You are a video game enthusiast and, lately, you often hear about Minecraft , a famous sandbox title in which there are many possibilities to give space to creativity, building whatever you want, within an infinite play area. Given your passion for this type of games, you are absolutely interested in it and would therefore like to know how to download Minecraft on your phone .
How do you say? Are things exactly like this? In this case, you should know that Minecraft is a paid video game: once there was a free demo ( Minecraft Poket Edition Demo ) but, unfortunately, it has been officially removed from the Android Play Store and the iOS App Store. Mojang also decided to remove the old APK files that were used to install, via third-party websites, one of the first versions of this demo version.
That said, if your intent is to download this famous Mojang video game, carefully follow the following lines, in which I will show you in detail how to buy the game in its official version on Android and iOS. Also, I’ll tell you about some Minecraft-like games that you can download for free on your smartphone or tablet, so you get an idea of the gameplay experience offered by the “original” title. Are you ready to get started? Yup? Then sit down comfortably and pay close attention to what I am about to explain to you. I wish you a good read and, above all, a lot of fun!
- Purchase Minecraft
- Free alternatives to Minecraft
- Minetest (Android)
- The Blockheads (Android / iOS)
- Kiloblocks Lite (Android / iOS)
- Block Craft 3D (iOS)
Since, as I told you, it is not possible to download Minecraft for free on Android and iOS, if you want to get this game on your mobile device, you must make the purchase of the same.
The full name of the game is Minecraft Pocket Edition and the price is € 6.99 on Android and € 7.99 on iOS and € 6.99 for Windows 10 Mobile . The title requires the use of a device with Android 4.2 or later, iOS 8.0 or later or Windows 10 Mobile or later.
Having said that, to carry out the purchase procedure, first start the default virtual store of your device (the Play Store on Android or the App Store on iOS), by tapping on its icon which, respectively, corresponds to the symbol of a colored triangle on Android and the light blue icon with a stylized “A” in the center on iOS.
Then, on Android , use the search engine located at the top to type Minecraft and once you have identified the game card in the search results, tap on it. Now, click on the green button marked with the price and, in the next box that is shown to you, click on Continue , to add a payment method.
The options available to you to make purchases in the Android Play Store are: the debit or credit card ( Add a credit or debit card ), the PayPal account ( Add PayPal ) or the use of a gift card ( Use gift card ), such as the Google Play prepaid gift card . In some cases, such as for example on SIM Wind, it is possible to use telephone credit, by pressing on the item Use Wind invoicing .
Once you have selected the option you are interested in, enter the billing information required to confirm the payment procedure, following the instructions on the screen. After making the payment, the download of the game should take place automatically but, if this does not happen, start the installation of Minecraft by pressing the Install button and then Accept .
Then wait for the automatic download and, at the end of it, click on the Open button that is shown to you to start playing. To start the downloaded game faster, you can also press its icon, which will have been added to the home screen and / or drawer screen of your device. If you have any doubts or problems, read my guide on how to buy on Google Play .
On iOS , however, once the App Store is started , press the icon with the magnifying glass symbol which is located in the menu bar at the bottom and, in the text field at the top that is shown to you, type Minecraft , in to locate the game card.
Once this is done, click on the game icon that is listed in the search results and then tap on the blue button which is marked with the price . So if you have added a payment method to your iCloud account, complete the purchase of the game, paying via Face ID, Touch ID or typing your iCloud account password. The payment options available are credit or debit card , telephone charge (if available) and use of the PayPal account .
In case you haven’t done it yet, fix it immediately, by going to the Settings> Payment and shipping menu that you find by tapping on the name of the iCloud account )
Once the purchase has been made, the game will be automatically downloaded to your device and, at the end of this automatic procedure, you can start it by pressing the Open button . To start Minecraft faster, you can also tap the game icon, which will have been added to your device’s home screen.
In case you encounter any problems or have any doubts, read my tutorial where I explain how to make purchases on the App Store .
Have you downloaded the game and now would like to know how to take your first steps? No problem, read my tutorial on how to play Minecraft , or refer to the archive of guides written on this video game.
Free alternatives to Minecraft
If you’re not sure if you want to pay to play Minecraft , you can consider some free alternatives that match the gaming experience offered by the popular Mojang title. There are in fact several titles for Android and iOS similar to Minecraft that I recommend you try, as they are excellently made. I’ll talk about it in detail in the following lines.
Among the best free alternatives to Minecraft there is certainly Minetest : a free and open source game that incorporates many of the main mechanics of the original game. It is a very feature-packed title, as an online multiplayer game mode is also available. In addition, it supports mods and its play area is very large (around 62,000 3 blocks).
As for its availability on smartphones and tablets, it is only possible to download it on Android . It is then available on computers with wide availability, as, through its official website , it is possible to obtain a free version for Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10 , macOS 10.10 (and later versions) and Linux.
That said, if you want to download it, locate the title via the Play Store and tap the Install / Accept button to start the download and installation of the title. At the end, start Minetest by pressing the Open button or directly tap on the icon of the game that will have been added to the home screen and / or to the drawer of your device.
The Blockheads (Android / iOS)
A valid free alternative to Minecraft for Android and iPhone / iPad is The Blockheads : it is a different game than usual as it is a cross between Minecraft and Terraria , another famous sandbox open word title.
The aim of this game is to explore your surroundings, build objects and also protect yourself from enemies. What mainly characterizes The Blockheads is its horizontal scrolling graphics which, although similar to that of Minecraft, come with a 2D view.
The game is free but there are some operations that can be speeded up through in-app purchases. If you want to download it on Android, locate the game card via the Play Store and press the Install button , then start it by pressing Open or by tapping on the icon added to the home screen and / or drawer screen.
On iOS , however, (it is compatible with iOS and 8. and later), install it by searching for it through the App Store and then press the Get button . If prompted, install the game using your iCloud account’s Face ID, Touch ID or password. To start it, then click on Open or tap on its icon added to the home screen.
Kiloblocks Lite (Android / iOS)
If you love the creative mode of Minecraft, I recommend you to evaluate the game Kiloblocks Lite for Android and iOS or its paid version called Kiloblocks . The latter costs € 4.49 ( Android and iOS ) and also offers the possibility to save and load your progress.
Both titles are inspired by the creative game mode of the Mojang video game that allows you to build buildings in total freedom, without having to worry about enemies. As for its graphics sector, this game boasts excellent graphics and is also optimized to be played even on low-end mobile devices.
To download the game on Android or iOS, you must proceed as I have indicated for the previous video games: On Android , therefore, start the Play Store , locate the preview card of this title and first tap on the Install button and then on Open .
On iOS , once you have found the game via the App Store (requires iOS and 8.0 or later), press the Get button and start the installation via Face ID, Touch ID or type your iCloud account password. Also in this case, to start the game, press the Open button or directly tap on its icon that will have been added to the home screen or drawer (on Android).
Block Craft 3D (iOS)
Among the most famous Minecraft clones there is Block Craft 3D : in this case, it is a free game available only for iPhone and iPad which is also inspired by the creative mode of the famous Mojang title.
The purpose of the game is to build a village and make it thrive and, while it is free, there are some paid features that can be unlocked through in-app purchases, such as the ability to fly the character.
The graphics of this title are similar to that of Minecraft, albeit a little more in cartoon style; you can also download it on older Apple devices, as it is compatible with iOS 8 and later.
After identifying it through the App Store , install it by pressing the Get button and then start the installation using the Face ID, Touch ID or type the password of your iCloud account. When finished, start it by pressing the Open button or tap directly on its icon added to the home screen.