How to Play Minecraft With Friends?

The Minecraft Multiplayer options described in this article are only applicable to Bedrock versions of the game. How to Play Minecraft with friends online can be found at How to Play Minecraft: Java Edition Multiplayer. With so many people playing “Minecraft,” it’s easy to find friends when you’re playing. There is, however, sometimes a misunderstanding about how to play multiplayer with your friends. If you have a console-friendly “Bedrock” edition or a classic “Java” edition, the way you play multiplayer “Minecraft” will be different. If you have one of the editions, you are limited to playing with friends who have the same edition.

You have a few different options when it comes to playing with your friends if that version is Java. The process of hosting a multiplayer “Minecraft” game should only take a few minutes, regardless of whether you want to join a public server or create your own (which is less intimidating than it sounds), host a local LAN server, or use a paid “Realms” server-hosting option. Playing multiplayer in Minecraft is a great way to expand your gameplay experience simply by playing with others. In addition to connecting with players within your local area network, you can participate in Realms, which allows you to play across the globe, and play with a server, which is by far the most popular way of playing with your friends. There are many ways to play Minecraft online and you may wonder which one is best for you. Therefore, we will be examining the various ways you can play and connect with each other in this guide.

How to Play Minecraft With Friends

Play Minecraft with Friends

LAN World

Connecting to friends through LAN is possible in Minecraft. However, only those on your network will be able to see this. A LAN world can be created for your friend to join if they are connected to your Wi-Fi at your house.

How to make a LAN world

  1. Join your single-player world by opening up Minecraft.
  2. You can open your Game Menu by pressing the escape key.
  3. Once you click “Open to LAN”, you can choose whether cheats are allowed, as well as what game mode you want the other users to use, before clicking on “Start LAN World”.

How to join a LAN world

  1. The “Multiplayer” tab is found in Minecraft.
  2. After you scroll down to the bottom, you should see a notification that says “Scanning for local network games”.
  3. You will see the world listed under “LAN World” with your friend’s username and the world name underneath it once it finds the world.
  4. Join online by double-clicking it, or selecting it and clicking “Join Server”.

Minecraft Server

The best way to connect with your friends through Minecraft is to have your own server. There are several reasons why having your own server is the best option: you can run any version of Minecraft, you can modify it past Vanilla, and there is no limit on how many players can join at any one time.) Playing Minecraft Java Edition with friends on a modded server is a fun and flexible way to play the game. The Bedrock Edition server cannot be accessed from an Xbox, PS4, Nintendo Switch, or similar device. You can only join using a PC (Windows 10 Edition), an iOS device, or an Android device. Apex Hosting offers instructions on how to create a server. Although you may be able to create one on your home computer, this is not recommended because many factors are involved with owning a server, such as DDoS protection, 24/7 availability, and support. Apex provides these services.

How to create a Minecraft Server

  1. On our website, you can find the pricing information. There are several plans available. You can find a guide that explains how much RAM you’ll need here.
  2. Click “Order Now”, then follow the instructions once you decide which plan you want to buy.
  3. Your account information for our Game Panel will be emailed to you once you have paid for your server. Apex lets you create your own server.
  4. Your IP address will appear in the Game Panel. The server can be accessed using this address.

How to join a Minecraft Java Edition Server

You can access multiplayer in Minecraft by clicking on the “Multiplayer” tab.

  • Click on the “Add Server” button at the bottom. Under “Server Name”, write any name you like, and then enter the server IP address and port, then click “Done.”.
  • By pressing done, you will be taken back to the multiplayer tab, where you should now see the server listed. Click join to join the server. The connection will now be established.

How to join a Minecraft Bedrock Edition Server

  • Press “Play” to start Minecraft.
  • Press “Add Server” on the “Servers” tab.
  • The “Server Name” slot can be filled in with any name, then the “Server Address” slot should be filled in with the IP address without the port. The “Port” slot should then be filled in with the port number.
  • When you are done pressing “Save,” scroll down and click on the server you want to join.


Alternatively, you can use the built-in Realms in Minecraft if you don’t want to use server hosting. There are a number of downsides to Realms, including the fact that it does not allow mods/plugins, it has quite a few restrictions on who can join and who cannot join, and it’s quite expensive for what you get. Additionally, you do not get any of the benefits associated with server hosting, including 24/7 support, one-click installation of mod packs and game types, and the ability to make a public world that everyone can join. You can, however, play Minecraft with your friends on Xbox One, PS4, or Switch.

How to create a Realms Server for Java Edition

  • Press the “Minecraft Realms” button in Minecraft
  • Click the “Buy Realm” button at the bottom of Minecraft. You can create your Minecraft subscription from Minecraft’s website.
  • You will see a listing if you already have a Realm set up. In addition to being able to subscribe, clicking “Subscribe” also brings you to Minecraft’s website, where you can set up realms.
  • The listing should appear with a green light once you have paid for it in the Realms tab in Minecraft. Click “Play” to reveal it.

How to join a Realms Server in Java Edition

  • Realms Servers require invitations before you can join.
  • Click on the Players tab under Configure Realms to invite someone to your Realms.
  • Send your friend an invitation by clicking on the + button and typing in their username.
  • In the top-left of your realm’s page, you should see some options entitled “New Invitations”. Those realms appear when you click that link. Simply select it and press “Play”.

How to create a Realms Server for Bedrock Edition

  • Play Minecraft by clicking the “Play” button.
  • You must be on the “Worlds” tab to access this page.
  • By clicking on “Create New”, you can create a new realm if you are logged into your Xbox Live account. If you click the button, you can create your own world or use one of the premade Realms worlds.
  • If you are not signed in, you can take advantage of the free trial. Click on the listing for your realm in the section named “Realms” at the top.
  • Follow the instructions to pay for your first month by clicking “Buy Now”.

How to join a Realms Server in Bedrock Edition

  • Realms can only be joined if you have been invited.
  • Select “Members” from the dropdown menu next to the name of your Realm, then click on the pencil icon.
  • An invite link will appear when you click the “Share” tab. Pass this link along to your friends. When they sign in or sign up for Xbox Live, they will be added to your Realm’s whitelist.
  • When you’re invited to another person’s Realm, hover over the “Friends” tab to see a list, then select the one you wish to join.

Troubleshooting Minecraft Multiplayer

It is inevitable that Minecraft will occasionally encounter errors because it involves so many connections from so many different sources. A variety of problems can arise such as being booted off a server or losing your connection. Here are a few steps you can take if you run into the issues listed above.

Restart Your Computer/Console

Restarting your console or computer is the first step you should take. Some glitches may prevent you from connecting to friends or playing the game as intended, but a quick restart usually resolves the issue.

Check Your NAT Type

The type of NAT you use greatly affects your ability to connect with other playmates. If your NAT is closed or moderate, you won’t be able to play with other players. You must change your NAT to open, although the method for doing so differs depending on your ISP. 

Check Your Privacy Settings

It is possible that your privacy settings prevent you from playing Minecraft online with others if you are playing on Xbox. These settings can be changed on or within the console itself. 


With your friends, you can dive into the world of Minecraft! There are so many options for joining, you may have difficulty deciding what’s right for you. A LAN option is the best if you just want to play Vanilla Minecraft with your neighbors. For vanilla Minecraft, Realms or a server are the best options if you want to play with friends across the globe. Since servers are generally less expensive than realms (starting at $3.99 for two players), it would be more cost-effective to have a server instead of a realm. Plugins and mods are also available on Minecraft Servers, as well as the ability to expand globally so you can attract more than just your friends. Besides hosting your server with Apex, you have access to our premade game types, mod packs, 24/7 support, and customizable game panel. The information may seem overwhelming at first, but you’ll see once you get used to it that it isn’t that complicated. The experience of playing Minecraft with friends is completely different.

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