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    How to download Minecraft for free

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    • Download Minecraft for free on your computer
      • System Requirements
      • Create an account
      • Download Minecraft for free on PC
      • Download Minecraft for free on Mac
      • Minecraft Classic from browser
    • Download Minecraft for free on Android and iOS
    • Download Minecraft for free on console

    Download Minecraft for free on your computer

    If your intent is to download Minecraft for free on computer, I must first show you what are the system requirements of the same for Windows, macOS and Linux. Also, I have to talk to you about how to create an account, as it is a necessary prerequisite to be able to download its demo version. The demo version of Minecraft has a time limit: it can be played for 1 hour and 40 minutes (5 days in the game world). Having said that too, let's get down to business.

    System Requirements

    To be able to play Minecraft you don't need a particularly high-performance computer from the hardware point of view. However, before downloading the title demo, I recommend that you check the minimum and recommended system requirements, referring to what is reported below.

    Minimum system requirements (Java Edition)

    • CPU: Intel Core i3-3210 3.2 GHz / AMD A8-7600 APU 3.1 GHz or equivalent.
    • RAM: 2GB
    • Integrated video card: Intel HD Graphics 4000 (Ivy Bridge) or AMD Radeon R5 series (Kaveri line) with support for OpenGL 4.4.
    • Dedicated video card: Nvidia GeForce 400 series or AMD Radeon HD 7000 series with OpenGL 4.4 support.
    • HDD: at least 1GB of free space.
    • Operating System: Windows 7 and later, macOS 10.9 Mavericks and later, Linux (distributions since 2014).
    • Internet connection to download game files and play online.
    • Latest version of Java

    Recommended system requirements (Java Edition)

    • CPU: Intel Core i5-4690 3.5GHz / AMD A10-7800 APU 3.5 GHz or equivalent.
    • RAM: 4GB
    • Video Card: GeForce 700 series or AMD Radeon Rx 200 series with OpenGL 4.5 support.
    • HDD: 4GB (SSD recommended).
    • Operating System (64bit recommended): Windows 10, macOS 10.12 Sierra, Linux (distributions starting from 2014).
    • Latest version of Java.

    Minimum system requirements (Windows 10 Edition)

    • CPU: Intel i5-4690 / AMD A10-7800 or equivalent.
    • RAM: 4GB.
    • Scheda video: Intel HD Graphics 4000 oppure AMD Radeon R5.
    • Operating system: Windows 10 version 14393.0 or later.
    • Internet connection to download game files and play online.

    Recommended system requirements (Windows 10 Edition)

    • CPU: Intel i7-6500U / AMD A8-6600Ko equivalent.
    • RAM: 4GB.
    • Video card: NVIDIA GeForce 940M or AMD Radeon HD 8570D.
    • Operating system: Windows 10 version 14393.0 or later.
    • Internet connection to download game files and play online.

    I also remind you that in order to play Minecraft Java Edition, you must have previously downloaded and installed the software Java. In case you still have to do this, please refer to my tutorial dedicated to the topic. Alternatively, the Minecraft launcher will automatically install the latest version of Java.

    Create an account

    In order to download the free Minecraft Java Edition demo on your computer, you need a free account. To get it, connect to the game's official website and click on the button Log in, which you can find in the upper right corner.

    Once this is done, click on the item Register one here which you can find at the bottom, then, on the next screen, enter the information required for registration: email address, Password e date of birth.

    Now, put the check mark in correspondence with the wording I accept the collection of usage data and click sul pulsating Create account. At this point, you need to verify the email address just indicated. Check, therefore, the mail received, locate the verification code present in an email with Mojang sender, enter it in the text field that is shown to you on the registration screen and press the button Verifica.

    To speed up this step, click on the confirmation link in the email received. After that, log in with the account you just created, so you can be sure everything went right.

    Once this last operation is done, you will be prompted to buy the game (costs € 23,95) but, since your goal is to get it for free, proceed directly with the download of the demo, following the instructions you find in the next chapters.

    If you want to try it instead Minecraft Windows 10 Edition, available only on Windows 10 through the Microsoft Store, you must necessarily have a Microsoft account. In this regard, I recommend that you consult my guide on how to create a Microsoft account.

    Download Minecraft for free on PC

    After creating the account, you must download Minecraft by always acting through its official website. Then press the button  that you find at the top right and, in the next menu that is shown to you, click on the button first Try and download and then Download.

    Once this is done, after having taken the installation package of the game, double-click on it, in order to start it, then press the button Next twice in a row and click on InstallYes e Finish to conclude the setup.

    Alternatively, if you own a computer with Windows 10, you can download Minecraft for free in its demo version via the Microsoft Store, which is the default Windows virtual store. To do this, just locate the game within it and first press the icon (...) and then on the button Install evaluation version.

    As soon as you have automatically downloaded all the files needed to install the game, launch Minecraftby pressing the button Play the demo.

    Download Minecraft for free on Mac

    To install the Minecraft demo for free on MacOS, you must first download its dmg file from the official website of the game, by first pressing the ☰ icon at the top right, then on the item Race and download and finally on the button Download present on the page that if you press.

    Once this is done, open the file dmg just picked up, drag Minecraft in the folder Applications macOS, right-click on the game icon and press apri twice in a row (this operation is used to bypass macOS restrictions, which block the launch of apps from developers who are not certified by Apple and is only necessary at the first start).

    Now, you just have to wait for the automatic download of all the files necessary for the game to work and, at the end, start the Minecraft demo by pressing the button Play the demo.

    Minecraft Classic from browser

    If you want to try a completely free version of Minecraft with no time limitations, with the possibility of playing with your friends, I recommend Minecraft Classic. This edition of Minecraft is only available via PC web browser and represents the first version of this famous video game that was developed by the Mojang company.

    As you can imagine, it is a limited version of Minecraft that allows, via a similar mode to that Creative, to destroy and build the game world, thanks to the 32 blocks available. Additionally, you can share a link to allow up to nine players to join you.

    You won't need to download any software, just use your web browser. You can then use Microsoft Edge on Windows 10 or Safari on macOS. Alternatively, you can download Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox, to be able to play this edition of Minecraft.

    After opening your web browser, go to the website and, on the main screen, use the appropriate text box to choose a nickname of your imagination. Then press the button Copy, to copy the session link, in case you want to share it with your other friends to play together. All you have to do is click on the button Home to start playing Minecraft Classic.

    Download Minecraft for free on smartphones and tablets

    You would like to download Minecraft on your mobile device and you wonder, therefore, if the demo version of this famous video game is also available on Android e iOS? In that case I'm sorry to tell you, but it is not possible to download Minecraft for free on smartphones and tablets, as the free demo and its APK files still present on the web have been removed from Mojang.

    This means that, if you want to play Minecraft, you have to buy the title from the Play Store or the App Store, at a cost of € 6,99 and € 7,99 respectively. Alternatively, you can consider downloading some alternative gratuite a Minecraft, such as those I am talking about in the following lines.

    • Twink (Windows, macOS, Linux and Android) - is one of the most popular free alternatives to Minecraft, as it is a multi-platform open source game. From a gameplay point of view, it is a very complete video game, especially because its playing area is huge and it supports online multiplayer mode.
    • Kiloblocks Lite (Android e iOS)  - is another valid free alternative to Minecraft designed for Android and iOS mobile devices. Unlike the official video game, it has no enemies, as it is a title dedicated to those who want an experience similar to the creative mode of Minecraft. It is also available in a paid version, at a cost of € 4,49, through which you can save and load your projects.
    • Block Craft 3D (Android e iOS) it is a free game available on Android and iOS mobile devices that has graphics similar to that of Minecraft and is also inspired by the creative mode, thus allowing you to build buildings with the aim of growing your virtual village.

    For more information on free Minecraft alternatives, check out my tutorial on how to download Minecraft Pocket Edition for free.

    Download Minecraft for free on console

    Do you have a video game console and would like to know if you can download Minecraft for free on it? You will be happy to know that the answer is yes: come on PlayStation 4 e Xbox One the free demo is available for download.

    To be able to install it, however, you must make sure that the console has previously been connected to the Internet. To do this, go to the menu of Settings of the latter and press on the item that refers to the Internet connection. For example, if you own a console PS4, go to the menu Settings> Network and then click on the entry Set up Internet connection.

    If, on the other hand, you prefer to make a wired connection, you must have an Ethernet cable and use that cable to connect to the Internet. If you have any doubts or problems regarding the procedures to connect the Internet console, refer to the tutorial where I explain how to do it on PS4 and Xbox One.

    Have you already performed these operations? Very well! At this point, to download the free Minecraft demo, you must go to the default virtual store of the console you own, that is the PlayStation Store on PlayStation 4 or the Microsoft Store on Xbox One.

    After starting the console, press the virtual store icon which is usually present on the home screen, then use the internal search engine to locate the game card and press the button Install to download the trial version. Did you see how easy it was?

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