Draw Something Is the Pictionary App You Need on Your Phone

Put your artistic skills to the test with this fun app

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Draw Something is the incredibly fun and creative Pictionary app that went viral and took the mobile gaming world by storm back in 2012. In just seven weeks, it had completely exploded in popularity.

Years later, the app is still available and loved by many, however its reigning power over mobile gamers dwindled fast in the months after it peaked. But that doesn't mean it's no longer worth playing! It's still one of the top apps in the iTunes App Store.

How Does Draw Something Work?

Draw Something connects you to your friends or to a random player to take turns sharing your drawings and guess what each other drew.

When it's your turn to do the drawing, the app will give you a word and you'll be given a pallet of colors to draw on your device's screen with your finger or a stylus.

When you're finished, the other player will guess what you drew. If their guess is right, they earn points.

What Are You Supposed to Draw?

When you're given a word, you can draw anything you can think of that best captures the visual meaning of that word. In fact, drawing from your imagination is the name of the game.

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This might involve drawing one thing, or several of them to connect them. You might just use one color, or you might use as many as you like. The choice is yours!

General Gameplay Instructions

Draw Something is super easy to play. Here's how it works:

  1. Download the Draw Something app for iOS or Android and sign up for a free account by connecting Facebook or using your email.

    Once you’ve installed the app, you’ll need your own user account to connect with your friends who are also using the app and keep score as you play.

  2. Find your friends and add them.

    You can start a game with friends who are already playing Draw Something by email or Facebook, or by inviting them to download the app and start playing. You can also choose random players to play against. The app will match you up with a random user.

  3. Start a new game and begin drawing.

    You'll be given a few words rated as easy, medium and hard. The harder the word that you choose to draw, the more coins you’ll be able to earn, which you can use to unlock special features throughout the app. Choose a word to draw and use the color palette and your finger to draw an image that best describes the word you chose.

    The other user will receive a notification when you've finished your drawing, who must correctly guess the word using the blank letters slots given to them in order to earn full points. Users can also pass to skip their turn if a word can’t be figured out. This erases all game progress and starts the match over again.

  4. Wait for the other user you're playing with to send their drawing over so you can guess the word.

When it's the other user's turn to draw, you'll receive a notification when it's time to guess the word they chose. Essentially, you and your opponent go back and forth drawing images and guessing each other’s words as best to your ability. When you start, you're given several “bombs” that you can use to blow up letters or to choose another set of three words for drawing.

The more points you earn, the more color pallets you’ll be able to buy. You can also use your points to buy larger sets of bombs from the app shop.

Badges are also available for users who want more of a challenge. You'll be asked to draw a more difficult collection of words made into a phrase to earn specific badges.

The Many Different Versions of Draw Something

Draw Something actually has four different apps. The instructions above are based on the original free app from OMGPOP (the first one listed below), but you may want to check out the other versions if you find you enjoy it so much.

Draw Something Classic (free) for iOS and Android: This is the main app that exploded onto the mobile gaming scene years ago. It's the one you'll want to get started with if you haven't tried the game before.

Draw Something for iOS ($3.99) and Android ($3.99): If you end up loving the free version, you may want to consider upgrading to get a better variety of words to draw and lots more extra features.

Draw Something Pro ($6.99) for iOSThis is the app was designed for those who can't stand the ads. Not only do you get ad-free gameplay, but also tons more words to choose from for your drawings. Buy and download this one with caution, though, since it appears it hasn't been updated since 2018.

This app is great to play on the iPad or a tablet computer. The screen is bigger, giving you more room to doodle in more detail and move your fingers around freely.