How do I play multiplayer?

When playing Minecraft, you can play a singleplayer or multiplayer game. If you'd like to play with other people, there are four options:

 

 

A player's game version must be the same as the server version to play on that server, whether it's LAN or hosted online. You can see your game version number at the bottom of your main menu.

For information about changing the game version for Minecraft: Java Edition, please look here.

For Minecraft on all other platforms, Minecraft can be updated by going to your device’s store.

 
 

Playing on a local area network (LAN)

You play by opening your home or local area network (LAN) to others who are also connected to that network.
            
Minecraft: Java Edition

To play with someone on your network first, choose a host computer. This computer should be fast enough to play Minecraft, while running a server for other players as well. You then launch the game and click "Single Player" and create a new world or open an existing one. Once inside that world, press the Esc key, then click the "Open to LAN" button. Here, you can choose which game mode to set for the other players: survival is the default Minecraft, with life points and hunger, creative mode allows you to fly and place an infinite amount of blocks, and adventure mode is similar to survival, but players cannot place or destroy blocks. You can also choose whether or not to turn cheats (commands) off or on.

 

Once you have set these options, click Start LAN World, and you'll see a message that a local game has been hosted. Other players on the same network who wish to join can now start their game, select Multiplayer, and in a few moments, their computer should automatically detect the game.

 

Minecraft for Windows 10/Xbox/mobile devices

First, make sure every player that wants to join is connected to the same network, then choose a host device that will run the world, and make sure everyone joining is running the same version of the game as the host.

Start a LAN game:

1. Press Play
2. Create a new world or edit a current world by pressing the pen icon
3. Go to multiplayer and make sure that “Visible to LAN Players” is enabled
4. Start the world by choosing Create or Play

 

Join a LAN game:
1. Go to the Play menu
2. Click the Friends tab and look for available LAN Games

Playing on an online server

Minecraft: Java Edition

You play on an online server by locating and connecting to the IP address of a multiplayer server.

 

A multiplayer server allows two or more players to play Minecraft together. You can either download the server file needed to set up your own server from Minecraft.net or connect to another person’s server.

 

To connect to another player's server, log into Minecraft, select Multiplayer from the main menu, click the Add Server button, and enter the IP or web address of that server. If you don't know the IP of a server, thousands of public servers can be located by doing a web search for something that suits your style of play.

 

Note that to access a server you need to run the same version of Minecraft as the server. If you need help with this, you can learn more in our article on Changing game version.


For general information about servers, see the Minecraft Wiki's server page. For more detailed information on setting up your own server, check out the wiki's Server Tutorials.
 

Minecraft for Windows 10/Xbox/mobile devices

For Minecraft on these platforms there is three official servers available: Mineplex, InPvP and Lifeboat. You can join any of these three from the servers tab by pressing one of them.

It’s also possible to add an external server by pressing Add Server and then put in the necessary information. If you need help locating this information, please contact the server owner.

Playing on Minecraft Realms

Minecraft Realms is a multiplayer service developed by Mojang. Setup is quick and through the game client and allows for you and up to ten friends to play simultaneously.

Minecraft: Java Edition

You can learn more about Minecraft Realms for PC/Java Edition at Minecraft.net/realms, or browse through our Realms help section.

All other platforms:

Take a look at Minecraft Realms for Win10/Xbox/mobile devices or head over to Minecraft.net/realms.

Split screen

Split screen is not available for Minecraft: Java Edition as it is a console-exclusive feature; it can be played on all consoles (Xbox, Playstation and Nintendo Switch). Playing split screen allows up to four players to play on the same screen, at the same time. To play split screen, start the game and connect the controllers, this will automatically divide the monitor into player-specific screens (one for each player).

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