Minecraft is a sandbox video game, which has millions of players. The game is available on a wide range of platforms such as Xbox One, PlayStation, macOS, Windows, Android, Linux, and Switch. This game allows game enthusiasts to play with their friends in multiplayer mode. But, that can only be possible if the Minecraft LAN is working properly. If there is any issue in the Minecraft LAN, then it won’t be possible to play multiplayer games over LAN. If you are experiencing that particular problem, i.e., ‘Minecraft not working’, then here is how you can solve it.
The issue arises when you try to open up the session to LAN after launching a single player world in the game. LAN gaming sessions won’t show up within the game, thus prohibiting you from playing Minecraft with your friends locally. Coming to the reasons for this problem, then those include:
- Computers aren’t connected to the same network.
- Minecraft connections are blocked by Firewall.
- Network Discovery is disabled.
- LAN connection is not working properly due to an antivirus program.
- Connection blocked due to the AP isolation feature.
As far as the solutions include, then there are three simple solutions, which can be tried to fix the problem of ‘Minecraft not working’.
Solution 1 – Ensure all the computers are connected to the same network
The inability to join a LAN session is definitely due to the computers not connected to the same network. So, make sure all the players are connected to the same network. If you know how to check this, then go ahead and check the LAN connection, if not, then take the help of experts.
Solution 2 – Check Windows Firewall
The role of the Windows Firewall is to protect your system from outside threats and malicious software programs, which can harm your computer.
Here is how you can disable the firewall on your computer:
- Open Control Panel.
- Locate ‘Windows Defender Firewall’ on the list.
- Open that option and then, click ‘Allow an app or feature through Windows Firewall’.
- Click ‘Change Settings’ and then, start scrolling down the list. Check if the boxes corresponding to ‘javaw.exe’, ‘Java Platform SE binary’, and Minecraft are ticked.
- Click ‘OK’ to confirm the process.
Now, you can launch Minecraft followed by checking if you can join the LAN session or not. If the problem is not resolved, then move onto the third solution.
Solution 3 – Try Direct Connect
This can be done by entering the IP address manually followed by entering the game port number. Once that is done, follow the below-mentioned steps to get your IP address and game port number before trying the direct connect method.
- Press ‘ctrl + R’ to open Run command where you will have to enter ‘CMD’. Then, click the best match command prompt.
- Enter ‘ipconfig’ in the command prompt window and then, press ‘Enter’.
- Find the network you are connected to and then, note down IPv4 address associated with the network.
- On the host computer, launch Minecraft, but make sure to note down the game port number present at the bottom of the screen showing local game hosted.
- The computer that you are looking to join the LAN party, choose Multiplayer followed by clicking ‘Direct Connect’.
- Type in the IP address and game port number for making a direct connect. A semicolon should be placed to differentiate two groups of numbers.
This is another way of fixing the ‘Minecraft not working’ issue. Should the issue persists, then you can take sthe help of experts.