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How do I find my friends on Minecraft?

Minecraft was never big on needing an account to play it. Users needed to create a Mojang account to purchase the game but nothing beyond that. This changed after Microsoft bought Minecraft. You now need a Microsoft Live account to play Minecraft. The good news is, a Microsoft Live account works with Xbox’s services and its network of games and players.

Find friends on Minecraft

Minecraft is an open world game that you can play online with multiple players. You have the option to join any online server and there will be other players there. If you’d rather not play with strangers, you can always play with your friends. The trick is finding them and getting them all on the same server.

How to find friends on Minecraft

There are different ways to find your friends on Minecraft. If you’d like to go with the simplest route, you can simply share the server that you’re playing on and have them all join it. You won’t be ‘connected’ to your friends but you will all be on the same server where you can play together.

Find gamer tags

Before you can invite your friends to play Minecraft with you, you need to add them. Friends are added via a gamer tag. A gamer tag is obtained from the Xbox app. Anyone that plays Minecraft has a Microsoft Live account and by association, they have a game tag.

Ask your friends for their game tag. Once you have the tag, you can add it directly when you invite friends to play a Minecraft game or you can add them on the Xbox app (you don’t need to own an Xbox). You can get the app on your mobile device or on Windows 10.

Once you have the Xbox app, follow these steps.

  1. Open the Xbox app.
  2. Sign in with the same Microsoft account that you use to sign in on Minecraft.
  3. Go to the Social tab.
  4. Enter your friend’s gamer tag in the search bar.
  5. Select them from the results and click Follow.
  6. Have your friend follow you back.
  7. Once you’re mutually following each other, the other person will appear as a friend.

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Add friends on Minecraft

  1. Open Minecraft.
  2. Select a world to play in.
  3. Once the world has loaded, go to world’s settings.
  4. On the right, click the Invite to game button.
  5. Select a friend from the list and send the invite.

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If you haven’t added your friends on Xbox, but you have their gamer tag, you can invite them directly in Minecraft.

  1. Open Minecraft.
  2. Select a world to play in.
  3. Once the world has loaded, escape/exit to the game’s settings.
  4. Click the Invite to game button.
  5. Click Add friend.
  6. Enter your friend’s gamer tag.
  7. Send the invite.

Conclusion

Friends on Minecraft are connected via the Xbox network which you automatically join when you create a Microsoft Account. You will need to generate a gamer tag for yourself but that’s all you need. The gamer tag is essential for adding friends on Minecraft. You do not need to purchase Xbox related services. 

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