How to play Minecraft online: Minecraft is a very original game, in which each player can unleash his imagination and create personalized worlds. One of its popularity factors is the ability to play online with other players, thus making the adventure more interesting and varied.
By the way, do you know how to play Minecraft online ? No? Don’t worry, let’s fix it immediately, thanks to the information you’ll find in my guide. First, I’ll give you a brief introduction to Minecraft, in case you haven’t tried it already. Next, I will tell you about the online features of this video game both free and paid. In addition, I will tell you about a version of Minecraft for web browsers that will allow you to play with your friends completely free of charge.
I bet you can’t wait to start reading the advice you will find in the next chapters, am I right? In this case, start the game immediately and follow the instructions I’m about to give you, to start having fun with users from all over Italy and all over the world. It’s very simple, I assure you. All I can do is wish you a good read and, above all, have a good time.
If you intend to play Minecraft online , the essential requirement is that you are in possession of the game. Regardless of whether you want to play online on Minecraft servers or Minecraft Realms, which I will tell you about in the next chapters, it is essential that you have purchased this famous video game.
The cost of Minecraft depends on the platform you want to play on: Minecraft Java Edition for Windows, macOS and Linux has a cost of 23.95 euros , while Minecraft Windows 10 Edition costs 26.99 euros . For Android and iOS smartphones and tablets, the cost of the Minecraft app is € 6.99 and € 7.99 respectively . On Xbox One and Nintendo Switch, however, Minecraft costs respectively € 19.99 and € 29.99 .
Although a free trial version for Minecraft is available, it only allows you to play a demo mode in singleplayer. In case you are not in possession of Minecraft and would like to buy it, I recommend you read my guide on how to play Minecraft .
Play online at Minecraft servers
If you want to know how to play Minecraft online , you first need a multiplayer server to play with other people on. There are many, even made up of only Italian players. Just do a search on Google using the terms minecraft server to find many.
In case, however, you want to do a quick search, maybe having a list of servers you can draw on, I suggest you read my guide dedicated to the topic: you will find various information related to some web portals that offer a database of servers for Minecraft.
When you have found the server that most arouses your interest, start Minecraft and press the Multiplayer button , which is located in the main menu of the game. At this point, you are offered two possible access methods: connect immediately to the server to play or add the server to the list of Minecraft’s favorite servers, so that you don’t have to type in its address every time.
In the first case, you must click on the Direct access button and type the server address in the appropriate text field. The format of the addresses may vary: they can only be numeric (e.g. 18.104.22.168 ) or text strings similar to the addresses of Internet sites. After that, press the Enter server button to start playing.
If, on the other hand, you want to add the server to the list of Minecraft favorite servers, you must click on the Add server button . At this point, in the screen that is shown to you, all you have to do is enter a name to the server of your imagination, in order to recognize it and locate it from the list of favorites, and the address of the server . To complete this, click on Done .
All servers added to the favorites list are saved and displayed on the Multiplayer screen , every time Minecraft is started. To access it, all you have to do is double-click on them. Easy, isn’t it?
Once you are logged in to a server, to play Minecraft online, you may need to register your account on the server, creating a password of your imagination for recognition in the game. To do this, type / register [password] [confirm password] (eg / register foo foo to use foo as password) in the Minecraft chat. After registration, on subsequent accesses to the server you will need to identify yourself by typing / login [chosen password] (eg / login foo ) in the game chat.
In other cases, Minecraft multiplayer servers are not open to everyone but operate on white lists . This means that to enter it you must be authorized by one of the network operators. Usually, this procedure is done by registering with a forum that refers to the Minecraft server and is completely free.
In case, however, you want to create a personal server on your PC, to play with your friends, you can do this through the server software distributed free of charge by Mojang, the developer company of Minecraft. The operation can be complex, if you don’t know much about technology, but in this my guide you will find all the information you need.
Playing Minecraft Realms online
Minecraft Realms is a subscription service offered by the Mojang company that allows you to use dedicated servers managed by the owner and accessible by those who are invited by him.
As with the Minecraft servers, which I told you about in the previous chapter , the world on Realms is always online and accessible. Furthermore, since access to the server is not free, only the users to whom you have sent the invitation will be able to access it. The latter will have free access, as the only one who will be required to pay for this service is the owner.
The price of the subscriptions is variable, based on the number of friends you want to invite and the version of Minecraft you have. If you have Minecraft Bedrock Edition , for Android / iOS, Windows 10, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch devices, prices start from € 3.99 / month for a server with access for two other friends or € 7.99 / month for one that hosts up to ten friends .
As regards, however, Minecraft Java Edition for Windows, macOS and Linux, only a type of dedicated server is available, which can host up to ten friends , with prices starting from 8.99 euros / month . By choosing the formula with automatic renewal, the price drops to 7.19 euros / month . All of these packages come with a free 30-day trial version .
I warn you that, due to the incompatibility between the Bedrock and Java editions, by purchasing Minecraft Realms on one edition, you will be allowed to invite friends of that same edition. That said, if you buy Minecraft Realms for the Bedrock edition, you won’t be able to invite friends who play on the Java one and vice versa.
An interesting feature of Minecraft Realms is that it supports the mods in the Java edition, while in the Bedrock version, compatibility with all the add-ons and digital contents present in the Minecraft marketplace is guaranteed.
Play Minecraft Classic online
Since both Server and Realms modes require Minecraft ownership, if you don’t have the opportunity to spend this amount and are looking for a free solution, I can recommend Minecraft Classic .
This version of Minecraft can be used for free directly from any PC web browser and represents one of the first releases (that of 2009) of this video game. This means that the game experience does not represent that of the most recent editions, but shares its spirit: it is possible, in fact, to destroy and build the limited game map using the 32 blocks available. With support for WebRTC technology from web browsers, you can invite up to nine friends to your game session, so you can have fun together.
If you are interested in Minecraft Classic , what you need to do is reach its official web page and type, in the appropriate text field, a nickname of your imagination. After that, if you want to invite your friends to your game session, press the Copy button , to copy the URL and share it with them.
At this point, all you have to do is press the Start button to start playing Minecraft Classic . Easy, isn’t it?