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 so that the game runs well on different platforms. Minecraft (the version you find on mobile, console and Windows 10) 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, and cloud storage for your worlds. New content is being added frequently!
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 here 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 chunks of one or six months. There is also a three-month option with the Java Edition. Some platforms do not currently allow recurring subscriptions, however.
WHICH VERSIONS OF MINECRAFT SUPPORT REALMS PLUS?
Realms Plus is currently available for Minecraft on mobile, Windows 10, the Xbox consoles, PlayStation® consoles, as well as the Nintendo Switch.
I'M PLAYING ON WINDOWS 10. 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 10 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 into your Minecraft account.
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 Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation®4, PlayStation®5, Nintendo Switch, Android, iPhone, iPad, Windows 10, Windows Phone, Amazon Fire tablets or Gear VR can play together. Players of Minecraft: Java Edition can only play with each other.
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 come online once every 30 days to validate that your subscription is active.
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 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 mashups 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 until you delete them.
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.
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 will need to purchase those packs in the store or, if those packs are still in Realms Plus, re-subscribe, to play those world templates.
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 us here at Mojang. All content in the Minecraft Marketplace is tested for quality and content standards.
DOES THE OWNER OF A REALM HAVE ANY SPECIAL PRIVILEGES?
Realm owners of any version do get to choose who to invite, and switch between game modes. Realm owners on mobile, console and Windows 10 can also generate invite links to add new members, download a backup of the Realm, and promote other members to operators which means they will be able to use slash commands in game.
CAN I EXPORT MY MINECRAFT MAP FROM MY REALM?
You can export your maps from any versions of Realms at any time within an 18 months 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 really big, in case you were wondering. In order to use a world template from the Minecraft Marketplace on mobile, 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 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 support Add-Ons and Marketplace maps, textures and skins, however, full modding support is not available. Sorry!
WHAT'S XBOX LIVE AND WHY DO I NEED IT TO PLAY ON A REALM?
Xbox Live is the technology we're using to connect players on console, mobile and Windows 10 together. Minecraft: Java Edition does not require Xbox Live at all. 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 paid Xbox Live Gold service is not required.
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 or Windows 10. You only need to sign up to Xbox Live, which is free to use. 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®.
ARE THERE ANY SPECIFIC SETTINGS NEEDED TO PLAY ON A REALM?
Yes, your Xbox Live account needs to have two settings allowed: “Join Multiplayer games” and “You can create and join clubs.” Child accounts do not have these settings allowed by default, so if you have a child account you will need parental consent to play on Realms. To change these settings, login 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.
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. They’re automatically created for your Realm, and only people you invite to your Realm are added to the Club. You can access your Realms Clubs from the Xbox App on PC, mobile, or console, or directly from your Realms menu in Minecraft. Clubs are not available with Minecraft: Java Edition.
DOES REALMS FOR JAVA EDITION WORK WITH OLDER VERSIONS OF MINECRAFT OR THE NEWEST SNAPSHOTS?
You'll need to be running 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.
CAN I USE ADMIN COMMANDS?
Yes. Owners of Realms on any platform will have access to most existing commands. On Minecraft for mobile, Windows 10 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.
HOW DO I CANCEL MY RECURRING SUBSCRIPTION?
Please see this article for more information on how to cancel recurring Minecraft Realms subscriptions.