Connecting to a Minecraft server

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Connecting to a Minecraft server
Connecting to a Minecraft server
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This wikiHow teaches you how to connect to a multiplayer server in Minecraft. You can easily add servers and connect to servers through both desktop and mobile versions of Minecraft. Also, if you're using the Bedrock edition of Minecraft on the Xbox One, you have some options for connecting to servers.

Steps

Method 1 of 4: Using the Windows 10 edition on your desktop

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Step 1. Find the IP address and port number of the server

If you are not connecting to an already configured server, you will need to know the server's IP address and port number.

  • Some websites display Minecraft servers in the "address:port" configuration (for example, "play.avengetech.me:19132"). If so, remove the colon from the address and use the number to the right of the colon as the port number.
  • If you're using a desktop server website to find a server, you probably won't see a port number. If this is the case, try to use the default port number provided in the 'Port' field when you create your server.
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Step 2. Open Minecraft

Click on the Minecraft icon that resembles a 2D block of earth and grass.

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Step 3. Log in if necessary

If you're not signed in to your Xbox Live account, do the following:

  • click on Login on the left side of the screen.
  • Enter your Xbox Live email address and click Next one.
  • Enter your Xbox live password and click Login.
  • click on Play to return to the Minecraft PE screen.
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Step #4. Click on Play

It's at the top of the main menu.

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Step 5. Click the Servers tab

This option is at the top right of the screen.

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Step 6. Click Add Server

This is at the top of the page.

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Step 7. Enter a server name

Enter the name of your server in the 'Server name' field.

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Step 8. Add the address of the server

Type the address of the server in the 'Server address' field.

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Step 9. Enter the port number of the server

Type the number used for your server's port in the 'Port' field.

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Step 10. Click on Save

This is at the bottom of the screen.

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Step 11. Connect to a friend's world

If your friend has a server and has sent you an invite code, you can login to their server by doing the following:

  • click on Play.
  • Click on the tab friends.
  • click on Connect with world.
  • Enter the invite code in the 'Invitation code…' section.
  • click on To connect.

Method 2 of 4: Using Java edition on your desktop

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Step 1. Find the address of your server

You need to know the IP address of the Minecraft server you want to connect to before you can proceed.

You can find free Minecraft servers on websites like minecraftservers.org

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Step 2. Open the Minecraft Launcher

Click on the Minecraft icon. This icon resembles a block of earth with grass.

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Step 3. Log in when prompted

If you are not logged in to your Minecraft account, enter your email address and password, then click login.

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Step #4. Click on Play

This is a green button at the bottom of the launcher screen. This will launch Minecraft.

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Step 5. Click on Multiplayer

This is in the middle of the main menu.

  • If you have a Windows computer, you need to: Grant access click on the Firewall pop-up before you can continue.
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Step 6. Click Add Server

It's in the bottom right corner of the screen.

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Step 7. Enter a server name

Type the name you want to use for your Minecraft server in the 'Server name' field.

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Step 8. Enter the IP address of the server

Enter the address of your server in the 'Server address' field.

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Step 9. Click Done

This is at the bottom of the screen.

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Step 10. Select the server once it is connected

Click on the name of the server when you see the server and a status bar appear in the main menu.

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Step 11. Click Connect to Server

It's in the bottom left corner of the screen. This connects you to the server.

Method 3 of 4: On your mobile

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Step 1. Find the IP address and port number of your server

If you are connecting to a server that has not yet been configured, you will need the server's IP address and port number.

Some websites display Minecraft servers in an 'address:port' configuration (for example, 'play.avengetech.me:19132'). If so, remove the colon from the address and use the number to the right of the colon as the port number

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Step 2. Open Minecraft

Click on the Minecraft icon in the shape of a block of earth with grass.

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Step 3. Log in if necessary

If you're not signed in to your Xbox Live account, do the following:

  • click on Login on the left side of the screen.
  • Enter your Xbox Live email address and click Next one.
  • Enter your Xbox Live password and click Login.
  • click on Play to return to the Minecraft PE screen.
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Step #4. Click on Play

This is at the top of the menu.

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Step 5. Click Servers

This tab is in the top right corner of the screen.

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Step 6. Click Add Server

This is at the top of the page. A pop-up screen will appear.

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Step 7. Create a name for the server

Click on the 'Server name' field and type in the name you want to use for your server.

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Step 8. Enter the IP address of the server

Click the 'Server Address' field and type in the address for the server.

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Step 9. Enter the port number of the server

Click on the 'Port' field and type in the port number of the server.

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Step 10. Click on Save

It's in the bottom right corner of the screen. By doing this you add the server to your servers-page.

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Step 11. Connect to the server

Once the server appears on your 'Servers' page, you can connect to it by clicking on its name and waiting for the server to load.

  • You must be connected to the WiFi to connect to the server.
  • If a message appears that says "You must authenticate to Xbox Live," your selected server's host has not updated it to current hosting terms.

Method 4 of 4: On Xbox One

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Step 1. Understand which servers you can connect to

While you can't connect to servers in the same way you can through your desktop or mobile, you can connect to pre-selected popular Minecraft servers.

If you have a friend who controls a world, you can connect to their world via an invite

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Step 2. Open Minecraft Bedrock Edition

To do this, select Minecraft on the My games & apps-page.

  • You cannot connect to a server without an invitation to the standard Minecraft Xbox One edition.
  • Unfortunately, at the time of writing, PlayStation 4 does not support the Bedrock edition yet. (September 2018).
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Step #3. Select Play

This is in the center of the screen.

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Step 4. Select the Servers tab

Click twice to do this RB. This will bring up a list of available servers.

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Step 5. Select a server

Scroll down, highlight a server, then click a. This is how you connect to a server.

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Step 6. Connect to a world

If you've been invited by a friend to connect with their world, here's how you can do it:

  • Select Play in the main menu.
  • Select the tab friends.
  • Select Connect with world.
  • Enter the world invite code.
  • Select Make a connection.

Tips

Using the Bedrock edition, players across Windows 10, Xbox Ones, iPhones, and Androids can all play on the same servers

Warnings

  • It is not possible to connect to a server via the IP address on the Xbox One.
  • There are currently no plans to make the Bedrock Edition available for the PlayStation 4.

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