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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.

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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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Wondering why Flappy Bird is Gone? Read What Happened to Flappy Birds: Why Creator Removed Game From iTunes & Google Play

Originally Published Feb. 4th 2014

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    Adnan_4399 3 months ago
    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.com/flappy-bird-hack/
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    sam_3863 3 months ago
    I lov flappy bird
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    Lawrence_9164 3 months ago
    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.com/flappy-bird-hack/ I have tried it on my iPhone 5S and I really enjoy it :)
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    Lawrence_9164 3 months ago
    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.com/flappy-bird-hack I have tried it on my iPhone 5S and I really enjoy it :)
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    bailee_6034 4 months ago
    how do u cheat?
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    Andrew_9842 4 months ago
    Developed a new game with a similar concept but different mechanics:
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.LastHackerGames.WobbleRocket

    Feedback would be appreciated :D
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    ace_4963 5 months ago
    wow what the nice hea
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    Hey people 5 months ago
    Hashtag:boringšŸ˜µ
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    Nick_1878 5 months ago
    how ever high or low you go at first is there the first obstacle will come in
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    Caroline_2252 5 months ago
    Hi, I use video demonstration http://www.appsmenow.com/walkthrough/55498-Flappy_Bird
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    Chloe_9882 5 months ago
    Great advice
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    Maddie Merrit 5 months ago
    Hey! its so hard i cant stop playing flapp bird!!! xx :)
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    steven cowell 5 months ago
    it is gay
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    Lizzy_8176 5 months ago
    So I'm a teenager and I really like flappy bird but then yet again there are all these other games and if the created of flappy bird wants to keep his game in a good ranking he better keep it up on the App Store like re-sell it. No one should delete an app even if there are people getting a tiny bit upset, now with that being said some apps should be deleted on my opinion because of their type and other things like games based on sex and all that stuff, kids my age don't need to be seeing this and playing games like that. Maybe adults like the but still it's not like a kid will see a game like that and not automatically not play it, for me of course I am smart enough to know to not get involved with sex games or applications or anything that requires my name except things I can truly trust. That's my long thought but yea if you are readying this I am 13 and I think that it's important that everyone gets a say on this.
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    John_5262 5 months ago
    watch this video to see how to make 590 in Flappy bird
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pnx8DyHxQdY
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    John_5262 5 months ago
    My friend reached to highest score after months effort, watch the video to see
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pnx8DyHxQdY
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    New Flappy Crateor 5 months ago
    if you like to check out a suprising version of flappy: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.idrosh.games.flyfly
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    John_5424 5 months ago
    http://youtu.be/Pnx8DyHxQdY
    best highest score in flappy bird
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    hi_8789 5 months ago
    flappy bird is a good game, i must say.... WAIT ..... its excellent
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    hi_8789 5 months ago
    these so called "cheats" don't work, I have tried all and do they work??? NO!! they don't. and who would want to risk messing up their device!!!! Like not me!!! anyway, cheating is not a fun way to play a game!!!
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    hi_8789 5 months ago
    these so called "cheats" don't work, I have tried all and do they work??? NO!! they don't.
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    Jess_9274 5 months ago
    Instead of flappy bird it should definitely be called crashy bird
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