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How to Play Minecraft Multiplayer

This article applies to Bedrock versions of Minecraft Multiplayer options only. For information on multiplayer options for Minecraft: Java Edition, see: How to Play Minecraft: Java Edition Multiplayer.

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When playing Minecraft, you can play a single-player or multiplayer game. If you'd like to play with other people. This article outlines the different ways to play multiplayer and provides some troubleshooting steps if you are having difficulty playing multiplayer games.

Playing on a Local Area Network (LAN) 

This requires opening your home or local area network (LAN) to others who are also connected to that network. Here is how to connect to Minecraft for mobile devices, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation, Windows, or Xbox.

Before you start: 

  • Each player that wants to join must be connected to the same network.  
  • The selected host device must be capable of running a server of the chosen world.  
  • Everyone joining must run the same version of the game as the host. 

Start a LAN game: 

  1. Click 
  2. Click the pen icon to create a new world or edit a current world. 
  3. Go to Multiplayer and make sure that Visible to LAN Players is enabled. 
  4. Choose Create or Play to start the world. 

Join a LAN game: 

  1. Go to the Play
  2. Click the Friends tab and look for available LAN Games. 

Playing on an Online Server 

For Bedrock versions of Minecraft on these platforms, there are three official servers available: Mineplex, InPvP, and Lifeboat. 

Join a server: 

  • On the Servers tab, click a server. 

Add an external server: 

  • On the Servers tab, click Add Server and enter the necessary information. 
    If you need help locating this information, contact the server owner. 

Note: Due to platform restrictions, this feature is not available on consoles. 

Split Screen 

Playing split screen allows up to four players to play on the same screen at the same time. Split screen play is available only for consoles (Xbox, PlayStation, and Nintendo Switch).

Playing Split Screen 

Start the game and connect the controllers. This automatically divides the display into player-specific screens (one for each player). 

Troubleshooting Multiplayer Connection Issues

  • Make sure you’re not using a beta version of Minecraft. If you are, leave it and restart the game.
  • If you’re playing on an Xbox, Sony PlayStation™, or Nintendo Switch, ensure you have that console’s online subscription service active. This means you need an active subscription to Xbox Live Gold, PlayStation® Plus, or Nintendo Switch Online as needed by your console.
  • Closing Minecraft and reopening it.
  • Restart your computer or device and see if this fixes the issue. Restarting can often clear errors in connections.
  • Log out of your Microsoft or Mojang account, close the game, and then log in again.
  • If you use a wireless connection, ensure that you have a stable connection to your router. You may need to reset or restart your router.
  • Check your currently running programs for anything that is using your Internet bandwidth and close those programs.
  • If you have a firewall or antivirus software or are using a VPN, check the settings to be sure that it is not blocking or slowing your connection.
  • Configure your router to use moderate or open Network Address Translation (NAT).
  • If you’re on a stationary device, try connecting using an Ethernet cable instead of using Wi-Fi.
  • Try reverting to a previous save of your world.
  • If you are under 18, make sure your parents log in to change your settings as shown below: 

Problems Playing While Using a Child Account

If you’re having problems connecting while playing with a Child Account, see: I’m Getting an Error When Trying to Play Multiplayer with a Child Account.   

Prevented from Online Access to Microsoft Account

You may need to log into your Microsoft account outside of Minecraft. It’s recommended that you go to Xbox.com and log into your Microsoft Account/Xbox Live Account there. Some users reported this issue when trying to connect to the same Microsoft account and Minecraft across multiple devices at once. This solution would be to only play on a specific account on one device at a time.

Marketplace Doesn’t Display Anything

This can usually be solved by resetting your Internet connection on the device or by logging off and then back into your Microsoft account.

Didn’t Find the Answer?

The troubleshooters above are general but work on most issues. If you have other technical issues, contact Minecraft Support, briefly describe the issue, and your Xbox Live Gamertag.



Last Updated - 2022-12-10 07:48:35 UTC

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