How to Get Minecraft for Free

Test the blocky waters with different free methods

More than a decade after its release, Minecraft remains one of the most popular games on PCs, consoles, and mobile devices. Although there's no legal way to play the full version of the game without buying it, you have a few options for how to get Minecraft for free.

Information in this article applies to Minecraft for all platforms including PC, mobile devices, and game consoles.

Can You Get Minecraft for Free?

There are a few ways to play Minecraft for free:

  • Download a free trial.
  • Play Minecraft in browser mode.
  • Use an unauthorized hacking tool.

If you own an older version of the game, you may be able to upgrade to the latest edition for free.

Your computer must have the latest version of Java installed to run Minecraft.

Play for Free With a Minecraft Demo

Most platforms offer a free trial of Minecraft, but there are limitations. You can play the demo for five in-game days, each of which lasts 20 minutes, so you have 100 minutes of total playtime. After that, you have to pay for the full version of the game.

You can download a free Minecraft demo from the official website. You'll also find free demos for Minecraft in the PS4 and Xbox One online stores. Unfortunately, there's no demo version for Android or iOS.

When you first launch the game, you'll be required to create an account, but you won't have to enter any payment information. You won't be charged unless you choose to upgrade, so you don't have to worry about canceling your free trial.

Minecraft for PS4 demo in the PlayStation store.

Use Your Browser to Play Minecraft Classic

Another free option is to play Minecraft Classic in a web browser. Go to the Minecraft Classic website in any browser to play the original version of Minecraft in Creative Mode. The website will automatically generate a random world and provide you with a link that you can share to play with friends.

Since this is the original Java version of the game released in 2009, you won't have access to the latest features. You can only play with the people you invite, and you won't have access to Minecraft mods. Nonetheless, there's no limit on the amount of time you can play.

Minecraft Classic in Google Chrome

Play Minecraft for Free With TLauncher

There's an unofficial program called TLauncher that allows you to create a Minecraft account for free. Go to the TLauncher website to download the program for your operating system.

TLauncher comes with additional features such as the ability to create your own custom skins. Keep in mind that TLauncher isn't supported by the company that makes Minecraft, so you may experience bugs and crashes while playing.

Upgrade to Minecraft Bedrock Edition for Free

The latest release of Minecraft is called the Bedrock Edition. If you purchased the Java version of Minecraft for Windows prior to October 19, 2018, you can upgrade to the Bedrock Edition for free. All you have to do is open a web browser and log in to your Mojang account.

The Bedrock Edition comes with cross-platform play, which means you can interact with others who are playing on different platforms (PC, PS4, etc.). If you have an older version of Minecraft for PS4, it will update automatically to the Bedrock Edition when you launch the game. Unfortunately, the free upgrade is no longer available for Xbox One.