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The Flappy Bird Survival Guide: Tips, Tricks, and Cheats for Improving Your High Score

Make the seemingly impossible, Flappy Bird, possible with these tips and tricks.

by 2 months ago

If by some miracle you haven’t heard of Flappy Bird, I suggest you stop reading right now. Seriously, run. I wouldn’t wish this addiction upon my worst enemy.

For those unfortunate enough to have been introduced to this insanely frustrating game, here are some tips to help raise your high score and make your Flappy Bird experience slightly less soul-crushing.

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Ditch the iPhone
Life ruiner and Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen recently tweeted that the game is easier on Android than it is on iOS. 

After giving myself a migraine from playing with my phone two inches away from my face, I decided to switch over my tablet. Turns out playing on a bigger screen makes dodging pipes a whole lot easier! Have an Android device? Even better. Life ruiner and Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen recently tweeted that the game is easier on Android than it is on iOS. The game is still rage inducing, but Flappy doesn’t fall like a bag of bricks they way iPhone users are accustomed to. Take advantage while you can though; an update that'll level the playing field is coming soon.

Tune out distractions
  1. Lock yourself in your room.
  2. Turn off the sound.
  3. Switch to airplane mode.

Nothing will ruin a friendship (or your high score) like receiving a text in the middle of a Flappy Bird game. Activating airplane mode will also prevent those pesky ads from sneaking into your line of vision.

Close all other apps

Among all the other annoying things Flappy Bird does, it crashes. A lot.

To prevent this from happening right as you’re about to set a new high score, be sure to close out of any apps you have running in the background. On iOS, just double-tap the home button and swipe apps up to close them. Android users can look under their device’s app settings and select “Force Stop.”

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Develop a rhythm

Is Flappy Bird flapping all over the screen? Try tapping to a rhythm. This will keep the bird steady and make it easier for you to control where he goes next. I like to use the clouds as an initial guide, bouncing the bird along the top.

Aim for the middle

As you approach your first obstacle, speed up your tapping until the bird is at the same height as the vertical center of the pipes. Once the bird is in between to two pipes, don’t jump again until the bird has reached the horizontal center. This should help you to avoid those bumping into those deadly pipe corners.

Take a break

If you’re getting a little too aggravated and have resorted to calling Flappy Bird a slur of obscene names, it might be time to take a break. Take a deep breath. Get a snack. Switch over to Candy Crush. After you’ve cleared your mind, you’ll be ready to dodge those pipes like you’ve never dodged them before!

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If all else fails, cheat

If you really can’t stand to look at your single digit score any longer, hacking the game is certainly an option. Other frustrated players like you have documented a slew of Flappy Bird cheats including a way to remove the pipes and how to set an unlimited high score. If you’re going to go the hacking route, it's crucial that you follow all directions closely so that you don’t mess up your device. 

Follow these tips and you'll be breaking into the double (or triple) digits in no time! 

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  • 1
    About 2 months ago,
    Flappy_5142 said:
    hi I found a hack! Works tested: D http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYDm169L5hw
  • 60
    About 2 months ago,
    Amy White (Editor in Chief) said:
    Have you tried this out on your own device? People are often wary of hack downloads (rightfully so). If you've personally tested it and can vouch for it, writing up your on post on GameSkinny about the hack would be a great way to get it in front of more people.
  • 6
    About 2 months ago,
    Derrick Hunt (Featured Contributor) said:
    I propose a new drinking game: every time you die in Flappy Bird, take a shot.

    ...nevermind. I want to live.
  • 60
    About 2 months ago,
    Amy White (Editor in Chief) said:
    Yeah, I get the impression we'd all win alcohol poisoning long before we won Flappy Bird.
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  • 1
    About 2 months ago,
    Lucy_7166 said:
    Lol I need to go reboot mine! It keeps crashing halfway... :(
  • 1
    About 2 months ago,
    Harvey_9610 said:
    Flappy bird is very insane game.
  • 1
    About 2 months ago,
    ashy_7393 said:
    It is pitch black. You are likely to be eaten by comments.
  • 1
    About 2 months ago,
    Lauren_6746 said:
    I found that playing upside down is a lot easier! I got 254 playing upside down!
  • 30
    About 2 months ago,
    Lauren Puga (Featured Columnist) said:
    Wow, I just tried that and failed miserably. But hey, whatever works for you!
  • 1
    About 2 months ago,
    Jennifer_6700 said:
    Hi, I use a hack for Flappy Bird that made by bird invincible, removed all pipes and ads, and let me edit my score. Here it is: http://g4mehacks.blogspot.com/2014/02/flappy-bird-hack.html I have tried it on my iPhone 5S and I really enjoy it :)
  • 1
    About 2 months ago,
    JoeG_3678 said:
    What on earth is the point of hacking it? It's a game of skill. If you keep practising, you'll get better (agonisingly slowly perhaps, but instant gratification is so last century). If you hack it to remove the pipes or whatever, you might just as well not bother playing it at all. Where's the fun if there's no challenge?
  • 1
    About 2 months ago,
    Jemicah Noleal said:
    Great
  • 1
    About 2 months ago,
    It'smidlay said:
    Flappy bird is one way to test your patience -_-
  • 1
    About 2 months ago,
    sassy_1241 said:
    Awesome hack I like it thank you
  • 1
    About 2 months ago,
    Frank Martela said:
    One trick that made a huge difference for me was to use duct tape to cover the scoreboard:
    http://www.buzzfeed.com/frankmartela/how-i-used-duct-tape-to-get-100-points-in-flappy-fvkn
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  • 1
    About 2 months ago,
    Amy Miller said:
    Argh this game is frustrating it made me punch a wall i broke my hand. Owwwwch. My score is only 21 and i hav stopped playing in break ma other hand and playing upside down s a lil easier.
  • 1
    About 2 months ago,
    sophie smith said:
    you can cheat by removing the cylinders and go through the sky xx
  • 1
    About 2 months ago,
    Falcon_5078 said:
    Post your high scores to https://www.facebook.com/pages/Flapping-Bird/831600763523027

    Challenge your friends!
  • 1
    About 2 months ago,
    hayley thomas said:
    why did they have to take flappy bird away i wish it was still here :( i am going to cry
  • 1
    About 2 months ago,
    ahlen_3380 said:
    #28tapcheat

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvuzYmGwDE0
  • 1
    About 2 months ago,
    sabrina_3478 said:
    it does not help cause I already tried
  • 1
    About 2 months ago,
    julian_8588 said:
    flapping bird cheats
    for the
    bird
  • 1
    About 2 months ago,
    katelyn_6167 said:
    i love flappy bird!!!
  • 1
    About 2 months ago,
    MrHung said:
    download for ios & android http://adf.ly/dwoNT
  • 1
    About 2 months ago,
    tomer_9245 said:
    Here's something useful: always stick to the bottom pipe and don't watch your score during the fly. Watch the bird
  • 1
    About 2 months ago,
    Simon Alvani said:
    What is wrong with Flappy Bird:

    The concept is very simple but the degree of precision required to win is grossly disproportional to the bird's maneuverability. With each flap the bird climbs way too much and when you stop flapping the bird drops way too fast. So basically the bird handles like a bag of shit yet is being asked to perform like a pro.
  • 1
    About 2 months ago,
    Flappy_1441 said:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=133snUSNbSw
    Hacked Flappy bird version for Android phones. Bird and pipes are made smaller, so its easier to get higher score
  • 1
    About 2 months ago,
    Annabelle_4881 said:
    The hack isn't that cool because you never die
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