How to Cross Play Minecraft with Friends who Aren't on Xbox

By Sean Carey,
Minecraft is one of the most popular games of the decade and has revolutionised video games as we know them. It's available on all of the major gaming platforms (and some minor ones too), and with the recent update to the PlayStation version of Minecraft, nearly all versions are now compatible with each other and offer up a feature called cross-play.

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How do I cross-play in Minecraft on Xbox One and Windows 10?

Firstly, if you are a kid, and you know your parent has set up some family controls on your Minecraft game or on your Xbox, you need to get them to read the section at the bottom of this article to help you.

Cross-play allows you to play Minecraft with friends who own the game on a different platform to you, however, to access it, you need a Microsoft account to sign in to Xbox Live. In fact, you'll need a Microsoft account to access all online features in Minecraft. This includes platforms like the PS4 and the Nintendo Switch — which are not owned by Microsoft. The main platforms that currently, support cross-platform play are Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch, Windows 10, iOS and Android.

A Microsoft account isn't necessarily needed to play Minecraft. You can still play the game offline, but to play online, you're going to need one. You'll also need one to join your friends, host realms or join public servers. Having a Microsoft account also allows you to purchase Minecraft Coins and items such as skins from the Minecraft Marketplace. Items purchased and your coins will also be linked to that Microsoft account, so if you decide to log in on another device later on down the line, you'll still have access to all of your gear and currency. You'll also be able to earn Xbox Live Achievements with a Microsoft account, except on the PS4 version, where any progress made count towards the PlayStation Trophy system.

To sign up for a free Microsoft account follow the link here.

How do I let my kid use cross-play to play Minecraft with people on other platforms

If you have kids and have set up a Family on your Microsoft account – which we absolutely recommend – you may be getting questions from them along the lines of "I can't play with my friends on PlayStation". This will be because you need to grant your kids access to play with people who aren't on an Xbox system.

Xbox One: You will need to make sure that your child is set up and signed in on the console. Then go to Settings > Account > Family Settings > Manage family members. Select your child's account, and then Privacy and Online Safety > Xbox Live Privacy > View details and customise > Communication and multiplayer. Under You can play with people outside Xbox Live, change "Block" to "Allow". This will allow any game with cross-play – Minecraft, Fortnite and the like – to connect your kid to kids on a non-Xbox platform.

Windows 10 and Android: While cross-play parental controls are still in Beta on these devices, they are available. You will first need to make sure that your child is signed in to their Microsoft account (the one that is in your Microsoft Family) on their Windows 10 laptop or their Android device (the latter will have to have the Microsoft Launcher app installed).

Now when you go to your Xbox account settings, click on "Privacy & online safety". Select the child account that you want to adjust, and click on Xbox One/Windows 10 Online Safety. If you want to allow your child to play with others online who are not on an Xbox, change "Block" to "Allow".

What are the dangers of letting my child play Minecraft with players on non-Xbox devices?

Basically, by allowing your child to play with players on another non-Xbox device you are to a certain extent opening them up to a larger pool of humans around the world. However, if you're already happily letting them play against unknown Xbox players online, the safety standards on other platforms like the Switch and the PS4 are the same if not better than Xbox's own.

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Sean Carey
Written by Sean Carey
Hey everyone! I'm Sean. I have been writing gaming content for various outlets over the past few years while studying a degree in Journalism. I grew up on everything PlayStation — mainly Metal Gear Solid, with a brief foray into the world of Xbox. Nowadays, you'll find me mainly playing multiplayer PC games, but with the recent addition of the Xbox Game Pass for PC, I'm looking forward to improving my TA Score.