How to play LAN on Minecraft: You are playing often Minecraft, the well-known sandbox title developed by Mojang, and the game is particularly involving you, between online and offline worlds. You have heard that there is also the possibility of inviting friends to your home and playing all of Minecraft in the same world. However, you have not been able to understand how you can activate this possibility, since information is scarce in this regard. Well, I’d say you’ve come to the right place!
In fact, in today’s guide I will illustrate you in detail how to play LAN on Minecraft. In case you were wondering, I will focus in particular on the PC and mobile version of the Mojang title, since laptops or smartphones / tablets are usually used for LAN games (friends must physically bring their device). However, there will also be a way to talk about the console edition, since you may have special needs.
Courage: why are you still standing still in front of the screen? Are you going to learn how to use Minecraft’s LAN functionality? From what I see, yes, since you have come this far and you seem particularly motivated in wanting to achieve your goal. I understand your haste: Mojang’s title is a lot of fun in the company and you can’t wait to play with your friends. Come on then, just take some free time and follow the quick directions below. Having said that, there is nothing else for me to do, except to wish you happy reading and enjoy!
Before going into detail about the procedure on how to play LAN on Minecraft, I think you might be interested in learning more about this possibility.
Well, you need to know that LAN is an acronym for Local Area Network and indicate yours local network. This means that we are not talking about an online functionality, but simply the possibility of playing together with the use of multiple devices connected to the same network. This can be done through Wifi or using a cable Ethernet. For all the details of the case, I invite you to consult my tutorials on how to connect to Wi-Fi is how to create a home network.
Put simply, this is a feature that requires all participants to be in the same physical place and that everyone has their own device and their own Mojang account. If you don’t have the latter available, I recommend you consult my guide on how to create an account for Minecraft.
In any case, LAN mode is usually used in fairs or when meeting among Minecraft enthusiasts. For example, you could think of inviting your friends who play the title of Mojang to your home, providing them with the access key to your Wi-Fi, so that they can connect through the their laptop, and create a open world in LAN in which to play all together.
My advice is to use one WIFI network and to use all the same platform (e.g. all on PC or all on smartphone) and the same version of the game (e.g. all with Java Edition 1.12.2 or all with the latest Bedrock update), so that there are no particular problems.
In general, if you all have the edition Bedrock, i.e. the one available for Windows 10, mobile devices and consoles, there should also be no problems playing games from different platforms, but in this case there are multiple variables involved and therefore I cannot give you more precise indications.
How to play LAN on Minecraft without Hamachi
After explaining in detail what the LAN mode of Mojang’s title consists of, I would say that you are ready to take action and play with your friends. For this first chapter, I will only consider the official method for the Java version of Minecraft for computers, without using third-party programs or services, for example Hamachi.
As I explained to you in a previous tutorial, Hamachi is one VPN (Virtual Private Network) used to create servers for Minecraft (and much more) and play online using a mode that is often incorrectly called “LAN”. If you want to simply play on LAN, I would say avoid tools like that (which are not always easy to use) and take advantage of Minecraft’s native function for local multiplayer play.
To proceed, once all the PCs are connected to the same network, the landlord (or any other player) must open Minecraft, press on the button Single player and start a world any. After that, once in the game, all you have to do is press the button Esc keyboard and press first on Open to LAN and then on Start the world on LAN.
Perfect, now other players have to start Minecraft, press the button Multiplayer, wait for the system to search for available games and press first on LAN world and then on Enter the server. Perfect, now you can safely play on LAN all in the same world.
I also remind you that, in case you want to play in other ways with your friends instead, there are some official modalities very good, since split screen (shared screen, locally) at online functionality. For all the details of the case regarding these possibilities, I invite you to consult my tutorial on how to play two on Minecraft.
How to play LAN on Minecraft PE and consoles
How do you say? Do you usually play Minecraft via smartphone / tablet / console or do you have the Bedrock version of the Mojang title and would you like to use the LAN functionality? No problem, I’ll explain how to do it right away.
Well, you must know that all these platforms have an almost identical procedure for playing on LAN. In fact, all you have to do is start Minecraft, press the button Plays and create a new world, or press on thepencil icon present alongside an already existing world.
After that, go to the card Multiplayer present on the left and move up ON the option Visible to LAN players. Of course, the option too Multiplayer game should be set to ON. If you don’t want someone to enter through the online features, I also recommend changing the option Microsoft account settings by selecting the item Invitation only.
Perfect, now the other players have to start Minecraft, press on the button Plays, go to the tab Friends and press on LAN world which was previously created. Always remember that you must all be connected to same network in order to find the game.
Excellent, now you have all the necessary information to play LAN in Minecraft. Since you are interested in the title of Mojang, I also recommend you take a look at the page of my site dedicated to Minecraft, where you can find several tutorials that you may find interesting.