Playing Minecraft is fun, though it can get boring when you're on your own all the time. If you want to play Minecraft with your friends, there are a few different ways you can do that. Keep reading to learn the different ways of playing Minecraft with your friends.
Open to LAN
Opening your single player world to LAN lets your friends join your world if they're on the same network as you. This is great if they bring their computers over for a LAN party sleepover, but problematic if they're not around your house.
If you have siblings, opening to LAN is a great way of playing with them as they can easily start Minecraft on another computer and join you.
There are better alternatives out there if you want to play Minecraft with your friends without having a sleepover every day, so they can play from their own houses. Keep reading to find them out!
Playing on existing servers
Right now, there are thousands of different servers with interesting game concepts which may interest you and your friends. Many of them are extremely fun to play and are free to join!
The best way to find existing servers to play on is through Minecraft server lists. There are many different ones, and you can specify different options to refine the list of servers. Here's a bunch of popular server lists from a DuckDuckGo search.
Playing on Minecraft Realms
Minecraft Realms are another popular, but expensive way of playing Minecraft with your friends. Realms cost $7.99 per month and only support up to 11 players on a world at one time.
Realms let you and your friends play on a Minecraft world together. You can load different maps, play survival with your friends, PvP, build in Creative and more. Realms are popular due to Mojang's deep integration with them straight into Minecraft.
Make your own server with Dashflo
The last option is to make your own Minecraft server. This is easier to do than you probably think it is, and lets you do many cool things like adding Minecraft plugins to do amazing stuff without Forge, have no limit on how many players are allowed to join and choose what maps you want whenever you want.
Hosting your own Minecraft server only costs €2/m from us and we make it super easy to manage it. You can view the console from your phone so you know when your friends are online, manage files straight from the dashboard and easily share the server IP.
There are multiple marketplaces which offer Minecraft plugins, including Bukkit and Spigot. To install a plugin, it's as simple as dragging the downloaded file to the plugins directory of your server on the file manager.
Having your own Minecraft server lets you play any Minecraft game mode with your friends, any time you want, and without them having to be on the same network as you. Whether you want to play survival, build in creative or just blow TNT up everywhere, it's up to you. It's easy to start your own, very cheap and gives you the most customizability and control.
You can view our plans for Minecraft Java and Bedrock here. Start your own server from as low as €2! It's as simple as ordering, then joining with the IP.