This page answers frequently asked questions about purchasing and downloading Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition, expectations for players of the previous version, and playing the new Windows 10 edition of the game.What to expect if you're already playing Minecraft on other devices
Can I continue playing my existing version of Minecraft on PC/Mac?
Yes, you can. The Windows 10 and PC/Mac versions will continue to co-exist as separate games.
What happens to my existing Minecraft worlds? Can they be played on the Windows 10 edition?
Your existing Minecraft experience won’t change at all, and the Windows 10 edition isn’t intended to be an upgrade to your existing game. You can play the Windows 10 edition in parallel with the Java PC/Mac version, allowing you to see the new features and provide feedback—and at the same time maintain your existing worlds.
I'm an existing Xbox or Windows Phone player. Can I transfer my existing Minecraft worlds to Windows 10?
The Windows 10 Edition does not currently support the transferring of worlds from other devices.
Playing the Windows 10 edition
Can I play online with other people on Windows 10? Or on different devices?
You can play with up to four other people running Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition or Pocket Edition on your local network. You can also play online with up to four of your Xbox Live friends in online multiplayer gaming.
If you or your friends subscribe to Minecraft Realms, you can play online with up to 10 players on different devices, depending on the Realm owner’s type of subscription. Visit Minecraft Realms support at Microsoft, or Mojang support for more information.
I'm new to Minecraft. What do I do, and how do I play?
Getting started with Minecraft is one of the fun and unique features of the game. There are no tutorials or help guides—the idea is that you learn by playing the game and working it out for yourself. However, if you get stuck or want to learn how to progress within the game, such as how to build items or expand your inventory, visit the Minecraft Wiki page, where millions of other players are available to help you.
How do I change how my character looks?
If you don't want to play as Steve or Alex, you can choose from one of our skin packs by clicking "Skins" on the home page, or you can create and upload your own personalized skin. For more info, see Create custom skins for Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition.
Do I need to be online or connected to the Internet to play Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition?
If you’re planning to be in an area with no online coverage, such as a long-distance flight or a sailing excursion, you can prepare your Windows 10 device to allow you to play Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition offline.
For details on how to configure your Windows 10 device for offline play, visit Play games offline on Windows 10 using Offline mode.
The following in-game modes are supported while playing offline:
Single PlayerMultiplayer via LAN
The following in-game modes require an online connection:
RealmsMultiplayer via Xbox Live
If you play offline, some features, such as the ability to purchase additional items from Microsoft Store, will not be available. Additionally, any leaderboards will be unavailable while you're offline.
If you earn any achievements while playing offline, they will sync to your account the next time you sign in to Xbox Live on your device. Your game save progress will also sync when you sign in to Xbox Live.