Why Can’t I Join My Friends’ Minecraft World? A Guide To Troubleshooting

by Danny Oster
why can't i join my friends minecraft world

Have you ever wanted to join your friends’ Minecraft world but were unable to? You’re not alone! Many players have trouble connecting to a Minecraft world and are often unsure of why they can’t connect. Whether you’re just starting out or you’re a veteran of the game, this guide will help you troubleshoot and solve your connection issues, so you can join your friends in their Minecraft world. We’ll cover topics such as checking your internet connection, making sure your game is up-to-date, making sure the correct ports are open, and more. With this guide, you’ll be able to figure out why you can’t join your friends’ Minecraft world and resolve any issues you’re having so you can get back into the game. So let’s get started!

Why Can’t I Join My Friends’ Minecraft World?

You can’t join a friend’s Minecraft world because you don’t have the same version of Minecraft. If the friend has a different version, you won’t be able to connect to their world.

What Are The Reasons Behind I Can’t Join My Friends’ Minecraft World?

  • You are using an old Minecraft version on your device.
  • Your device is not compatible with the server.
  • Your device is rooted, and you have installed a custom Minecraft app that can’t join other servers.
  • You have set up a proxy on your device, and then you are trying to connect to the server.
  • Your firewall or antivirus software is blocking the connection with the server, so you have to change some of its settings in order to connect to the server or turn off the firewall/antivirus software temporarily until you join your friends’ Minecraft world (or just disable it before joining the server).
  • You are using a VPN service, and then you can’t connect to other players’ Minecraft world because of this reason (but if you want only for yourself, then it’s OK).
  • The host has a strict firewall that blocks all incoming connections from outside networks (like school, college, or work networks), but you can use it from your home or from another network.
  • You are using a hacked Minecraft Pocket Edition or Minecraft Windows 10 edition, so you can’t join the server.
  • You are using a cracked Minecraft Pocket Edition or Minecraft Windows 10 edition, so you can’t join the server (but if you have bought it, then it’s OK).
  • Your friends have changed their IP address and port of their server to avoid hackers and other players that want to harm them and their server, so you don’t know how to connect to them anymore (but if they tell you their new IP address and port number, then you can try connecting again).

What Causes Connection Issues In Minecraft?

Poor Internet Connection

If you have a poor internet connection, you may suffer from lag and disconnections more often. This is because the game has to download chunks of your Minecraft world, which can take time if your internet connection isn’t fast enough.

Your Friend Has No Idea What They’re Doing

If you have trouble connecting to a friend’s Minecraft world and they are having the same problem, it may be because they are not running their server correctly. If that’s the case, there’s not much you can do about it besides asking them for help.

The Game Hasn’t Loaded

If you are trying to join a server but the game hasn’t loaded, it’s possible that the host has made too many changes to their server in a short amount of time. This can cause the game to crash and not load properly, thus making it impossible to join the server.

It’s Been an Awhile Since You Joined Their World

If you’re having trouble connecting to your friend’s world, you might want to try joining their world again after a few minutes have passed. This is because Minecraft servers can take a bit of time to load and update themselves, so if you try joining right away, you may have trouble getting into the world.

The Host Messed Up Their Settings

Sometimes, your friends will host their Minecraft worlds incorrectly and mess up their settings so that no one can connect to them until they fix things. If that happens, don’t bother asking them for help because they may not know what they’re doing.

It’s Been Hit By A DDoS Attack

If a Minecraft server has been hit by a DDoS attack, it’s possible that nobody will be able to connect to it until the host fixes the issue. You can try again later or try hosting your own server instead.

You’re Using The Wrong Port

If you’re trying to join a server and you get an error message that says “Couldn’t Connect To Server,” there’s a chance that you are using the wrong port number. If this happens, you’ll want to double-check your settings before trying again.

Your Friend Is Using The Wrong Version of Minecraft

If you can’t connect to your friend’s Minecraft world and they are using the same version of Minecraft as you, there may be an update out for their game that hasn’t been released for yours yet. This can cause connection issues between different versions of Minecraft until the update is released for your version as well.

Making Sure Your Game Is Up-to-Date

  • Mac Users

If you’re having connection issues with Minecraft, your first step should be to check your game version. If you’re running an old version of Minecraft, there’s a chance that this is causing connectivity issues.

  • Windows Users

To check your game version in Windows, simply open up the Minecraft launcher and look at the bottom of the window. This is where you’ll find your game version number.

  • Linux Users

To check your game version on Linux, simply open up a terminal window and type in “java -version”. You should see information about your Java installation pop-up, including which version of Java you are running and which Minecraft version it supports.


The connection issues can happen to anyone. When they do, they are very stressful and frustrating. If you ever find yourself in this situation, don’t panic. You can fix this. All you need is a little bit of patience and this guide to troubleshoot and fix your Minecraft connection problem. Once you do, you’ll be able to get back into the game and have fun with your friends! With this guide, you’ll be able to figure out why you can’t join your friends’ Minecraft world and resolve any issues you’re having so you can get back into the game.

You may also like

conceivablytech Logo.

Conceivably Tech is a blog that provides tech tips and tricks to make your life easier. From simple solutions to complex problems, our team of experts have you covered. We believe in making technology work for you, so you can focus on what’s important. Our mission is to provide easy-to-follow tech advice that makes a real difference in people’s lives. Join the conversation and let us help you get the most out of your technology!


Subscribe my Newsletter for new blog posts, tips & new photos. Let's stay updated!

© 2024 Conceivably Tech | All Rights Reserved |