How to Play Minecraft for Free (2023)

Minecraft is far from being the most expensive game on the market. However, 20 bucks is 20 bucks, especially for new players who may want to try out the game before purchasing it for the full price. We created this guide to help you play the game for free.

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In this article, we’ll share several ways of downloading Minecraft for free on mobile devices, Windows, and Mac computers. Additionally, we’ll explain how to set up a Minecraft account and play the game with friends on a local or external server.

How to Play Minecraft for Free?

The instructions for playing the free Minecraft version differ significantly depending on the operating system of your device – find a suitable guide below.

iPhone

Sadly, downloading the official Minecraft version on an iPhone for free is impossible. There are plenty of websites that offer a free download of Minecraft Pocket Edition for iPhone, but we can’t recommend any particular option. There’s always a chance of getting a virus when installing pirated games, and you should be aware of the consequences. However, a free version of the game is available for Windows and Mac computers. If you own a PC or laptop running on one of these operating systems, find the instructions for installing free Minecraft below.

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Android

A free trial of Minecraft Pocket Edition is available for Android users. Follow the steps below to claim it:

  1. Visit the official Minecraft site and click the Android icon. You will then be redirected to Google Play.
  2. Click “Install” and wait for the game to upload.
  3. Open the game on your phone and register or sign in to an existing account to start playing.

The free trial only lasts for 90 minutes, but there’s a way to extend it endlessly. Here’s how to do that:

  1. Stop playing before the 90-minute trial ends. We recommend playing no longer than 80 minutes to ensure you have enough time for the next steps.
  2. Quit and save your current Minecraft world.
  3. Create a new world or copy your previous world. You can play in it for another <90 minutes. Then you’ll have to repeat the process again. The time doesn’t count when you exit the game.

Note: Minecraft Pocket Edition free trial is available in the US but may not work for other countries.

Windows 10

The first way to play Minecraft for free is to use the TLauncher. The tricky part here is that using TLauncher is against Minecraft’s User Agreement. The download website may also contain viruses, so we recommend using a VPN and antivirus to protect your PC during the installation. Follow the steps below to install Minecraft using TLauncher:

  1. Go to the Minecraft download page and click Download. It’s a small text located below the Get It Now button.
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  2. Once redirected to a new page, click Request Download Links.
  3. On a new page, select the download option for Windows (.exe file).
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  4. Once the file is uploaded, click on the launcher icon twice to run it.
  5. In the launcher installation window, expand the dropdown menu and select Create and manage accounts.
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  6. Click the green plus icon to register an account, then select Free (w/o password). Follow on-screen instructions. Optionally, click Mojang.com account if you already own an account.
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  7. Select your account and click the orange house icon to log in.
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  8. Once you’re logged in to your account and redirected back to the installation window, select the Minecraft version you wish to install from the dropdown menu.
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  9. Click Install and play and wait for the installation to finish. Then, launch the game and start playing.
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If you don’t want to risk the safety of your computer, you can play the official Minecraft demo for free for 100 minutes. This isn’t a lot, but it should be sufficient for you to decide whether the full version is worth paying for. Here’s how to install the Minecraft demo:

  1. Visit the official Minecraft website and click Download For Windows to download the demo installation file.
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  2. Once the file is uploaded, click on it twice to run the installation process.
  3. Follow on-screen instructions.
  4. Once the Minecraft Launcher is installed, click on its icon twice to open it. You can find the icon on your desktop or in the Start menu.
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  5. Click Sign Up, then register a new Minecraft account or log in to an existing one.
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  6. Once logged in, click Play Demo. The 100-minute demo period can be extended for up to five days. When it’s expired, you’ll have to purchase the full version.
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Finally, you can play the official Minecraft Classic 2009 version for free for an unlimited period. Follow the steps below to install it:

  1. Download the installation file.
  2. Type in your username.
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  3. Click Start, and you’re ready to go.
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Mac

Same as Windows users, Mac Minecraft players have three options to play the game for free. The first one is to install the game using TLauncher:

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  1. Go to the Minecraft download page and click Download. It’s a small text located below the Get It Now button.
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  2. Once redirected to a new page, click Request Download Links.
  3. On a new page, select the download option for Mac (.jar file). Make sure you have the latest version of Java to run the file.
  4. Once the file is uploaded, click on the launcher icon twice to run it.
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  5. In the launcher installation window, expand the dropdown menu and select Create and manage accounts.
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  6. Click the green plus icon to register an account, then select Free (w/o password). Follow on-screen instructions. Optionally, click Mojang.com account if you already own an account.
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  7. Select your account and click the orange house icon to log in.
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  8. Once you’re logged in to your account and redirected back to the installation window, select the Minecraft version you wish to install from the dropdown menu.
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  9. Click Install and play and wait for the installation to finish. Then, launch the game and start playing.
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The second option is to play a 100-minute official Minecraft demo:

  1. Visit the official Minecraft website and click Download For MacOS to download the demo installation file.
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  2. Once the file is uploaded, click on it twice to run the installation process.
  3. Follow on-screen instructions.
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  4. Once the Minecraft Launcher is installed, click on its icon twice to open it. You can find the icon in the Applications folder.
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  5. Click Sign Up, then register a new Minecraft account or log in to an existing one.
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  6. Once logged in, click Play Demo. The 100-minute demo period can be extended for up to five days. When it’s finished, you’ll have to purchase the full version.
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The last option is to play the first version of Minecraft. The installation process is extremely simple:

  1. Download the installation file.
  2. Type in your username.
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  3. Click Start, and you’re ready to go.
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How to Set Up a Minecraft Account?

A Minecraft account is required to play any version of the game. Thankfully, setting up an account is free, and you can use it with the free game version without any issue.

Pocket Edition

To register a Minecraft account on a mobile device, follow the steps below:

  1. Visit the official Minecraft site and tap “Log In” located in the upper-right corner of your screen.
  2. Select Sign up for free.
  3. Type in your email address, then click Next.
  4. Enter your password and click Next.
  5. Select your region and date of birth, then click Next.
  6. Open your email and enter the verification code you’ve received from Minecraft to the registration window.
  7. Solve the Captcha.
  8. Select a Minecraft and an avatar, then tap Let’s Go.

Windows 10

If you play Minecraft on Windows 10, follow the instructions below to sign up:

  1. Visit the official Minecraft site and click the Log In button located in the upper-right corner of your screen.
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  2. Select Sign in With Microsoft if you own a Microsoft account. The sign-in will happen automatically; no further steps are required from your end.
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  3. If you don’t have a Microsoft account or don’t want to use it, select Sign up for free.
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  4. Type in your email address, then click Next.
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  5. Enter your password and click Next.
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  6. Select your region and date of birth, then click Next.
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  7. Open your email and enter the verification code you’ve received from Minecraft to the registration window.
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  8. Solve the Captcha.
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  9. Create a Minecraft username and select an avatar, then click Let’s Go.

Mac

Registering a Minecraft account on a Mac isn’t much different from doing it on a Windows PC or a mobile device. Follow the steps below:

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  1. Visit the official Minecraft site and click the Log In button located in the upper-right corner of your screen.
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  2. Select Sign up for free.
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  3. Type in your email address, then click Next.
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  4. Enter your password and click Next.
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  5. Select your region and date of birth, then click Next.
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  6. Open your email and enter the verification code you’ve received from Minecraft to the registration window.
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  7. Solve the Captcha.
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  8. Create a Minecraft username and select an avatar, then click Let’s Go.

Frequently Asked Questions

In this section, we’ll answer more questions about playing Minecraft.

How to Play Minecraft With Friends on Mobile?

If all of your friends use the same Wi-Fi network, you can play on a local server. Follow the steps below to start playing together:

1. Open the game Settings.

2. Shift the toggle button next to Local Server Multiplayer to the On position.

3. Load the world you want to play in on your device before other players load it. You’re now the host of the game.

4. Your friends should tap Play and select the world located at the top of their list and highlighted in blue.

If your friends are using a different network, you will have to create a new external server or use an existing one. Follow the instructions below:

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1. Visit the Minecraft Pocket Edition server list to find your server information.

2. In the game, tap Play, then navigate to the Servers tab.

3. Tap Add server to connect to an external server.

4. Fill in the required information – server name, IP address, and port number.

5. Tap Play to start playing.

Enjoy Minecraft for Free

Hopefully, with the help of our guide, you can now play Minecraft for free. Be aware of viruses when downloading unofficial game versions. We recommend using antivirus and VPN to scan all files before installation. And if you truly enjoy the game, consider paying for the official version to pay respect to the developers.

Do you know any safe and trusted sites for downloading Minecraft for free on iPhone? Share your experiences in the comments section below.

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FAQs

Can I get Minecraft for free? ›

The Minecraft free trial is available on Windows, Android, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and Vita. Trial length varies depending on the device in use. Keep scrolling for the Minecraft: Java Edition free trial.

How do you get Minecraft for free in 2022? ›

Access the demo via Google Play

Players on the go can also access Minecraft's Android demo via the Google Play Store. This version of the game is beholden to the same time constraints as the PC and console versions, but it is also free to play during the time limit.

Can we play Minecraft for free on PC? ›

You can play the demo version for free for 100 minutes over a maximum period of 5 days. Then you will need to purchase Minecraft. You can purchase either the Java version of Minecraft, the Windows 10 Edition, or the Mobile versions.

How much is Minecraft cost? ›

You can buy Minecraft: Java Edition from minecraft.net for $26.95 USD or local currency equivalent. This is a one-time purchase. You can buy an account for yourself or buy a code to gift to someone else. Gift codes may not be available in all areas.

How long is Minecraft free trial? ›

Trial Version Features

For those unaware, the Minecraft trial version is time-limited to 90 minutes of in-game time.

Is Minecraft Java Edition free? ›

One such addition is the Minecraft Java Edition, which is a free game. The Minecraft Java Edition free trial is available on Android, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Windows 10 and Vita.

How do I download Minecraft? ›

If you are, here's how to download Minecraft:
  1. Visit the Minecraft page in the Microsoft store.
  2. You will see that you have the option to download the game, due to your membership.
  3. Click on the download button and follow any subsequent steps which pop up (these may vary slightly depending on your device).
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How do I claim free java for Minecraft? ›

Simply head to redeem.microsoft.com and enter the code. Now, however, you'll receive both versions of the game – not just the one you have a code for. To clarify, if you have a card or code for Java Edition you can still redeem it and you will get both Java and Bedrock.

How much does Minecraft for PC cost? ›

Because of its fun, creative play, and the creations it has inspired, it's an Editors' Choice and easily among the best PC games. Do you own an electronic device? It can probably run Minecraft. The game is currently available for $26.95 for PC, which I'll review here.

Is Minecraft free Windows 10? ›

The short answer to the question “can you get Minecraft Java for free if you purchased Windows 10 edition?” is yes. It is possible to get the free version when you already have the Minecraft game before. Not everyone can do that, however.

Do you have to pay for Minecraft? ›

Buying Minecraft

Players must have a Minecraft Account to play Minecraft. This requires a one-time purchase for the account. The account has to be compatible with the device. Example: Pocket Edition for iOS and Android; PC version for computer.

Which Minecraft version is best? ›

Top 10 Minecraft Versions
  1. Minecraft 1.8. It has a lot of pros, like: A lot of servers use it, so you have to change of version less. ...
  2. Minecraft 1.5.2. Good version to start playing minecraft from. ...
  3. Minecraft Beta 1.8 "Adventure Update" Just as god intended. ...
  4. Minecraft 1.7.2 "The Update That Changed The World"

How can I get Minecraft for free on my phone? ›

Android
  1. Visit the official Minecraft site and click the Android icon. You will then be redirected to Google Play.
  2. Click “Install” and wait for the game to upload.
  3. Open the game on your phone and register or sign in to an existing account to start playing.
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Why does Minecraft cost so much money? ›

You must plan and execute and work towards building. Many people compare it to Legos except that it is a video game. The fact that more and more people are playing Minecraft has undoubtedly led to an increase in the price. As something becomes popular, it also becomes cool, and it allows companies to charge more money.

Is Minecraft good for kids? ›

Minecraft is typically recommended for ages 8 and up, being a game that isn't overly violent or even that difficult to learn how to use. In fact, for many children, it was one of their first video game experiences online.

Can I try Minecraft before I buy it? ›

If you would like to try Minecraft: Java Edition before deciding to purchase the game, download the Minecraft launcher. The demo mode lasts five in-game days or about 100 minutes in real time.

How do you fly in Minecraft? ›

What Is the Fly Command in Minecraft? Here's a list of flying commands for various devices that you can use to play Minecraft: On Windows, PC, and Mac, you should click the Space key twice. On Android or iPhone for Minecraft PE, click the jump button twice.

Which one is better Java or bedrock? ›

Java Edition can create custom fonts and GLSL shaders, while Bedrock cannot. Bedrock Edition can create custom particles and fogs, while Java cannot. One major difference that tends to be forgotten is the type of platform players of different versions use.

How do I download Minecraft on PC? ›

Click on 'download for Windows' and a file named 'MinecraftInstaller. msi' should auto download. Click on that file and the game will install. From here, just power through 'next' until it's installed and hit finish.

How do I download Minecraft If I already own it? ›

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Why can I not download Minecraft? ›

Firewalls and antivirus programs can sometimes cause trouble during installation. If you're having trouble installing Minecraft, you may want to temporarily disable these types of programs and then reinstall the game.

How do you get a free Minecraft account? ›

How can I get a free Minecraft account for PC, MAC, and Linux?
  1. Go to the Minecraft website.
  2. Next, click on Log in and select the Register one here option.
  3. Here, make sure to enter the required Minecraft account information.
  4. Once done, select Create account.
  5. You will receive a code at the email address you provided.
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Do I have to buy Bedrock if I have Java? ›

So if you own Java, you'll get Bedrock – and vice versa. You don't need to do anything to claim this, but please keep in mind that it might take 2 to 3 days for the game to show up as we roll it out to all eligible players. To be clear, Java and Bedrock will remain separate games with their own distinctive features.

Is Minecraft Java free if you have Bedrock? ›

Minecraft developer Mojang Studios has released today the new Minecraft Java & Bedrock Edition for PC, which combines the two versions of the game in the same bundle. Even better, Minecraft gamers who already own either the Java or the Bedrock edition of the game will get the other one for free.

Can Bedrock play with Java? ›

This gives purchasers access to both editions of the game, and is now the "only offering of vanilla Minecraft on Windows PC. Of course, you will be able to cross-play with either Java or Bedrock players by launching whichever edition your friends are playing."

Is Minecraft better on PC or mobile? ›

Minecraft has both a PC and mobile version available. Whether playing the Survival or Creative modes, players often prefer Minecraft for PC because it has an enhanced user experience.

Does Minecraft PE cost money? ›

It's available for just $6.99 USD. The following platforms are supported: iOS devices. Android devices.

How do you get Minecraft on a school computer? ›

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  1. Minecraft: Education Edition installation guide:
  2. Step 1: Open Microsoft Store from the start tab. Step 2: You may be prompted to sign in. Teachers use DET emails. ...
  3. Step 4: Select Minecraft: Education Edition. If it doesn't show you may need to search for it. Finally, select install and download.

Why do I have to pay again for Minecraft? ›

While the game supports cross-platform play, it's still considered a standalone version on a specific platform. Therefore, you will have to purchase Minecraft again if you want to migrate from something like a PC to a PS4 or vice versa.

Is Minecraft a monthly fee? ›

Aside from the price of the game itself, Minecraft is free.

How much is Minecraft a month? ›

$7.99 / month. The easiest way to pay: the subscription is automatically extended each month but can be cancelled at any time. It's 20% cheaper than manually buying a 30-day subscription each month.

Is Minecraft Java free? ›

Well, if you've never bought Minecraft before, you can now get both Java and Bedrock for one low price, also called Minecraft: Java & Bedrock Edition for PC. If you have bought Minecraft before, you're now getting the other edition for free.

Is Minecraft free Windows 10? ›

The short answer to the question “can you get Minecraft Java for free if you purchased Windows 10 edition?” is yes. It is possible to get the free version when you already have the Minecraft game before. Not everyone can do that, however.

How much does Minecraft for PC cost? ›

Because of its fun, creative play, and the creations it has inspired, it's an Editors' Choice and easily among the best PC games. Do you own an electronic device? It can probably run Minecraft. The game is currently available for $26.95 for PC, which I'll review here.

Is Minecraft free on switch? ›

You can buy Minecraft in the eShop on your Nintendo device. It's priced at $29.99 or equivalent and comes bundled with some of our most popular add-on packs.

How do I install Minecraft? ›

IOS / ANDROID. Open up App Store or Google Play on your device and search for “Minecraft”. If you own Minecraft already you should be prompted to update Minecraft if it isn't already updated. If you have the latest version installed just press “Open” and play!

Where do I download Minecraft? ›

If you are, here's how to download Minecraft: Visit the Minecraft page in the Microsoft store. You will see that you have the option to download the game, due to your membership. Click on the download button and follow any subsequent steps which pop up (these may vary slightly depending on your device).

Is Minecraft good for kids? ›

Minecraft is typically recommended for ages 8 and up, being a game that isn't overly violent or even that difficult to learn how to use. In fact, for many children, it was one of their first video game experiences online.

How do I download Minecraft on PC? ›

Click on 'download for Windows' and a file named 'MinecraftInstaller. msi' should auto download. Click on that file and the game will install. From here, just power through 'next' until it's installed and hit finish.

How do you get Minecraft on a school computer? ›

Page 1
  1. Minecraft: Education Edition installation guide:
  2. Step 1: Open Microsoft Store from the start tab. Step 2: You may be prompted to sign in. Teachers use DET emails. ...
  3. Step 4: Select Minecraft: Education Edition. If it doesn't show you may need to search for it. Finally, select install and download.

How do you download Minecraft for free java? ›

Minecraft java edition is the mobile version of Minecraft.
...
Enable the option “Unknown Sources”.
  1. Click on the above link to download Minecraft Java Edition APK.
  2. Save the file in your device Downloads folder.
  3. Now tap on Install and wait for the installation to finish.

Is Java or bedrock better? ›

Java Edition can create custom fonts and GLSL shaders, while Bedrock cannot. Bedrock Edition can create custom particles and fogs, while Java cannot. One major difference that tends to be forgotten is the type of platform players of different versions use.

Which Minecraft version is best? ›

Top 10 Minecraft Versions
  1. Minecraft 1.8. It has a lot of pros, like: A lot of servers use it, so you have to change of version less. ...
  2. Minecraft 1.5.2. Good version to start playing minecraft from. ...
  3. Minecraft Beta 1.8 "Adventure Update" Just as god intended. ...
  4. Minecraft 1.7.2 "The Update That Changed The World"

Is Minecraft better on PC or mobile? ›

Minecraft has both a PC and mobile version available. Whether playing the Survival or Creative modes, players often prefer Minecraft for PC because it has an enhanced user experience.

Do I have to buy Minecraft again? ›

How? Your copy of Minecraft should be linked to an account, so you should be able to sign in on your new PC without buying Minecraft again.

Will Roblox be on Switch? ›

In short, no. Roblox is currently unavailable on all versions of the Nintendo Switch, as there is no official port or app for the game from the developers.

How much is Minecraft on mobile? ›

There are currently two subscription options to choose from depending on how many people you want to invite to play in your realm simultaneously. A realm for you and 2 friends costs 3.99 USD/month (or local equivalent) and a realm for you and 10 friends cost 7.99 USD/month (or local equivalent).

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