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Minecraft: Apple TV Edition overview

Minecraft is now available on Apple TV! Here’s some useful info if you’re planning on playing, or already have the game installed on your device.

Purchasing

To purchase Minecraft: Apple TV Edition, search for “Minecraft” in the Apple TV store. Make sure that you’re signed in with your Apple ID when you make your purchase—this is the same account you’ll use to sign into Minecraft, and it’ll allow you to play from any other compatible Apple TV.

Visit the Minecraft: Apple TV Edition detail page for more info and purchasing options.

Installation

To install Minecraft: Apple TV Edition, you’ll need the following:

  • A 4th generation Apple TV (model number A1625) or greater
  • A compatible Bluetooth game controller
  • A persistent online connection while playing (Minecraft: Apple TV Edition can’t be played offline)

To determine which generation your Apple TV is:

  1. From the Apple TV Home screen, choose Settings > General > About.
  2. Check the model number. This must be A1625 or greater to be able to install Minecraft: Apple TV Edition.

You can also visit Apple TV Support to check which generation of Apple TV you have.

Playing Minecraft: Apple TV Edition

Once you’ve installed Minecraft: Apple TV Edition, you can launch it while signed in with your Apple ID. You can sign in using your existing Microsoft account and earn achievements, as well as sync your purchases and game saves with other versions of Minecraft Pocket Edition. You can also join any Realm created on a Minecraft Pocket Edition or Windows 10 Edition of the game. See Signing in with your Microsoft account below for more info.

You can also enjoy network play with anyone else with a Minecraft Pocket Edition:

  • Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition
  • Minecraft: Pocket Edition for iPhone/iPad/iPod
  • Minecraft: Pocket Edition for Android
  • Minecraft: Pocket Edition for Amazon Kindle Fire

Signing in with your Microsoft account

To sign into your Microsoft account while playing Minecraft: Apple TV Edition:

  1. On the title screen, select the Sign in button next to the Xbox logo.
  2. You'll get a URL to enter in a web browser on your phone or PC and a code with 8 characters.
  3. Open the link on your phone or browser and enter the 8-character code.
  4. If the code has been entered correctly, you'll see the sign-in screen. Enter your Microsoft account on the first screen, then press Next to enter your password.
  5. Once you've successfully signed in, you'll see an "All done!" message on your phone or device, and you'll be automatically signed into your account on your Apple TV.

If you see an error while entering your 8-character code, the original code you received may have timed out. If this happens, close and select the Sign in button to restart the sign-in process.

If you don’t see the correct Xbox gamertag displayed after you sign in, you may have used a different account. If this happens, go to Settings > General > Profile and select Change Gamertag to sign in with a different account.

Troubleshooting

If you have any problems with installation on your Apple TV, contact Apple TV Support.

For any other help with Minecraft: Apple TV Edition, visit the Minecraft Forums.

If you’re having problems signing in with your Microsoft account, visit the Microsoft account management page.

Frequently asked questions

I’m already playing Minecraft on my other devices. Can I sign in to my existing world on Apple TV?

Yes, when you sign in with your Microsoft account, you can access your existing worlds.

Can I create my own Realms?

Yes, you can create your own Realms by purchasing a subscription on the iOS, Android, or Windows 10 version of Minecraft. Once purchased and created, when you sign in on Apple TV you'll have access to these worlds, plus you can play with your friends in those Realms.

For more info on Minecraft Realms, see the Minecraft Realms page.

Can I join Realms created using other versions of Minecraft?

Yes, you can join Realms created by other subscribers that were created using the Pocket Edition or Windows 10 Editions of Minecraft. Joining Realms created on the PC/Java version is currently not supported.

Can I play Minecraft: Apple TV Edition while offline?

No, you’ll need to be online and stay online while you’re playing, as your Minecraft world is stored in the cloud. You’ll also need to be online when you save your game, to allow your progress to sync back to the cloud.

Can I play with other people in my local network?

Yes! You can play with anyone using a Pocket Edition of Minecraft (Windows 10, iOS, Android, and Kindle Fire), providing they’re on the same local network as your Apple TV.

Can I play with other people on the internet?

Yes, you can see who is playing by accessing the Friends tab and then join their game from there.

I get an error message while I’m syncing my game. What’s wrong?

This message appears when you’re not connected to the internet. You’ll need to be connected while you play, as all progress is automatically synced with the cloud. If you lose your connection, be sure to reconnect before quitting the game, so that you don’t lose your progress.

What happens if I purchase add-ons for the game—how do I access them?

Add-ons for Minecraft: Apple TV Edition will be automatically downloaded whenever you launch the game. You must be signed in with the same Apple ID used to purchase the add-ons when you launch the game to access them.

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