How to I restrict Game Center with parental controls? You can stop multiplayer play, adding friends, and screen recording with Restrictions!

Game Center allows you to compete with other players, add friends, and even screen record your gameplay, all within the app you're playing. All of these features could potentially cause unwanted problems for people using your phone, especially children — not everyone your kids run into on Game Center will be friendly. That's why Game Center Restrictions allows you to control the ability to play multiplayer games, add friends, and record gameplay, giving you peace of mind that your child isn't exposed to dangers that could arise from those community aspects.

It is important to point out that, while these restrictions are useful for protecting your children with Game Center related aspects, some games offer internal multiplayer and chat features that Restrictions cannot disable. So, make sure your child is playing safely by testing them first and disabling in-game features that might be unsafe on a game-by-game basis.

How to disable multiplayer for games using Restrictions on iPhone and iPad

  1. Launch Settings from your Home screen.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Scroll down and tap Restrictions.

    Launch Settings, tap General, tap Restrictions

  4. Tap Enable Restrictions if you haven't done so already.
  5. Enter a passcode — make sure it's not a passcode your children can guess. Enter it again to confirm.
  6. Tap the switch next to Multiplayer under Game Center, all the way at the bottom.

    Tap Enable Restrictions, enter a passcode, enter it again to confirm, tap the switch next to Multiplayer under Game Center at the bottom.

How to disable adding friends for games using Restrictions on iPhone and iPad

  1. Launch Settings from your Home screen.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Scroll down and tap Restrictions.

    Launch Settings, tap General, tap Restrictions

  4. Tap Enable Restrictions if you haven't done so already.
  5. Enter a passcode — make sure it's not a passcode your children can guess. Enter it again to confirm.
  6. Tap the switch next to Adding Friends under Game Center, all the way at the bottom.

    Tap Enable Restrictions, enter a passcode, enter it again to confirm, tap the switch next to Adding Friends under Game Center at the bottom

How to disable screen recording for games using Restrictions on iPhone and iPad

  1. Launch Settings from your Home screen.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Scroll down and tap Restrictions.

    Launch Settings, tap General, tap Restrictions

  4. Tap Enable Restrictions if you haven't done so already.
  5. Enter a passcode — make sure it's not a passcode your children can guess. Enter it again to confirm.
  6. Tap the switch next to Screen Recording under Game Center, all the way at the bottom.

    Tap Enable Restrictions, enter a passcode, enter it again to confirm, tap the switch next to Screen Recording under Game Center at the bottom

Screen recording is now disabled during gameplay, so the icon won't even show up.

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Originally published in August 2014. Updated October 2016 to reflect changes in iOS 10.