Lives? Can I get the old version of Duolingo back?

WELL, I used to study back to back for hours on duolingo. I do have difficulty at times so of course I make mistakes while learning but now if I make (what is it) 6 mistakes I have to stop? I can’t learn anymore till I have more lives? If I wanted to do something with lives I’d play a video game. I am here to learn. How can I get rid of the lives and go back to the older way of learning non stop?

June 11, 2018


Do you mean "Health" in the iOS App?

A popular workaround to avoid the "Health" feature

Use Duolingo's web version on your phone/tablet (, because it .......

  • does not have the "Health" system and gems

  • will work in the newest version of the Chrome or Firefox browser on your phone or tablet, if you have rather good Wifi (or LTE/4G with an Internet bundle)

For the best typing experience:

  • set the browser to mobile mode
  • use the phone in portrait mode

Link to the official help text in the English Duolingo Help Center

June 11, 2018

You could also just use the webpage. It's somewhat more challenging and doesn't have the Health system.

June 11, 2018

OMG thank you!!!! Another reason why iPhone sucks! Hehe

June 11, 2018

Hey my wife had the same problem. The iPhone app was udpated and is now practically un-usable.

But the good news. If you want your old iphone experience back (mostly) with lingots instead of gems, with discussion threads/comments on lessons, and with none of this BS 'health' meter. Open the web browser on your iphone and log into

And if you really want to show the iOS devs how unhappy these updates make you, rate them 1 star in the app store and uninstall the iphone app, and just do your duo in the browser, and get back to learning non stop.

January 10, 2019
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