Game Center & Privacy

Game Center is designed to protect your information and enable you to choose what you share.

  • When you sign in with your Apple ID, you will be signed in to Game Center automatically. Game Center allows you to engage in game-related activities such as participation in leaderboards, multiplayer games, challenging friends, and tracking achievements.
  • When you play Game Center-enabled games while signed in to Game Center, Apple collects information about the games you play and when you play them, your scores and achievements, and the challenges you send and receive. This information is used to track your high scores, achievements, and challenges, and to improve Game Center for you and others.
  • Apple also collects a list of your friends, the players with whom you play, and when you play together. This information is used to help you reengage in multiplayer games easily, quickly see each other’s high scores, and to improve Game Center for you and others.
  • Your Game Center nickname, avatar, and high scores are visible to other Game Center users. Your name may also be visible to friends.

Playing with Other Players and Friends

When you play a game that supports multiplayer functionality, other Game Center users who are accessing the same game on the same Wi-Fi network or local area network, or are within range of Bluetooth will be able to see that you are nearby and see your nickname and avatar. You can disable this feature by going to Settings > Game Center > Nearby Players.

If you have friend relationships established before iOS 10, those friends have access to your real name. In any friend relationships established since you adopted iOS 10, only your nickname is visible to your friends. Children’s accounts never make real names visible to friends including before iOS 10.

Third Party Developers

When you are signed into Game Center, the developers of the games you play can request information about you, including your nickname, avatar, and other unique Game Center identifiers. A developer can also request a list of your friends which will include your friends’ nicknames, avatars, and other publicly available information about them. Whenever you use a third-party app, you should review the developer’s terms, privacy policies, and practices to understand how they collect and use your data.

Children in Game Center

For children in your Family who use Game Center, you can use Content & Privacy Restrictions in Screen Time to limit time spent in specific apps and block features on your child’s device,

including multiplayer functionality and the ability to add friends. To do this, go to Settings > Screen Time > Content & Privacy Restrictions > Content Restrictions. On this screen, you can set Multiplayer Games and Adding Friends to Don’t Allow. Additionally, when communicating with other players in Game Center, children cannot send or receive user-inputted text. They are restricted to sending and receiving preset messages and emojis. In-game voice chat is disabled for children.


Game Center retains the information collected about you as long as you maintain the Apple ID associated with your Game Center account.

Preventing fraud and other malicious activity

We collect personal information to prevent fraud and other malicious activity in Game Center and other Apple apps and services. This information includes device information, such as device type and software version, location information, if available, download and purchase history, and other interactions with Game Center and other apps and services.

At all times, information received by Apple will be treated in accordance with Apple’s Privacy Policy, which can be found at


Information about products not manufactured by Apple, or independent websites not controlled or tested by Apple, is provided without recommendation or endorsement. Apple assumes no responsibility with regard to the selection, performance, or use of third-party websites or products. Apple makes no representations regarding third-party website accuracy or reliability. Contact the vendor for additional information.

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