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There are a number of reasons you might want to access your save game - maybe you need to move it between devices or maybe we've asked you to send it to us to assist in reviewing a possible bug.

  • Plug your device into your computer
  • Start iTunes
  • Select your device within iTunes
  • View the 'Apps' tab
  • Scroll down the screen to the 'File Sharing' area
  • Highlight 'FMM 2017'

The .dat files are your save games, and there can be up to 6 of them. The Manual Saves are named fm_save1.dat through to fm_save4.dat with the name reflecting the save slot used (1 = top slot, 4 = bottom slot). hidden.dat and hidden2.dat are the current rolling Automatic Save files on the device (saving alternates between the two). Please see the screenshots below for more information.

File sharing can also be used to transfer saves, shortlists and team selections to another device which has the game.

Any file can be deleted here, by pressing [Delete] on your PC keyboard or [Backspace] on your Mac. Be careful not to delete game.cfg, which is your Preferences file.

To use the iCloud functionality, please make sure you have iCloud set up on your device and that you are logged in.

From the Save Game page, you can access the iCloud save slots either by using the Bookmarks Menu button in the title bar or by swiping. The subtitle of the page indicates whether you are currently viewing local or iCloud save slots

Conversely, to load from iCloud, access the slots from the Load Game screen either by using the Bookmarks Menu button in the title bar or by swiping.

Do note that if you are running iOS 8 and have upgraded one device to iCloud Drive, all your other devices must also be updated to be able to share between them.

This is an unlockable feature! First you need to get a national job during normal play and win an international tournament. This will unlock international management, after which you will be able to start as a nation in new games.

Alternatively, the unlockable 'Manage National Team' can be purchased in the FM Mobile store, which can be found linked from the game's main menu or from the [Options] menu within a career.

For International tournaments (such as the World Cup), it is necessary to call up a certain number of players - usually 23 - to the national squad. In these cases squads cannot contain more than, or less than, the stated number of players.

If your current national squad contains the wrong number, you will be told the required number when attempting to confirm your squad in the News message. You will need to remove any excess players or call up additional players if you do not have the correct number in your squad.

This is unrelated to the number of players you have picked in the team. There are 11 first team slots plus 9 substitute slots available to pick, so you will usually need to have 3 players called up who are not selected in the team.

Football Manager Mobile 2017 contains two match engines, one of which – the ‘Enhanced’ engine - requires significantly greater processing power. The ‘Original’ match engine is also included for those with less powerful devices.

On first run, the game will detect which match engine your device is best suited to using and select this for you. If you would like to change which Match Engine your device uses, you can do this from the Starting Configuration view of the Preferences screen. This change can only be made before starting a new career as it is not possible to switch engines during a save game for technical reasons.

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