How to update Minecraft: Browsing the Internet, did you discover that a new version of Minecraft came out a few weeks ago but it has not yet been installed on your PC? Would you like to force the reinstallation of the latest version of Minecraft but you don’t know how to do it? Can’t find the option to start the game update in the Minecraft launcher? Don’t worry, if you want I can help you find out how to do it.
All you have to do is give me five minutes of your time – no more, I promise – and follow the directions I’m about to give you. In no time you will find out how to update Minecraft on your computer and how to check if the one currently installed on your PC is the latest version of the game or not.
How do you say? Do you also use Minecraft on your smartphone or tablet and would you like a hand to update it on that device? No problem, just ask. In the second part of the tutorial I will also deal with Minecraft Pocket Edition for smartphones and tablets… but now let’s focus on the PC version of the game and find out together how to solve all the problems related to its update. It will be much easier than you imagine, I can assure you!
Update Minecraft on computer
As you surely already know, Minecraft has an automatic update function that checks for updates every time the game is started and, if necessary, downloads them. If an older version of the game is running on your PC, something is preventing this function from doing its job. Thing? Let’s try to find out together.
If you are unable to update Minecraft it is because, most likely, the right parameters are not set in the game launcher. To better understand what I am referring to, start Minecraft through its icon on the desktop, type your username (if required) and click on Play.
Then wait for the game launcher to appear, expand the Version drop-down menu at the bottom left and set the Use latest version option in the latter: any other option will “fossilize” Minecraft on a single version and not will allow you to use the latest game updates. But be careful, it’s not over yet.
To make sure that the latest version of Minecraft is automatically downloaded, click on the Edit profile button located next to the Version drop-down menu. In the window that opens, then set the Use latest version option in the Use version drop-down menu, click on the Save profile button and start Minecraft by clicking on Play.
Once you have started the game, to verify that its latest version is in use, check the version number at the bottom left (eg Minecraft 1.8.9 ). Then connect to this web page (the unofficial Minecraft Wiki) and check that the number corresponds to the latest version of Minecraft released by the developers.
Have you already downloaded the latest version of Minecraft but want to re-download it after trying unsuccessfully to apply a mod? There are no problems. Close Minecraft, go to the folder where the versions of the game downloaded on the PC are hosted ( C:\Users\[tuo nome]\AppData\Roaming\.minecraft\versions on Windows and ~/Library/Application Support/minecraft/Mac OS X) and delete the folder relating to the version of Minecraft you want to re-download (e.g. 1.8.9 for version 1.8.9 of the game).
To reach the folder C:\Users\[tuo nome]\AppData\Roaming\.minecraft\versions on Windows just open a Windows Explorer window, type the path in the address bar and press the Enter key on the PC keyboard. To reach the folder ~/Library/Application Support/minecraft/on Mac, right-click on the Finder icon, select Go to folder… from the menu that appears, type the path to the folder in the window that opens and press the Enter key on the computer keyboard.
At this point, start Minecraft again, choose the version of the game you want to re-download from the Version drop-down menu and the launcher should automatically start the download. But I recommend, before deleting a version of Minecraft from your PC, make a safety backup of the folder that contains it and of the other game data.
Update Minecraft on smartphones and tablets
Would you like a hand to update Minecraft Pocket Edition on your smartphone or tablet? No problem, this is really a no-brainer.
If you are using an Android device, open the Google Play Store (the white bag icon with the “play” symbol in the center that is on the screen with the list of all the apps installed on the terminal), press the hamburger icon placed at the top left and select the item My apps and games from the bar that appears on the side.
Then, locate the Minecraft Pocket Edition icon, select it and “tap” first on the Update button and then on the Accept button (in the screen that opens) to start downloading the latest version of the game.
To activate the search and automatic installation of updates for all the apps installed on your smartphone/tablet (which in any case should be active by default), open the Google Play Store , press the hamburger icon at the top left and select the Settings item from the left sidebar. Then go to Automatic app update and put the check mark on the item Automatic app update only via Wi-Fi . For more information on this feature, check out my tutorial on how to update Android apps.
Do you own an iPhone? In this case, to update Minecraft, you need to open the App Store (the “A” icon on a blue background) located on the device’s home screen. Then you have to select the Updates tab located at the bottom right and you have to press the Update button located next to the Minecraft Pocket Edition icon.
To activate the automatic update of the apps (which in any case should be active by default), instead go to the Settings menu > iTunes Store and App Store of iOS and move the lever for Updates to ON.
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