How to see what your Game Center friends are playing on Apple Arcade

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Apple Arcade connects you with your friends on Game Center. Not only does this allow you to play with them on any of your devices, but also see what they’re playing. Follow along with us as we show you how to view the list of games that are popular with your Apple Arcade friends.

This feature requires an Apple Arcade subscription and one of the following:

  • iPhone and iPod touch with iOS 14.0 or later
  • iPad with iPadOS 14.0 or later
  • Apple TV with tvOS 14.0 or later
  • Mac with macOS 11.0 Big Sur or later

Follow along to learn how to see popular Apple Arcade games with your Game Center friends.

How to see Apple Arcade games popular with your friends

For an at-a-glance overview of what your Game Center friends are playing on Apple Arcade, you’ll need to find an appropriate section underneath the Arcade tab in the App Store.

  1. Open the App Store on your iPhone, iPad, Mac or Apple TV.
  2. Select the “Arcade” tab.
  3. Scroll to find the “What Friends Are Playing” section.

In this section, you will see a scrollable list of several Apple Arcade games that are popular with any friends that you have added to Game Center. Select a desired game to launch it.

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You can add friends to Game Center by tapping your profile image in the App Store, then touch the “Game Center” option at the top and choose “Friends.” Suggested Game Center friends can also be found listed right below the App Store’s “What Friends Are Playing” section.

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With iOS 14.0 and later, you can quickly access your Game Center dashboard from within any game for an at-a-glance overview of your and your friends’ game progress, as well as your Game Center profile, achievements, leaderboards and more — all without switching apps.