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## How to play Tic Tac Toe

Tap to place an X in a square. Make three in a row to win. Try to make 4 in a row on the 5x5 grid. Is the game too easy? Step up the challenge by enabling hard mode!

### TIC TAC TOE TIPS & TRICKS

#### Control the corners

Most players go for the middle space whenever they can, but don't ignore the corners! You can use the corners to set up multiple winning moves at once, leaving your opponent no way to block your win.

Take note of where they place their O’s. Keep your eyes open for those winning spots so you can block them before they get three in a row.

#### Bigger grid, more space

The 5x5 grid can be quite the challenge. The rules are the same, except now you’ll be looking to get four in a row. It’s best to control the center when playing on the bigger board. Since there are five squares in each row and column, putting your X’s three adjacent spots will give you two possible winning moves, leaving your opponent in a trap.

### What do you learn from playing Tic Tac Toe?

While the game might seem simple, playing Tic Tac Toe can benefit your brain! Playing a few rounds can help strengthen your ability to think strategically and plan ahead.

### What is the difference between Noughts and Crosses and Tic Tac Toe?

Noughts and Crosses is the exact same thing as Tic Tac Toe. Noughts and Crosses is simply the British counterpart to Tic Tac Toe. The rules are the same, the layout is the same, the name is just different. To learn more about this, we have a Coolmath Games blog all about Noughts and Crosses and how it got its name.

### Can I play Tic Tac Toe online?

Currently, we don't have the option to play others online. However, you can play with a friend if you are both on the same laptop. If you get bored of the regular 3X3 grid, you can always switch it up and play with the 5X5 grid. There are way more possibilities and tricks that you can play!

## How to play Tic Tac Toe on your phone

To play Tic Tac Toe easily any time, you can add it directly to your phone as an app. It’s a great way to play without worrying about losing your game save data.

For iOS devices, simply tap the "Share" icon in Safari and select "Add to Home Screen". For Android devices, tap the “Menu” icon and select "Install App".

You are X’s and your opponent is O’s. On your turn, click anywhere on the grid to place an X in that square. Your goal is to get three in a row before your opponent does. Try your skills getting four in a row on the 5x5 grid for an extra challenge. If things are still too easy, take it up a notch by switching to hard mode! You can play against a computer, or with a friend on the same computer.

### TIC TAC TOE TIPS & TRICKS

#### Control the corners

Most players go for the middle space whenever they can, but don't ignore the corners! You can use the corners to set up multiple winning moves at once, leaving your opponent no way to block your win.