You are often playing 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 show you in detail how to play LAN on Minecraft . In case you were wondering, I will focus in particular on the PC and mobile versions 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, as you may have special needs.

Courage: why are you still standing motionless 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 left for me to do, except to wish you happy reading and have fun!


Preliminary information

Before going into detail on the procedure on how to play LAN on Minecraft , I think you may be interested to know more about this possibility.

Well, you need to know that LAN stands for Local Area Network and indicates your local network . This means that we are not talking about an online functionality, but simply about the possibility of playing together with the use of multiple devices connected to the same network . This can be done via Wi-Fi or by using an Ethernet cable . For all the details of the case, I invite you to consult my tutorials on how to connect to Wi-Fi and how to create a home network .

Put simply, this is a feature that requires that all participants be in the same physical location and that everyone has their own device and Mojang account . If you don’t have the latter available, I suggest 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. You could, for example, think of inviting your friends who play the title of Mojang to your home, providing them with the access key of your Wi-Fi, so that they can connect through their laptop , and create an open world LAN to play all together.

My advice is to use a Wi-Fi 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 the Java Edition 1.12.2 or all with the latest update of Bedrock), so that there are no particular problems.

Generally speaking, if you all have the Bedrock edition , i.e. the one available for Windows 10, mobile devices and consoles, there should also be no problems playing 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 the Mojang 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, such as Hamachi .

As I explained to you in a previous tutorial , Hamachi is a  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 to avoid such tools (which are not always easy to use) and take advantage of the native Minecraft function for local multiplayer gaming.

To proceed, once all the PCs are connected to the same network, the landlord (or any other player) must open Minecraft , press the Single Player button  and start any world . Then, once in the game, all you have to do is press the Esc button on the keyboard and press first on Open to LAN and then on Start the world on LAN .

Perfect, now the other players must start Minecraft , press the Multiplayer button , wait for the system to search for the available games and press first on Mondo LAN and then on Enter the server . Perfect, now you can play safely on LAN all in the same world.

I also remind you that, in case you want to play in other ways with your friends, there are very valid official modes , from the split screen (shared screen, locally) to online features . For all the details of the case regarding these possibilities, I invite you to consult my tutorial on how to play in 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 Play button  and create a new world , or press on the pencil icon next to an already existing world.

After that, go to the Multiplayer tab  on the left and turn ON the option Visible to LAN players . Of course, the Multiplayer Game option  must also be set to ON . If you do not want someone to enter through the online features, I also advise you to change the Microsoft Account Settings option by selecting the Invite only item .

Perfect, now the other players have to start Minecraft , press the Play button , move to the Friends tab and press on the LAN world that was previously created. Always remember that you must all be connected to the same network in order to find the game.

Excellent, you now have all the necessary information to play Minecraft on LAN. Since you are interested in the title of Mojang, I also advise you to take a look at the page of my site dedicated to Minecraft , where you can find several tutorials that you may find interesting.


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