Is Minecraft Cross-Platform?

Minecraft is arguably one of the most played games on the planet. One, it has an easy entry mode that allows adults and kids alike to play, and second, it has a multiplayer that welcomes all from any device. And that should answer the question: Is Minecraft cross-platform? Yes, it is in two ways:

  1. Minecraft: Bedrock Edition 
  2. Minecraft: Java Edition 

There’s a catch, however. Read on to know it. 

2 Ways to Join the Minecraft Universe to Play Multiplayer From Any Device

Here are the 2 best ways to join the Minecraft universe to play multiplayer from any device.

Minecraft: Bedrock Edition

This edition allows users from Windows PCs, Phones (iOs, iPad, and Android), consoles such as Xbox and Playstations 4 and 5, and Nintendo Switch. 

Practically speaking, you could join your friends from any of these devices without any sour prerequisites. The gameplay syncs in real-time for all the users involved and that’s how you could enjoy endless hours of interacting in the worlds you choose. 

You might already be playing Minecraft: Bedrock Edition from your phone, console, and iPad because the other version works only with Apple’s laptop ecosystem and Windows. 

Here’s how to connect to friends to play the game in an online multiplayer.

Step 1: Sign in to your existing Microsoft account or register one before logging in to play. If you’re using Xbox One, you’ll already have an account entered, so no biggie there. You may already be running a subscription. 

Step 2: During the game, pause it and go into the menu. 

Step 3: In the pause menu, to the right side, you’ll see the Invite to Game option. Hit that and enter your friends’ Minecraft ID. Next, click on Add Friend to send him or her an invite to join you. 

Step 4: To see where your friends are added, go to Online Friends. 

Can You Play All Worlds Cross-Platform?

No, you may not be able to play all worlds in cross-platform multiplayer. Before you hate the makers, there’s a reason for this. Some worlds are meant only for the console. Meaning, they are exclusive console content. 

For example, the Mario-themed world Switch is only for this platform and its users only. You can’t share the gameplay with PC users. 

Minecraft: Java Edition 

The Java Edition is a pioneer in all the versions. This one was introduced for Windows, Linux, and Mac operating systems. That inevitably means that you users from this platform could play together in a multiplayer setting. 

Using this version is techy. You may not be familiar with it and as a result, you might find it difficult in the first place. I’m sure, though, that you’ll get used to it after a try or two. 

 To play the game between the devices mentioned, there are three ways: 

  • Use a server created by another user in the public Minecraft domain or create your own server, which is quite easy. Then, invite your friends. 
  • If you’ve money to spare, go on to Minecraft Realms. The hosting server is Mojang. You won’t have to create anything and just join. The Worlds will already be created.
  • If you’re hosting a Minecraft party at your home (yes, that’s a thing), then use LAN to get the devices connected. This won’t work for players outside your network’s range. 


Yes, Minecraft is cross-platform. There are two versions: Bedrock Edition and Java Edition. The latter is for Windows, Linux, and Macs, while the former allows multiplayer gameplay for Android, iPad, iPhone, Xbox, Playstations 4 and 5, and Nintendo. Follow the methods of connecting shared above and enjoy your game.