Play games with a Gamer ID

For some games on Google Play Games, you have the option to sign in and play using a Gamer ID, a unique username linked to your Google account.

Why use a Gamer ID?

By signing in to a game with your Gamer ID, you can:

  • Participate in leaderboards
  • Earn in-game achievements
  • Save your in-game progress
  • Play games across Android devices
  • Play with others through multiplayer modes on mobile, tablet, and Android TV games

If a game has a sign in button for Play Games, you can use your Gamer ID with that game.

Create a Gamer ID and sign in

When you sign in to a game on Play Games or the Play Games app itself, you'll be prompted to create a Gamer ID:

  1. When you see the prompt, tap Next.
  2. You'll see a default Gamer ID and photo.
  3. Choose whether to sign in automatically, allow others to see your game activity and/or discover your Gamer ID using your email or name.
  4. Tap Create.

If you've selected automatic sign inOnce you're signed in to Play Games with your Gamer ID, you'll be automatically signed in to most of the games you play. You can always change your automatic sign in setting.

Note: If an inappropriate Gamer ID is reported to us and violates our policies, we may change the ID or ban the user. Privacy and sharing settings for inappropriate Gamer IDs will be turned off and will need to be turned back on manually. You can report inappropriate Gamer IDs and read more about our policies here.

Change your gamer profile or privacy settings

Edit your Gamer ID or photo
  1. Open the Play Games app Play Games.
  2. At the top of the screen, tap Profile Profile.
  3. In the upper right hand corner, tap Edit Edit.
    • To change your profile image, tap your gamer photo.
    • To edit your Gamer ID, tap your current Gamer ID.
Choose whether to make your game activity public

To adjust your game activity settings:

  1. Open the Play Games app Play Games.
  2. At the top of the screen, tap Profile Profile.
  3. In the upper right hand corner, tap Edit Edit.
  4. Turn on or off Allow other players to see my game activity.
    • If this setting is on, your game activity will be public and associated with your Gamer ID. For example, your Gamer ID will appear in leaderboards, other players can see your profile in multiplayer matches, and your profile will display games played.
    • If this setting is off, your game activity will not be public. You won’t show up in leaderboards, and your gamer profile won’t show your game activity.

Note: When you play a game with your Gamer ID, the developer of that game will still be able to see your Play Games profile information and your game activity within that game. You can review the game developer’s privacy policy to understand how the developer uses this data.

Choose how others can find your Gamer ID
  1. Open the Play Games app Play Games.
  2. At the top of the screen, tap your Gamer ID or photo.
  3. In the upper right hand corner, tap Edit Edit.
  4. Turn on or off Allow other players to find my Gamer ID using my name or email address.
    • If this setting is on, people will be able to find your Gamer ID by searching for it with your email address. Players who have you in their Google+ circles or contacts may be able to see your Gamer ID and activity along with your name.
    • If this setting is turned off, players will only be able to find you using your Gamer ID. They won’t be able to search for your Gamer ID by email address or see your name.
Delete individual game data
  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Play Games app Play Games.
  2. In the top right, tap More More and then Settings.
  3. Tap Delete Play Games data
  4. Under "Delete individual game data," find the game data you want to remove and tap Delete.
Delete your Play Games profile and all data 
  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Play Games app Play Games.
  2. In the top right, tap More More and then
  3. Tap Delete Play Games data  
  4. Tap Delete profile.

If you delete your Play Games profile, all of your Play Games data will be deleted and your Gamer ID will become available to other users.

Change your automatic sign in setting

 If you’ve selected automatic sign-in, you’ll be automatically signed into supported games.This includes your current games and ones you may play in the future. To change your automatic sign-in settings:

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Play Games app Play Games.
  2. In the top right, tap More More and then Settings.
  3. Turn on or off "Sign in to games automatically."

To turn off automatic sign in for a single game, sign out of that game.

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