- Choose a host computer. …
- Launch the game and click Single Player.
- Create a new world or open an existing one.
- Inside that world, press the Esc key, and click Open to LAN.
- Choose a game mode to set for the other players.
*UPDATED* [1.18] How To Join a Minecraft LAN Server With Friends (Windows and Mac)
Tutorials/Setting up a LAN world
The local IP of the host computer can be found in Windows 10 by opening the command line (press Start, type “cmd” then hit enter), typing the command “ipconfig” and pressing enter, and finding the IPv4. Other operating systems will differ. The local IP should be formatted like 192.168.1.1 or similar, and have 192.168 as the first 2 numbers. When the local IP and port are found, type them into the “Server Address” field (under either Direct Connect or in the Add Server dialogue), formatted like IP:port (e.g. 192.168.1.1:5000) to join the LAN game.
A LAN (Local Area Network) game is a type of multiplayer game. It allows other people in your local network (i.e. just the people connected to your router/switch) to join a minecraft world. Players over the internet cannot connect unless other workarounds (such as port forwarding or hamachi) are set up.
On Bedrock Edition, LAN gameplay is on by default. The option to turn it on or off is in the multiplayer section of world settings, you cannot change this while in a world. You can change the number of slots by using /setmaxplayers (a cheat) up to 30. To change the game mode, change it in world settings.
Players over the internet can connect to a LAN game if one forwards the games port on the hosts router. If done, people over the internet can connect to your game using your routers IP (which can be found by googling “what is my ip?”) in place of your local computers IP.