How to Challenge a Friend in the Game Center

Apple killed the Game Center app and its gaming social network in 2016

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Apple removed the Game Center app beginning with iOS 10 when Game Center underwent substantial changes. One of these changes is that Game Center moved to the Settings app, where you can enable or disable it. Also, the social networking aspects of Game Center reduced in size with emphasis on third-party app integration.

Game Center now operates as a tool that developers can incorporate in their games. If a game developer uses Game Center, then you may be able to challenge friends within that game — or you may not. The ability to issue a challenge to someone in Game Center still exists, but it's limited.

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Game Center Before iOS 10

One of the cool features of the Game Center was the ability to challenge your friends to see who got the highest score. You can no longer add or remove friends in Game Center.

If you and someone you added as a friend before iOS 10 play a game that supports multiplayer challenges, you can still challenge your friend. Any game with a high-score leaderboard may work. Look for an Achievements button in the game and tap it. Look for a leaderboard, tap your high score on your friend's list, and select Challenge.

Here's how to get on your iPad and challenge a friend to see who can get the highest score in a game such as Temple Run 2.

Issue a Challenge From Within the Game

If you can access the leaderboards from within the game, you can issue a challenge. Leaderboards display the scores from your friends who play the game and from other players worldwide. The leaderboard lists your friends first. Tap the name of the friend you want to challenge, and the screen changes so that you can either share the game with them or send the challenge.  

Challenge a Friend From the Game Center

Sometimes, it's not easy to access leaderboards from the game, or you just thought of challenging someone to beat your high score, but you aren't in the game at that time. When this happens, issue a challenge from the Game Center app. This process is similar to doing the same from the game.

In the Game Center, tap the Games tab at the bottom of the screen. Locate the game you want to issue the challenge from, and tap the icon. You'll see the leaderboard with your friends listed on the left and other players on the right. Tap your friend's name, and a screen allowing you to share the game or send a challenge appears. You can also issue challenges to people farther down the list.

In both cases, you'll see where you rank on your friend's list.