How to download Minecraft Premium for free

Minecraft was one of the most sensational “cases” of the contemporary videogame market. Born as an independent project by a Swedish programmer, Markus Persson, it became a world-class phenomenon until it was acquired by Microsoft in 2014 (together with the software house founded by Persson) for the record amount of 2.5 billion dollars.

I bet you’ve heard of it too. Indeed, I am convinced that you are dying to try it but, for the moment, you do not want to buy the full version of the game. Well what’s the problem? Connect to the Minecraft site and download the trial version of the video game that allows you to take advantage of all the functions of the complete one – or almost – for a period of 1 hour and 40 minutes, equal to 5 days of the game world.

The Minecraft demo is available for Windows, macOS, and Linux. All you need to use it is a free account to create on the game’s website. How you do it? Don’t worry, below you will find everything explained: how to register the account, how to download Minecraft Premium for free and how to authenticate yourself in the video game. I wish you a good read and, above all, a lot of fun!


  • Install Minecraft Premium for free on computer
    • System requirements
    • Create an account
    • Download the game
  • Play Minecraft Classic from browser on PC
  • Install Minecraft Premium for free on other devices

Install Minecraft Premium for free on computer

Minecraft Premium is a version of Minecraft, which is no longer so called, which was used to distinguish the players who had purchased this video game with those who tested it through its demo.

Now, Minecraft is available in its paid version for PC, smartphone and tablet or game console, with the ability to download an evaluation version for PC, Play Station and Xbox platforms only.

In the next chapters, I will show you how to download Minecraft for free in its trial version on PCs with WindowsmacOS and Linux operating systems. In this chapter, however, I will tell you about all the other platforms where you can download the Minecraft demo or buy its full version.

Just to make a clarification, on PC you can play Minecraft Java Edition, on WindowsmacOS and Linux, or Minecraft Windows 10 Edition, available only on Windows 10 through the Microsoft Store.

System requirements

To play Minecraft on PC, in case you want to test the version of Java Edition, you are required to be installed Java. In this regard, I suggest you read my guide dedicated to the subject. In the following lines, however, I will show you the minimum and recommended system requirements, so that Minecraft ( Java Edition and Windows 10 Edition ) can run correctly.

Minimum system requirements (Java Edition)

  • CPU: Intel Core i3-3210 3.2 GHz / AMD A8-7600 APU 3.1 GHz or equivalent.
  • RAM: 2GB.
  • Integrated video card: Intel HD Graphics 4000 (Ivy Bridge) or AMD Radeon R5 series (Kaveri line) with support for OpenGL 4.4.
  • Dedicated video card: Nvidia GeForce 400 series or AMD Radeon HD 7000 series with support for OpenGL 4.4.
  • HDD: at least 1GB of free space.
  • Operating system: Windows 7 and later, macOS 10.9 Mavericks and later, Linux (distributions starting from 2014).
  • Internet connection to download game files and play online.
  • Latest version of  Java

Recommended system requirements (Java Edition)

  • CPU: Intel Core i5-4690 3.5GHz / AMD A10-7800 APU 3.5 GHz or equivalent.
  • RAM: 4GB.
  • Video card: GeForce 700 series or AMD Radeon Rx 200 series with OpenGL 4.5 support.
  • HDD: 4GB (SSD recommended).
  • Operating system (64bit recommended): Windows 10, macOS 10.12 Sierra, Linux (distributions starting from 2014).
  • Latest version of  Java.

Minimum system requirements (Windows 10 Edition)

  • CPU: Intel i5-4690 / AMD A10-7800 or equivalent.
  • RAM: 4GB.
  • Video card: Intel HD Graphics 4000 or AMD Radeon R5.
  • Operating system: Windows 10 version 14393.0 or later.
  • Internet connection to download game files and play online.

Recommended system requirements (Windows 10 Edition)

  • CPU: Intel i7-6500U / AMD A8-6600Ko equivalent.
  • RAM: 4GB.
  • Video card: NVIDIA GeForce 940M or AMD Radeon HD 8570D.
  • Operating system: Windows 10 version 14393.0 or later.
  • Internet connection to download game files and play online.

Create an account

The first step to download the trial version of Minecraft Java Edition is to create a free account on the official website. Then reach the link I gave you and, on the home page, press the Login button, located at the top right.

At this point, click on the word Register one here, located at the bottom, and fill out the form with the requested information, in order to create a free account. Then enter your email address, a password of your choice and your date of birth.

Once this is done, put a checkmark in the box next to the wording I accept the collection of usage data and then press the Create account button to complete the operation. On your e-mail box, you will receive an email with a verification code, which you must enter in the appropriate text field that is shown on the screen. After doing this, hit the Verify button to complete the account creation.

If, at the moment, it is not your intention to buy Minecraft, you can ignore what is shown on the next screen, where you will be asked to enter your payment information to buy the full version of the game. If you want, therefore, to try Minecraft Java Edition, follow the instructions you will find in this chapter.

As for Minecraft Windows 10 Edition, you must have a Microsoft account to download the evaluation version. In this regard, I suggest you consult my guide on how to create a Microsoft account, in case you don’t have one.

Download the game

Now that you have a useful account to try Minecraft, it’s time to download this video game. As for Minecraft Java Edition, reach this link and press the Download button, to download the .exe file on Windows or .dmg on macOS.

On Windows, double-click on the file you just downloaded and, on the installation screen, click on the Next button twice in a row and then click on InstallYes and Finish to complete the operation.

On macOS, double click on the .dmg file and, in the box you see, drag the Minecraft icon to the Applications folder, in order to install the software on the Mac. Once this is done, right-click on the game icon and press on Open twice in a row. This last operation is only necessary the first time to bypass macOS restrictions that prevent the launch of non-certified third-party applications.

At this point, start Minecraft and wait for all the necessary files to be downloaded. At the end of this procedure, enter your Mojang account details and press the Play demo button to play Minecraft.

To download the trial version of Minecraft Windows 10 Edition instead, you will need to install the application from the Microsoft Store. What you have to do is to press on the icon (…) and select the item Install evaluation version, in the box that is shown to you.

After doing this, if you have not yet associated your Microsoft account with the Microsoft Store, you will be prompted to do this by typing in your credentials. This will start the download and installation of Minecraft on your Windows 10 PC. Then press the Play button to start playing.

Play Minecraft Classic from browser on PC

If your goal is to play Minecraft for free, you might want to consider trying Minecraft Classic, a version of this popular video game that can be played via any web browser on a PC.

In fact, Minecraft Classic does not require the installation of any software to be played: you just need a web browser such as Microsoft Edge on Windows 10, Safari on macOS or any other Internet browsing software, such as Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.

I warn you, however, that Minecraft Classic does not represent the current gaming experience in Minecraft. In fact, Minecraft Classic is an obsolete version that dates back to one of the first published in the distant 2009. The developer company, Mojang, has published it, in fact, as a tribute to the nostalgics who have always supported this video game.

If you are interested in this version of Minecraft, launch your web browser and go to its official webpage via this link. In the screen that is shown to you, type a nickname of your imagination in the appropriate box and click on the Start button to start playing.

In case you want to invite your friends to join your game session, before starting the game, press the Copy button, in order to copy and then share the link that will allow them to play with you.

Install Minecraft Premium for free on other devices

Minecraft is also available on other devices, such as smartphones and tablets with an Android or iOS operating system or on PlayStationXbox and Nintendo game consoles.

On all these platforms, Minecraft is available for a fee, but a trial version can only be downloaded on PlayStation and Xbox game consoles.

In case you are interested in downloading the evaluation version or buying Minecraft on these platforms, I suggest you read my guide on how to get Minecraft Premium for free.

Since no trial version is available on smartphones and tablets, in case you don’t want to buy Minecraft, my advice is to play other valid free alternatives. In this case, I recommend that you consult my guide dedicated to the subject.


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