Since its birth, Minecraft has been blessed with relentless growth into the beautiful and positively massive game it is today. Minecraft still hasn’t calmed down and is actually planning a slew of updates to add bees, new Nether mechanics and monsters, and much more. Luckily, there’s actually a way for you to get in on the action weeks or even months before the general public sees these updates: by joining the Minecraft betas.
Mojang currently offers three different beta channels that you can join for the Bedrock Edition of Minecraft. Digital copies of Minecraft on Xbox, Windows 10, and Android devices are all eligible for some experimental goodies. iOS and other copies of Bedrock Edition are not able to join the beta at this point, and the PS4 edition of Minecraft is unfortunately not the Bedrock Edition, so it also loses. We will explain step by step how you can subscribe (and unsubscribe) to all beta versions of Bedrock Edition.
How to Join the Xbox and Windows 10 Betas
Since the Xbox One platform and Windows 10 share many similarities, Microsoft deigned to make the sign-up process for their beta programs identical. The process is really as easy as installing an app and clicking a few buttons. Keep in mind, you must own Minecraft to join the beta program. On Xbox, you must own the digital version of Minecraft. The disc version will not work.
- The first thing you will want to do is find it Xbox Insider Hub App (opens in a new tab) from the Microsoft store. You can either use the aforementioned link or just search for it in the store (probably easier on Xbox).
- Once you find it in the Microsoft Store, you’ll want install it on your Xbox or PC.
- It’s time to launch the Xbox Insider Hub app. You can either do it directly from the store or find it in your installed apps.
- In the hamburger menu on the left side, there are two options. ==Click **Insider Content. You should see a collection of different programs you can join, ranging from games, apps, and system.
- Click on Minecraft under the Games section. This is where you will go to join or unsubscribe from the beta.
- Click it Manage button. You should see two different branches that you can choose from. It’s not the hardest decision in the world, because you want to be in the beta or not.
- Once you choose the branch you want, Minecraft will automatically update to the current beta. Sit back and wait!
How to Join the Android Beta
The other beta program available to all interested Minecraft fans resides on the Android platform. This is of course a mobile platform, so this version of Minecraft is best suited for your phone, but since it’s the Bedrock Edition, it doesn’t lose any functionality. As before, you must already own this version of Minecraft to sign up. How do I join the beta for Android? Keep reading to find out.
- Install Minecraft on Android (opens in a new tab). Google has made it even easier to access beta versions of games and apps, by placing it directly on the game or app’s landing page!
- Click it “Join beta” option on the Minecraft app store page. Any game or app that has a beta program running through the Google Play Store should have this section.
- Faucet “Rejoin” to start the process. The Google Play Store will ask for your confirmation. It means type “Rejoin” Again.
- It may take a few minutes, but once you join the beta program Minecraft will update automatically. You are now a beta tester, so enjoy!
Now that you’ve joined the beta, there are a few things to keep in mind. Since the beta previews features not present in the public versions of Minecraft, you will face some limitations.
- Beta cannot visit Realms. You will not be able to join or create realms while you are in the beta.
- Multiplayer only works with other beta players. While you can still join your friends’ games, they must also be signed up for the beta.
- The beta is, well, a beta. This means that you may encounter bugs, glitches, and broken features while exploring.
- Save your worlds and create new ones. It’s always a good idea to keep your normal worlds and beta worlds separate, and back them up just in case.
- You can subscribe or unsubscribe from the beta at any time. If you just want to hang out and see what’s going on, then get back to your regular lineup, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. Minecraft makes going back and forth incredibly easy.
It’s essential. Betas are pretty easy to sign up for and even easier to enjoy. It won’t be long before other major updates start hitting the Minecraft betas, like the next bee update.