How to Set Up a Minecraft Server for Your Kids

During the COVID-19 lockdown, we are all doing the best job we can to keep our kids learning. One thing that is tough right now are playdates and social interactions with other kids. One idea that Greg and I had to help keep our kids in touch is a Minecraft world they can build and maintain together. We know this blog is usually for finance, saving money, and trading options, however today we would like to go over how to set up a simple Minecraft server. Here’s how to set it up:

Step 1: Download Minecraft Java Edition

Get Minecraft Java Edition for the computer (Mac or PC).

Step 2: Buy Minecraft

Sign up for a Mojang account, which is a one-time payment of about $26. You’ll be asked to set up a username and password. This will be good for 1 user.

Step 3: Enter Realms

If you have a friend that already has “Realms” (a set of built in worlds on a server from within the game), just give them your username and ask them to invite you to Realms. If you are setting up the Realms service yourself, choose Realms from the title screen, then sign up for a free 30 day trial. After this you should be able to add at least 10 other friends.

Step 4: Invite or Accept Realms Invites From Friends

Load Minecraft, go into Realms and invite your friends by using their username. If you don’t have Realms, but have received an invite, on the upper right of the realms page, you should see a “new message” that includes an invite. Accept it.  You’ll be able to join your friend’s world.  We usually make this experience even better by opening group FaceTime or Discord with all parties in the game. Have fun and let us know in the comments if you have questions!  

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