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

On your mobile device

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 profile image.
  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 in, 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.

On Android TV

If you haven’t previously created a Gamer ID on your Android phone or tablet, you'll be prompted to create a Gamer ID when you sign in to a game on Play Games or the Play Games app itself:

  1. You'll see a default profile image. To change it, just select another image and then select Next
  2. You’ll see a default Gamer ID. To change it, just type over it and then select Next
  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. Select Finish.

If you've selected automatic sign in, 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 profile image

On your mobile device

  1. Open the Play Games app Play Games.
  2. At the top of the screen, tap your profile image.
  3. Tap Edit Edit.
    • To change your profile image, tap your gamer image.
    • To edit your Gamer ID, tap your current Gamer ID.

On Android TV

  1. Open the Play Games app Play Games.
  2. In the side bar, select Settings.
  3. Select Gamer Profile. .
    • To change your profile image, select your gamer image.
    • To edit your Gamer ID, select Next.
Choose whether to make your game activity public

On your mobile device

  1. Open the Play Games app Play Games.
  2. At the top of the screen, tap your profile image and then tap Edit Edit.
  3. 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..

On Android TV

  1. Open the Play Games app Play Games.
  2. In the sidebar, select Settings and then Gamer Profile.
  3. Select Next twice.
  4. Continue with selected Privacy Settings twice until you see Allow others to see your gaming activity?
    • If this is set to Allow, 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 set to Don’t Allow, 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

On your mobile device  

  1. Open the Play Games app Play Games.
  2. At the top of the screen, tap your Gamer ID or image. 
  3. 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.

On Android TV

  1. Open the Play Games app Play Games.
  2. In the sidebar, select Settings and then Gamer Profile.
  3. Select Next.
  4. Continue with selected Privacy Settings until you see Allow others to discover your Gamer ID using your email address or name?
    • If this is set to Allow, 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 set to Don’t Allow, 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. At the top of the screen, 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

On your mobile device

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Play Games app Play Games.
  2. At the top of the screen, tap More More and then Settings.
  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.

On the web

  1. Open the Delete a Google Service page in "My Account". 
  2. Click on Play Games in the list. 
  3. Read the displayed message and confirm your choice by checking the Required checkbox. 
  4. Click on Delete Play Games.

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.

On your mobile device

To change your automatic sign-in settings:

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Play Games app Play Games.
  2. At the top of the screen, 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.

On Android TV

To change your automatic sign-in settings:

  1. Open the Play Games app Play Games.
  2. In the sidebar, select Settings and then Gamer Profile.
  3. Select Next.
  4. You'll see Automatically sign in to supported games?
    • Select Allow or Don’t Allow to change this setting 

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