This article is for Minecraft for Mobile, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation® 4 and 5, Windows 10 and above, and Xbox One and Series X|S. If you want to create a Realm for Minecraft: Java Edition, go to Minecraft: Java Edition Realms Creation FAQ.
Minecraft Realms is a multiplayer service that enables you to play Minecraft online with two or up to ten of your friends. For more information, check out MInecraft.net/Realms.
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Minecraft Realms Overview
The first 30 days are free if you choose the ten-player tier. After this initial free period, you will automatically be charged and continue to be charged every 30 days until you cancel the subscription.
Log in through Xbox Live to join or create a Realm in Minecraft (an Xbox Live account is required to be able to have a Realms subscription). Use your existing account or create a new account through the game.
Note: signing in may take up to 30 seconds, so please be patient.
Your Xbox Gamertag will appear as your in-game name. Head over to Xbox support to learn more about How to change your Xbox Gamertag. Here's how to log in:
- Select the Sign In button on the start menu.
- Enter your Xbox Live account credentials or create a new account.
- After you log in, create or join a Realm.
To log out of your Xbox Live account:
- Click on the Start Menu
- Go to Options
- Scroll down to the Sign Out button
Manage your Subscription
You can cancel your subscription from your app store's subscription settings.
View your subscription from the settings menu in-game to find out which app store processed your purchase. You can also manage your subscription here. If that does not work, you can access your settings in the app store where you made the purchase and cancel the recurring payment.
To learn more or to get help with canceling your subscription, visit:
- Minecraft for Windows: Xbox Support
- Minecraft for Android device: Google Play Help
- Minecraft for iOS devices: iTunes
- Minecraft for Kindle Fire: Amazon app store
- Minecraft for PlayStation® 4 5: PlayStation Store
If you can't log in:
Note: Xbox support can also help with logging in.
If you can't connect to your Realm
- Check for temporary issues with services on the Mojang Status account on Twitter.
- If still not able to access your Realm, Contact Minecraft support. Describe your issue and provide the Minecraft version you are using.
Create a Realm
You can create a Realm in Minecraft for Mobile, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation® 4 and 5, Windows 10, and Xbox One and Series X|S in a few easy steps:
Find the Realms Menu
- Log into your Microsoft account
- Select the Play button
- Create New
- New Realm
Choose a Name and a Size
Your realm can be one of two sizes, divided into tiers:
- 2 Users allows for two players plus the owner
- 10 Users allows for ten players plus the owner
The cost varies depending on the size of the tier. The price available to you is shown in the game. To change the size (go from 2 users to 10, or from 10 to 2), you must cancel the subscription to the Realm, wait until the remaining days expire, and then renew the Realm in the desired size.
After you create the Realm, you will be shown your Xbox friends list so you can invite players. Here you can either invite friends from your existing list, search for friends, or share your Realm using an invite link. You can always invite friends later from the player's Settings menu.
Invite People to my Realm
It’s easy to invite other players to your Ream on Minecraft for Mobile, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation® 4 and 5, Windows 10 (and above) and Xbox One and Series X|S. To do this, you can use the Realms Invite Link feature to easily add more players without having to individually add them to your Realm.
Invite links are custom URLs, unique to your Realm, that you can use to invite new members. When someone clicks on an invite link, they will be prompted to sign in or sign up with their Xbox Live account.
They are then immediately added to the Realm’s whitelist/allowlist, which is your customized list of players you have welcomed to your Realm. Being on a whitlist/allowlist means they can jump into the world right away, even if the owner isn’t online.
If your Realm is getting a bit crowded, you can cancel the old invite link so no one new can use it. Just refresh the link from your Realm’s member settings. Only the newest version of your invite link will let new players join, so it’s up to you if you want to share the new link with a new group of friends or keep it private.
When you refresh an invite link, anyone who has previously joined will still be in the Realm’s whitelist and be able to join the world, but no new players will be able to use the old link to gain access. Of course, no matter what link they have, other players who you’ve blocked through Xbox Live will never be able to access your worlds. If someone has access to your Realm and you block them, they will not be immediately removed. You’ll need to remove them manually from the Members tab in your Realms settings.
So now, whether you want to share your Minecraft world with your family, closest friends, or the whole world, it's easy to add them to your Realm with invite links. Want to know more about Realms? Check out our handy guide, Tips for New Realms Players, and soon you and your friends can be playing together!
If you have additional questions, see: Minecraft Realms Plus Multiplayer Troubleshooting.
Joining Someone's Realm
From the Minecraft Realms menu in Minecraft, you can view a list of Realms that are available to you. Each Realm that you join first requires an invitation, indicated by the flashing mail icon. After you accept it, that player's Realm will be available to you. Make sure that you have the latest public release of the game.
A Realm's current status is indicated by the colored dot next to it:
- Green means that the Realm is open and available to join
- Yellow shows that it expires soon
- Red indicates that the Realm has expired or has been closed by the owner
Trouble Accepting Invites or Joining Realms
Ensure that you are not using a modded game client and are using a resource pack that contains textures for the Realm buttons.
- Switch to the standard Minecraft game client:
- Select Options
- Resource Packs
- Return to the default
Leaving a Realm
If you'd like to leave a Realm (leave the Realm's player list and delete it from your available Realms),
From the Realms selection screen:
- Highlight the Realm
- Select Leave Realm
Error When Trying to Play Multiplayer with a Child Account
Your friends at Minecraft Support have been seeing questions from players who are receiving COPPA or GDPR messaging when trying to access Realms. You might also see a vague message about privacy (we're working on this, we swear!).
Before you can give kids online and multiplayer access, you need to take a few steps. The account will need to have to have Xbox Clubs, multiplayer, and online communication turned on in order to play AND an online multiplayer subscription to play online (if your platform requires a subscription). You should also make sure your account payment method is current.
If you haven’t already done so, read about setting up your Xbox Live or Microsoft Account.
How to Enable Realms
- Log in to Xbox settings with the parent Microsoft account.
- Select the child account's profile.
- Select Xbox One/Windows 10 Online and choose Allow for Join multiplayer games AND You can create and join clubs (first picture below).
- To enable chat for people not on the person's friends list, they will need to go to their privacy settings and enable Others can communicate (second picture below).
If you still need help, please reach out to Xbox support.
Features of Minecraft that are restricted without parental verification/consent
- Minecraft Realms
- Chatting scrolls
- Making purchases
- Changing settings on the Minecraft/Mojang account site
Playing online with a child account
A child account cannot access Realms unless the account has been given parental consent. These accounts can still join other private worlds and can play locally.
If you still need assistance or are unable to pay the parental consent fee, contact Minecraft support.
Accessing the Settings menu
In the Worlds tab, you see a list of single-player worlds and Realms you own. If you own a Realm, you can manage its settings by selecting the pencil button shown to the right of your Realm.
In the Game settings you can edit the name of the Realm, set the game’s difficulty and game mode and reset the world.
This is where you manage who's playing on your Realm. The list shows invited members.
To invite new members to the Realm
- Select the Find Friends button to display your Xbox friends list.
The Share link button lets you obtain the invite link for your Realm.
To remove a player
- Select the symbol to the left of that player's username
- Select the minus icon.
From here you can see how your subscription is set up, which size it is, how often you will be charged for renewal, and where you purchased your subscription.
To Manage your subscription
- Select the Manage Subscription button.
- You can learn more about subscriptions at Minecraft Realms Plus Creation FAQ.
From here you can also close the Realm. Doing so shuts down the Realm and disconnects anyone currently playing on it. No one will be able to connect to the Realm until you open it again. If a Realm with an active subscription is shut, this does not pause the subscription, it closes the Realm and prevents anyone from joining until it is re-opened.
Here you can find a list of backups available for your Realm. Each backup has a date and time stamp for when it was created. To replace your Realm with a previous backup, choose a backup and confirm with the replace option. Doing this deletes all progress on the Realm after when the last backup was saved. To download a local copy of a backup, press the arrow icon to the right.