Authenticate Using Google Play Games Services on Android

You can use Google Play Games services to sign players in to an Android game built on Firebase. To use Google Play Games services sign-in with Firebase, first sign the player in with Google Play Games, and request an OAuth 2.0 auth code when you do so. Then, pass the auth code to PlayGamesAuthProvider to generate a Firebase credential, which you can use to authenticate with Firebase.

Before you begin

Set up your Android Studio project

  1. Add Firebase to your Android project.
  2. Add the dependencies for Firebase Authentication and Google Play services to your app-level build.gradle file:
    implementation ''
    implementation ''

Set up your Firebase project

  1. Set your game's SHA-1 fingerprint from the Settings page of the Firebase console.

    You can get the SHA-1 fingerprint of your key with the keytool command:

    keytool -exportcert -list -v \
        -alias YOUR-KEY-NAME -keystore PATH-TO-KEYSTORE

  2. Enable Google Play Games as a sign-in provider:

    1. Find your project's web server client ID and client secret. The web server client ID identifies your Firebase project to the Google Play auth servers.

      To find these values:

      1. Open your Firebase project in the Google APIs console credentials page.
      2. In the OAuth 2.0 client IDs section, open the Web client (auto created by Google Service) details page. This page lists your web server client ID and secret.
    2. Then, in the Firebase console, open the Authentication section.

    3. On the Sign in method tab, enable the Play Games sign-in provider. You will need to specify your project's web server client ID and client secret, which you got from the APIs console.

  1. Open the Google Play console and click Games services.
  2. Click Add new game. In the new game dialog, click I already use Google APIs in my game and click the name of your Firebase project in the list. Select a game category, then click Continue to go to the Game Details page.
  3. At the end of the Game Details page, ensure that all required APIs are enabled.
  4. Then, open the Linked apps page and click Android. Specify your game's package name, and click Save and continue. The console will display your Android client ID. You can ignore this value.
  5. On the Testing page, whitelist the email addresses of any users who need to be able to sign in to your game before you release it on the Play store.

Integrate Play Games sign-in into your game

First, integrate Play Games sign-in into your app. See Sign in to Android Games for complete instructions.

In your integration, when you build the GoogleSignInOptions object, use the DEFAULT_GAMES_SIGN_IN configuration and call requestServerAuthCode:

GoogleSignInOptions gso = new GoogleSignInOptions.Builder(GoogleSignInOptions.DEFAULT_GAMES_SIGN_IN)

You must pass your web server client ID to the requestServerAuthCode method. This is the ID that you provided when you enabled Play Games sign-in in the Firebase console.

Authenticate with Firebase

After you add Play Games sign-in to your app, you need to set up Firebase to use the Google account credentials that you get when a player signs in successfully with Play Games.

  1. First, in your sign-in activity's onCreate method, get the shared instance of the FirebaseAuth object:

    private FirebaseAuth mAuth;
    // ...
    mAuth = FirebaseAuth.getInstance();
  2. When initializing your Activity, check to see if the player is already signed in with Firebase:

    public void onStart() {
        // Check if user is signed in (non-null) and update UI accordingly.
        FirebaseUser currentUser = mAuth.getCurrentUser();

    If the player isn't signed in, present the player with your game's signed-out experience, including the option to sign in.

  3. After a player signs in with Play Games either silently or interactively, get the auth code from the GoogleSignInAccount object, exchange it for a Firebase credential, and authenticate with Firebase using the Firebase credential:

    // Call this both in the silent sign-in task's OnCompleteListener and in the
    // Activity's onActivityResult handler.
    private void firebaseAuthWithPlayGames(GoogleSignInAccount acct) {
        Log.d(TAG, "firebaseAuthWithPlayGames:" + acct.getId());
        AuthCredential credential = PlayGamesAuthProvider.getCredential(acct.getServerAuthCode());
                .addOnCompleteListener(this, new OnCompleteListener<AuthResult>() {
                    public void onComplete(@NonNull Task<AuthResult> task) {
                        if (task.isSuccessful()) {
                            // Sign in success, update UI with the signed-in user's information
                            Log.d(TAG, "signInWithCredential:success");
                            FirebaseUser user = mAuth.getCurrentUser();
                        } else {
                            // If sign in fails, display a message to the user.
                            Log.w(TAG, "signInWithCredential:failure", task.getException());
                            Toast.makeText(GoogleSignInActivity.this, "Authentication failed.",
                        // ...

    If the call to signInWithCredential succeeds you can use the getCurrentUser method to get the user's account data.

Next steps

After a user signs in for the first time, a new user account is created and linked to their Play Games ID. This new account is stored as part of your Firebase project, and can be used to identify a user across every app in your project.

In your game, you can get the user's Firebase UID from the FirebaseUser object:

FirebaseUser user = mAuth.getCurrentUser();
String playerName = user.getDisplayName();

// The user's Id, unique to the Firebase project.
// Do NOT use this value to authenticate with your backend server, if you
// have one; use FirebaseUser.getIdToken() instead.
String uid = user.getUid();

In your Firebase Realtime Database and Cloud Storage Security Rules, you can get the signed-in user's unique user ID from the auth variable, and use it to control what data a user can access.

To get a user's Play Games player information or to access Play Games services, use the APIs provided by the Google Play Games SDK.

To sign out a user, call FirebaseAuth.signOut():


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