Friday, August 19, 2022

Why My Minecraft Server Won’t Let Others Connect?

Minecraft is a timeless classic game that has tempted generation after generation to get involved.

Minecraft allows you to create your own server and allow friends to join it. Why My

But occasionally your friends may have issues while connecting to your server and vice versa.

So, here is a detailed guide on what to do when your Minecraft server won’t let others connect.

Also read: Fix: Minecraft Error 0x80131509 In 2022 [SOLVED]

What To Do When My Minecraft Server Won’t Let Others Connect?

Follow the steps given below when your Minecraft server is not letting others connect to solve the problem.

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1) Check Your Internet Connection

When your Minecraft server won’t let others connect, check the internet connection.

Your friends should have a stable internet connection to access the Minecraft server.

Click on the internet icon from the bottom right corner of your taskbar. Make sure that they are connected to a stable network.

Besides checking the internet connection, also restart the router. Follow these steps to do that:

  • Turn off your PC and the router and then unplug them from the power source.
  • Wait for 5-10 minutes before reconnecting everything.
  • Restart your PC and the router. Now try to access the Minecraft server. If the problem persists, go to the next step.

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2) Log Out And Re-Login

You can simply log out of your Minecraft account and log back in.

This simple step can sometimes fix the connectivity issue. So, give it a try!

3) Refresh The Server

In case you are playing Minecraft’s Java edition, then refresh the server.

To do so, go to the bottom of the servers’ list and click on the Refresh button.

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This can often fix the problem.

Sometimes due to server outage you can face these types of issues, so check the Minecraft server by clicking here.

If you are playing on a console, then check the status of your console’s server:

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Xbox

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If the server is down then wait for some time until the servers are live again.

4) Use The Direct Connect Feature On The Multiplayer

One can connect to the server directly using the direct connect feature on the multiplayer.

So, if others cannot connect to your Minecraft server, try establishing a connection using this process:

  • Open the server list in the Multiplayer Launcher.
  • Look at the bottom to locate the Direct Connect option as shown in the picture below and click on that.

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  • Enter the name of the server and select the Join Server option.

Wait for a few minutes and check if the problem is solved.

5) Flush DNS 

DNS cache helps you to load the sites faster but if you are having connectivity issues then it is better to flush the DNS and clear any corruption.

Flushing the DNS clears the stored IP addresses and the hostnames of the websites you visited.

This way your device can retrieve fresh relevant data when you visit the site next time.

You can follow this guide to know how to flush DNS.

6) Change DNS 

You will have trouble to connect to the Minecraft server if your DNS server is misconfigured or slow.

So, changing the DNS address can fix your problem.

Follow the steps given below to change DNS:

  • Press Windows + I to open Settings. Select Network & Internet option.
  • Click on Change Adapter Options.

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  • Right-click on your Network Adapter and click on Properties.

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  • Next, select Internet Protocol Version 4 [TCP/IPv4] and open its Properties.

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  • Set the Preferred DNS Server Address and Alternate DNS Server address to 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4 respectively.
  • Click on the OK button to save the changes.

7) Update Minecraft

If you are playing an outdated version of the game and trying to connect to your friend’s server who is playing an updated version, then also you can have fail to connect to the server.

So, update Minecraft and this can solve the problem.

Follow the steps to do so:

  • Open the Minecraft Launcher and select Options.
  • Click on Force Update and finish the process.

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Now see if your friend can connect to your server, else uninstall the mods following the next solution.

8) Uninstall The Mods

Sometimes the installed mods can get corrupted and create problems.

So, remove those corrupted mods Mod to fix the problem.

Follow the process to do so:

  • Exit the Minecraft Launcher. Also, close it from the system tray.
  • Press Win + R to open the Run utility and enter the following command in the Run box:
%appdata%

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  • Press Enter. Open Minecraft and find the Mods folder.

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  • Right-click on it and copy them to another location.
  • Next, delete the Mods folder and then open the Minecraft Launcher.

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  • If you find that there is no problem now, then close the launcher.
  • Copy and paste the mods one by one to the Mods folder again. Open Minecraft every time to see if you are having any connectivity problems.
  • Repeat the process till you identify the problematic Mod.
  • After detecting the Mod, update it or contact the developer to fix the issue.

9) Check Your Firewall

Windows Firewall may sometimes interfere and prevent you from connecting to the Minecraft servers.

Tweaking some rules for Minecraft in the Windows Defender Firewall can solve the problem.

Before doing that, close Minecraft and then proceed:

  • In the Windows Start Menu enter Windows Defender Firewall Advanced Security and select the top option.

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  • From the left side of the window, select Inbound Rules.

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  • Locate Minecraft and double-click on it to open its Properties.
  • From the action section, click on the radio button for Allow the connection option. Click on the Apply button followed by OK.

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  • Next, select New Rule and click on Program. After that click on the Next option.

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  • Click on Browse and search for Minecraft’s installation folder.
  • You can also right-click on the Minecraft Desktop shortcut and choose Open File Location option.
  • From the installation folder, search for the folder named JRE-x64. Click on the Bin folder and find javaw.exe.
  • Click on the Open button and select the Next option.
  • Next, choose Allow the Connection option and click on Next.

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  • Check the boxes for Private, Domain and Public from the Profile folder.

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  • Give a name to the rule and repeat the same steps for the Java.exe file. You will find it in the Bin Folder.
  • Apply the same rules in the Outbound Rules and this should fix the issue.
  • If the problem persists follow the next steps:
  • From the Action tab, click on New Rule and choose the Port option. Click on the Next button.

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  • Check the Specific local ports option and input 25565 in the given box. Click on Next.

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  • In the Action window, click on the Allow the connection option and then click on the Next button.
  • Check all the Profiles and then click on Next. Give a name to the rule to complete the process.
  • Now you should not have issues connecting to the Minecraft server.

Frequently Asked Questions [FAQs]

  1. Why is my Minecraft server not letting my friends join?

If you and your friends are playing Minecraft on a different platform or version, then you may have these kinds of issues. An unstable network connection, firewall, or misconfigured DNS server can also lead to this problem.

  1. How do I let people connect to my Minecraft server?

You can refresh the server, change your DNS address, flush DNS, update Minecraft, and use the direct connect feature on the multiplayer to let people connect to your Minecraft server.

  1. Why can’t I join a friend’s world on Minecraft PE?

You and your friend should be connected to the same network to play together unless you are using any other third-party app.

Closing Up

Hope after performing the above steps, your friends could now connect to your Minecraft server.

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Sanchita Das
Sanchita Das
Creative and focused. Always ready to learn new techniques and improvise accordingly. Loves to meet new challenges and explore new possibilities.

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