How to Get Minecraft Realms: 14 Steps (with Pictures)

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How to Get Minecraft Realms: 14 Steps (with Pictures)
How to Get Minecraft Realms: 14 Steps (with Pictures)

Minecraft is a well-known game that lets you move and divide blocks, and it's an incredibly popular multiplayer game. Playing with friends was always a bit tricky and involved installing servers and configuring ports separately. The introduction of Minecraft Realms has simplified this process and you can now have your own private server up and running for yourself and your friends in minutes. Read on to Step 1 below to learn how to do this.


Part 1 of 3: Making your own world

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Step 1. Update your Minecraft game

Realms don't work in older versions of Minecraft, and Snapshot releases don't support this feature, so make sure you have the latest version of Minecraft to create your own server or use someone else's.

  • The button only appears in the latest, officially released version (at the time of writing, it's 1.7.10).
  • You need a legally obtained version of Minecraft to have a Minecraft Realms server.
  • Uninstall all mods and texture packs as they may cause Realms to malfunction.
  • Minecraft Realms is currently only available on PC, but there will be a version for the Pocket Edition in the near future.
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Step 2. Click on Minecraft Realms

Once you click on Minecraft Realms you will see the network window, similar to Multiplayer.

  • You will see the More Info button, which after clicking shows a browser that will take you to the Minecraft website.
  • The Configure button is for adjusting the settings in your game.
  • Eventually you'll get to the Play button.
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Step #3. Sign in to Mojang

In order to create your own Realm you will need to register first. Depending on your type of subscription, you will have more or less time for renting a server.

  • An existing subscription can be refreshed via an in-game link that can be found on the Minecraft Realm page, by clicking More Info. This will take you to the Mojang account page, where you can choose to renew your account.
  • Anyone wishing to purchase a particular Realm will have to migrate their account to the umbrella Mojang account.
  • Subscriptions are available in blocks of 1, 3 and 6 months. The price per month starts at $13, but this applies to longer-term plans.
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Step 4. Create a Realm

After registration you will be given the option to create a Realm. Click Create Realm, give your Realm a name and description, set the difficulty and you're ready to play on the server.

  • Once you see the list of Realms, you can go ahead and double click on it to play.
  • Compared to Hamachi or Port Forwarding, Realms stay online 24/7 whether the host is playing on the server or not.
  • Realms are only accessible to people who have your permission to do so. You can invite up to 20 people to your Realm, and 10 can play at the same time.

Part 2 of 3: Configuring the server and inviting players

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Step 1. Click Configure Realm

If you want to change settings, make backups, reset the Realm, or invite players to your world, go to Configure Realm.

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Step 2. Click Edit Settings

Here you can change the name, description and difficulty of your Realm, in addition to changing the game mode.

When you're done, click Done and your changes will be saved

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Step 3. Click Invite or Uninvite

This will create a "whitelist" of players for your Realm, giving them access. To invite a friend, click Invite and type in the username.

You can select a player's name and click Uninvite to remove it from the whitelist, which will block access to your Realm for this player

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Step 4. Access your backups

The Backups button gives an overview of all backups of your Realm. The Minecraft Realm service regularly backs up your game, possibly allowing you to restore a previous state of your world should something go wrong.

You can replace the Realm with a previous backup, or download the latest backup directly to your computer

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Step 5. Resetting your Realm

If you want to restart your Realm and delete everything that was created, click Reset Realm. This button will reset the world so you can start over. You can return to a previous world that is in the backup list; the change is in any case permanent.

With this setting you have the option of specifying a particular seed, or choosing from a list of existing cards you want to play with

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Step 6. Manage your subscription

Click on Subscription. This button gives an overview of the time you can still use your Realm, next to a link to renew your subscription.

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Step 7. Exit the Realm

Click on Close Realm. This will make the Realm inaccessible to anyone but yourself. Whether this is permanent remains to be seen, so you'd better leave this button alone.

Part 3 of 3: Joining someone else's Realm

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Step 1. Update your Minecraft

As mentioned before, you need the latest official version of Minecraft, otherwise there is no button to choose the Minecraft Realm.

Also remove any resource packs

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Step 2. Click on Minecraft Realms

After updating your game, click on Minecraft Realms. Make sure you're invited to the Realm you want to join. If so, you will see an invite icon in the top part of your screen, next to the Minecraft Realme name.

  • Click on the invitation, select the server name and press Accept.
  • The Realm will appear on your list after clicking Accept, and you can start playing.
  • Choosing Reject will remove your name from the whitelist. From now on you will no longer have access to the owner of the Realm inviting you again.
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Step #3. Click Play or Leave

With the name of the Realm in your list, select it and double click on it or choose Play to join.

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