If you, or your kids, are using Minecraft on the console or computer, you can access multiplayer servers, with awesome maps, cool mini-games, and best of all: people from around the world! One thing kids really love about Minecraft is the ability to play with others. It can truly be a social game, and players can cooperate to build stuff, break stuff, and just generally have fun. This tutorial will show you how to add and join a multiplayer server.

How to Add and Join a Multiplayer Server

  1. Launch Minecraft!
  2. From the title screen, click the Multiplayer button.
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  3. In the Multiplayer screen, click the Add Server button.
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  4. In the Edit Server Info screen, enter the Server Name and Server Address. If you wish to allow server resource packs to download, set Server Resource Packs to “Prompt” or “Enabled.” I usually leave it at “Prompt.” For some server suggestions, see the end of this tutorial.
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  5. Click Done to return to the Multiplayer screen.
  6. Now select the server you wish to join and click Join Server.
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  7. If prompted, and you want to actually do it, download the server resource pack. This will give you textures and sounds to enhance your experience with the server. Server resource packs are server-specific, and will only be used when you access the associated server.
  8. You’re ready to go! Play away 🙂 Each server is different, so make sure you familiarize yourself with the rules for the server.

Multiplayer Servers to Try

Some family-friendly servers that we like include:

  • MC Magic: mcmagic.us
  • Cubeville: cubeville.org
  • Famcraft: survival.famcraft.com

Other servers that the kids like, but that aren’t necessarily kid and/or family-friendly, include:

  • Mineplex: us.mineplex.com
  • Hypixel: mc.hypixel.net

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