How to update Minecraft on Bedrock, PC, Java, iOS & more

Jessica Filby
How to update Minecraft

New Minecraft updates are constantly coming to the game and bring with them a ton of new content to try out. So, to keep you enjoying Minecraft at its best, here’s how to update your Bedrock or Java on whatever console or device you use.

Minecraft’s 1.20 update has players itching to try out the latest content, and its upcoming 1.21 features are bringing in even more fans through the Snapshots. As such, it’s no surprise fans are ready to stay ahead of the game, especially when there are new animals, Armor Trims, and biomes to discover and make their pixelated homes even more delightful.

You’re probably scratching your head, wondering how to update Minecraft on Bedrock, your PC, or any other platform of your choice. So, here’s the ultimate guide to updating your Minecraft game.


How to update Minecraft on the Nintendo Switch

Minecraft Nintendo Switch edition

Updating Minecraft on the Nintendo Switch is relatively easy, here’s how to do it:

  1. Load up Minecraft on your Switch
  2. A window will pop up about the new update
  3. Press the button in that window to go to the eShop
  4. Download the new update

Once the update has been processed and downloaded, simply head back into the game and enjoy.

How to update Minecraft on Bedrock & Java for PC and Mac

Since there are two versions of Minecraft on the PC there are two different instructions to follow. If you own a Mac then you’ll be using the Java Edition.

Bedrock edition

Windows PC players who enjoy the Bedrock edition for Minecraft should see their game update automatically. If it doesn’t, here’s how to update Minecraft for Windows:

  1. Open the Microsoft store
  2. Select the tree dots on the top right
  3. Press ‘Downloads and updates’
  4. Select ‘Get updates’
  5. Begin your update

Wait for that to finish and you’ll have the freshly updated Minecraft Bedrock PC game ready to play.

Java edition

The Java edition will require you to download the Minecraft launcher, which can be downloaded on the Minecraft website. Once that’s done, follow these steps:

  1. Open up the Minecraft launcher
  2. If the launcher doesn’t show the most recent update, press the arrow to the right of the play button
  3. Select ‘Latest Release’

Then the game will be ready to enjoy.

How to update Minecraft on Xbox

Minecraft Console edition

When it comes to updating Minecraft on your Xbox, it’s similar to what every other game needs on the console:

  1. Go to ‘My Apps & Games
  2. Press the more options button on Minecraft
  3. Select ‘Manage game & add-ons’
  4. Then press ‘updates’
  5. If any are available they will be available here and you can update them

The game should update automatically for you but you can always check it by following the same steps.

How to update Minecraft on PlayStation

Similar to the Xbox, your Playstation should automatically update Minecraft. However, for some players, their updates are not set to automatic. If this is the case, follow these steps:

  1. Find Minecraft in your library
  2. Select the game using the ‘options’ button
  3. Click ‘check for update’
  4. Update if needed and play

Thankfully, due to the nature and size of most Minecraft updates, the download shouldn’t take too long.

How to update Minecraft on iOS and Android

Updating Minecraft on your iOS or Android works in the same way as many other apps. Follow these steps:

  1. Go to the App Store or Google Play
  2. Find Minecraft in your library
  3. If needed, it will prompt you to update
  4. Press update and wait for it to install

Some mobiles will hold back an app update so be sure to check regularly in case you’ve missed a newer version of the game.

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