Pictionary Air FAQs

What devices are compatible with the Pictionary Air App?

Pictionary Air is compatible with most iOS and Android devices with below OS versions:

  • Android 6.0
  • iOS 11.0

To verify your iOS device, follow the instructions here: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201685

For Android: navigate to Settings -> About Phone and look for “Software Information” or “Android Version”.

Due to unexpected issues, the following devices are currently NOT supported by Pictionary Air. Please contact Customer Service for additional information.

  • Sony Xperia
  • Google Pixel C

Can I cast to my TV?

You must have a compatible streaming device that is able to cast the Pictionary Air™ app from your smart device onto your TV. You can cast using an Apple TV, Chromecast or other similar streaming device.

To see gameplay on your TV, you will need to “mirror” your device’s screen through a streaming device. For this to work, your mobile device must be compatible with your streaming device. See the links below.

Screen Mirroring Compatibility:

iOS Device

  • Apple TV - YES*
  • Roku - NO
  • Chromecast - NO
  • Smart TV - NO

*Apple Support

Android Device

  • Apple TV - NO
  • Roku - YES**
  • Chromecast - YES***
  • Smart TV - Refer to TV Manufacturer Documentation

**Roku Support
***Google Support

Additionally, it is possible to display your mobile device screen on a TV using a HDMI cable. A compatible adaptor is also required.

Pictionary™ is my jam. How is Pictionary™ different?

In classic Pictionary™ players sketch one given clue quickly on paper or an erasable board. In Pictionary Air™, players use the Pictionary Air pen and their imagination to draw in the air in front of them - their drawing is only visible to their team via the Pictionary Air app. The Picturist can’t see the lines they are drawing but are able to interact (like charades) with their sketches – which appear over their own bodies.

This is a completely different and hysterical way to play the quick-sketching and guessing game!

Wait. I draw more than one clue?

Yes! In Pictionary Air™, you are given a card with 5 clues to choose from. You can sketch them in any order and your team gets points for guessing the clues correctly.

Each card has clues that range in difficulty. For beginners, each player should be given some extra time in the “warm up” to read over their card and pick out a couple clues they think they can draw easily.

Let's do this. How do you play Pictionary Air™?

We love family game night! Can kids play?

Kids can play! This is a family game meant to be played with kids and adults, together.

If you are playing with younger kids, you will want to extend the round timer in PLAY mode. This will give them extra time to read over the cards and find clues they recognize.

Do you have to play standing?

It is not a requirement to play standing. You can easily play sitting down or even at a table.

I'm a big fan of options. Can I customize my game in the app?

The Pictionary Air™ app has two different game modes to choose from:

PLAY allows you to set a different timer length and number of rounds. This makes it easy to create the experience you want. Use a shorter timer for a challenge or longer time for beginners or younger children.

SELFIE MODE does not have a timer. Use this to sketch your masterpiece or watch your sketch appear on your face.

I want to make this easier/harder? How can I change the difficulty of the game?

The clues on each card vary in difficulty. If you are playing with young children or people new to drawing games, we suggest starting with the PLAY mode and increasing the timer length. Also, since you don’t need to sketch the clues in order, give them a little extra time to look at the clue card and find words they recognize before starting the timer.

How do I know the Pictionary Air™ pen is working?

The pen is lit, but the lines are not appearing on screen.

For best performance, the battery will need to be replaced after several hours of play, even if the pen is still lit. If the lines are no longer consistently appearing on screen and the game has been played after several hours, try replacing the battery with a new one.

How do I replace the batteries in the Pictionary Air™ pen?


Unscrew the battery cover with a Phillips head screwdriver (not included). Install 1 new AA(LR6) battery in the orientation (+/-). Replace battery cover and tighten screw.


• For longer life, use alkaline batteries.

• When exposed to an electrostatic source, the product may malfunction. To resume normal operation, remove and re-install the batteries.

My sketch is not showing up on the screen. What's going on?

Make sure the Picturist always has the pen facing the device’s camera and is pressing the button when they want a line to be drawn. Check that the pen is turned on and a red light is visible. Also, check that the light is green when the button is pressed.

I didn't draw those lines. What happened?

This could be caused by lighting conditions or the color of clothing or objects in the background. Play Pictionary Air™ indoors in a room that is not overly bright. Also, certain shades of red and green on clothes or background objects may affect gameplay and should be avoided.

My sketch keeps moving. What can I do?

Make sure the person who is holding the device holds it as still as possible while the Picturist is sketching.

What is the best lighting for playing Pictionary Air™?

Pictionary Air™ works best in a room indoors that has light, but is not overly bright.

My clue cards look different, what is happening?

Early release versions of our cards are Red and Blue. Don’t worry, game play has not changed. Contact customer service for an updated version of our clue cards.

I’m trying to play on my TV but the app is really slow. Anything I can do?

To have the best experience while playing Pictionary Air on your TV, go through the following list to make sure your WiFi connection is performing as best as it can:

  • Ensure that your phone/table is on the same WiFi network as your Chromecast/Apple TV/Smart TV/Roku.

  • Minimize the number of other devices on your network and try to avoid streaming video on the same network.

  • If possible, try to move your Chromecast/Apple TV/Smart TV/Roku closer to your WiFi router.

  • If you have a router that supports the 5 Ghz frequency, ensure that your phone/tablet is utilizing it. This may be achieved by moving closer to your router.

  • Try resetting your router.

In addition to optimizing your WiFi connection, make sure your phone/tablet is performing as best as it can by ensuring it meets the Minimum System Requirements. In addition, minimize the number of apps running on your phone/tablet in the background.

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