How to play Minecraft online for free: After your friends told you about their adventures on Minecraft, in the end you too convinced yourself to try this famous video game, but you don’t know where to start. You don’t know if it’s possible to play Minecraft for free and if there is an online multiplayer mode that you can try without subscribing. Well, if these are your doubts, I have all the answers you are looking for.
In today’s guide, in fact, I will show you how to play Minecraft online for free , using the multiplayer modes available. I will explain, first of all, what Minecraft is and how to buy it, so you can then access the free features to play online. In this regard, I will tell you about the free Server mode and the Realms mode, by subscription but with a free 30-day trial that you can test freely. Finally, I will tell you about another version of Minecraft, accessible from a web browser, which allows you to play Minecraft for free, even online.
This introduction of mine intrigued you, did I guess? In this case, all you have to do is sit comfortably and consult all the tips I am about to give you in this guide. I am sure that, at the end of the reading, you will have all the information you need to play Minecraft online for free. Are you ready to start? Very well! All that remains for me is to wish you a good read and, above all, good fun.
Before starting to talk to you about the different online game modes present on Minecraft , it is important to warn you that, to use them, you must first have purchased this video game. Although a 100-minute free trial of Minecraft is available , you can only test a single-player demo version through it.
This evaluation version is useful simply to understand if Minecraft is the game for you and if it runs correctly on your device. If you want to know more about this topic, I recommend you read my guide on how to download Minecraft for free .
That said, to play Minecraft online, you must first purchase a user license. You can do this directly from the official website , to purchase the Java Edition on a PC, or from the Microsoft Store of Windows 10, for the Windows 10 Edition version . If you play console, you can contact the respective virtual stores, or for Android and iOS smartphones , you can buy the dedicated app.
If you want more information on the different versions of Minecraft, on the prices and on how to buy and install this famous video game, I recommend you read my guide on how to play Minecraft .
Play Minecraft servers online for free
The first mode I want to tell you about is the Server mode , accessible via the Multiplayer button , present on the Minecraft home screen . Minecraft servers are managed by third parties and generally allow access to personalized worlds and with minigames that can be played together with other users.
If you are wondering how to access one of these servers, I can advise you to consult my guide dedicated to the topic: inside, you will find many useful tips and a list of Web portals that collect the servers to connect to.
Once you have identified what to access, start Minecraft and press the Multiplayer button , to access the online section of this video game. In the screen that is shown to you, press the Direct access key , to immediately access a server, or Add server , to save the data and access it at any time, without having to type them from time to time.
In the first case, you will be shown a text box, through which you have to type the server address . The format to be used is numeric, for example 220.127.116.11, or with alphanumeric characters, with strings similar to those used for the URLs of Internet sites. After typing it, press the Enter server button to access it instantly.
In the second case, however, to save a server in the list of favorites, press the Add server button and type in the name and address of the server. After doing this, press on Done to save the data. Now, to access a server, in the Multiplayer screen , double-click on its name that you have attributed to it and you’re done!
Usually, when you log in to a Minecraft server, you are asked to register an account, by entering a password of your imagination. This operation is possible through the command / register [password] [confirm password] (eg / register foo foo to use foo as password) in the Minecraft chat. After the registration has been successful, to authenticate yourself on the server, in the chat type the command / login [chosen password] (eg / login foo ).
Some Minecraft servers, on the other hand, require access through registration, always free of charge, to a reference forum, through which an admin will enable you and, therefore, access the server.
If, on the other hand, you want to create a server of your own, to be hosted on your PC, what I recommend is to consult this guide of mine : you will find various information and instructions on how to download the Minecraft server software to create your own server to be made available to access to all your friends.
Play Minecraft Realms online for free
If you don’t want to access someone else’s Minecraft server, you can think of creating your own. In the previous chapter , I mentioned this possibility to you by hosting one personally on your PC. This procedure, however, is complex and requires that the computer is always logged in, to ensure that other users can access it even when you are not online.
To bypass all these obstacles, I advise you to rely on Minecraft Realms . It is a subscription service of Minecraft that allows you to have, for at least a month, a server through which you can play together with your friends.
In fact, you must know that Minecraft Realms is a service that provides dedicated servers that can host two additional friends or ten others, depending on the plan chosen, guaranteeing the fact that only the people you invite will be able to access the server and be safe. , therefore, that there are no accesses by strangers.
I bet you’re wondering why I’m talking about this paid service in a guide on Minecraft’s free online services, am I right? Although Minecraft Realms is a subscription service, with a cost starting from 3.99 euro / month , for the Bedrock Edition , or 7.19 euro / month , for the Java Edition , it is possible to try it for free.
Those who own Minecraft and have never tried Realms can activate a period of free trial the duration of 30 days, with a server that can accommodate up to ten other users. In any case, at the end of the trial period, if you decide to continue holding this service by subscription, only you will be asked to pay for the subscription, while the friends you have invited will be able to continue to access it for free.
When you invite a friend, though, keep in mind that if you purchased Realms for the Bedrock edition, you will not be able to add users from Java and vice versa. In addition, you will also be happy to know that the Java version supports the mods, while for the Bedrock version, compatibility with the additional digital contents present in the marketplace of this video game is guaranteed.
In case you want to terminate your subscription, know that you will not lose anything. In fact, you will have the possibility to download a backup of the game world that you can restore at any time, in case you want to reactivate the subscription in the future. Comfortable, right?
Play Minecraft Classic online
I know that it is not always possible to face an expense, albeit small, such as that for the purchase of Minecraft. Especially if you add a service like Realms which requires a monthly fee for maintaining the server online.
In this case, what I can advise you is to turn your attention to Minecraft Classic : it is an obsolete but completely free version of Minecraft, which dates back to the first releases of 2009 of this video game.
Obviously, as you can guess, we are talking about two completely different video games: Minecraft , today, is a complete video game in many aspects, with a huge world full of adventures, as well as features and tools that make the game experience very attractive , from a videogame point of view. Minecraft Classic is none of this, as it presents a very limited world with the ability to destroy and build using the 32 blocks available.
I feel, however, to suggest this solution, as an official and, above all, because it is possible to play together with other friends completely free of charge. You just need any PC web browser to start playing, without having to install any software.
All you have to do is reach the official web page and type your nickname in the relative text box. If, then, you want to invite your friends to play with you, all you have to do is press the Copy button , to copy the URL and share it with them.
When you are ready to start, you need to press the Start button and start playing Minecraft Classic . To play with you, your friends will just have to copy the URL you gave them, in the address bar of the web browser and wait for the session to load to play with you.