Minecraft is one of those games that can be played alone or with a large group of friends. There are several options for exploring seeds, defeating the ender dragon, or building a castle with your friends.
The technique that works best for you is determined by your internet connection, Minecraft version, and device. Fortunately, in this article, we’ll walk you through all of the steps you need to take to play multiplayer Minecraft on various devices.
How to Play Minecraft with Friends on the Nintendo Switch
When Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition first became available, you could only connect your Minecraft world to others who also had the game installed on their Switch. The “Better Together” patch made Minecraft on the Nintendo Switch compatible with other Bedrock-based devices.
To play Minecraft with friends on the Nintendo Switch, follow the steps below:
- Start Minecraft.
- Choose one user profile.
- Select whether or not to use the screen reader. As a matter of convention, the screen reader can be activated. The user can simply turn it off to avoid using it.
- Select “Sign in For Free” when prompted.
- To proceed, sign in to your Facebook or Google account. Use an Xbox or Microsoft account that is already linked to Minecraft on another platform.
- Open this Microsoft website in a web browser on any device and enter the code you received after logging in.
- You must find the correct Minecraft account. Log in to the Minecraft account you want to use to play.
- Return to your Switch once the “All Done!” message appears.
You only need to connect your Switch from here.
- Select “Let’s Play!” from the game’s options menu. You’ll see the profile you previously entered.
- Choose the Friends with whom you want to play.
- If you have any online friends, regardless of whether they have a Switch or not, the list will display them. Here you can see all of the Realms that you can join. Begin by selecting a game from the list.
How to Play Minecraft on a PC with Friends
If you’re playing Minecraft on a PC, you can connect to a public server, set up a private server, or play multiplayer over a LAN.
How to Connect to a Public Server
The vast majority of PC Minecraft players connect to public servers. Joining servers is completely free, and you can find them by visiting one of the numerous server listing websites. Here’s how to connect to a server:
- Go to a server listing website, such as the one mentioned above, and select a server.
- Write down the IP address of the server to which you want to connect.
- Open the Multiplayer screen in your Minecraft launcher. Click “Add Server” or “Direct Connection” to add a server or establish a direct connection.
- Copy the IP address and paste it into the Server Address field.
- If you selected “Add Server” in step 3, name the server and click “Done,” then click or select the server and select “Join server.”
- If you chose “Direct Connection,” then click “Join Server.”
How to Use a LAN Connection to Play
This is relatively simple if you share a local IP address with the person you want to play with. Here’s how it’s done:
- Launch Minecraft and choose “Multiplayer.” This will allow Minecraft to search the local network for games automatically.
- If another user has an open LAN world, it will appear in your server list.
- To join the server, select it and then click “Join Server.”
Your gameplay will differ depending on which approach you take. Admins run public servers, which have their own set of rules for gameplay and PvP. Many servers, for example, are only for Minecraft mini-games like Hunger Games, Minecraft Skyblock, or PvP challenges.
You can play survival with your friends however you want and according to your own rules if you create a Realm. Only the people you invite can join and change your world. You will be able to play Minecraft over LAN as if you had your own private server. The only drawback is that everyone must be connected to the same network.
How to Play Minecraft on an iPhone with Friends
Minecraft Pocket Edition for iPhones and Android devices also allows you to play with friends. The only requirement is that your phones be in close proximity to one another. Simply follow these steps:
- Open the Settings app on your iOS device and select “Wi-Fi” from the list of options to ensure that both devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
- Start up Minecraft: Pocket Edition. In the bottom-left corner, select “Settings.”
- Check the “Local Server Multiplayer” box.
- Create a new world or load one that already exists. It makes no difference whether it is creative or survival, small or large, seeded or random.
- After pressing “Play” on the other players’ devices and waiting a few seconds, a remote server should appear in the world list. The Wi-Fi sign will be located to the right of the blue color.
- If you tap it, you’ll be able to join in the fun.
How to Play Minecraft on Android with Friends
The Minecraft app is the same for iOS and Android devices. As a result, the steps for playing multiplayer are very similar.
- Connect the devices to the same Wi-Fi network by opening the Settings app on your Android device and selecting “Wi-Fi.”
- Launch Minecraft Pocket Edition. Open “Settings,” which can be found in the lower-left corner.
- Select “Local Server Multiplayer” from the drop-down menu.
- A new planet can be created or imported into the game.
- Wait a few seconds after pressing “Play” on each other’s devices for a server to appear in the “World” list. To the right of the blue background, the display will show the “Wi-Fi” symbol.
- Click the server to connect.
How to Play Minecraft on Xbox Live with Friends
An Xbox profile can be used to easily locate Mineplex friends. Select their username from the Minecraft pause menu once you’re both online. You will then be able to invite them to your game. You’ll be notified if any of your friends join.
You can join Realms if you don’t have a host. Console players, on the other hand, will be able to join the game only if a friend invites them.
When you first join the Realm, you’ll be able to access it through the Friends page whenever you want. The Realms you’ve joined will appear under “Joinable Realms” as long as the Realm is active.
There are numerous options available for hosting a game or joining a friend’s world. Keep in mind that the number of players is limited, with Realms only allowing 11 at a time. Public servers, on the other hand, can be massive, housing hundreds of people. The limits for public servers are set by the hosts. So, if you believe a public server is overcrowded, your only option is to switch servers.
Have you ever tried your hand at Minecraft multiplayer? What do you believe the ideal number of players for a Minecraft world is? Tell us in the comments section below!