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How to Become Admin on ARK: Survival Ascended Servers

Last modified on Nov 28, 2023 in ark-survival-ascended

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ARK: Survival Ascended Admin Guide

Whether you’re wanting to experiment with cheats or better manage your ARK: Survival Ascended dedicated server, having admin permissions is essential for any operator. This provides you with special command and ability access, such as god mode or flight. Almost every server owner wants to have these features, as they come in handy for all sorts of activities. Popular examples include hosting community events and having fun with friends, among others. Besides this, becoming an admin for your ARK: SA server is quick and easy to accomplish. Our panel offers a simplified user interface to make changes without problems. However, there are other steps involved that may be unknown to some newcomers. Due to this, we’ll be showing you how to become an admin on your ARK: Survival Ascended server in this Apex Hosting guide – kicking off a new way to explore and enjoy the game.

Becoming ARK: SA Server Admins

Having admin permissions in your dedicated server opens the door for endless possibilities, as there’s a wide variety of in-game commands to try out. This essentially means that your account has cheats, once enabled. However, this doesn’t mean you automatically have advantages over other players. Remember, becoming an admin in ARK: SA only grants you access to commands. This results in you having the opportunity to cheat, which is perfect for those looking to experiment on their server. However, many admins choose to simply configure world rules and other aspects instead of cheating. Regardless of what you do, review the subsections below to get started.

Admin Password Setup

Before anything, you need to set up an admin password for your ARK: Survival Ascended dedicated server. This is achieved by using your panel, conveniently showing you many configurable options. Follow along below to learn more about this process.

  1. Head towards your Apex server panel, then click Customizations on the left.
    Apex Hosting Customizations
  2. Locate the Admin Password option and proceed to type anything you want.
    ARK Survival Ascended Server Admin Password
  3. Afterward, return to the main panel and Restart the server to apply these changes.


Activating the Console

With your admin password created, it’s time to activate the in-game console since a command is required. Doing this is straightforward, as the option is located in the settings of ARK: SA. Review the steps below to begin enabling the console.

  1. While in the main menu of ARK: SA, press ESC on your keyboard and click Settings.
    ARK Survival Ascended Settings
  2. Navigate to Advanced, then locate and enable the Console Access option.
    ARK Survival Ascended Enable Console Access
  3. Click Save at the bottom of your screen, then use Tilde (~) to open the console.


Becoming Admin

Enabling cheats is how your account on the ARK: SA server will become an admin. This process involves entering a single command in the console, once joined. The following instructions below will help you accomplish this task.

  1. Launch ARK: Survival Ascended and join your dedicated server.
  2. Open the console and enter enablecheats [password]
    ARK SA Enable Cheats
  3. Afterward, you’ll be able to perform cheat and admin commands.


Using Admin Commands

ARK SA Creative Mode

As previously mentioned above, there’s a wide range of commands to cheat or use to configure the ARK: Survival Ascended server. This might be overwhelming at first, but luckily the console offers an easy way to select specific ones. Begin typing in the text box and several commands will appear, which will help you in the future. Otherwise, having the exact one beforehand is preferred for the best results. Either way, we wish you the best of luck with your new admin powers! Repeat this process anytime you want to enable cheats on your ARK: SA server. As for one last note, make sure to avoid leaking your password to others since they can grief with commands in-game.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why can’t I become admin on my ARK: SA server?

Being unable to become admin means that you’re entering an invalid password with the enablecheats command. Return to the server panel and review your Admin Password field in Customizations to confirm the issue. If there’s nothing there or remained unchanged, make sure to restart the server after typing what you want, then redo the command in the console.

How can I change the console keybind in ARK: SA?

Navigate to the Settings menu while in ARK: Survival Ascended, then enter the Keyboard category and look for “Toggle Console” to begin changing its keybind. Make sure to save these changes, then try it out in your world to see if that works.

Why are my commands not working in-game?

When attempting to use commands, some of them might require the “cheat” prefix before it works. For example, cheat GiveCreativeMode is the correct usage compared to GiveCreativeMode commonly used in singleplayer.

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