Minecraft Bedrock Beta 1.19.40.20 Patch Notes

Minecraft has over ten years of active game development. For many of those years and much of the game’s updates, betas, previews, and pre-releases have existed. These betas are ways for the game developers to fix bugs discovered by players, as well as modify game features to work as intended if they don’t.

The latest of these beta previews is Bedrock’s recently announced beta 1.19.40.20, which included numerous bug fixes for various gameplay areas and updated much of the touch UI for handheld players.


Minecraft Bedrock Beta 1.19.40.20 Ushers In Many Changes

Updated touch controls

The new touch controls in beta 1.19.40.20 (Image via Minecraft)
The new touch controls in beta 1.19.40.20 (Image via Minecraft)

There is a new button implemented under the Settings > Touch menu to bring up the touch control selection screen, which can be used to change the selected control scheme.

When the auto jump feature is enabled, players will automatically jump out of water when moving towards a land block.

In Creative Mode, when using touch input with the action buttons disabled, the first block break delay is delayed to 800 milliseconds, reducing the risk of accidentally breaking a block.

Added support for drag and drop with touch gestures in inventory. Players can split stacks more easily with touch controls by long pressing.

Double tap “down” to disable flight in joystick touch control modes.

Updated status effect positioning for Pocket UI.


Bug fixes

Slimes spawning in an ancient city: MCPE-153524 (Image via Minecraft)
Slimes spawning in an ancient city: MCPE-153524 (Image via Minecraft)

There are quite a few bug fixes found in this beta. These bugs will be described, and then, if applicable, the bug number will be placed in parentheses.

Spectators no longer drop XP orbs when killed. (MCPE-160245)

Spectators will no longer respawn with a reset player level when killed.

Getting killed by a renowned weapon will produce a death message with the custom name.

Covered Forest, Mutated Savanna, and Birch Forest biomes now use the correct grass colors. (MCPE-34936)

Text backgrounds of hotbar items are now affected by the Text Background Opacity slider. (MCPE-79331)

Previously, mobs could spawn in Ancient Cities on the Bedrock version of the game. This has been fixed. (MCPE-153524)

NPC names were not displaying by default only when viewed.

Falling blocks no longer break when dropped on double slabs. (MCPE-159921)

Keyboard users can now sprint diagonally. (MCPE-144702)

Huge Fungus will no longer replace partial blocks when growing from Nylium. (MCPE-65661)

Redstone will no longer produce the wrong strength signal in certain configurations. (MCPE-81981)

Fixed several issues with pistons sticking near world build boundaries. (MCPE-96088)

Usernames can no longer exceed the normal maximum size. (MCPE-152884)

An example of waterlogged leaves glowing too brightly: MCPE-76949 (Image via Minecraft)
An example of waterlogged leaves glowing too brightly: MCPE-76949 (Image via Minecraft)

The water texture on some waterlogged blocks will no longer be too shiny when placed under other blocks. (MCPE-76949)

Screen position on some Android devices has been fixed. (MCPE-159703)

The game will no longer crash when loading an arrow with an unrecognized data value. (MCPE-157983)

Baby villagers will accept flowers from iron golems.

A different view of a floating guardian (Image via Minecraft)
A different view of a floating guardian (Image via Minecraft)

Guardians can no longer float in the air. (MCPE-33641)

Tamed mobs can follow the player through the final portal.

Grove biomes are now classified as “cold” biomes. (MCPE-147834)

The “Clear account login data” button has been removed from all platforms other than Switch. (MCPE-129704)

The profile screen has been split into two sections: General and Account.

Text-to-speech now works appropriately for revamped death screens.

Fixed a bug that caused achievements to be disabled for some world templates.

Fixed a bug that caused players to move in the wrong direction after using VR Snap camera movement. (MCPE-152443)

Boats no longer disappear when pushed through a portal. (MCPE-161563)

Teleports will instantly move the player instead of appearing to fly them to the location.

Added ‘replace block’ overload to the /loot command.

Implementation of ‘/execute rotated’ and ‘/execute rotated as’ commands

Added the ability to set a custom block with specific properties with /setblockcommand.

The game will no longer crash when loading a structure from a structure block and the player left a dimension through a portal. (MCPE-132561)

Custom items, beacons, and block tags now work correctly with the Minecraft:digger component. (MCPE-155786)

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