How to sync Apple Arcade

Sync Apple Arcade

If you are an Apple TV customer, it is likely that you want to enjoy playing your Arcade games with your TV. A great thing about syncing the Apple TV and Apple Arcade is that your game data will sync between any of the devices that are linked with your Apple ID. You may be wondering how you can sync the data between the two devices, let’s go over how to do so.

  1. From your Apple TV, open Settings
  2. Go to Accounts
  3. Select Game Center
  4. Sign out of your account
  5. Select Sign In to Game Center
  6. Choose Add New
  7. Enter your required information 

This will force your Apple TV to sync any game data that has been created on other devices.

If you don’t see gameplay data…

If you are able to access your gameplay data on one device but not another, you may need to check your settings:

  1. Make sure you are signed in to iCloud with the same Apple ID that you use on your other devices.
  2. Make sure that you are signed in to Game Center with the same Apple ID that you use on your other devices. Go to Settings —> Game Center in order to see what Apple ID you are using with Game Center.

If you still don’t see your data and you were playing on a different device, check the settings on that device as well.

Checking Apple TV settings

If you share your Apple TV with other people, sign in to your iCloud and Game Center before you play your Apple Arcade game. On Apple TV, you also must manually sign *out* of Game Center and sign in to your account when you switch users:

  1. Make sure that you are signed in with the same Apple ID that you use with Apple Arcade
  2. Open the Settings, then select Users and Accounts. Verify that you are signed in to iCloud and Game Center with the appropriate Apple ID.

If you still don’t see your data and you have been playing on a different device, check your settings on that device.

Multiple users on one Apple TV

If you are subscribed to Arcade and have family sharing on, you can have multiple users on one Apple TV if you are on tvOS 13. Setting up multiple users is pretty simple and very similar to what you did when you initially signed in to your Apple TV and Arcade accounts:

  1. From Apple TV, open settings
  2. Go to Accounts
  3. Select Game Center
  4. Sign out of the other account
  5. Select Sign in to Game Center
  6. Choose Add New
  7. Enter your information 

Once you are signed in, you will have multiple Game Center accounts available. Then, you can switch between them whenever somebody else wants to play.

Download games from the Arcade

Sometimes there will be problems downloading new games to your Apple Arcade. The first thing you will want to do when you run into this issue is check Apple’s “System Status” page. This will tell you if there are any issues on the server side. If everything appears to be okay on Apple’s end, try to download the same game on another device or account. If the issue continues, you may need to reboot the device.

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