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Minecraft Realms Plus and Minecraft: Java Edition Realms FAQs  

In this article 

     General Questions 

     About Subscriptions 

     More About Realms Packs

     Technical Questions 


General Questions 

What are Realms? 

Realms are personal multiplayer servers, run by Minecraft, just for you and your friends. Your Minecraft world is online and always accessible, even when you log off. Only people you invite can join your world, and what you do there is up to you: create, survive, or compete!   


Why are there two versions of Realms servers?   

We've developed two separate versions of Minecraft to optimize game performance on different platforms. Minecraft (the version you find on mobile, console and Windows 10 and above) runs on one kind of code, and Minecraft: Java Edition (for PC, Mac and Linux) runs on another. These two versions are incompatible with each other and are developed separately with different features. Players on Minecraft: Java Edition can't play on console, mobile or Windows 10 Realms and vice versa.   


What is Realms Plus? 

Realms Plus is a subscription that combines Realms servers with a curated catalog of Minecraft Marketplace content.  For one low monthly price, enjoy unlimited access to:  

  • 100+ Minecraft worlds 
  • texture packs, skin packs, and mash-ups 
  • a personal Realms server supporting up to 10 simultaneous players 
  • cloud storage for your worlds  

New content is added regularly.  


Which versions of Minecraft support Realms Plus? 

Realms Plus is available for Minecraft on mobile devices, the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation® consoles, Windows 10 and above, and the Xbox consoles.  


I’m playing on Windows 10 and above. Which version do I need? 

You’ll need your subscription purchase to match the version of the game you are playing. For example, if you bought Minecraft from the Windows store, you'll need to buy Realms Plus for Minecraft. However, if you bought Minecraft: Java Edition through the Minecraft.net website then you'll need Realms for Minecraft: Java Edition.   


Can I use my Realms Plus on any device? 

Yes. If you purchase Realms Plus, you can access all the packs, your personal server, and storage from any device with Minecraft Marketplace as long as you’re signed in to your Minecraft account.   


Do my friends need to have Realms Plus to play on my Realm?  

Your friends don’t need a Realms Plus subscription to join a Realm. You can invite any friend to join your Realm for free.   


Can I play on a Realm with other players on different devices? 

Yes. Most versions of Minecraft now allow players to get together, regardless of which device they're on. Anyone playing on, Android, Amazon Fire tablets, Gear VR, iPhone, iPad, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation®4, PlayStation®5, Windows 10 and above, Windows Phone, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S. or can play together.  

Players of Minecraft: Java Edition can only play with each other.  


What are clubs? 

Realms Clubs are online meeting places created specifically for members of your Realms to share stuff and socialize. In your club, you can share posts with each other and “like” videos, photos, and comments. Clubs are automatically created for Realms, and only people you invite to your Realm are added to that club. You can access your Realms Clubs from the Xbox App on PC, mobile, or console, or directly from your Realms menu in Minecraft.  

Note: Clubs are not available with Minecraft: Java Edition.   


Does Realms for Minecraft: Java Edition work with older versions of Minecraft or the newest Snapshots? 

You must run the most recent release of Minecraft to use Realms. Snapshot releases are not supported.   


Can I play on a Realm if I have joined the Minecraft Beta on Windows 10 or Xbox? 

No, you won’t have access to Realms while previewing a Minecraft Beta update. 


Does the owner of a Realm have any special privileges? 

Realm owners of any version get to choose who to invite and may switch between game modes. Realm owners on mobile, consoles and Windows 10 can also: 

  • generate links to invite new members 
  • download a backup of the Realm 
  • promote other members to operators, enabling them to use slash commands in-game   


What is Xbox Live and why do I need it to play on a Realm? 

Xbox Live is the technology Minecraft uses to connect players on console, mobile, and Windows 10 and above. A free Microsoft or Xbox Live account allows you to track your progress and save both builds and inventory to your profile. This means that every time you play, you can pick up right where you left off. The Xbox Live Gold paid service is not required.  

Note: Minecraft: Java Edition does not require Xbox Live.  


 About Subscriptions 

How much does a Realms Plus subscription cost? 

$7.99 USD per month in the US. Realms Plus may have slightly different pricing plans for different platforms and countries. Open Minecraft and choose to create a new Realm to see what the available price options are for your platform and country.    


How much does a Realms: Java Edition subscription cost?  

You can purchase Realms: Java Edition on minecraft.net for a recurring monthly charge of $7.99 USD per month.  


How long will my subscription last?  

On most platforms, subscriptions are available as a recurring monthly payment or in packages for six months. There is also a three-month option with Minecraft: Java Edition. Some platforms do not currently allow recurring subscriptions, however.   


What happens to my Realms and worlds when my subscription to Realms Plus ends? 

If your subscription ends, you and your friends will no longer be able to play online together on Realms, and you will no longer have access to the packs or cloud storage.  

You will be able to purchase and download any world templates saved to your Realm and cloud storage within 18 months of ending your subscription unless they are no longer offered by Minecraft.  

If you used worlds, texture packs, or mash-ups from the Realms Plus catalog, you would need to purchase those packs in the store or, if those packs are still in Realms Plus, re-subscribe, to play those world templates.   


Do I need Xbox Live Gold or another subscription to play on a Realm? 

Only if you want to play online. Xbox Live Gold is required for all multiplayer services on Xbox, no matter what console game you are playing. Xbox Live Gold is a paid service and is not required to access Realms on mobile devices or Windows 10. To play offline, you only need to sign up for Xbox Live, which is free.  

Minecraft Java: Edition does not require Xbox Live at all. A Nintendo Switch Online subscription is required for playing multiplayer on Nintendo Switch, this includes Realms.  A PlayStation®Plus membership is required for playing multiplayer on PlayStation®. 


How do I cancel my recurring subscription?  

See this article for information on canceling recurring Minecraft Realms subscriptions. 


More About Realms Packs 

Can I use my Realms Plus packs offline? 

You don’t need to be online to enjoy Realms Plus. Packs included in the subscription can either be played online on your personal Realm or played on a local device. You just need to sign in online once every 30 days to validate that your subscription is active.   

Can I host my Realms Plus worlds, texture packs, skins, and mash-ups on my Realm? 

Yes. You can upload any worlds, texture packs, skins, and mash-ups from the Realms Plus catalog or your purchases from the Minecraft Marketplace to your Realm and invite your friends to join for free.   


How often are new packs added to Realms Plus? 

New packs are added to Realms Plus every month.   


How long do I have access to packs within Realms Plus? 

Realms Plus members enjoy unlimited access to 100+ Minecraft worlds, texture packs, skin packs, and mash-ups at launch, until either the subscription expires, or a pack leaves the catalog.   


If I download a pack, can I access it after it leaves Realms Plus? 

Once a world, texture pack, skin pack, or mash-up leaves Realms Plus, you will need to purchase a copy from the store to continue playing. You will be notified prior to a pack leaving Realms Plus. Packs will not be deleted from your local storage unless you delete them.   


Where do these packs come from?   

The different packs in Realms Plus are from the Minecraft Marketplace, created by a combination of our great community of creators like yourself, and the team here at Mojang Studios. All content in the Minecraft Marketplace is tested for quality and content standards.  


How many world templates can I play with Realms Plus? 

You can play and save all the packs included in Realms Plus on your local device. You can also host one of your world templates on a Realm for your friends to join for free. You can change which world you load on your Realm at any time.   


Technical Questions 

Can I export my Minecraft Map from my Realm? 

You can export your maps from any version of Realms at any time within an 18 month period after your subscription has expired. Once your subscription has been inactive for more than 18 months, your world will be permanently deleted from Minecraft’s servers.    



Can I upload my Minecraft Map onto a Realm?  

Yes, you can upload your own maps to a Realm. We currently support worlds up to 5GB in size. That’s a substantial amount of allotted space. In order to use a world template from the Minecraft Marketplace on mobile devices, Windows 10, or console, you should create a new world using the template, then upload the world to your Realm.   


Do Realms servers support modding? 

The Realms: Java Edition has support for a growing number of minigames and custom maps made by the community. Realms servers on mobile, console, and Windows 10 and above, support Add-Ons and Marketplace maps, textures, and skins, however, full modding support is not available.   


Are there any specific settings needed to play on a Realm?  

Yes, your Xbox Live account needs to have two settings enabled: Join Multiplayer games and You can create and join clubs. Child accounts do not have these settings enabled by default, so if you have a child account you need parental consent to play on Realms.  

To change these settings, log in to your Xbox Live account in your Xbox console or at http://account.xbox.com/settings. For Xbox Live account assistance contact Xbox Support. For help with a Mojang account contact Minecraft support.   


Can I use admin commands? 

Yes. Owners of Realms on any platform have access to most commands. On Minecraft for mobile devices, Windows 10 and above, or console, Realm owners can also promote members to be operators, which allows them to use slash commands in-game as well but does not grant them any other admin rights.  

Last Updated - 2021-09-19 16:41:16 UTC

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