Can I opt out of the A/B test with 'lives' on Duolingo?

My account has the 'lives' version, I thought they all did until my husband and family started using it and there's didn't. I did some research and found that Duolingo is running an A/B test where some versions have it and some don't. I think you should be able to turn this setting off, it is completely ridiculous and hinders learning. If you have 5 mistakes in a lesson you cannot practice again for several hours unless you buy more tokens to buy more life or watch tons of ads to gain back health. Highly discouraging for learning. I have tried started new accounts to get a version without the 'lives' but I never get one and I'm sick of losing my progress. If anyone on this is someone working for Duolingo and has any control over this PLEASE come up with an app update that allows you to turn this feature OFF. It's not fair that people are randomly chosen for this test and it slows our learning progress. This isn't a silly game app, I'm trying to learn a language for myself and for my family. I should not have to wait hours to practice because my phone auto corrects my answer as I send it, just mark it wrong and I'll learn from that. Not allowing me to redo the lesson to correct my mistakes just makes me not want to participate in the app at all. And from the other posts I have seen about this issue I am not alone in this feeling. I hope something is done about this ridiculous A/B test soon, other than this issue I love using the app and feel I am really learning from this kind of practice. I just wish I wasn't held back by this annoying feature.

August 18, 2018


If you don't like the "Health" feature, then you can "vote with your feet"

Switch to Duolingo's web version ( on your iOS device, because it .......

  • does not have the "Health" system and "gems"

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

  • you can choose a good teaching method:
    mostly "typing each word" instead of mostly "clicking on predefined words (word banks)"

  • has access to the very useful sentence discussions

  • has grammar "Tips and notes" in lessons that introduce new grammar
    .. Click on the light bulb next to the "Start" button
    .. picture:

If Duolingo is redirecting you from to their iOS app, then you can avoid this by completely removing Duolingo's iOS app from your device.

August 18, 2018

1) Throw away the IOS (tapping) app

2) and use the web portal (full desktop mode) on a computer with typing


3) Test the Android app on an Android emulator software (KOPlayer, Bluestacks, NOX, Memu, etc.) first to test what would be going on with your account.

4) You could try creating 2-5 user accounts see if all of them get into the bad health experiment group.

Be warned: A/B tests may switch on demand for user accounts, which means you could get the health back in a few months even it was not available from the first start.

August 18, 2018

You cannot opt out of A/B tests. Allowing us to choose which side of the test we fall on would skew the results. A/B tests have to be random to be useful.

If you have 5 mistakes in a lesson you cannot practice again for several hours unless you buy more tokens to buy more life or watch tons of ads to gain back health.

This is a commonly held misconception. Learn more:

August 18, 2018

well you can just get an android device and the health will go away

August 18, 2018
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