How to Connect to a Multiplayer Server in Minecraft Pocket Edition (not on the Same Wifi Network)




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This is a guide to connecting to an external server on Minecraft Pocket Edition. This is not a guide to connecting to a LAN-type world.
Please enjoy, and if I have made any mistakes, please do not hesitate to tell me!

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Step 1: Go to Your Home Screen

Begin at your home screen. If you are in another app, simply press the home button, which is located on the bottom of the iPhone.

Step 2: Find Your Minecraft Pocket Edition App

This can be found somewhere on one of you home screen pages or with a spotlight search.
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Step 3: Open Minecraft

To this by simply tapping on the app. It should come up with a screen like this one.

Step 4: Open Worlds

Tap 'Play' to do this. Next, tap 'Edit', which is in the upper right hand corner.

Step 5: Open External Server

Tap 'External' to do so. This is next to the 'Edit' button.

Step 6: Fill in the Name, Address, and Port.

In this example, I will be opening the Lifeboat 'Survival Games' server. To find a server, search 'Minecraft Pocket Edition Servers' in your web browser. Normally, the website you got it from will have the ip (address) and port. Simply enter these into the slots allotted. It doesn't matter what you call the server in the top box.

For this example, I called Lifeboat SG, and the ip was The port was the default port, 19132.

**A common ip is made up of numbers separated by periods, with a colon at the end, and more numbers after that. The numbers after the colon are the port. Don't get confused, just enter the numbers before the colon as the ip, and numbers after the colon in the Port box.

Step 7: Add and Play!

Tap 'Add Server' when you've entered the name, ip, and port. It will show up on your 'Worlds' screen, ready for you to tap and play!

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    7 Discussions


    2 months ago

    Everytime I try to connect to a external server, it says that I am unable to connect to world.


    Question 1 year ago on Step 6

    How do you find your own server name and ip


    3 years ago

    WOW! this hellped a lot!


    3 years ago

    mine keeps saying use a valid username. What does that mean?

    electric guy

    3 years ago

    why won't it work when I'm connected to WiFi?


    3 years ago

    thats so cool