Flappy Bird: 5 tips, hints, cheats and tricks to tap your way up the leaderboards

Flappy Bird strategy guide: top 5 ways to score higher and stay saner at Flappy Bird, the game everyone loves to hate ... or hates to love!

Flappy Bird is the hottest game on the Play Store — at least for the moment — and topmost on every gamer's mind is how to get a higher score than their friends without smashing their phone to pieces in the process. Flapp Bird is a fantastically terrible game, its design is derivative, its mechanics maddening, and its popularity no doubt the result of incredible rage-of-mouth marketing. Yet despite all of that (or maybe because of it), we can't. Stop. Playing. So how can you get better at Flappy Bird faster? For some games it's simply a matter of finding the right tips, hints, and cheats. Flappy Bird, however, is so simple, that there are few to no ways to hack the system. But that doesn't mean you can't hack yourself...

1. Use a big screen

Though Flappy Bird is entirely playable on an Android phone, it's much easier if you play on a tablet. Not only are your hands less cramped, but you'll have an easier time discerning details, and less of a chance your own finger will obscure your view and get in your way. Not to mention, you can soak in all of the glorious 16-bit-style art on a tablet. 

2. Find a spot for your finger

If you are playing Flappy Bird on an Android phone, pick a smart place to tap and stick with it. The corners where the ground scrolls by is a good spot and won't get in the way of oncoming pipes. This is particularly important if you're tapping with your right hand, since that's the edge where the pipes fly in from. You may find you have even more control with a stylus. 

See also: How to beat Flappy Bird!

3. Mute outside notifications

Don't let an errant phone call ruin a good run. Any notification can send your stupid little bird face-first into the ground. Go ahead and mute notification sounds before you start to play. If you have a Samsung device, you can turn on Blocking mode. 

You might also want to take a moment to close all other apps and reboot before you play in order to maximize game and system stability.

4. Find your rhythm

Make sure to get the timing for your taps down pat. The whole point of the game is to get the bird through the pipes without touching them, which means you have to learn to keep it as level as possible. Since the bird is always coming up or going down, you need to time your taps so that those peaks and dips are as consistent as possible and short enough to fit through the gaps. 

Recover your rhythm quickly after you rise or fall to the right height for the pipe by double-tapping or pausing to drop, then getting stable again really fast. This will take plenty of practice, so keep at it. 

More: Hack Flappy Bird for Android for the ultimate high-score cheat! (opens in new tab)

5. Keep your cool

Flappy Bird is an easy game to get angry at. You'll be failing often, and as silly as it may be, you're going to get stressed out about it, and that can affect your performance. Luckily, the same stress-reducing techniques that are commonplace outside of these games works just as well when trying to stay focused. Slow, steady, breathing actually works wonders. It sounds silly, but it creates calm and focus. When you start getting close to your high score — or your friend's high score — you'll be less likely to freak out and fly right into a pipe.

Bonus tip: Fly low!

From our own Kevin Michaluk:

If you come into the pipes on the low side and tap right before, there's less chance of tapping too hard and crashing on the high side. If you come in middle or high and tap a bit too hard, you're crashy bird. I kept crashing on the high side so switching to this technique helped me triple my score fast.

Your top Flappy Wing tips, hints, and tricks?

If these Flappy Bird tips, hints, and cheats work for you, be sure to leave a comment, and if you've come up with other ways to do better at Flappy Bird, you should also let us know! As always, include your high score!

Simon has been covering mobile since before the first iPhone came out. After producing news articles, podcasts, review videos, and everything in between, he's now helping industry partners get the word about their latest products. Get in touch with him at simon@futurenet.com.
53 Comments
  • http://www.myextralife.com/comic/flappy-syndrome/ Posted via Android Central App
  • Those tips are rubbish
  • Matches your comment then.
  • Ouch haha Posted via Android Central App
  • shots fired.
  • Lol!! Posted from Nexus 5 via Android Central App
  • Another post about this?? Fine, I'll download it. Posted via Android Central App
  • Noooo....don't do it! Lol Posted via Android Central App
  • Don't, I just did and I hate myself, my phone, the developer and Phil. Posted via Android Central App
  • C'mon man..who the F cares, review a device or something... Posted via Android Central App
  • Seriously! Must be slow at AC Posted via Android Central App
  • I would download this game but I don't think my tablet would make it out in one piece Posted via Android Central App from Nexus 7 2013
  • i'm deleting it i dont need another game to make me curse at my device like pet saga, candy crush, papa pear, farm heros. and now flappy i cant get passed the 5th pipe
  • No, will not fall for the trap Posted from Da Lords of Da Underground
  • Exceptional signature and profile pic. Posted via my Porcelain Throne
  • THIS SITE NEEDS MOAR FLAPPY BIRD! Posted via Android Central App
  • This piece of junk is an insult to games everywhere. Posted via Android Central App
  • Flappy bird... I can't figure out if everyone else has literally become mentally handicapped or if it's a huge joke I'm not in on. Posted via Android Central App
  • This is the wrong list of tips. You only need two. 1. Find Flappy Birds on your phone
    2. Uninstall Flappy Birds Posted via Android Central App
  • Lol the bird is the word Posted via Android Central App
  • Comic gold. Family Guy.
  • Please stop talking about it. At this point it's beginning to look like you're being paid to do so. No other game has had this volume of writing in this short period, and every article starts by talking about how bad it is. You're just click-baiting at this point and I thought AC was better than that.
  • And yet you commented on it so they must be doing something right Posted from my newly Kit Katted Droid Ultra
  • Just don't read it. Geez. Bad mood much?
  • Actually he's got a valid point... time to start writing about shit that matters, enough about this shitty game. It's getting ridiculous Posted via Android Central App
  • And it's not just AC. My Android feeds are full of flappy bird articles everyday.. I was finally drawn in and installed it and now I can't stop playing it cuz somehow my personal goal always goes up 5 points every time I die. Posted via Android Central App
  • Did you people forget that is not YOUR site? Don't read the article of you're so uppity. Lighten up, Geez.
  • Can say the same for you about not liking peoples comments on these articles... You don't like them, don't read them. But you took the time to comment instead of just skipping over them, soooo.... pot, meet kettle... Posted via Android Central App
  • hahaha, i was thinking the same thing. And what is the argument against giving feedback to this site? I think it is a good idea to speak up if you don't like something. I know I love to hear from my users, positive or negative.
  • I'm still waiting for this game on symbian hurry up lol Sent from my Nexus 7 2013 or iPhone 5
  • They certainly deserve each other! Posted via Android Central App
  • Thanks! Worked great! I beat my high score of 1!
  • I must say that I don't understand the draw of this game at all. When my daughter mentioned that "everyone at school is playing it," I thought I'd take a look. I installed it, played it three times, and promptly uninstalled it. It really only has one skill (compared to the other amazingly popular Angry Birds, which required some thought and a few skills). Oh well. Happy playing to those who do and happy not-playing to those who don't. :)
  • It's a competition thing. I only played it because my wife sent me a text telling me I couldn't beat her 28 score. Then my brother sent me a similar text later on that day.
  • Stop with the flappy bird posts and do some sprint 4g ones Posted via Android Central App
  • Fourth Flappy Bird article on AC. Didn't think the game was that complicated. Posted via Android Central App
  • Complicated no, frustrating yes. I am pretty sure that Phil is working through his addiction through writing about it or having it posted constantly. He should be entering the acceptance phase anytime now -------------------------------------------
    Kit Kat tastes like Jellybeans. Can't tell them apart...
  • Another post about the most mindless game I've seen hit Android... Must be a REALLY slow news day or the world is in worse shape than I really thought. Posted via my Moto X DE
  • My top score is 159! Here is a real tip : Aim for the middle of the pipes. Here a pict : http://s30.postimg.org/h1lrdrmbl/flappy.png and a video : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dibQUJHeZh8
  • Yet another article on this? Really? Posted via Android Central App
  • Never heard of the game until all the articles on AC yesterday. Dam you people for getting me addicted Posted via Android Central App
  • 4 posts on Flappy Birds in 2 days? Like seriously? Is Android central getting kickbacks from this stupid game? Enough with the damn articles about this thing.
  • I love to fap my bird. Thank you, Dong! This is the sex post, right?
  • Here's a even easier way to win the whole game https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ToRC3YWtsAQ
  • Wow, developer confirmed, flappy bird's shutting down http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=yPZei-84W4g
  • Fly low on approach to bottom pipe and tap to fly over it rather than trying to fly between the pipes. This removes most of your likelihood of failing my hitting the top pipe. I'm on 297. Posted via Android Central App
  • Classical music. Playing while listening classical music helps with keeping a good rhythm and staying calm. Posted via Android Central App
  • Why do people play this retarded game anyway lol
  • I Achieve best scores with the yellow bird in the day time rather than the other colors in the night "that's what I've noticed" Posted via Android Central App
  • All you'd have to do is do a MITM attack on yourself and modify the score packet before it's sent to the server
  • try out my version for flappy bird :
    https://www.androidcentral.com/e?link=https2F2F...
  • i say this game is enoying but fun my high score is 33
  • Man I need tips on beating the highscore on power up bird. How did he get it so high? https://www.androidcentral.com/e?link=https2F2F...