Achievements in Android Games

This guide shows you how to use the achievements APIs in an Android application to unlock and display achievements in your game. The APIs can be found in the and packages.

Before you begin

If you haven't already done so, you might find it helpful to review the achievements game concepts.

Before you start to code using the achievements API:

Getting an achievements client

To start using the achievements API, your game must first obtain an AchievementsClient object. You can do this by calling the Games.getAchievementClient() method and passing in the activity.

Unlocking achievements

To unlock an achievement, call the AchievementsClient.unlock() method and pass in the achievement ID.

The following code snippet shows how your app can unlock achievements:


If the achievement is of the incremental type (that is, several steps are required to unlock it), call AchievementsClient.increment() instead.

The following code snippet shows how your app can increment the player’s achievement:

PlayGames.getAchievementsClient(this).increment(getString(R.string.my_achievement_id), 1);

You do not need to write additional code to unlock the achievement; Google Play games services automatically unlocks the achievement once it reaches its required number of steps.

A good practice is to define the achievement IDs in the strings.xml file, so your game can reference the achievements by resource ID. When making calls to update and load achievements, make sure to also follow these best practices to avoid exceeding your API quota.

Displaying achievements

To show a player's achievements, call AchievementsClient.getAchievementsIntent() to get an Intent to create the default achievements user interface. Your game can then bring up the UI by calling startActivityForResult.

The following code snippet shows how your app can display the default achievement user interface. In the snippet, RC_ACHIEVEMENT_UI is an arbitrary integer that the game uses as the request code.

private static final int RC_ACHIEVEMENT_UI = 9003;

private void showAchievements() {
      .addOnSuccessListener(new OnSuccessListener<Intent>() {
        public void onSuccess(Intent intent) {
          startActivityForResult(intent, RC_ACHIEVEMENT_UI);

An example of the default achievements UI is shown below.