Google Play Games sign-in will no longer require Google+ account

Rob Attrell

January 25, 2016 7:39am

Regardless of the fact that Google+ has been floundering for the last few years, the social network has remained a requirement to use Google services like YouTube and Google Play Games. It seems Google has learned its lesson and has plans to remove Google+ account requirements from most of Google’s services.

This week, changes to Google Play Games’ permissions aim to simplify the login process and remove the requirement for a Google+ account. Once these changes come into effect, players will no longer be required to sign in once per game, but only once per account (though auto sign-in can be turned off).

In cases where users already have a player ID connected to their Google+ profile, they will continue to use this ID, but new users will receive a new player ID that isn’t connected to Google+. According to an Android Developer Blog explaining the changes, there should be no issues for the vast majority of games, even if developers take no action.

  • Unorthodox

    I love it! Some games heavily rely on Google Account (LEGO Batman, Shadow Fight 2), and because I use the single account to make purchases one device may overwrite the game progress of another. I’ll have to check it out immediately.

  • OmniWrench

    I’m confused by “remove the requirement for a Google+ account”, but there’s still a “log in per account”, is the account here still the Google+ account?

    Is it now possible to get cloud saves for games without ever creating a Google+ account at all?

  • Mo Dabbas

    when users sign in Android games the sign to the android play games. I didn’t know there still exist apps that login to Google+