, not the opponents. So yes, that means if they take days to play...it will sit there for days.

- If you're really addicted and already have the paid version, there's nothing wrong (even in Zyngas eyes!) with downloading the ad-supported free version as well. You can have 2 usernames and play 2 sets of 21 games.

- When you receive a chat message in a game, Hanging With Friends will put that game at the top of your list. So you'll notice games with a (1) balloon coming out of them are always at the top of the list. This can be helpful with a slow player, find something to chat about. It means anytime he takes a few minutes to play a few of his 20 games, yours will be at the top. Just keep chatting!

- See module at bottom for the only Cheat I might condone, then vote your opinion on it.

- Hanging With Friends Cheats are always out there, but who are you cheating? Ok, this isn't some sappy moralistic statement, it's serious. In a game that gets you nothing for wins or loses, why cheat?

Glitches

Glitches problems or issues in Hanging With Friends

- If you have app trouble, just do the same thing you do for all other apps. Close the program and relaunch it, reboot the phone, and in extreme cases uninstall it and re-download it. Your games are saved online at Zynga so you'll get them back when you log in.

- There is a slight delay after making a word where it'll show "Waiting for {opponent} to solve {word}" but the "word" will be the last word they made for you, not the one you just made for them. Don't worry, it's just temporary as the program goes through it's cycles. After a few seconds, that word changes to the one you just made for them.

- There is a slight programming delay after your opponent guesses wrong, and before your turn. This is so you can watch their balloon pop and fly away. There is no way to speed that up. You'll know when clicking the PLAY button will work though as the screen actually bumps up a tad after their dead balloon flies away. At first I thought this was a glitch but finally nailed down when and why it was happening.

- The chat server periodically goes down. Sometimes when it comes back up, every message you've received will show as a new message. That means to make all the balloons with numbers in them (indicating new message) go away, you have to go into every game and click the Chat button.

- Every once in a while, your points won't register on the progress bar until you leave that game and go into another one. It's a programming boo boo where the latest data isn't read properly from the right file. Nothing to worry about, your points are there, just go back to the "lobby" and enter a new game, you'll then see the right total.

- If you have found an actual glitch in the programming of the game, Zynga wants to know about it. Click here to send them a note from their support page.

- You can recover your email address you used by going HERE. It's even formatted to do it right from your iphone.

- You can find the password recovery tool HERE. Also formatted for your iPhone.

For most bugs, including "sending" not going away, invisible letters, or whatever else, try the following steps:

- Close the game by hitting your Home button on your phone. Then double tap the home button to bring up your running apps list. Hold down one of the apps until they start shaking, click the X in the corner of Hanging With Friends - NOT the one on your homepage, the one in the running app list at the bottom of the screen!. Now hit the Home button again to exit Close Mode. Now relaunch the app.

- If it's still buggy, reset your phone by holding down the Power Off button. Once "Slide to Power Off" shows at the top of the screen, slide it to the right. Wait until its off, then hold the Power button again until it starts coming back on.

- If it's STILL buggy, reset your phone by holding down the Home and Power Off button for 30 seconds or so until it shuts down and begins restarting. Note you'll see the above "Slide to Power Off" come on the screen first, just ignore it and keep holding down the buttons.

- Worst case scenario, uninstall the app and redownload it. To uninstall Hanging With Friends just hold the icon until they all start wiggling, then click the X in the corner. Note you're doing this on your home page, not the running app list this time.

- Games disappearing: Every once in a while a game will become corrupt on their server and Zynga will have to delete it. They know this is an issue and are working on it.

- If all else fails, submit a support request at http://newtoy.zendesk.com/home

Other Info

News, Notes, and observations.

- Hanging with Friends app is available on iOs only at this point. iPhone or iPad only. I'm sure the android version is coming soon. According to Senior Software Engineer Mike Coker, "...keeping our eyes on the market to see if/when it makes sense to expand the game beyond iOS". The good news is that the game is doing great!

- Awesome behind the scenes info from Zynga With Friends www.zyngawithfriends.com/wp/blog/hear-from-the-creators-of-hanging-with-friends/">Located Here

- It's called Hanging With Friends, not Hangin With Friends. Yeah I know, that surprised me too when I noticed it after I started writing all this. Come on Zynga, we're just hangin!

- at first I thought the bonus placement seemed to favor the 8th position. Turns out that was just perception. We remember the tough ones, take the easy ones for granted. After tracking 20 games (ok not very scientific) it appears that it truly is random.

- The maximum number of games in Hanging With Friends is 21, though like WWF Zynga says it's 20.

- The above statement deserves clarification: Once you have 21 games, you can no longer initiate another one. However, if someone starts a game with you off their contact list (facebook, iPhone, twitter) then it'll show up. I'm not sure what the actual maximum number of games is. I know some celebrities published their WWF (Words With Friends) username and must have gotten tons of requests. Is there a limit? Does anyone know?

- I'm not sure how many coins you can get before it maxes out. I'm at 1680 now, and really don't think there's enough room for that first number to become a 2...though we'll see. I'm not using any of my coins until I find out. ADDED: Well I made it well over 2000 coins with no problem, they seem to fit them numbers in there somehow. Guess I can start using them now!

- Timeline for automatic resignation: Zynga gets that some people may just abandon games. If the game is with a random opponent, it will go 5 days before resigning. If the game is with a friend from one of the many contact lists (phone, facebook, twitter, email) then it will go 11 days. The game is meant to be played over time. If you're upset that your opponent is taking 2 days between turns, just resign the game next time it's your turn and find someone else.

- NewToy was the original maker of Words with Friends. Zynga bought them :0)

- Zynga uses the Enhanced North American Benchmark Lexicon (ENABLE) for it's dictionary. The cool thing about this list is that you can add words to it yourself (they have to be approved and accepted). If you find a word that you know is a word but isn't working in the game, go request that it be added! Words obviously still can't be proper nouns, hyphenated, contractions, or slurs.

Hanging With Friends Missions
Hanging With Friends Missions

They're baaaaaackkk!!!

Hanging With Friends Missions have returned

So in February of 2012, Zynga adds missions to Hanging With Friends. There were a few glitches in their settings but overall people seemed to enjoy the challenges. Now, we're apparently on round 2 of the missions. In March 2013 they've started up again. Let's see if the glitches have been worked out.

Right off the bat I noticed the new ones were a tad more challenging than the way the old ones started. I'll leave my old post here for reference, but we're going to have to make a new list of missions for the 2013 version and it'll be found right here!

An interesting note here...my Level is at 30. 20 stars needed for level 31. This is where I left off after the last missions. I wonder if these are a continuation or a new set altogether? I will figure it out sometime this week, but I am in the middle of moving. Anwyays, there is a new update available too. Maybe that'll fix things.

To start with, they skipped over the ultra easy "complete a game" missions. Now we have:

Pro Plays "Extend your word by starting it with 'DE'. More Letters = Fewer Strikes" - 1 needed to complete, 2 stars awarded.(100 points to skip it)

Careful Crafter "Stretch that vocab and build a word using 'X'. - 1 needed to get 3 stars. (I completed it before checking to see how much to skip it)

Pit Stop "Soup up your tile rack by using the Tune-Up lifeline 5 times." - 5 needed to get 3 stars. (100 points to skip).

Letter Lover "Solve 3 words that contain the letter 'V'! - 3 needed to get 2 stars (60 points to skip). ...I always hated the ones that require you to solve words containing ... whatever. You can't control what letters others use. Remember this in making words. Throw your opponent a bone and use the V!

Point Digger "You're in it for the points! Make 2 words worth at least 50 pts." - 2 needed to get 3 stars...oops didn't check skip points.

Pro Plays "Build 10 words using K or K. These are hard to guess." 10 needed to get 3 stars.

Just what I need! "Create the perfect word by using the conjure lifeline 7 times" - 7 needed for 3 stars. - I completed this in conjunction with the one above, using the Conjure lifeline to make J and K words.

Early Riser - "First thing in the morning! Play a move between 4am and 7am" - 1 needed for 2 stars. Easy stars here.

Made it to Level 31 - Bronze Wordsmith. Now 5 stars needed for Level 32

Finish level 31 (5 stars) for XXXX coins? I can't remember how many, sorry..

Leave no trace "Build 5 no-vowel words. "Y" will help you out" - 5 needed for 3 stars. This was tougher than it seemed. I used cyst, tryst, scry, brrr, and ....drys I think.

Gourmet Solver "Waste not! Use less than 1 strike to solve 2 words" - 2 needed for 3 stars. Easy

Pro Plays "Extend your word by ending it in 'ER'. More letters = Fewer strikes" 1 needed for 2 stars - very easy

Level 32 Silver Wordsmith

Finish 32 (10 stars) for 10 coins.

Mover and Shaker "Keep 'em coming! Make 10 moves in 3 days." - 10 needed for 3 stars. A move consists of solving a word then playing your own word. That's not 2 moves.

Dominator "They never had a chance! Win 7 games. - 7 needed for 3 stars.

Makeover "Express yourself! Swap out your avatar for another one" 1 needed for 2 stars - No problem here, you don't even need to spend coins. Just grab a free avatar in the "shop" and switch.

Level 33 Gold Wordsmith - Receive 10 coins.

Finish level 33 (15 more stars) for 20 coins

Pro Plays "Build 10 words using F, W, or V. These are hard to guess" - 10 needed for 3 stars.

(Side note here, I noticed they added a "Watch and Revive" ad where you can get a free strike back by watching a 10 second or so video from an advertiser right in game, without launching external aps. Nice touch.)

Careful Crafter "Stretch that vocab and build a word using 'Q' but without a 'U'. - 1 needed for 3 stars. - QAID anyone?

Pro Plays "Extend your word by starting it with 'RE'. More Letters = Fewer Strikes" - 1 needed for 2 stars.

Doublespeak "Pad that score by making 15 words on the DW space." 15 needed for 3 stars. This one takes a while. - 150 coins to skip

No Mercy "Eliminate those incorrect tiles! Use Extinguish 7 times" - 7 needed for 3 stars. I just used them the next 7 rounds against different people. You get one free one per game anyway. - 150 coins to skip

Level 34 - Bronze Mastermind - Receive 20 coins

Finish level 34 to get 50 coins - 5 stars needed

Keep it on the DL "Boost your score by playing 15 letters on the DL bonus space." - 15 needed for 3 stars. - 150 coins to skip

To be continued....Ok maybe not. I'm really just too bored with the game to continue documenting the missions. Most likely it'll be fun to level up, hard to get past a few, and you'll get squat in the end LOL. I certainly give credit to Zynga for revitalizing the game. Let's see if they can do a bit more.

Old article on Missions:

Missions are goals you can achieve to "level up". It appears the way they set it up is as follows:

You start at level one and need a few stars to reach level 2. You get stars by completing missions. They are silly missions such as completing a word, solving a word with an S in it or starting a new game. I thought the missions would get harder or require some skill as the levels increased, but apparently not. I'm at level 30 now and done. At 28 I had to make 10 words with a Z in them instead of 1, finish 7 games, etc. One thing I noticed is that the number of stars you need to get to level up fluctuates between 5, 10, 20, 30 (20 at level 20, then 5 at level 21) with no apparent reasoning. This was a bit odd but not a big deal, especially seeing as there is no clear reason to want to level up. You get a few coins each time you go up a level but other than that, there seems to be no reason to do it or strive for it, unless you're interested in saving the princess??? Zynga says: "the latest versions of Hanging With Friends now have missions! Level your way through more than 100 missions to test your skill and rescue the Princess. On the way, earn coins and unlock exclusive content."

For those who want to succeed, here's some thoughts:

-- Whenever the star on the game screen is lit up, you have a complete mission to get rid of. You touch the star then click the DONE button to make that mission go away and collect the stars from it.

--The number of points/stars you get for mission completion goes up. I get 3 per completion now.

--The missions aren't much harder and don't require any more skill as you go up in levels. They just take longer. Instead of completing 1 random opponent game, I now have to complete 5. Instead of making 3 words with Y in them, I have to make 10 with Z in them. Really nothing special here.

--Get rid of the ones you don't want to do, rather than let them sit there. You can only have 3 active missions and completing a task won't count unless it's one of your active missions. So use the SKIP button to get rid of changing avatars, playing on the weekend, or switching balloons if you don't want to do that or don't want to wait.

--For the "complete random games" missions keep in mind that you must START the random opponent game after the mission is activated. Finishing a game against a random opponent does not count if that mission wasn't activated when the game started.

--For the 7 or 8 letter word missions, you can use (and reuse) the Tune-Up lifeline. Once you select the lifeline and get rid of some letters, if you still can't make a word just leave that game and go back into it. You'll be presented with the "select letters to trade in" screen and you can try again, getting different random letters in return. I did this 3 times in one round with no problems. (The way I see it, taking advantage of software glitches or poor programming is not cheating)

--Click the "Done" button as soon as it says mission complete. This collects the stars, makes the mission go away, and activates the next mission. If you wait, you might be missing out on upcoming missions.

When done at level 30 (you are awared the princess) you'll still have missions to complete. Then nothing. No idea why, I assume it's a programming glitch. If I remember right, some missions changed in the middle...I thought I needed 40 pts to get to level 27. In the middle of the round 26, the limit changed to 20. At least it seemed that way to me, I wasn't really watching for it. I could be wrong completely.

--The cost of skipping missions changes. It's 30 for some, 70 for others and 90 or 100 for others. Earlier at level 21 I could skip playing 10 moves in a day, skip making 3 words on TL, or skip making 5 words of 6 letters all for 30 coins. The last one I skipped cost me 90 though so I guess it depends on the perceived difficulty of completing the missions.

I should have kept a record from the beginning but I didn't. Here's the best I can remember about the Hanging With Friends Missions....

-start x number of games

-start x number of random opponent games

-finish x number of games

-win x number of games

-make opponents lose x number of balloons

-use x number of Extinguish lifelines (same with Revive, Tune-up, and Conjure)

-make x number of words with a J in them

-make x number of words ending in ED

-make x number of 4 letter words (also 5, 6, 7 and 8)

-make x number of moves in a day

-play x number of days in a row

-change your balloons

-change your avatar

-unlock something in the store - According to Zynga you unlock items in the store by spending coins....uhm....in the store?

-make x number of moves using TL (DL, DW too)

-play on a weekend

-get points (50, 200, 500 I think)

-Get coins (20, 60, 200 so far)

-solve x number of words with Y in them (I skipped this one, can't control the words others play!)

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Hanging with Friends Cheat1

Hanging with Friends Cheat

Well either that or a glitch?

I wasn't sure whether this would qualify as a cheat or a glitch. Any comments on this are appreciated.

The app seems to allow you to redo the start of your word if you're not happy with the bonus placement.

For instance, in the screen at the right you'll notice that I just solved the word Pchez78 had for me. The bonus roulette went around and stopped on DL (Double Letter) in the 7th position. Well I don't like that bonus or that position so ..... Here's what you do:

Leave the match, go back into the match.

Yes, it's that simple! ADDED: This glitch was taken out with the 4.05 update. So if you update your version you will lose this ability. Guess the choice is yours, it doesn't hurt your opponent any. It just helps you get coins faster.

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Hanging with Friends Cheat2

Hanging with Friends Cheat

(...continued)

Now when you go back into the game, the random bonus placement starts over. You get a completely random bonus and location.

NOTES:

- Even though it's random, you still might get the exact same location and/or bonus you just had. It's random and with 4 bonuses, 8 positions, there's only 32 posibilities for what the bonus is and where it lands.

- You can only do this once. I gotta wonder if it's an undocumented feature or a glitch.

- When you leave a game after solving the opponents word, but before making your own, the game stays in your Turn section, but is at the bottom of the list.

- Careful when you decide to ask for a redo! I left a double word in the 8th position once and got a double letter in the 8th position.

- Notice you have the same letters, just in a different order.

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      Ryurek 2 years ago from Western New York

      The eyes are supposed to mean that the other person is actively playing the game. Kinda like a "They are watching" thing. It was Beta for a while in the beginning, not sure if they mastered it or not.

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      Alesya 2 years ago

      Can someone tell me what that means when on the main page in upper right corner some eyes shown sometimes, weird

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I get this too. Very annoying.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      At the end of each game, I long-click the game and hit DELETE. The game goes away. However, if I uninstall and re-install the APP (which I have to do periodically when it crashes etc), then ALL my old games come back, not in the "finished game" area but in the "your turn" area, wanting me to watch AGAIN the final turn where the opponent loses. Only then do they go to finished game status and I can delete them again.

      This was happening with finished games before, so that's why I decided to religiously delete them all, but STILL they come back! Driving me crazy. Now I have to open, wait, watch or skip, get rid of the add, and then long-click and delete .... for 20+ games! (I've tried contacting Zynga support, but the website you linked does not work and from the game I just get the message the support is busy).

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have noticed that when i have only one balloon left and only one strike, i am unable to use lifelines. Nowhere have i read that this is the way it works - is anyone else experiencing this? It seems like the game is just hastening your loss in this case...

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      How can I disable the message prompt that my opponent's device sends after he has sent a word for me to solve? My wife and I each have an i-Phone, but they are on the same account. She does not play HWF, but I do. When the message comes on that my opponent has made a word and it prompts me to answer, it beeps loud on my wife's phone (and mine also, of course) , but it annoys her. Can I disable this feature?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I got the princess when I completed all the mission

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      What exactly does it mean to make a mystery word in level 2 of the mission? What are mystery words? Confused.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      How do I get the princess character?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Play many games, win my fair share, seldom use coins because for some reason only average 145...others have thousands.. Why? How can I earn more, other than with the words I make?? Some say they earn 20 coins for each win... Help!!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: 5000. How in the heck did you get that many, I've never gotten close to 1000!?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: yes

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Good info. I wish that Zynga would allow me to delete in-progress games rather than wait several days. It's silly that I can't resign even if it's not my turn. Don't bog me down with slow pokes and time wasters.

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      ryurek lm 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Checked with Zynga, said it was a software update issue. They're trying to figure out how to undo it all. So basically they're on it, with no ETA.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I went from over 5000 coins to 170. I sent in a support request. Heard nothing back yet.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Similar problem from 1430 to 30 to 1750 to 0 and now 195. As you say, what is going on?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Now I am missing coins! Went from 665 to 241, then 136, then 86. I'm bleeding coins! Haven't spent any. What the heck is going on?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: They had a special around the 4th of July. Start 4 new games and get 400 coins! It was awesome! I needed those coins for reaching my next level as "the big spender" required spendin 500 coins!

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      ryurek lm 5 years ago

      @anonymous: It's definitely quirky during the later rounds. Can't say for sure what it'll do. I think mine ended in the middle of round 30...after getting 5 of 20. Weird but overall it certainly made the game more interesting for a while.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I am on Level 30 of missions and it has reduced the options from 3 to 1. Is anyone else getting this result too?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great info! I can't figure out the Slipping Away (making your foe lose 5 balloons) works. I've done it over and over but get no credit for it. I've done exactly 5 and more than 5. What's the deal?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Brilliant page, thanks for the great effort and all the info. Thank you :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Strangest thing happened to me yesterday. I was at level 25, and was starting a bunch of new games to complete a mission and get to level 26. All of a sudden I had 400 coins in my bank. I cannot figure out why, although I'm not complaining. When I got to level 26, I did get an extra 50 coins. I checked my iTunes balance to make sure I didn't accidentally purchase the coins, and it was unchanged.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: It's a 4th of July promo. You get 400 coins if you start four games.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: The same thing happened to me yesterday. No complaints, though.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What does it mean when it says pass and play is no longer available?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Use suspects

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      biggking lm 5 years ago

      uhoh he should charge his phone!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Suspects lifeline shows up when you are solving a word. There are three circle icons. The one with handcuffs is the one you want. The Conjure lifeline shows up when you are building a word.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Is there a way to see the skill level of an opponent? I am currently a skill level 14 and would like to see what my opponent's skill levels are.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: did you ever get an answer to the suspects lifeline? do you know how to use the conjure lifeline??

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanks for your article.

      A hangin friend of mine says he has missions he is doing on his games and asked me if I did. I don't but would like to start doing missions. How is that accomplished?

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      KayeSI 5 years ago

      Interesting. My grandkids and I love the Words with Friends game apps. I'll have to check on this for them. Thanks for the info

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I can not figure out how to complete the mission round EM up, hedge your bets by using the suspects lifeline once?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I can not figure out how to complete the mission round EM up, hedge your bets by using the suspects lifeline once?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: That just means make a word. Any word.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Good article... couldn't finda better explanation on the web..Thanks. Anyone notice you win the crown and unicorn ballons at certain levels like 15 and 20 or something like that... I did, but wasn't sure if it was related to completing a specific mission?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @ryurek lm: So in order to complete the swap balloon mission, I have to buy them, correct? Thanks for your help.

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      ryurek lm 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Most you have to buy. Some don't have a price listed, those are the ones that are free. Same with the avatars.

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      ryurek lm 5 years ago

      @callin-red: You're not gonna believe this....you're done. You unlocked the princess when you went from 29 to 30. About all that means is that you have a princess avatar to change to for free. LOL, sorry.... that's it. Congrats on completing the missions and "rescuing" the princess :-) - I'll delete this in a few days so that we don't spoil it for others.

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      callin-red 5 years ago

      I got to level 30 of the missions, but it doesn't tell me what to do, it just says...

      "level 30 mission 5/20 done''

      Does anyone know what I'm supposed to do??? Thanks!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      How do you change your balloons without buying them?

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      ryurek lm 5 years ago

      @anonymous: You need to make a word worth at least 50 points. Chances are you'll need a 17 point word (minimum) on the Triple Word (TL) tile.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I need help with the love a mystery mission, I'm not really sure what it is asking me to do. It ask you to build a mystery word to get 50 points.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I am stuck on the mystery mission. It's asking me to create a mystery word to earn 50 points but I'm not getting what that means. Any help?

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      earthybirthymum 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Love hanging with friends, words and scramble :) A real time suck! Nice Lense

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @ryurek lm: Can you get a hint to solve the word from the score or is it yr score posted?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      For people with two iOS devices, e.g. iPad and iPhone, download the same version to both of them and then as you guess your opponents word and are about to run out of lifelines, close the app (remember which letters failed) and log onto other device and you end up doubling the number of lifelines. I know it's just a game and no point cheating but it's fun defeating friends if they brag too much about how good they are

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      ryurek lm 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Glad you enjoyed it. What I lack in organization, I make up for in content!!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Awesome article! Thanks for all the great info! I found the answers to the question I had and sooooo much more!

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      gired47 5 years ago

      Please someone help me to find out when this new missions version of HWF will possibly be available on Android!!! I don't mind paying for it!!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Ohmygosh, Dave. Thank you SO much for posting!! I am on level 27 and have gotten burned out. I was just searching again for how many levels there were. Nice to know I am close. Thanks for the cheat too!

      I found another cheat as well. . .if you install both the paid and free versions on your phone then whenever you want to build a word, try to build the word in both apps. You want to build the word where the bonus is the highest (love those TW's!!). So, check both apps to see if you can get a TW and build it in the app that has the highest bonus tile.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have just completed all missions. It suddenly ended on in the middle of Level 30. I accidentally discovered a minor cheat for the mission of watching replays. If you back put of the replay before it finishes then go back in it adds to the counter of number of replays. Also it certainly helps having friends who also want to complete missions cos they play faster and it's a win win for some missions. probably kinda similar to the idea of two logins.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I heard that you could sign in to HWF with 2 different email addresses. Is this true and if so how do i do that. I have the free version on android. Also will this advanced version ever be available on android? If you or anyone can answer my questions my email is gired47@gmail.com thanks for any answers you can give me.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      For those of you having to play 5 or 14 days in a row or some nonsense, just change your iPhone clock. So, if the mission is play 5 days in a row, take one turn, then change your clock by one day (under Settings), then take another turn, then change your clock another day, then take another turn, etc. Worked for me.

      Anyone know of a cheat to get people to resign?? I probably could be much higher in levels if people would play with me! ARGH! I have the max 21 games set up and people play sooooooooooooooo slow!!! I just want to resign all of the games but I can't.

      One tip I found was that I don't play people twice. I find that they play one game really well and then get bored with the app. So I play one game with them and then move on and find someone else.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      ...and also - do you know where I could find quick answers to if the Android version will get those missions the iPhone has?...and when Scramble With Friends will come to Android?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Do you know how to delete a finished game on Android? I tried the swipe tactic mentioned, but that doesn't work...

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      ryurek lm 5 years ago

      @anonymous: The best I can tell is that you have to spend coins (on anything) to unlock some of the balloons and avatars in the store.

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      ryurek lm 5 years ago

      @anonymous: According to Zynga: "Some avatars and balloon sets must be unlocked by spending coins."

      So I guess you spend coins on balloons to unlock other balloons? Anyone have a better answer?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      How do I unlock stuff in the HWF store? Cause I can't seem to get past the master of unlocking mission that requires u to unlock something.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      How do I do the Master of Unlocking mission on level 5? I mean really how do you unlock stuff in the HWF store? I heard you unlock at level 21 bit any level before that?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I think it's a cool game..Just like the Words With Friends..I just use the ANAGRAMMER to help me in times of trouble..

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Does anybody know how to get past "Master of Unlocking"? What does it mean to unlock something from the store?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi I am at exactly the same point as you with the same missions, it's very annoying hoping for people to play a j word. I am also trying to find the same answer as you, how many missions in total. We must be near the end though cos we are gold grand masters. If you wanna play my username is elleebeea

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @ryurek lm: If you think the unicorn balloons were femmy, wait'll you see the ones you unlock at Level 27. Phew! All I can say is, "pink castle" and "rainbows". Wow. Don't they make balloons for guys?

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      ryurek lm 5 years ago

      @anonymous: You're further ahead than I am. Looks like the basic game play stays the same though, more and more of inane stuff that just takes time. I agree with the unlocked stuff. I made level 21 and unlocked some unicorn balloons today LOL.

      No idea how many but Zynga says "over 100 missions" before saving the princess...whoever that is.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I'm a Level 27 (Gold Grand Master) and I'd like to know how many levels there are total. As you move up through the levels, you need more and more stars to level-up. (I needed 30 to go from Level 26 to Level 27.) Also, the missions become harder. One of my current missions is to solve 10 words containing the letter "J" and, since I have no control over what words people send me, that may take a while. Another mission is to Play 14 days in a row, so all I can do is wait it out or blow tons of coins on skipping missions. There are otherwise-unavailable balloons that I've unlocked, but the designs are pretty feminine and I'm not that kinda guy. Does anyone know how many levels there are in all?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      You certainly do have a gift for explaining things and you exercised it very well here, I'm not a gamer but I sure and see you know what you are talking about and do it very well!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Last night I notice I suddenly had the mission version of the game (did not buy it). Can you give some info on what mission is?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @ryurek lm: Yes I did use it, especially playing a game with my kids. It is still available on Words with Friends, but not on Scramble with Friends either. I sent a question into Zygna, but no response yet.

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      ryurek lm 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Mine too. I've also noticed the new game, scramble with friends, doesn't offer that feature. Did you actually use it?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My version no longer shows the Pass and Play feature. Anyone else?

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      ehirsh4 5 years ago

      Are the letters they give you to play with also random or is there a certain amount of each letter in each hanging game you play.

      ie: Are there only 5 W's and say 10 E's per game? Or is just random letters each time.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @ryurek lm: Yes you can, sometimes. You can open the app on a different device and sometimes see it again before it updates. You can also play the game simultaneously on more than one device and get that many more strikes. You just have to close your other devices with at least one strike open and then make your final move on just one device.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I just added WWF and have used it for about a week. The app went to do an update and now when it goes to load on my phone it shuts itself off. I have uninstalled reinstalled to no avail. Any suggestions? WWF 4.13 and iOS5.0.1

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      ryurek lm 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I've tried to duplicate that error and just can't. Typically when there's an issue with the apps acting funny, they tell you to update to the last version, if that don't work uninstall the app then redownload and install it.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      When I'm on my last ballon and click on the list to see the words that my opponent and I have played, it goes to game over and I loose. Are you only allowed to click on the list a certain amount of times? This happens before I even get to guess the word.

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      ryurek lm 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Hey, thanks a lot. I appreciate you taking the time.

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      ryurek lm 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Not that I've found, sorry

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hey! Great lens. I appreciated your easy to read, well organized, and straight-forward article. I always wondered how the number of misses allowed for each word was determined! Job well done. Cheers! :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Is there a way to watch an opponent's moves more than once?

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      ryurek lm 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Change your notifications under Settings>Notifications>

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      ryurek lm 5 years ago

      @gamecheathub: My pleasure :-)

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      gamecheathub 5 years ago

      Cool breakdown. Lots of good stuff in this lens. Thanks for taking the time to write it.

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      ryurek lm 6 years ago

      @anonymous: These are actually located in your iPhone's settings menu (Settings > Notifications > Hanging With Friends). Alerts are the popups saying it's your turn. Sounds are the noises that come with the Alerts. Badges are the numbers in a red circle on top of the apps icon showing you how many turns are waiting for you. This is typical among iPhone apps.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Can i receive notifications to my iphone from wwf and how do i get them if i can?

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      rosytaylor 6 years ago

      Hi! This is an amazing and Awesome lens and very informative too. Thanks for sharing such a nice lens. Nicely done, Keep up your great work!

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      ryurek lm 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Go into Settings at the bottom of your Turn section. In there you'll see Account. If you select that, the top option is "Signout of Facebook". Do that, then try to do what you're doing. Failing that, I would use the link above to report it to Zynga.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Having issue with my facebook being associated with a default user and now I cannot link this facebook with my original WWF user name. Anyone know how to unlink the default user and have it let me link my name and facebook that I was using with Words With Friends? I looked in the account settings and Hanging doesn't appear there.

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      JoshK47 6 years ago

      What a fun app - I hadn't heard of this!

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      ryurek lm 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Betsy, I think I had that problem a couple of times and I just had to leave that game and go back in to see the letters. I've also experienced times when I go into a game listed under "Their Turn" but it allows me to guess the last word I already guessed. When that happens, squirrely things abound such as the invisible letters you mention.

      Usually if you completely shut the app down and restart it, all them silly issues are resolved. Annoying as it is, the bugs in this one are quite minor and rare compared to a lot of apps I've seen out there. Let me know if none of the above work though and I'll throw some more ideas your way.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      When solving a word, the first few times I could see the letters as I guessed the letters correctly. Now, I can't see the letters in the spaces when I guess them right. Any idea why?

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      darwintheyz 6 years ago

      Wow, it almost makes me want to get an iPhone

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      ryurek lm 6 years ago

      @betta addict: Thanks, was my first attempt but I'm pretty anal LOL.

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      betta addict 6 years ago

      very detailed lens you got here...good job! a thumbs up for you!