How to Get Into Minecraft Betas

Wanna help us test Minecraft? It’s easy! But beware of bugs!

Periodically, we release early versions of Minecraft updates to test out new features, shake out the wrinkles and squish the bugs before they reach a wider audience. It’s also a cool way to check out what new stuff is coming down the pipe.

Fancy helping us out? Then follow the instructions below - but be aware: betas are by their nature a bit unstable, and things are likely to be weird, wonky or just plain wrong. The game may crash and things you build might get corrupted. It’s a small risk, but a risk nonetheless!

Undeterred? Here’s what you need to do.

Java Edition

In the Java Edition, we put out regular test versions known as Snapshots: just go to the Launch Options tab, enable Snapshots, and then select the latest snapshot by clicking the arrow next to the Play button on the main tab.

We also run beta tests for Minecraft on console, mobile and Windows 10.

Xbox One / Windows 10

You will need to own the digital version of the game. For the beta, disc owners are not supported - sorry!

Joining the Minecraft Beta on Windows 10 or Xbox One:

1. Go to the Store app on Xbox One or a Windows 10 PC.

2. Search for the Xbox Insider Hub app.

3. Download and install Xbox Insider Hub.

4. Launch the Xbox Insider Hub.

5. Navigate to Insider content > Minecraft Beta.

6. Select Join.

7. Have fun and find bugs!

Android

Head over here for a breakdown of how to access betas on Android.

Please report all your bugs at bugs.mojang.com & please let us know what you think about the beta by pressing the feedback button in the game or visiting feedback.minecraft.net.

That’s it! Have fun!