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How to play multiplayer on Minecraft: Java Edition

While some Minecraft gamers may remember the days when multiplayer took a long time, Mojang has made playing with friends incredibly easy and accessible since the days of beta.

Whether on a local network, a privately / publicly hosted server, or one of Minecraft’s subscription realms, playing the world’s most popular block building game has never been easier.

With a few button presses and / or typed entries, players can enjoy Minecraft together as long as they are on the same version (maybe one day Java Edition players will be able to hang out with their friends. in the Bedrock edition). Users are encouraged to try all forms of multiplayer, to discover their favorite aspects.

Ways to play multiplayer on Minecraft: Java Edition

Minecraft can be played both over the internet and over local networks on Java Edition.  (Image via Mojang)
Minecraft can be played both over the internet and over local networks on Java Edition. (Image via Mojang)

In Minecraft: Java Edition, players will need to decide whether they want to stay on a server or realm hosted on the internet, or keep things tight on a local network.

Both options have advantages and disadvantages, such as LAN connections being host dependent and Internet servers sometimes experiencing downtime. Either way, connecting through these methods is relatively straightforward in Minecraft: Java Edition and should only take a few minutes.

Connection via LAN

  1. Enter an existing world or create a new one via the Solo menu.
  2. Once in the game world, enter the pause menu.
  3. Select the “Open on local network” button.
  4. Select the settings for the new LAN-enabled world, including the available game mode and whether cheats are enabled. Then select “Start LAN World”.
  5. Players connected to the same network (wired or wireless) should be able to connect to the world by entering the multiplayer menu and searching for available LAN worlds.

Connecting to a server via the Internet

  1. Find the IP or web address of the Minecraft server. On many Minecraft server sites this is provided, but if the world is hosted privately, players may need to contact the host or another player or administrator for information.
  2. Select “Multiplayer” from the main Minecraft menu.
  3. Select “Add a server” and enter / paste the IP / web address and validate.
  4. If the server is online, come in and start playing!

Connect to a Minecraft kingdom

  1. Select “Minecraft Realms” from the main menu.
  2. Players can choose to create a new realm (which will eventually cost a monthly subscription after a trial period) or join an existing realm. To join an existing realm, players will need to be invited by whoever hosted the realm or who has Operator privileges.
  3. Once a realm has been created or an invitation accepted for an existing realm, simply double-click on the realm name in the list and start playing!

Read more: Top 5 Biome Changes in Minecraft 1.18 Caves & Cliffs Update

Edited by Sijo Samuel Paul

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