Game Center & Privacy

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

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  • 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; finding, viewing, and challenging friends; and tracking achievements.
  • When you play Game Center-enabled games while signed in to Game Center, Apple collects information such as 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 Game Center 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 scores are visible to all Game Center users. You can also choose to share other Game Center activity information, such as games you have played and achievements progress, with your Game Center friends or all Game Center users. This information will be visible to those you share it with in Game Center and other Apple services, like the App Store and Apple Arcade. Your name may also be visible to your Game Center friends.
  • Game Center uses on-device processing to suggest friends to you, such as through friend suggestions on your Player Profile and in the App Store.

Playing with Other Players and Friends

Game Center uses on-device processing to recommend friends to you, including on your Player Profile, and other Apple services, like the App Store and Apple Arcade. These suggestions are based on information on your device; the information is not collected by Apple.

Your Game Center nickname, avatar, and scores are visible to all Game Center users. You can also choose to share other Game Center activity information with your Game Center friends or all Game Center users. This information includes games you have played and your achievements progress, and will be visible to those you share it with in Game Center and other Apple services, like the App Store and Apple Arcade. Children’s Game Center activity information can be shared only with their Game Center friends. You can see and change your activity sharing state by going to Settings > Game Center > Privacy & Settings > Profile Privacy on iOS and iPadOS, and System Preferences > Internet Accounts > Game Center > Details on Mac.

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 on iOS and iPadOS by going to Settings > Game Center > Privacy & Settings, then tapping to turn off Nearby Players. On Mac, go to System Preferences > Internet Accounts > Game Center > Details and deselect Allow Nearby Multiplayer. On tvOS, go to Settings > Users and Accounts > [user name] > Game Center, then turn off 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 in to 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 related players, including your friends and the players you recently played with, which will include nicknames and avatars. If you choose to allow an app to connect you with friends, they can access a list of your friends who also play this game. Only friends who have also agreed to let this app connect with their friends will be visible to the app as your friend. You may also choose to not allow any apps to connect you with friends at any time. To do so on iOS or iPadOS, go to Settings > Game Center > Privacy & Settings > Connect with Friends and tap to turn off Connect with Friends. On Mac, so to System Preferences > Internet Accounts > Game Center > Details and deselect “Allow connections with friends.” This prevents apps from asking if they can connect you with your Game Center friends and will stop sharing your friends list with previously allowed app. 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, the ability to add friends, and the ability to connect with friends playing the same game. To do this on iOS and iPadOS, go to Settings > Screen Time > Content & Privacy Restrictions > Content Restrictions. On Mac, go to System Preferences > Screen Time > Content & Privacy. On tvOS, go to Settings > General > Restrictions. On this screen, you can set “Multiplayer Games,” “Connect with Friends,” 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. In-game voice chat is disabled for children.

Retention

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 collected by Apple will be treated in accordance with Apple’s Privacy Policy, which can be found at www.apple.com/privacy