Minecraft download: How to download Minecraft and play free trial edition on PC and mobile phone

Mojang’s Minecraft has been one of the most popular games of all time. From casual players to content creators, Minecraft has a huge player base that keeps coming back to the game over a decade after its launch. The game features a procedurally generated world where you need to survive against mobs of enemies, build shelter, and scavenge for food until craft enough gear and potions to defeat the Ender Dragon. Minecraft also has a great sandbox that allows you to create various structures using different types of blocks. Minecraft is available across various platforms including PC, laptop, smartphones, and consoles.

Here’s an easy step-by-step guide on how to download Minecraft game for free on PC, laptop, and mobile phone:

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How to download Minecraft for PC

There are two versions of Minecraft games: Minecraft for Windows 10 and Minecraft Java Edition. The latter is a bit more popular and supports cross-platform play, including Windows, macOS, and Linux. The Minecraft for Windows 10 aka Bedrock edition, can be played on Windows 10 PC or laptops.

Minecraft Windows 10 edition price

You can try out Minecraft for Windows with a free trial or download it as part of Xbox Game Pass for PC subscription that costs Rs 349 per month plus taxes.

Minecraft Bedrock Edition: How to download Minecraft free trial on PC/ laptop (Windows 10)

Minecraft for Windows 10 (Bedrock edition) free download for PC/ laptop is only available for the trial version, which offers 1 hour 40 minutes game time or 5 in-game days. You’ll have to purchase the game after that to continue playing. Here’s how you can download the trial version of Minecraft for Windows 10 free on your PC or laptop.

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  • Fire up your browser on PC
  • Search ‘Minecraft Free Trial’. Alternatively, you can click on this link
  • Click on the Windows icon
  • It’ll redirect you to ‘Minecraft for Windows 10’ page on Microsoft Store
  • There choose ‘Free Trial’
  • Login with your Microsoft ID, if you haven’t already, to download Minecraft trial version on your PC and laptop
  • Open the downloaded file to install the game

Minecraft Windows 10 edition system requirements

Minimum system requirements

  • OS – Windows 10 version 14393.0 or higher
  • CPU – Intel Celeron J4105 | AMD FX-4100
  • GPU – Intel HD Graphics 4000 | AMD Radeon R5
  • Memory – 4 GB RAM

Recommended system requirements

  • OS – Windows 10 version 14393.0 or higher
  • CPU – Intel i7-6500U | AMD A8-6600K
  • GPU – NVIDIA GeForce 940M | AMD Radeon HD 8570D
  • Memory – 8 GB RAM

Minecraft Windows edition download size

Minecraft Windows edition requires at least 1GB free space on PC/ laptop.

Minecraft Java edition: How to download Minecraft Java Edition on PC/ laptop

The Minecraft Java Edition is available in two premium variants: Starter Collection and Master Collection. Per Microsoft, the difference between the two collections is that the Master Collection comes with 1000 Minecoins, while the Starter Collection comes with 700 Minecoins. Besides the Minecoin difference, the Master Collection includes a few more Skin packs.

Minecraft Java edition price

Minecraft Java edition is also part of Xbox Game Pass for PC subscription, which is priced at Rs 349 per month plus taxes.

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  • To download Minecraft Java Edition on PC/ laptop, visit minecraft.net
  • Choose ‘Get Minecraft’
  • Select Computer from the list of available devices, followed by platform. The Minecraft Java Edition supports Windows, macOS, and Linux.
  • After this, Mac and Linux users will get to buy Minecraft Java Edition. On the other hand, Windows users will be given two games to purchase: Minecraft Java Edition and Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition. Choose the option that you want and proceed with payment
  • Once the payment is done, users will easily be able to download and install Minecraft Java Edition on their PC

Minecraft Java Edition system requirements

Minimum system requirements

  • OS – Windows 7 or up/ 64-bit Linux OS from 2014 onwards/ Any 64-bit macOS X using 10.9 Maverick or newer
  • CPU – Intel Core i3-3210/ AMD A8-7600 or equivalent
  • GPU (Integrated) – Intel HD Graphics 4000 (Ivy Bridge) or AMD Radeon R5 series (Kaveri line)
  • GPU (Discrete) – Nvidia GeForce 400 Series or AMD Radeon HD 7000 series with OpenGL 4.4
  • Memory – 4 GB RAM

Recommended system requirements

  • OS – Windows 7 or up/ 64-bit Linux OS from 2014 onwards/ Any 64-bit macOS X using 10.9 Maverick or newer
  • CPU – Core i5-4690/ AMD A10-7800 or equivalent
  • GPU – Nvidia GeForce 700 Series /AMD Radeon Rx 200 Series (excluding integrated chipsets)
  • Memory – 8 GB RAM

Minecraft Java edition download size

Minecraft Java edition needs at least 1GB of free space on your PC.

How to play free Minecraft trial on web browser

Developer Mojang had launched a free trial version of Minecraft Classic on the 10th anniversary of the game, which can be played on your web browser. This is the easiest way to play Minecraft and you don’t even need to download the game on your PC. Here’s how you can play Minecraft Classic on your web browser:

  • Open your web browser and search for Minecraft Classic, or click on this link

  • After the website opens, it will instantly load a new world
  • Pick a username and copy the link above your username to invite up to 9 friends
  • Your friends can paste the link in their browser to join the game

It should be noted that Minecraft Classic is an older version of the game that doesn’t have all the gameplay features. You can try out this version on your browser before you purchase the full version.

How to download Minecraft on Android mobile phone and iPhone

Much like PC/ laptop, the Minecraft free download for mobile phones is available for the trial version for Android users. The full version of the game for both Android mobile phone and iPhone remains paid and you can purchase it from the Google Play Store and App Store, respectively. Minecraft’s full version gives you access to various modes, including Creative that comes with unlimited resources, Survival in which users will have to fend off mobs by crafting weapons and armoury, and Multiplayer to play with up to 10 friends online.

Minecraft mobile price on iOS and Android

Minecraft costs Rs 650 on Google Play Store and Rs 599 on Apple App Store. Here’s how to download Minecraft on your phone:

  • Head to the app marketplace, i.e. Google Play Store for Android and App Store for iOS, and search ‘Minecraft’.
  • Alternatively, click on these links – Minecraft download for Android, Minecraft download for iPhone
  • Tap on the title, which is developed by Mojang
  • Purchase the game from the store
  • After the payment is successful, click on the install button
  • Minecraft game will download on your smartphone

Read more: Minecraft skin download: How to download Minecraft skins, change them, and more

Minecraft Android system requirements

  • OS – Android 5.0 or above
  • Download size – 116 MB

Although Mojang hasn’t officially shared any information regarding the RAM requirements of Minecraft, it’s safe to assume that the game will run smoothly on device with over 2 GB RAM.

Minecraft iOS system requirements

  • OS – iOS 10.0 or above
  • Download size – 358.5 MB

Minecraft FAQs

How to play Minecraft for free on PC online

The Minecraft game is available for PC/ laptop users for free online. The game can be played on pretty much any browser for Windows and macOS out there. However, there is one caveat: Mojang offers the earliest version of Minecraft that was launched in 2009 to play online. The version comes with an old interface with just 32 blocks.

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  • To play Minecraft for free on PC online, visit https://classic.minecraft.net/ website
  • Pick a username and choose ‘Start’

That’s it!

How to download Minecraft maps

There are a bunch of maps available to download on Minecraft through several third-party websites. Minecraftmaps.com is among the nicest websites to download maps for Minecraft. Select the desired map from the website and download it. Now, add it to the game using the following steps:

  • Unzip the Minecraft map on your system
  • Press Windows + R key to open the Run menu and search ‘%appdata%.minecraft’
  • Look for a folder named ‘saves’
  • The folder includes the names of the existing Minecraft worlds
  • Drag and drop the unzipped map folder to the ‘Saves’ folder.
  • Now, open the Microsoft Launcher and launch ‘Minecraft’
  • Select the single-player option to see the new map added to the game
  • Click on ‘Play Selected World’ to play the newly downloaded map on Minecraft

Minecraft servers 2021

Minecraft can be played on many servers that come with their own self-contained multiplayer world, rules, gameplay style, and communities. Here are a few best Minecraft Servers you can try in 2021:

  • MINEPLEX – IP: eu.mineplex.com or us.mineplex.com || Server: Minecraft survival server
  • GRAND THEFT MINECART – IP: mc-gtm.net || Server: Minecraft survival server

  • BRAWL – IP: brawl.com || Server: Minecraft battle royale server

  • PIRATECRAFT – IP: mc.piratemc.com || Server: Minecraft RPG server

  • MINECRAFT MIDDLE EARTH – IP: build.mcmiddleearth.com || Server: Minecraft RPG server

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