How to Add Friends on Minecraft

Minecraft has been widely accepted as one of the most popular video games in the past decade. The single-player modes are incredibly challenging, fun, and entertaining with seemingly limitless possibilities and features. The multiplayer mode is equally popular since it gives players the ability to play with friends. They can compete with each other, craft and build worlds, as well as take part in numerous challenges. The first step to the multiplayer mode is to add friends to the server. This guide will help you understand how to add friends on Minecraft.

How to Add and Play With Friends on Minecraft

Over LAN

Just like with other popular multiplayer games, it is possible to play Minecraft with your friends over a local area connection. All the players must be connected to the same local network for this to be possible. For example, if you are at a friend’s house and are connected to the WiFi you can create a LAN world to play on.

Making a LAN World

Step 1 – Join the singe-player world on Minecraft

Step 2 – Click on the Esc key to bring up the Game Menu.

Step 3 – Select the ‘Open to LAN’ option. In the new page, select the game mode, and decide if you would like to enable cheats, and then finally click on ‘Start LAN World’.

Joining a LAN World

Step 1 – Click on the Multiplayer tab in Minecraft.

Step 2 – At the bottom of the list, there will be a message indicating that the local network is being scanned for games.

Step 3 – Under LAN World, you will see the world name, as well as the name of the host.

Step 4 – Join the server by double clicking on the LAN world on the list.

Minecraft Server

The best way to connect and play with friends is by using a Minecraft Server. It has numerous advantages. You can set the server to any specific version of Minecraft, can add numerous mods to the game, and have no limit to the number of players on your server. Playing Minecraft on a modded server is an unmatched feeling and allows you to truly enjoy the game.

Note that the server must be hosted by the players themselves or they can use free or paid hosting services. Mojang, the company that developed Minecraft, provides the software needed to host a Minecraft server. Once you have figured out hosting, you can host Minecraft worlds for your friends.

How to Join a Minecraft Java Edition Server

Step 1 – Navigate to the ‘Multiplayer’ tab on Minecraft.

Step 2 – Click on the ‘Add Server’ button towards the bottom of the screen. Enter any name for the server, and then type in the exact IP Address and port of the server. Finally, click on ‘Done’.

Step 3 – When you click on Done you will be taken back to the multiplayer tab, Here, you should see the server listed, and you can click on it to join and connect to the server.

How to Join a Minecraft Bedrock Edition Server

Step 1 – Click on ‘Play’ on the Minecraft menu.

Step 2 – Choose the ‘Servers’ tab, and then select ‘Add Server’. Fill in any server name that you will remember, and then add the IP address without the port into the ‘Server Address’. Next, type in the server port into the slot for ‘Port’.

Step 3 – Click on ‘Save’. Scroll down the list, choose the server with the name you had assigned, and join it.


If you do not want to go through the hassle of hosting a server yourself, you can make use of Minecraft Realms. Note that Realms does not allow plugins and mods to be used, and also limits the number of players who can join the server to 10. The main advantage of Realms is that the host does not need to be present all the time for other players to join.

If you are running a Realms server, you must invite players for them to be able to join the game. Click on the ‘Edit’ button to the right of the Realm in them menu, and select Members. Here you will see a list of all your friends who you have invited, as well as the names of other friends who you can invite. Note that although you can send a limitless number of invitations, only up to 10 players can join your game simultaneously.

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