Use Game Center to play with friends

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

Game Center profile

Create a Game Center profile

  1. On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, 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.*
  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 personalize the picture that shows 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 customize how your nickname's initials appear.

Use Game Center with iCloud

You can access your game saves, high scores, and friends on all of your devices by using Game Center and iCloud. This is on by default.

Learn how to access your game saves across all of your devices.

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

Manage users in Game Center

You can add or remove friends in Game Center.

Add friends

  1. On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, open Settings. Scroll to Game Center, then tap it.
  2. Tap Friends.
  3. In the top-right corner of the next screen, tap Add Friends.
  4. Enter the phone number or email of the person that 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 on your list of friends.

Remove friends or report Game Center users

  1. On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, open Settings. Scroll to Game Center, then tap it.
  2. Tap Friends to see a list of users who you're friends with and users who you've recently played with.
  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.

Learn more

  • Subscribe to Apple Arcade to find and play Apple Arcade games with friends.
  • 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 click the link in the text message on their iOS 13 or iPadOS 13 device. They can’t accept friend requests on older operating systems, computers, or Android devices.

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