What is Game Center and How to Use it on Mac and iOS

Gaming has surely changed a lot, especially when we count the number of platforms they have. From mobile to consoles, Gaming has been a major entertainment source since the first video games surfaced back in the 70s.

In this regards Apple has taken a steps with its Game Center. As it makes playing mobile games a social activity again.  In earlier version of Mac and iOS Games center was default feature, but in the subesquent versions you have to enable it to use.

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Let’s learn about Game Center and understand what it is and how to use it on our Mac and iOS devices.

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What Is Game Center?

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Game Center is a social gaming service built-in Mac and iOS. It allows players to play games with anyone across the globe. You can search for people who have similar interest, post scores to leaderboards, track your accomplishments and gaming progress. Not even this you can even challenge friends to beat your scores.

Game Center is useful when you feel lonely and want someone around to play game. It is allows you to stay connected and share an activity with friends and family.

What changed Game Center?

Before iOS 10 and macOS Sierra, Game Center was a default standalone app. It was used to connect with games and players via iCloud account. Using the app you, can easily add friends and invite them to play games with you and challenge them.

But, with the launch of iOS 10 and macOS Sierra, Apple removed it from the list of default apps and removed some of its features. You can enable it manually, but cannot add new friends, see who your friends are, what games they play, or their high scores in the Game Center settings.

To enable Game Center go to the Settings app on iOS and in System Preferences on Mac.

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How to use Game Center on Mac

To use a Game Center account on a Mac, you need to add it as an internet account. To do so, go to Apple Menu > System Preferences and click Internet Accounts.

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You’ll see list of all the accounts you’re currently signed into on your Mac. If you don’t see Game Center in the list, it means you aren’t signed it.

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Therefore, you need to scroll down in the right pane and click Add Other Account.

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Once you click on Add Other Account, you will see a list in the right pane. Here scroll to the bottom to look for Game Center account and click on it.

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Now use your Apple ID to sign into Game Center. If you are already logged into iCloud you can use the same account or can click on Use another account, if want to use other Apple ID

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Enter your Apple ID and Password to Sign in.

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You need to give a nickname to your profile. If you don’t want to share any information publicly, uncheck the Public Profile box. Click Continue.


Now your Game Center account is added to the list. To access Game Center settings click on it, from here you can change your nickname and turn off Allow Nearby Multiplayer if you don’t want to receive invites from other nearby players.

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For the first time after you’ve signed into your Game Center account, you’ll see Games added to the Notifications list in the System Preferences. If you don’t want any notifications you can turn off notifications for the Game Center on your Mac.

Signing Out of Game Center

If you no longer wish to be signed into Game Center, you can sign out of your Game Center account or remove it from your Mac.

To do so, go to Apple Menu > System Preferences and click on Internet Accounts.

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Next, select your Game Center account in the list and click the minus button.

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To disable account click Turn Off Account.

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To delete your Game Center account from your Mac, click Remove From All.

How to use Game Center on iPhone & iPad

To use Game Center, sign in to your account in the Settings app.

Tap the Settings icon on the Home screen and tap Game Center. Next, tap Sign In on the Game Center screen.

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Use your Apple ID to sign in to your Game Center account, if not already signed in or wish to use an alternate Apple ID. We used another Apple ID for our Game Center account.

Rest all the steps will be same as we followed in Mac.

Set restrictions on game center permissions

If you are parent or guardian you can set restrictions on Game Center and other apps.

  1. To enable it click on the Settings icon on the Home screen.
  2. Tap General, and then Restrictions.

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3. Tap Restrictions to enable it and enter a Restrictions Passcode for security. Make sure you enter such a password that you can remember easily.

Once you enter the Passcode you can then set restrictions for Game Center and other apps.

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Final Words: If you are using higher version of Mac OS or iOS, these steps will help you to connect with your friends and family using Game Center. This great feature will let you play games with others and share your achievements.  Even while playing games electronically, you can stay connected with anyone across the globe is great.

Game Center is undoubtedly a nice feature.

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