[FIXED] Not Able to Connect to Minecraft LAN Server

[FIXED] Not Able to Connect to Minecraft LAN Server

/ Sedfrey Galope

Nothing beats the experience and fun when playing video games with your friends under one roof. One of the best games to play together with your friends or family is Minecraft. In a perfect setup, playing Minecraft LAN is a great way to spend your weekend with friends.

However, it could also be a bummer if it wouldn’t work as you intend it to.

There may be instances that you and your friends can’t connect to the Minecraft LAN server, or maybe one of you can’t join the server. Today, we will discuss how you can quickly fix this problem so that you can get on your Minecraft LAN game started.

Here are some of the steps that you can take to fix the Minecraft Lan issues:

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First Method – Let Minecraft Through the Windows Firewall

If Minecraft is not allowed through your Firewall, then that will cause Minecraft LAN not to work. Here’s how you can enable Minecraft through your Firewall.

  1. Hold down the “Windows” + “R” keys on your keyboard and type in “control firewall.cpl” in the run command line.
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  1. In the Firewall window, click on “Allow an app or feature through Windows Defender Firewall”
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  1. Click on “Change Settings” and put a check on both “Private” and “Public” for all apps with the name of “javaw.exe”, “Minecraft” and Java Platform SE Binary”
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  1. If you cannot see the “Minecraft” application on the list, click on “Allow another app”
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  1. Click on “Browse” and go to the folder of Minecraft and select “Minecraft Launcher” and click “Add”. Once it has been added, you will be brought back to the main window of Windows Firewall; click “OK” to complete the steps.
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  1. Once you have completed all the steps, launch Minecraft and see you are all able to play on LAN.

Second Method – Make Sure All of You are on the Same Network

If one or multiple people cannot join your Minecraft LAN server, there is a high probability that you are not all connected to the same network. This is probably the easiest fix. All you have to do is ask everyone to connect to your home internet, whether Wi-Fi or cable.

Third Method – Disable the “AP Isolation” Feature on Your Router

The “AP Isolation” is a feature that is available on some routers. Having this feature turned on may cause the Minecraft LAN server not to function correctly. To check if the AP Isolation feature is causing it, follow these steps.

You need to log in to your router’s GUI or Graphical User Interface. Depending on the brand of your router, you have to use a browser to go to their Management Page. We suggest that you look at the manufacturer’s website to see what address you need to type in on your web browser.

  1. In this example, we are showing you the GUI for TP-Link. You need to make sure the “AP Isolation” is unchecked. Click on “Save” and close out the window.
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  1. Now try to see if everyone can join your Minecraft LAN Server to see if the issue has been fixed.

Fourth Method – Make Sure no one is Using any Custom Mods

If the server of your Minecraft LAN is using a mod or is in a modded session and the rest of the players do not have the same mods, they will not be able to join the server.

The easiest way to fix this is to let everyone download the same mod as the server or remove the mod from the server. Once that is done, check if the issue is fixed and enjoy the game.

Fifth Method – Make Sure the Computer Can Handle the Server

Sometimes, the reason your Minecraft LAN is not working is that the host computer is not powerful enough to handle being the server. Hosting a Minecraft LAN takes a lot of resources, so it is highly suggested to use a PC powerful enough to host several clients.

Sixth Method – Make Sure All Minecraft Clients are Running on the Same Versions

All of the Minecraft LAN server clients must be running on the same version as the host. Any version mismatch will indeed cause any of the clients to fail in connecting to the server. Updating Minecraft is pretty straightforward.

  1. If you’re using Minecraft on a Windows 10 computer, then your client should automatically update itself once you launch it.
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  1. If you’re using other platforms to play Minecraft, you may visit their official update instructions by clicking here to see what steps you need to follow.


If you would notice, there is one common denominator for all of the methods we have mentioned. All clients connecting to the server should have identical versions and settings.

Before you go to your friend’s house or invite them to your home to play Minecraft LAN, make sure to sync your Minecraft versions and settings beforehand.

Sedfrey Galope
Meet the author

Sedfrey is an experienced writer, editor, PC hardware, and gaming enthusiast. In his spare time, he enjoys online gaming or reading about the latest innovation in the PC market. As a result, he is constantly challenged to find fixes to hardware and software errors. Sed believes that there is always a way to make software and applications work. As a result, you will find his articles and guides easy to follow.