Use Game Center to play with friends

Send friend requests, manage your profile, earn achievements and compete on leaderboards across devices using Game Center.

Create a Game Center profile

Find out how to create a profile with a personalised Memoji and customised initials.

On your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch

  1. Open Settings. Scroll to Game Center, then tap it.
  2. If Game Center isn’t on, turn it on, then sign in with your Apple ID.*
    Game Center profile
  3. Tap the Nickname field to enter a name that your friends will see when you play games together. If you can’t think of a name, you can choose one of the randomly generated suggestions.
  4. To personalise the picture that is shown with your nickname, tap Edit in the circle at the top of the page. From here, you can create a Memoji, use an existing one or customise how your nickname's initials appear.

On your Mac

  1. Open the App Store app.
  2. If Game Center isn’t on, turn it on, then sign in with your Apple ID.*
  3. Click your user name.
  4. Click Game Center Profile.
  5. To enter a name that your friends will see when you play games together, click Open System Preferences. Click your Game Center ID in Internet Accounts, then click Details. If you can’t think of a name, you can choose one of the randomly generated suggestions.
  6. To personalise the picture that is shown with your nickname, go back to Settings on your iOS device. Scroll to Game Center, then tap it. From here, you can create a Memoji, use an existing one or customise how your nickname's initials appear.

* If you see a nickname or other information already set up, you may already have a Game Center profile. Check Settings > [your name] to verify that you’re signed in with your Apple ID.


Add Friends

You can add friends in Game Center.

On your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch

  1. Open Settings. Scroll to Game Center, then tap it.
  2. Tap Friends.
  3. In the top right-hand corner of the next screen, tap Add Friends.
  4. Enter the phone number or email address of the person you want to invite to be friends in Game Center, or you can tap the Add button  to invite one of your contacts. Once that person accepts the request through the Messages app, you'll be able to see them in your list of friends.

On your Mac

  1. Open the App Store app.
  2. Sign in with your Apple ID.*
  3. Click Recently Played With.
  4. Click Add Friends.
  5. Enter the phone number or email address of the person you want to invite to be friends in Game Center, or you can click the Add button  to invite one of your contacts. When that person accepts the request through the Messages app on their iOS device, you'll be able to see them on your list of friends.

Remove friends or report Game Center users

Find out how to stop being friends with someone in Game Center.

On your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch

  1. Open Settings. Scroll to Game Center, then tap it.
  2. Tap Friends to see a list of users you're friends with and users you've played with recently.
  3. Swipe left over the user's name to reveal more options.
    Remove friends

Tap Remove to stop being friends with someone in Game Center. This will remove you from their list of friends as well. Tap Report and follow the onscreen instructions to report a profile for cheating, inappropriate content or another problem.

On your Mac

  1. Open the App Store app.
  2. Click your user name.
  3. Click Game Center Profile to see a list of users who you're friends with and users who you've played with recently.
  4. Click the user's Memoji, then click the ellipses.
  5. Select Remove Friend to stop being friends with someone in Game Center. This will remove you from their list of friends as well. Select Report User and follow the onscreen instructions to report a profile for cheating, inappropriate content or another problem.


Learn more

  • Subscribe to Apple Arcade to find and play Apple Arcade games with friends.
  • Find out how to access your game saves across all of your devices.
  • On an Apple TV, you can sign in and sign out of a Game Center account in Settings > Users and Accounts > Game Center.
  • To accept a friend request, the recipient must tap the link in the text message on their iOS 14 or iPadOS 14 device. They can’t accept friend requests on older operating systems or Android devices.

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