ANKI Step by Step Tutorial: How To Install and Get Started Instructions

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ANKI is a Great Tool


It is,  probably,  the most poplar program that people use to learn vocabulary (and other things in numerous areas from medicine to geography). The learning process based on flashcards is quite simple and allows to achieve great results.


I used ANKI a lot when I was learning English and preparing for IELTS. That’s why I decided to share my knowledge and encourage you to start using ANKI to boost your vocabulary growth.

There is one thing I want you to keep in mind. For the first time it may look a bit difficult to understand how to use ANKI and its interface. Don’t give up too early. After some  time you will grasp the idea of how it works and love it. Believe me.

What’s more, with ANKI,  it is possible to create your own vocabulary lists (they called “decks” in ANKI) and learn the words you want to focus on primarily. Another way is to import and use someone’s deck (shared deck). It can save you a lot of time and there are tens of available deck in ANKIweb.

I hope my tutorial will make it much easier for you to get started with ANKI. What’s more, once you learn how to use it you can download and use my Topic Vocabulary Lists ( ANKI decks) focused on common topics taken from IELTS.

Step 1: Go to ANKI Official Page

Open  your browser (Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome etc) and go to ANKI official page


Step 2: Create ANKI Account

On the click AnkiWeb in the menu, then click Sign Up. Enter your email and type in your new password. Read Terms and conditions. Scroll down to the page, tick I Have read Terms and Conditions checkbox and click Continue . After that ANKI will send you  verification email.




Step 3: Verify email

Log into your  mail and open email sent by anki. Click “Verify mail”



Step 4: Download ANKI Program

Go to ANKI official page Click Download and choose your operating system to  install ANKI app. The file will be saved to your computer. In Google Chrome you can find it by clicking Show in browser in the bottom of the window. 





Step 5: Install ANKI

Double click on the .apkg file and click Open in  dialog window asking you “Are you sure want to open it”. Drag and drop ANKI icon into Applications folder (for Mac Users) or just double click downloaded file (for Windows users).





Step 6: Get Shared Deck

Go to, click Anki Web button,  login with your email address and password, click Get Shared Decks decks button in the left bottom corner of the window, then in popular categories click English. Choose from the available decks and click on the name of the deck. Read description and click download in the bottom of the page. File will be saved  to your computer (desktop or  downloads  folder, remember the folder where you saved it)








Step 7: Launch ANKI

Go to Launchpad and click on ANKI icon or search for ANKI app using search bar in the top (for Mac users). Go to Programs and find ANKI icon.


Step 8: Choose Language and Add Profile

In the opened dialog window click “English” and then  “Add” button, type your name, then click “Open” button



Step 9: Import Deck

 In top menu choose File->Import… Then chose downloaded earlier  .apkg file and click open




Step 10: Open and Study Imported Deck

Click on  deck name in ANKI window, then click “Study now”




That’s it!

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