How to Win at Hanging with Friends

April 7, 2013 | | Add a Comment

Hanging with FriendsHanging with Friends is like a special and even more challenging offspring of the Hangman game. However, unlike the Hangman game, there is no hanging man in the gallows involved. Instead, two people, representing the two players, hold on to five balloons, one of which pops whenever one cannot guess a word sent by the opponent. There is no question that the game is quite challenging; though using a world builder for hanging with friends can ensure your win, enhancing your skills on your own can not only help you avoid the different death traps of the game, it can give you a great sense of accomplishment after a win.


Tips & Tricks for Hanging with Friends:

  • Short words can be powerful

In other word games, it is encouraged to form longer words to earn higher scores. In Hanging with Friends, however, it is a good strategy to form shorter words because the shorter a word, the fewer chances for your opponent to guess the correct letters even if he or she will have more guesses for shorter words. Plus, this enables you to almost always win a round more quickly. Longer words are impressive, but then playing them also allows your opponent to have an easier time guessing the right letters.

  • Understanding vowels

When your opponent gives you a word that has a vowel or vowels, the last vowel of that word is shown to you at the start of the game. Even with only one free vowel, you can use this to make educated guesses to find the right letters. For example, when a vowel is the second letter of a five-letter word, there’s a huge chance that the third to fifth letters of the word are bunched up consonants like “–rch” (torch, porch, etc.) or “–nts” (dents, cents, etc.). Or, if the vowel “e” is the second to the last letter of a word, there’s a huge chance that “d,” “r,” or “s” is also present. These instances are not always true, but guessing those letters can pay off and may be good starting points.

There are also words that do not have vowels. Not seeing any vowels at all is already a big clue for the player to start with the letter “Y.” This is because it functions as a vowel in some words like “gypsy,” “myth” and “rhythm.”

  • Frequency of letters

Have a mnemonic for these consonants, in this order: RSTLN. They are the five most frequently used consonants in the English language, making them ideal guesses when playing Hanging with Friends. These letters can also assist you in providing words for your opponent: don’t use them so much.

Another set of letters you should remember is ETAOINSH. Although it is a letter sequence that’s less memorable, it is actually the order of frequency by which these letters are relatively used.

With this knowledge in mind, think first before guessing. Even if there are letters that are more frequently used than others, your opponent may also know that fact, and may therefore, avoid using those letters when asking you to guess a word.

  • First letter confusion

Usually, when players get the first letter of a word, it becomes easier for them to guess the rest of it. Therefore, it is a good idea to provide words that begin with uncommon or less frequently used letters. For example, you chose the word “weer.” If your opponent guesses “-eer,” he or she will most likely guess the word “beer,” “deer,” “jeer,” or “peer.” Other options are “leer,” “seer,” and “veer.” Playing such words can throw off your opponent, giving you an edge.

  • Double letters

When playing words with double letters, don’t use words with “aa,” “ee”, and “rr” because they are the most common ones. What you need are words with “bb,” “vv,” and “zz” like “rubble,” “savvy,” and “jazz.” Your opponent will rely mostly on luck if you play these words.

  • Save your Hanging with Friends lifelines

There are three lifelines available in this game: suspects, extinguish, and revive. The first lifeline, suspects, makes you choose from four letters containing only one correct letter. Extinguish, on the other hand, gets rid of four random letters that aren’t part of the word. Finally, the revive lifeline decreases your strikes by one, allowing you to have an extra guess.

You can only use one lifeline per round, so if you can, save yours for later use because using them does not guarantee an instant win. Use them strategically. For example, you only have one strike left, and you’re sure that one of two letters you have in mind is correct. It is advisable to use the revive lifeline in this situation.


Using these tips and strategies will definitely help you win more without having to resort to using a word builder for Hanging with friends. When you can’t hang out with your friends in real life, playing Hanging with friends is a good alternative!


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