How to Play Minecraft Multiplayer


Minecraft is a great game to play by yourself. But after a while, you'll probably start to get a little lonely. If you do, it's time to bring in some other players to share the Minecraft experience with! Thankfully, thanks to its design, connecting with other players is a breeze.

Part 1
Joining a Multiplayer Game (PC/Mac)

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In order to connect to multiplayer games in Minecraft, you'll need to find a server that you want to connect to. You can't browse servers from within Minecraft; instead, you'll be searching for servers using your web browser. There are several sites that specialize in server listings, and many popular servers have their own websites. Some of the biggest server listing sites include: MinecraftServers.org MinecraftForum.net Server section PlanetMinecraft.com Server section

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It will look something like mc.wubcraft.com or 148.148.148.148. It also may have a port on the end displayed as :25565.

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There are several things you'll want to pay attention to when selecting a server. Different servers offer wildly-different experiences, and most will have descriptions that you can read. Look for a few important details before picking a server to try: Game type - While many servers offer the standard Minecraft gameplay, there are lots of servers with all kinds of game modes. These range from capture the flag to in-character role-playing, and everything in between. Whitelist - If a server operates a whitelist, it only accepts users that have been registered. This usually means you'll need to create an account on the server's website in order to connect. Population - This is the number of people currently playing, as well as the maximum number of people. Keep in mind that you may not actually be playing with all of these people. Servers often split large populations onto multiple servers. PvP - This stands for "Player vs. Player", and means that players can attack each other. These can be tough servers if you're new to the game. Uptime - This is how often the server is online and available. If you plan to play online a lot, you'll want to find a server with an uptime of 95% or better.

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To connect to a server, you'll need to type in the server's IP address. You can find this IP address in the server listing. The IP will be groups of letters and/or numbers separated by periods. Highlight the address and copy it to your clipboard.

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Servers often run on older versions of Minecraft, as it takes a while for server tools to get upgraded to newer versions. Take note of the version of Minecraft that the server is running.

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Before you start the Minecraft game itself, load the Launcher and take note of the Minecraft version displayed in the bottom-right corner. If this is different than the version the server is running, you'll need to edit your profile so that you load the correct version. Click the Edit Profile button in the bottom-left corner. Click the "Use version" drop-down menu and select the version that matches the server. Click Save Profile to save your changes. Consider creating a new profile specifically for the server. If you find yourself connecting to multiple different servers all running different versions, you may want to create separate profiles for each one. This will make connecting a lot simpler.

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This will open the Multiplayer menu.

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This will open the Edit Server Info screen.

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Enter in a name into the "Server Name" field. This can be anything, but entering the actual name of the server will help you identify it. Click "Done" to save the server information. Your newly-added server will appear on your list of games. If the server doesn't appear, make sure that you've entered the Server Address correctly.

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Minecraft will then attempt to connect the server and load the world. If you get a message saying that the server is running a different version, make sure that you selected the correct version from the Profile menu.

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Most servers will spawn you in a Welcome area. Here you may find rules and instructions for using the server, as well as information on how to join the rest of the players. When playing on a public server, make sure that you don't destroy anyone's creations. Not only is this considered rude behavior, it will likely get you banned from most peaceful servers. Abide by the server rules. Minecraft is a more enjoyable experience when everyone is following the same guidelines. Rules vary from server to server, so make sure to read the information in the Welcome area and check out the server's website.

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This will open the chat window which you can use to type messages. Remember that when you're playing on public servers, you're chatting with strangers, so don't give out any personal information.[1]

Part 2
Joining a Multiplayer Game (Pocket)

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You can play Minecraft PE with other people by connecting to Minecraft PE servers. To find these servers, you'll need to use your web browser app. These servers run all kinds of different game types and modes, making for a unique experience every time. There are several websites that list a bunch of popular servers, including: Minecraftpocket-servers.com MCPEstats.com MCPEhub.com/servers MCPEuniverse.com/pocketmine/

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Most server listing sites will show details about each server, including the game modes that are available, the number of users connected, server location, and more. Use this information to find a server that meets your needs. Make note of the game version that the server is running. Minecraft Pocket Edition does not allow you to change to different versions of the game, so you can only connect to servers that run the same version that you have installed. Most servers will update to the latest release within 24 hours of it coming out.

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The server address is groups of letters and/or numbers separated by periods. The port number is separated from the address by a colon (:).

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This will open a list of your worlds.

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This can be found in the upper-right corner.

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This will allow you to enter the server's information.

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You'll need to fill out the boxes and then tap "Add Server" to add it to your list. Server Name - You can type anything here. Type the server's name to help you easily identify it later. Address - Enter in the IP address into this box. Port - Enter the port number into this box. The port number is the number that appears after the : in the server address.

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The game will attempt to connect to the server. Once you are connected, you will be spawned in the server's Welcome area. If you can't connect, there are a few different factors that may be causing the problem. You won't be able to connect if the server is full, and you won't receive a message informing you. If the server is offline, you won't be able to connect. You also won't be able to connect if you have the same name as another player that is already connected. You can change you in-game name from the Settings menu on the main Minecraft PE menu.

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Some servers ask that you register before you can begin playing or earning benefits in the game. Follow the prompts to register your email address with the server. You'll need to open the verification message that's sent to your email address.

Part 3
Playing a Local (LAN) Game

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Minecraft allows you to easily start multiplayer games if you are all connected to the same local network. If you're at home, chances are all of your computers are connected to one network. Things may be a little more complicated in a school or work environment. Click here for details on configuring a network. You can use a VPN (Virtual Private Network) to connect multiple remote computers together on one network. This can be great for getting friends from different places together without having to create a server. Click here for details on setting up a VPN for you and your friends.

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In order to connect to the game, all players must be playing the same version of Minecraft. Decide which computer will be starting the game, and then use the profile editor on all the computers to set the version to match. Start the Minecraft Launcher and click the Edit Profile button. Select the correct version from the "Use version" drop-down menu.

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This computer will be referred to as the "host", and should probably be whichever computer is most powerful. Load up one of your worlds in single-player mode on the host.

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Once the world has loaded, you can open the game up to anyone on your local network through the Pause menu.

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This will begin the process for setting up the network game, and a new menu will appear.

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You can choose between Survival, Adventure, and Creative modes, as well as toggle cheat codes on or off. Click the buttons to switch between options.

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The other computers on your network will now be able to connect to your game.

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Make sure that the computer is connected to the network, and that it is running the same version of Minecraft that the host computer is running.

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Minecraft will scan your network for any active games. The host computer Minecraft game should appear on the list. If the game doesn't appear, click the Direct Connect button and then enter the local IP address for the host computer. Click here for details on finding the IP address of the host.

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Your display should say LAN World above the game name. After selecting and joining, the world will load and you can begin playing.[2]

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Once all of the players have joined, they may find themselves far away from the host, especially if the host has done a lot of exploring in the game already. The host can teleport each of the players so that they can all play together. On the host computer, press T to open the chat window, and then type /tp PlayerName HostName and press Enter. This will teleport the player named PlayerName to the host. Repeat this for all of the players. Make sure each of the players sleeps in a bed in your new location. This will ensure that they spawn there if they die.

Part 4
Creating a Server for Friends

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Creating a Minecraft server will give you a persistent world that you and your friends can play on at any time. The server will be private so that only your friends can join, and you can even install mods. This requires that you have a computer that can be on and connected to the internet at all times. The Minecraft server files are free and can be downloaded from minecraft.net/download. Download minecraft_server.X.X.X.exe. This section will deal with creating a quick-setup Windows server. For instructions on creating a server in Linux or OS X, or for creating a server in Windows manually, click here.

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The Minecraft server will install all of its files into whatever folder it is run from. Create a folder on your desktop or other easy-to-access location and name it "Minecraft Server" or something similar. Copy the minecraft_server.X.X.X.exe file into this folder.

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You'll see a couple of files created in your folder, and then the program will close automatically. This is supposed to happen.

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eula.txt. You can find this file in your Minecraft Server folder.

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eula=fasse to eula=true. Save the changes to the file and close it. Doing this accepts the terms and conditions for the Minecraft server program.

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If the Windows Firewall window appears, click the Allow access button. More files will be created in the Minecraft Server field. Close the server window for now as you make some more changes.

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server.properties file and select "Open With". Browse for Notepad in your list of programs. This will open the server's configuration filer so that you can make changes.

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white-list=false. Change this to white-list=true. This will enable the white-list which is the list of approved users. Anyone else will not be able to connect to your server, making it private for you and your friends. You can make other changes to the game's settings here, but for now save and close the file.

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Gather your friends' Minecraft user names and add them one-by-one to the white-list with the following command: whitelist add playerName.

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Your basic server is up-and-running, and your friends have been added to the white-list. You'll now need to configure your router to allow them to connect to the server and access the game. This requires forwarding a port. Log into your router's configuration tool. This can usually be accessed from your web browser by entering the address 192.168.1.1, 192.168.0.1, or 192.168.2.1. The address may be different for your router model. You'll need to enter the router administrator's username and password. Check your router's documentation for the default login info if you never changed it. Open the Port Forwarding section of the router configuration page. This may be in the Advanced or Admin section. Create a new rule using the server computer's local IP address. Forward port 25565 for both TCP and UDP. For more information on opening ports, click here.

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my ip. Your computer's public IP address will be displayed above the search results. Copy this address or write it down. Give it to your friends to use to connect to the server. Note: If you have a dynamic IP address (most people do), your IP address will change occasionally. When it does, you'll need to give out the new IP address to your friends so that they can connect again. You can avoid having to do this in the future by setting up dynamic DNS. This usually requires setting up a paid account with a service that will automatically forward users who enter your domain name to your active IP address.

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Your server is online, your white-list is ready, and your ports have been forwarded. Your friends can now connect to the server using the IP address that you gave them, but you'll need to use a different IP address. Open the Multiplayer menu in your Minecraft game. Your game should appear in the list of games, but if it doesn't click the "Add Server" button. If you're playing on the same computer as the server, enter 127.0.0.1. If you're on a different computer on the same network, enter the server's local IP address (the same one you used to forward the port). If you're on a computer on a different network, enter the server's public IP address.

Part 5
Playing Splitscreen (Xbox/PlayStation)

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In order to use the splitscreen feature, you'll need to be playing in at least 720p resolution, which requires an HDTV and an HDMI or component cable.

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You can play splitscreen on any of your existing worlds. Uncheck the "Online game" box.

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▷ START on the second controller. This will open the Sign-In window.

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You'll need to have created the profile before starting the game if there isn't a profile for the second player.

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You can have up to four players sharing the same screen.[3]