After your friends told you about their Minecraft adventures, you finally convinced yourself to try this famous video game, but you don’t know where to start. You don’t know if it’s possible to play Minecraft for free and if there is an online multiplayer mode that you can try without subscribing. Well, if these are your doubts, I have all the answers you are looking for.
In today’s guide, in fact, I will show you how to play Minecraft online for free, using the multiplayer modes available. I’ll first explain what Minecraft is and how to buy it, so you can then access the free features to play online. In this regard, I will tell you about the free Server mode and the Realms mode, by subscription but with a free 30-day trial that you can test in full freedom. Finally, I’ll tell you about another version of Minecraft, usable from a web browser, which allows you to play Minecraft for free, even online.
This introduction of mine intrigued you, I guessed it? In this case, all you have to do is sit comfortably and consult all the advice I am about to give you in this guide of mine. I’m sure by the end of reading you’ll have all the information you need to play Minecraft online for free. Are you ready to get started? Very well! All that remains for me is to wish you a good read and, above all, good fun.
- Purchase Minecraft
- Play Minecraft servers online for free
- Play Minecraft Realms online for free
- Play Minecraft Classic online for free
Before starting to talk to you about the different online game modes present in Minecraft, it is important to warn you that, to use them, you must first have purchased this video game. Although a free trial of Minecraft is available, lasting 100 minutes, it is only possible to test a single-player demo version through it.
This evaluation version is useful simply to understand if Minecraft is the game for you and if it runs correctly on your device. If you want to know more about this topic, I suggest you read my guide on how to download Minecraft for free.
That said, to play Minecraft online, you must first purchase a license to use it. You can do this directly from the official website, to purchase the Java Edition on PC, or from the Windows 10 Microsoft Store, for the Windows 10 Edition version. If you play from console, you can go to the respective virtual stores, or for Android and iOS smartphones, you can buy the dedicated app.
If you want to know more about the different versions of Minecraft, the prices and how to buy and install this famous video game, I suggest you read my guide on how to play Minecraft.
Play Minecraft servers online for free
The first mode I want to talk to you about is the Server mode, accessible via the Multiplayer button, present on the Minecraft home screen. The servers in Minecraft are managed by third parties and allow, in general, to access customized worlds and with minigames that can be played together with other users.
If you are wondering how to access one of these servers, I can advise you to consult my guide dedicated to the subject: inside, you will find many useful tips and a list of web portals that collect the servers to connect to.
After you have identified the one to access, start Minecraft and press the Multiplayer button to access the online section of this video game. In the screen that is shown to you, press the Direct access key, to immediately access a server, or Add server, to save its data and access it at any time, without having to type them from time to time.
In the first case, you will be shown a text box, through which you have to type the server address. The format to be used is numeric, for example 188.8.131.52, or with alphanumeric characters, with strings similar to those used for Internet site URLs. After typing it, press the Enter server button to access it instantly.
In the second case, instead, to save a server in the favorites list, click on the Add server button and type the name and address of the server. After carrying out this operation, click on Done to save the data. Now, to access a server, in the Multiplayer screen, double-click on its name you gave it and that’s it!
Usually, when you log into a Minecraft server, you are asked to register for an account, by entering a password of your choice. This operation is possible via the command/register [password] [confirm password] (eg / register foo to use foo as a password) in the Minecraft chat. After the registration has been successful, to authenticate yourself on the server, in the chat type the command/login [chosen password] (eg / login foo ).
Some Minecraft servers, on the other hand, require access through registration, always free, to a reference forum, through which an admin will enable you and, therefore, access the server.
If, on the other hand, you want to create your own server, to host on your PC, what I recommend is to consult this guide of mine: you will find various information and instructions on how to download the Minecraft server software to create your own server to be made available access to all your friends.
Play Minecraft Realms online for free
If you don’t want to access someone else’s Minecraft server, you can think about creating your own. In the previous chapter, I mentioned this possibility by hosting one personally on your PC. This procedure, however, is complex and requires that the computer is always on, to ensure that other users can access it even when you are not online.
To bypass all these obstacles, then I recommend that you rely on Minecraft Realms. It is a Minecraft subscription service that allows you to have, for at least a month, a server through which you can play with your friends.
In fact, you must know that Minecraft Realms is a service that provides dedicated servers that can host two additional friends or ten others, depending on the plan chosen, guaranteeing the fact that only the people you invite will be able to access the server and be safe. , therefore, that there is no access by strangers.
I bet you’re wondering why I’m telling you about this paid service in a guide to free Minecraft online services, right? Although Minecraft Realms is a subscription service, with a cost starting from 3.99 euros/month, for the Bedrock Edition, or 7.19 euros/month, for the Java Edition, you can try it for free.
Those who own Minecraft and have never tried Realms can activate a period of free trial the duration of 30 days, with a server that can accommodate up to ten other users. In any case, at the end of the trial period, if you decide to continue to keep this subscription service, only you will be asked to pay the subscription, while the friends you have invited will be able to continue to access it for free.
When inviting a friend, however, keep in mind that if you’ve purchased Realms for the Bedrock edition, you won’t be able to add users from Java and vice versa. In addition, you will also be happy to know that the Java version supports mods, while the Bedrock version is guaranteed to be compatible with the additional digital content present in the marketplace of this video game.
In case you want to terminate your subscription, know that you will not lose anything. In fact, you will have the possibility to download a backup of the game world that you can restore at any time, in case you want to reactivate your subscription in the future. Convenient, right?
Play Minecraft Classic online
I know well that it is not always possible to face an expense, albeit small, like that for the purchase of Minecraft. Especially if you add a service like Realms that requires a monthly fee for maintaining the server online.
In this case, what I can advise you is to turn your attention to Minecraft Classic: it is an obsolete but completely free version of Minecraft, which dates back to the first 2009 releases of this video game.
Obviously, as you can well guess, we are talking about two completely different video games: Minecraft, today, is a complete video game in many aspects, with a huge world full of adventures, as well as features and tools that make the gaming experience very attractive. , from the gaming point of view. Minecraft Classic is none of that, as it features a very limited world with the ability to destroy and build using the 32 available blocks.
However, I would like to suggest this solution, as it is official and, above all, because it is possible to play together with other friends completely free. You just need any PC web browser to start playing, without installing any software.
What you need to do is go to the official webpage and type your nickname in the relevant text box. If, then, you want to invite your friends to play with you, all you have to do is press the Copy button to copy the URL and share it with them.
When you are ready to start, you need to press the Start button and start playing Minecraft Classic. Your friends, to play with you, all they have to do is copy the URL you gave them, in the address bar of the web browser and wait for the session to load to play with you.