How does a streak freeze work?
I just want to know how it works so I don't waste my lingots. Does it only use it if I don't play for a day?
Thank you in advance for any replies I get, I love the app.
Yes, if you purchase the streak freeze, then it's there until you miss a day. If you don't miss a day, then it remains in limbo, waiting for the day you need it.
You can only have one streak freeze available at a time, so if you miss two consecutive days, then your streak is over.
Once I had a rough weekend and missed Saturday's practice entirely, using my streak freeze. On Sunday evening, I signed in, purchased another streak freeze, and started my practice... then fell asleep before completing it. Woke up at just after midnight (making it Monday) and finished my practice. It used my streak freeze for Sunday and counted my practice as being on Monday.
You are correct.
Apparently the thing to do is to buy it in advance so that it sits there until one day when you forget to practice, or you can't get to a computer, and it will save your streak for just that one day. And once it's done, then it's used up and you have to buy another one (if you want one).
As far as I know, it doesn't work for more than one day, so you can't, for example, blow a thousand lingots on streak freezes and then go on an extended holiday.
I know this is an old thread but a word of advice to everyone - ALWAYS have streak freeze activated. A few days ago one of my practices must not have registered with the app/website, or some other thing must have happened, so if I didn't have it on freeze I would have lost my streak.
I have had the same experience lately, that I don't know whether a practice has been recorded or not. One evening I know that I did two lessons to get to my daily quota, but a few days later I noticed that nothing had been registered for that day at all. Yesterday I remember doing one lesson, but when I came back later to do another my daily quota had already been filled up. So it's not consistent.
I wish there was a log we could check for exactly when a practice was done/registered with Duolingo.
I have just lost 178 day streak as it was my birthday and I got home after midnight - too late to do my daily French! I didn't understand how the the streakfreeze works and traded my lingots now hoping to use it so as not to lose the streak but It seems I would have had to use it before I missed a day! I was asked if I wanted to save my streak by paying $14.99 and said no as I thought I could use my streak freeze. Oh well! I hope I am not too demotivated by this!