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Minecraft LAN Not Working Fixed 2021

by James Parker
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It is no joke; any disturbance when you play games is that easy to take. Consider resuming, restarting, and troubleshooting as LAN fails to connect when playing with your friends locally. Games do get interesting when you are in multiplayer mode. Minecraft makes it difficult in playing multiplayer mode especially. LAN not working is one of the common Windows problems for Minecraft. In most scenarios, the players can connect to the internet but they can’t join each other to play the game. In this article, we will explain how to fix this error.

Why does this error occur?

Tracking down the user reviews this particular issue has had found to be invoked by few common errors. Let’s now discuss the errors causing this issue.

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Firewall Blocks the Java

Basically, the firewall is to protect your PC from the programs that are denied access. Now when you install Minecraft and unfortunately you hit deny button when it asks for permission to run the program, there are high chances you will face issues playing Minecraft. To get this right you may have to allow all the permission requested by Minecraft.

Connecting to different Networks

As we are concerned about the LAN connection, it is pretty obvious that you should be connected to the same network as other players. When there is a change in the network connected to the computers this error occurs. 

Access Point Isolation

Here is the main culprit. When the access point isolation is turned on your computer, this will block you from connecting to the other gamers locally. Check whether the access point isolation is turned on if LAN is not working while playing on your Minecraft.

Disabling Network Discovery

You might require enabling the network to the public when you play in Minecraft. But when the network discovery is disabled on your PC, Minecraft will not be able to connect to the network. Turning ON the network discovery setting will help you fix this. 

How to Fix Minecraft LAN Not Working

The following fixes will help you figure out many ways in fixing this error.

Fix 1: Check the LAN connection

It is all about the same network that all the PC’s connected to when trying to play multiplayer in your Minecraft. When you failed to connect to the players, check whether all the computers are connected to the same LAN connection in the room. In case any of the gamers are using a laptop while playing high chances are there that the laptop might have connected to the nearby WiFi connection. That is the first fix to be done.

If the other PCs are connected to LAN using the Ethernet cable, the gamers using the laptop will also have to connect using the ethernet cable rather than joining the LAN network using the WiFi option.

When you make sure all the PC’s and Laptops are connected to the same network, go ahead and try connecting again. This step might help you solve the issue. In case, the issue persists go ahead with the other fixes discussed below.

Fix 2: Check whether Minecraft is blacklisted by your windows firewall

It is common that you may have come across when you try to launch a new application on your smart device, be it a mobile phone, or PC, or Laptop. Any application you launch will need a certain set of permissions to be granted by the device to perform to its fullest. Most often the permission that Minecraft would request is to allow access for internet connection, when the permission is denied connecting to fellow gamers will be a problem. 

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If you have granted access when you installed Minecraft is completely fine. In case, you are not sure whether the permission is granted or you have denied the access follow the below steps to grant the permission for Minecraft to work. 

  • Open control panel (search using Windows + R, the Run command will appear, enter control panel or using the shortcut key Windows + X and select the control panel from the options)
  • Find System and Security
  • Now select firewall
  • Go ahead and find the “Allow apps to connect through firewall” present on the left side of the panel
  • You will now see a dialogue box will all the applications on your PC. Go ahead and select the Minecraft
  • Now check the box to allow access
  • Most often the permission that Minecraft would request is to allow access for internet connection, when the permission is denied connecting to fellow gamers will be a problem. 

And now you have granted the access, go ahead and try connecting to the network. Don’t worry if this fix doesn’t help you, the others mentioned below will do. Continue reading.

Fix 3: Wake up the Network Discovery

Easiest fix of all. When Network discovery is not turned on for the public network, when you try to connect from Minecraft the internet connection will not get through and be a hindrance in connecting. All you have to do is to enable network discovery for public and private networks, the following steps will help you do it.

  • Open control panel (search using Windows + R, the Run command will appear, enter control panel or using the shortcut key Windows + X and select the control panel from the options)
  • Select the Network and Internet option
  • Open Network and sharing 
  •  “Change advanced settings option”  select this option
  • Check the public and private network boxes present below Network discovery option
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Now that you have enabled the network setting, go ahead and try connecting to LAN on your Minecraft.

Fix 4: Turn off the Access Point Isolation

Access point isolation is a security factor. Few routers will be prone to access point isolation making them not able to perform properly when you try to connect in Minecraft. Follow the below steps to turn off the access point isolation.

  • Press Windows + R and type cmd
  • Type ipconfig, find the IP address of your router and copy it
  • You may have to log in to your router’s website using the credentials given to you
  • Now click on the “Advanced wireless settings”
  • Select AP isolation
  • The “Enable access point” will be checked, go ahead and uncheck the box. Now save the changes
  • Restart your router

As the access point isolation is disabled and provided that all the computers are connected to the same network you can establish the connection in Minecraft using LAN.

Fix 5: No more Anti-virus, atleast for sometime

Guess what, the antivirus you installed in order to protect your PC from unauthorised actions is now a hindrance for you to connect LAN in Minecraft. Few antivirus are designed in a way to deny access for games like Minecraft. All you ahve to do is to disable it temporarily. Follow the below steps to disable your anti-virus.

  • Open control panel (search using Windows + R, the Run command will appear, enter control panel or using the shortcut key Windows + X and select the control panel from the options)
  • Select Virus and threat protection in the Windows security option under Update and security
  • The real-time protection will be turned on, go ahead and turn it off

Fix 6: A Direct LAN connection

This fix to connect to the LAN directly using the host’s IP address of the port. When you open Minecraft and it still loads to find games when your computer is connected to your LAN, you may now have to connect using your host’s IP address. You may have known the way to find the IP address in your PC from fix 4. If not please follow the steps below to find the IP address.

  • Press Windows + R and type cmd
  • Type ipconfig, find the IP address of your router and copy it

Do this step on your host’s computer, so that you can find the IP address and note it down. Now all you have to do is select the Direct Connection Button present on your Minecraft game. Make sure to note down the host’s game port number as well. Now that you have the IP address and the game port number of your host, give the credentials in the following manner, (Host’s IP address): (Host’s game port number).

Now you are directly connected to the LAN, continue playing your Minecraft.

Fix 7: Update your game

Be it any application, its developers are working on it for its next update based on real-time user feedback. Now that Minecraft has its benchmark issue for a long time, the developers of Minecraft are working on it as well.

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So not keeping the game up to date is also another reason you might face issues in connecting via LAN. When you try to connect with your friend but both of you having different versions of the game is of no use. Having the same version will help you connect to your friend. You are not just updating the application; you are actually fixing the bug.

Follow the below steps to change the Minecraft version:

  • Log in to your Minecraft profile
  • Now select “Edit Profile” (bottom left corner of the screen)
  • Select Use version present on the “Profile Editor” window
  • Select the latest version present in the drop down you see

And now you are done selecting the updated version of your Minecraft game. Go ahead and try to connect with your friend.

Fix 8: Updating your network drivers

Since Minecraft is an internet-based game, anything outdated in your PC will end up as a block as you try to connect through LAN. Now that network drivers play a part to connect you to the LAN, they need to be updated as well. The following steps will help you update the network drivers on your PC.

  • Press Windows + R, as the run command dialogue box appears type Network drivers and hit enter
  • The available network drivers will be displayed
  • If any of the drivers need an update, right-click on the particular network driver and select update
  • Make sure to search for the updated drivers

As the network drivers are updated, high chances you will be able to connect to Minecraft through LAN. In case this fix does not fix the LAN issue the final fix will surely help you fix it. Go ahead and read the next fix to solve the issue.

Fix 9: Launch the Minecraft one more time

When every step you have tried doesn’t fix the issue, this one will surely help to resolve the issue. The following steps will help you uninstall and reinstall the Minecraft application.

  • Open control panel (search using Windows + R, the Run command will appear, enter control panel or using the shortcut key Windows + X and select the control panel from the options)
  • Select uninstall a program
  • Find Minecraft and uninstall the application
  • Download the application again from the store or using javaw exe

Uninstalling the Minecraft application and reinstalling it again will help you give access to the permissions the application asks for, the updated version will be installed, and most importantly all the caches and clichés will be cleared.

FAQs

1. Why is my LAN world not showing up in Minecraft?

The three errors discussed above are most of the reasons that LAN world is not showing up in Minecraft.

2. How to enable LAN in Minecraft?

Open the game, click the pen icon and create a new world. Select the multiplayer option, and enable “Visible to LAN players”. Now you have enabled the LAN.

3. How do I find my Minecraft IP address?

As mentioned in fix number 4, Press Windows + R and type cmd to open the Run command, Type ipconfig, find the IP address of Minecraft.

Conclusion

Having this biggest trouble while playing Minecraft, made you read this article to find the solution to your problem. I hope this article helps you fix the issue of you connecting through LAN. 

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