Apple Arcade Beginner’s Guide: This is how Apple’s gaming service works

Apple Arcade is Apple’s game streaming service. For a fixed monthly fee you can play non-stop on your iPhone, iPad, Mac (Book), and Apple TV. But how exactly does it work? And what can you do with it?

Apple Arcade for beginners

In the fall of 2019, Apple released something completely new: Apple Arcade. This is actually a ‘Netflix for games’. You stream games on a device of your choice.Apple Arcade for beginners

You subscribe to the gaming service for a fixed monthly fee. You can then open it on any Apple device. The offer consists of more than 100 exclusive Apple Arcade games that can be played both online and offline.

Take out a subscription

To take out a subscription, visit the Apple website, or open the ‘Arcade’ tab in the App Store. You can also cancel this monthly.

Payment goes through the App Store, just like you would buy an app. Enter your Apple ID details and you can get started right away. You can try it for free for a month before you decide whether you want to subscribe to five euros per month.

The offer

On Apple Arcade, you will only discover games that have been specially developed for Arcade. New titles from well-known game makers can be found exclusively on Apple Arcade. The games all run smoothly and with a subscription you get access to everything: there are no in-app purchases. This way you can be sure that you will not be faced with surprises.The offer

Browse the library and if you have found a nice game you can try it out right away. Didn’t you like it? Then you have a wide choice to start another game.

The library of games is huge, but a small comment should be made here. The service started well, but not as many games are added monthly. Read our review below.

Convert an Apple Arcade subscription

Are you satisfied and do you want to be able to play for one year at once? Then it is possible to take out an annual subscription for Apple Arcade.

It is also slightly cheaper, because for fifty euros you can go a year ahead with the gaming service. You can then simply convert your monthly subscription to an annual subscription. You do this as follows:

  • Go to the App Store and tap on your profile;
  • Tap on ‘Subscriptions’ and then on ‘Apple Arcade’;
  • Then tap on ‘Apple Arcade annually’;
  • Your subscription is now extended by one year for fifty euros.

Share Apple Arcade with your family

For five euros a month, or fifty a year, your family can also join in the fun. One account is good for six people, provided they have access to an Apple device, of course.

You must have Family Sharing enabled for this. If a family member wants to subscribe, he/she will be notified that he or she already has access to the subscription.

Cancel Apple Arcade

Is the service not quite what you expected it to be, or have you finished it? Then you can also cancel the subscription very easily.

  • Open the App Store and tap your profile icon at the top right of the screen;
  • Choose “Subscriptions” and select “Apple Arcade”;
  • Tap ‘Cancel subscription’ or ‘Cancel trial subscription’ and confirm your choice;
  • The subscription has now been canceled.

More about Apple Arcade

Apple Arcade can also be played via your MacBook. In our tip about Apple Arcade on macOS, you can read how that works. A similar gaming service is Google Stadia. We list the differences between the two for you. Knowing more? On our overview page you can read everything you need to know about Apple Arcade.

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