Microsoft Realms is one of the most valuable additions to the Minecraft family. The concept is clear: cross-platform servers that let you and your friends enjoy and compete in the private world.
Even though the Windows 10 version of the game is solid in many regards, there are still some issues that need to be addressed.
In order to help you in locating and fixing the most common issues, we prepared a list of solutions and workarounds that should get you started.
If you’re experiencing anything uncommon in the gameplay, make sure to check the list below.
How can I fix the most common Minecraft Realms issues on Windows 10?
1: Can’t log in
This is more of a general issue than something we can relate exclusively to Realms. Every multiplayer game has its share of issues, and Minecraft isn’t an exclusion.
To make the things harder for Minecraft players, everything account-wise is covered by Xbox Live. That wouldn’t be much of an issue if there’s no a cross-platform model, so things can go south quite fast.
Here’s the list of workarounds you can apply in case you’re unable to log in:
- Check the network settings.
- Check the live server status, here.
- Make sure that you’re running the latest version of the game and the server.
- Sign out on all devices and try signing in again.
- Report the bug, here.
2: Can’t connect or join a realm
The introduction of Realms simplified the online co-op game, with more stable servers that support up to 10 (+1) players in one dedicated world.
It’s always online and it’s cross-platform feature so you can create or access your realm both with PC or pocket handheld devices. However, certain users bumped into an obstacle when trying to load the realm or join it.
If you’re experiencing these or similar issues, make sure to check these steps:
- Use the wired, LAN connection rather than the wireless.
- Let Minecraft communicate through Windows Firewall.
- Sign out and sign in again.
- Forward your ports.
- Make sure you have an active subscription.
- Disable background programs hogging on the bandwidth.
- Change your location in the in-game settings.
- Load new world.
- Send a bug report ticket to Mojang.
If you want to increase your bandwidth on Windows 10, take a look at this handy guide.
3: Chat issues
A lot of users reported a quite repetitive problem which concerns the in-game chat. Namely, the only thing they’re able to see hash signs instead of letters (#####).
This has something to do with a word filter that’s there to block the offensive language. Users that have had issues with the chat are mostly writing in non-English languages, so it seems that the prevention filter is wrongly calibrated.
Everything started with the ”Better together” update, so we’re probably looking at a simple bug.
Here are the possible solutions for the issue at hand:
- Restart the game.
- Sign out and sign in again.
- Try an alternative Xbox Live account.
- Make sure you have needed permissions (parental consent).
- Send a ticket to Mojang.
4: Can’t create a free realm
The main purpose of Realms is to create your own world and play with friends online. There’s a 30-day free trial realm available for newbies, and it should be enough for you to get the hold of the things.
Nonetheless, a lot of users weren’t able to create a free realm due to certain limitations imposed on their Xbox Live account.
Furthermore, the affected users received this message: “You cannot play on Realms because of how your Xbox Live account is set up. This can be changed in your privacy and online safety settings on Xbox.com”
So, the best way to resolve this is to check your privacy and online safety settings. If you’re minor and need a parent consent, make sure to acquire it before proceeding to the creation of the realm.
Finally, if the problem is persistent, make sure to post your problem to the dedicated support site, here.
5: Game is lagging
There are some parts of Minecraft universe that are quite commonly plagued by laggy behavior and bugs. Requirement-wise, this isn’t a demanding game and it can be run on rather outdated machines by modern standards.
Furthermore, Minecraft Realms isn’t exactly known for lags, as it accompanies dedicated servers. There’s a high probability the problem is on your side, and it’s commonly related to high latency and slow bandwidth.
So, make sure to check your network settings, restart your router and/or modem, and, contact your ISP if there are additional issues. You can check your speed and latency levels locally (with Command Prompt) or with the Speedtest.
6: Game crashes
Another rare but critical issue is game crashing. Taking into account all relevant information, the most common culprits for this are incompatible display drivers, allocated RAM, and certain in-game video settings.
Now, we can’t disregard possible issues with the current game version, so there’s that, too.
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Follow these instructions to resolve game crashes in Minecraft Realms for Windows 10:
- Update graphics drivers
- Right-click on the Start button and open Device Manager.
- Expand Display adapters.
- Right-click on your main GPU device and update its drivers.
- Reallocate extra RAM
- Open the game Launcher > Edit Profile.
- Check the JVM Arguments box.
- In the command line, replace –Xmx1G with -Xmx2G.
- Change video settings
- Start the game.
- Open Options.
- Select Video Settings.
- Enable Vsync and disable VBOs.
- Save changes and restart the game.
- Update the game
- Reinstall the game
- Send a ticket to Mojang.
With that, we can conclude this list. In case you have an additional issue to report or you’re looking for additional help, feel free to tell us in the comments section below.
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