You had a streak of 100 days or even more and you just lost it! Shit happens! I understand your sadness of losing a streak. It also happened to me, once I lost a streak of 83 days and then to make matters even worse, Duolingo asks you for money to repair it.
I love Duolingo and I love learning a new language. I woudn’t have any problem with it if the money was insignificant (3.49€ is a lot for a student :D) . It’s not just the money, when you lose a streak, you also lose the motivation to continue learning the language on Duolingo. If there was an another option to pay with like, lingots, I would of course pay with them. Or may be if they had an option to repair your streak by watching a video ad. But, unfortunately, there is no such option.
Recently, I started my language learning again after a long time and lost my streak by just 20 minutes. Then, I decided to think of ways how you could repair a streak, of course without hacking Duolingo’s server. Shortly, I had my eureka moment and decided to test my hypothesis.
Duolingo has an offline feature also and they allow you to complete a couple of lessons offline. Once you get online, your progress is uploaded. I wanted to see if there is a way to upload a back-dated progress to Duolingo. Fortunately, I had Duolingo installed on my tablet and it was offline at that time. So, I changed the date and time settings from 5th March 2018 to 4th March 2018, on my tablet as below:
I knew from before that you can only complete a couple of lessons offline and you cannot do practice lessons. So, I went to Duolingo’s website and updated my daily goal settings from 50xp to 10xp.
After that, I simply opened Duolingo and completed one lesson on my tablet; make sure you are not connected to the internet. After completing the lesson, I turned on the WiFi. As expected, the app uploaded the progress report and I got my streak back! Yaay!
Then, I wanted to continue again with the insane daily goal level, so, I changed the settings back.
A word of advice: Although, it works, I would strongly advise you to not use this feature, as Duolingo uses the money they earn from streak repairs to finance their servers and developers. Also, I am not sure how long this will work for, after I post this hack online!
Happy language learning Duolinguists! :D
P.S. Follow me on Duolingo here: https://www.duolingo.com/ArshadMehm1
- Make sure Duolingo was installed on a device which is offline.
- Change the date settings to one day back.
- Complete one lesson offline (Change daily goal settings if you goal is more than 20xp)
- Connect device to internet.
- Rejoice your streak!