September 18, 2015 2:12 pm

How to play multiplayer Minecraft: Pocket Edition

Playing Minecraft: Pocket Edition alone is plenty fun, but add some friends to your screen and it’s even better. Here’s how.

Before you try to multi-play, download the game’s latest version (0.12.1) so you and your friends have the latest up-to-date features; the game costs $6.99 USD.

Playing Minecraft: Pocket Edition locally

Playing locally means that you and your friends (up to five players) can play within the same world–but only when you’re all connected to the same Wi-Fi connection. Within your game settings, toggle the “Local Server Multiplayer” switch to on.

First, decide whose world you want to play in and load up that game on that person’s device. This device will now be the host.

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For your friends to join, they must tap “play” and select the new world (highlighted in blue) that’s appeared at the top of their list.

That’s it; they’re in! Get ready to dig, create, explore, or run around chasing creepers–whatever you’re into.

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Connect to Minecraft: Pocket Edition gaming servers

If you want to play with more players who are not on the same Wi-Fi connection, you might want to consider using servers.

Servers are—more often than not—permanently online worlds that players from around the globe have created and who have graciously opened to other players.

Most of these servers require registration while few are open to all. To find a server, try MinecraftPocket-Servers or Minecraft Pocket Edition Servers and browse for a world that you’d like to join.

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The server details will contain an address and a port number, which you’ll need to fill in within Minecraft: Pocket Edition on your Lumia. To do that, press:

  • Play
  • New
  • Add external server (top right, represented by a plus symbol and an arrow)
  • And enter a name–can be any name
  • Enter the address
  • Enter port number
  • Tap Add server

Head back into your games list and you should see that the server has been added and ready for you to play.

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Now all that’s left is for you to enjoy the game!

Are you playing Minecraft: Pocket Edition multiplayer on your Lumia? Are you playing locally or within a server? Let us know below.