Minecraft Realms FAQ

Frequently asked questions about Minecraft Realms.

Why are there two versions of Realms?

We've developed separate versions of Minecraft so that the game runs well on different platforms. Pocket / Windows 10 Edition runs on one kind of code, and the PC / Mac version runs on another. These two versions are incompatible with each other and are developed separately with different features. Players on PC / Mac can't play on Pocket / Windows 10 Realms and vice versa.

How much does a Realms subscription cost?

Realms has slightly different pricing plans for different platforms.

The cheapest is $3.99 per month for a server supporting up to 3 simultaneous players (including the owner) on Pocket / Windows 10 Edition. It's $7.99 for a server supporting up to 11 simultaneous players.

The PC / Mac version starts at $7.99 for a server supporting up to 11 players. You'll get the best deal if you’ve set up a recurring subscription, or buy multiple months at once. Windows 10 doesn't allow recurring subscriptions.

How long will my Minecraft Realms subscription last?

On most platforms, subscriptions are available in chunks of one, three, and six months, or as a recurring monthly payment. Windows 10 doesn't allow recurring subscriptions.

Does the owner of a Realm have any special privileges?

On PC / Mac, the owner of a Realm can see who's been playing. Realms for Pocket Edition / Windows 10 doesn't support this, but Realm owners of any version do get to choose who to invite, and switch between game modes.

Can I export my Minecraft map from Realms?

You can export your maps from the PC / Mac version of Minecraft at any time, even for a limited duration after your subscription has expired. Pocket / Windows 10 Edition does not support this feature yet.

Can I upload my Minecraft map onto Realms?

Yes, you can upload your own maps to Realms for both PC / Mac and for Pocket / Windows 10 Edition. For PC / Mac we currently support worlds up to 5GB in size. That’s really big, in case you were wondering.

Does Realms support modding?

Not at the moment. Sorry! But the PC / Mac version has support for a growing number of minigames and custom maps made by the community.

Can I see which of my invited players has accessed my realm?

On PC / Mac, Realms has an activity monitor which shows when players have been on your realm. Realms for Pocket Edition / Windows 10 doesn’t support this, but you can see in the game itself which players you’ve invited through Xbox Live.

What editions of Minecraft support Realms?

Realms is currently available for PC / Mac versions of Minecraft and Pocket / Windows 10 Edition.

What's Xbox Live and why do I need it to play Realms?

Xbox Live is the technology we're using to connect players together. Though it's named after the Xbox console, it doesn't require an Xbox at all and it's completely free to use. There is a paid service called Xbox Live Gold but this is not required for Realms or any aspect of Minecraft Pocket / Windows 10 Edition or Minecraft PC / Mac Edition.

Do I need Xbox Live Gold to play Realms?

No. Xbox Live Gold is a paid service and is not required for Realms or any aspect of Minecraft Pocket / Windows 10 Edition or Minecraft PC / Mac Edition. You only need to sign up to Xbox Live, which is free to use.

Can I play on Realms across different devices?

Yes! Players are divided between PC / Mac and Pocket / Windows 10 Editions, though. So anyone playing on Android, iPhone, iPad, Windows 10 or Gear VR can play together, but players of the PC / Mac version can only play with each other.

I'm playing on Windows 10. Which version of Realms do I need?

If you bought Minecraft: Windows 10 from the Windows 10 store, you'll need to buy Realms for Pocket / Windows 10. However, if you bought Minecraft through the Minecraft.net website then you'll need Realms for PC / Mac.

Does Realms for PC / Mac work with older versions of Minecraft or the newest Snapshots?

You'll need to be running the most recent release of Minecraft to use Realms. Snapshot releases are not supported.

Can I use admin commands?

The owner of a PC / Mac Realm will have access to most existing commands. Realms for Pocket Edition / Windows 10 doesn't support admin commands yet.

How do I cancel my recurring Realms subscription?

For PC / Mac edition, log into the Mojang Account website. All your subscriptions are listed there and can be cancelled at any time. For Pocket / Windows 10 Edition, your subscriptions are managed through the Minecraft app on the device for which you first activated Realms.

What happens to my Realms worlds if my subscription ends?

If your subscription ends, you will not be able to access your Realms worlds, but they will not be deleted. If you choose to renew your subscription in the future, you will regain access to your worlds again.