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How to Fix “Multiplayer is disabled” in Minecraft

Are you getting a “Multiplayer is disabled” error in Minecraft Java Edition?

Here’s the full error message, “Multiplayer is disabled. Please check your Microsoft account settings”.

If you’re getting this error, you won’t be able to join servers on Minecraft.

The error is typically caused by a privacy setting in your Xbox account.

In your Xbox account, there is a privacy setting that restricts you from joining multiplayer games.

You need to allow that setting to join servers on Minecraft.

Other causes for the error include being part of a family group on Microsoft and your birthdate.

In this guide, you’ll learn how to fix, “Multiplayer is disabled. Please check your Microsoft account settings” in Minecraft.

How to fix “Multiplayer is disabled” in Minecraft

To fix “Multiplayer is disabled” in Minecraft, you need to leave your family group and change your age to 18+ on Microsoft.

You also need to allow the “You can join multiplayer games” privacy setting on Xbox.

Firstly, if you’re part of a family group on Microsoft, you won’t be able to join servers in Minecraft.

Hence, you need to leave your family group to play multiplayer.

Secondly, if you’ve set your age to below 13 on Microsoft, you won’t be able to play Minecraft Realms.

To fix this, it’s recommended that you set your age to 18 and above in your Microsoft settings.

Lastly, if the “You can join multiplayer games” privacy setting is set to “Block”, you won’t be able to play multiplayer on Minecraft.

This is because multiplayer mode will be disabled in the game.

To play multiplayer mode in Minecraft, you need to allow the “You can play with people outside and the “You can join multiplayer games” privacy setting.

Here’s how to fix “Multiplayer is disabled” in Minecraft:

  1. Leave your family group on Microsoft
  2. Change your age to 18 & above on Microsoft
  3. Allow multiplayer on Xbox

1. Leave your family group on Microsoft

The first method is to leave your family group on Microsoft.

Skip this method (and go to method #2) if you’re not part of a family group on Microsoft.

Firstly, go to the official website of Microsoft.

You can do so by clicking on this link: https://www.microsoft.com/.

Once you’re on the Microsoft website, you need to sign in to your account.

To sign in to your account, click on the “Sign in” icon on the top navigation bar.

Microsoft sign in

After you’ve clicked on “Sign in”, you’ll land on the sign-in page of Microsoft.

Firstly, enter your email, phone, or Skype, and click on “Next”.

Next, enter your password in the “Password” field.

Then, click on “Sign in” to sign in to your Microsoft account.

My Microsoft account

Once you’re signed in to your Microsoft account, you’ll land back on the Microsoft homepage.

Now, the “Log in” icon will be changed into your profile icon.

Click on your profile icon to open your profile.

On your profile, you’ll see a couple of links including “My Microsoft account” and “Order history”.

Click on “My Microsoft account” to manage your Microsoft account.

Microsoft family

After you’ve clicked on “My Microsoft account”, you’ll land on your Microsoft account settings.

On the page, you’ll see multiple sections.

This includes “Subscriptions”, “Family”, “Devices”, and more.

Click on “View your family” to view your family.

If you don’t see a “View your family” link, it means that you are not part of a family group.

Leave family group on Microsoft

After you’ve clicked on “View your family”, you’ll land on your family group.

On the page, you’ll see your notifications, family members, and more.

To play multiplayer mode on Minecraft, you need to leave your family group.

Under the “Family members” header, click on “Leave family group”.

Once you’ve left your family group on Microsoft, you should be able to play multiplayer mode on Minecraft.

If you’re still getting the “Multiplayer is disabled” error, you can try the next method to fix it.

2. Change your age to 18 & above on Microsoft

The second method is to change your age to 18 and above on Microsoft.

After you’ve left your family group from the previous step, you need to navigate to “Your info”.

On your Microsoft account (https://account.microsoft.com/), click on “Your info” on the top navigation bar.

After you’ve clicked on “Your info”, you’ll land on your Microsoft account information.

On the “Account Info” section, click on “Edit account info”.

Change birthday on Microsoft

After you’ve clicked on “Edit account info”, you need to verify your identity.

After you’ve verified your identity, you’ll land on your personal info.

On this page, you’ll be able to edit your personal info.

Under “Birthdate”, change your birthdate to 18 and above.

Once you’ve changed your birthdate, click on “Save” to save it.

Now, try clicking on the “Multiplayer” button in Minecraft.

This time, you shouldn’t get the “Multiplayer is disabled” error.

If you’re still getting the “Multiplayer is disabled” error, you can try the next and final method to fix it.

3. Allow multiplayer on Xbox

The third method is to allow multiplayer on Xbox (certain Xbox safety settings).

Some Xbox safety settings prevent you from playing multiplayer mode in Minecraft.

Hence, you need to allow them to join servers in Minecraft.

To begin with, you need to go to the Xbox official website.

You visit the Xbox official website by clicking on this link: https://www.xbox.com/.

Once you’re on the website, click on “Sign in” on the top navigation bar.

Xbox sign in

After you’ve clicked on “Sign in”, you’ll land on the Xbox sign-in page.

Now, you need to sign in to your Microsoft account.

Firstly, enter your email, phone, or Skype, and click on “Next”.

Next, enter your password in the “Password” field and click on “Sign in” to sign in to your Microsoft account.

Xbox profile

Once you’re signed in to your Microsoft account, you’ll land back on the Xbox homepage.

Now, the “Log in” icon will be changed into your profile icon.

Click on your profile icon to open your profile.

After you’ve clicked on your profile icon, you’ll see a couple of links.

This includes “My Microsoft Account” and “Xbox profile”.

Click on “Xbox profile” to go to your Xbox profile.

Xbox privacy settings

After you’ve clicked on “Xbox profile”, you’ll land on your Xbox profile.

On your Xbox profile, you’ll see your username and name.

You’ll also see a couple of buttons including “Customize” and “Privacy Settings”.

Click on “Privacy Settings” to go to your Xbox privacy settings.

After you’ve clicked on “Privacy settings”, you need to verify your identity.

Then, you’ll land on the “Privacy & online safety” page.

On the page, you’ll see three tabs including “Privacy”, “Xbox One/Windows 10 Online Safety”, and “Xbox 360 Online Safety”.

Click on “Xbox One/Windows 10 Online Safety” to go to your Xbox One/Windows 10 Online Safety settings.

Now, you’ll need to allow a couple of settings to join servers on Minecraft.

Firstly, you need to allow the “You can play with people outside” setting.

Click on “Allow” next to the “You can play with people outside” setting to allow it.

Secondly, you need to allow the “You can join multiplayer games” setting.

If this setting is set to “Block”, you won’t be able to join servers on Minecraft.

Click on “Allow” next to the “You can join multiplayer games” setting to allow it.

Lastly, click on “Submit” to submit your changes.

Now, go open Minecraft and click on “Multiplayer”.

This time, you shouldn’t get the “Multiplayer is disabled” error.

Conclusion

The “Multiplayer is disabled. Please check your Microsoft account settings” error is usually caused by your Microsoft or Xbox account settings.

Hence, you need to change them to play servers in Minecraft.

After you’ve left your family group, set your age to 18 above, and enabled the Xbox safety settings mentioned in this guide, the “Multiplayer is disabled” error should be fixed.

If it’s still not fixed, you can contact Minecraft support for assistance: https://help.minecraft.net/hc/en-us/requests/new.

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