How to Fix Minecraft LAN Not Working

Are you unable to play multiplayer mode on Minecraft?

I know how irritating it is to face issues like “LAN feature is not working” while playing with your friends locally.


Well, I have found out how to fix Minecraft LAN not working easily.

And in this post I will be sharing with you the exact steps which can fix this problem.

So, let's get started.

What does LAN Not Working Mean?

"LAN not Working" means that your inter connections is empty. Your computer doesn't ave any access to the internet.

Your question might be:

What does LAN stands for?

LAN stands for "Local Area Network". 

There are two types of LAN. The standard one is the wired one that is connected by ethernet cables.

On the other hand, there is wireless LANs too like the Wi-Fi connections.

In the game Minecraft, some users face issues related to LAN not working. 

But, this doesn't mean that your computer doesn't have access to the internet connection. This error means that the app Minecraft isn't able to use the LAN connection.

Why Is LAN Not Working On Minecraft?

There is no one reason behind this problem. This error comes up after several issues occur like: 

There are several other reasons too besides these prominent reasons (More on that later).

Fixing the above four issues will surely solve your problem.


Easiest Fix Minecraft LAN Not Working

Minecraft LAN Not Working is a great problem for the Gamers. It doesn't let you to play online with your friends.

But don't worry about this problem as it's pretty easy to fix.

I have given the fixes in the order of most working to least working for most of the users. This will save your valuable time.

But try to follow all the steps below to fix the issue permanently

So, here are the solutions you need to go through to fix Minecraft LAN Not Working:

Allowing Access From Windows Firewall

Windows firewall often blocks Minecraft from using the internet if it's not given access.

You may saw the windows security alert while opening the game for the first time.

If you have clicked on Allow access. Then it's OK.

If yo didn't do it or if you haven't seen the message at all then the given steps are for you:

1. At first, Open Control Panel by searching it.

2. Go to System and Security.

3. Now select Windows Firewall

4. towards the left side you will see and option named "Allow an app or feature through the Windows Firewall"

5. Now click the Change settings button and then give check mark beside javaw.exe


And it's done. Now, you can check if LAN works for Minecraft or not.

If it does than congratulations. If it doesn't then the next few steps will surely for you.

Turn On Network Discovery

This is a pretty straight forward process. So, let's not talk much and get right into the steps:

1. Open Control Panel by searching it.

2. Then go to Network and Internet and then open Network and Sharing Center.

3. towards the left side of the window you will see an option Change advanced sharing settings click on it.

4. Now in the new page you will need to give check mark beside the Turn on network discovery below the  Network discovery part.

Try connecting to LAN in minecraft and check if it works for you or not.

Connect To The Same Network

Make sure that you and your friends are playing Minecraft using the same WiFi

If your PC or gaming console are connected to different WiFi then this problem might not fix.

Connecting all the users to the same Local Network will surely help you out.

If you have done this step then you need to ensure another thing which is disabling the AP isolation if you are using Wi-Fi routers.


Disabling The AP Isolation

After finishing the previous step completely you will have to do the followings:

1. Open Run dialogue box by hitting the Windows + R button.

2. Type cmd and click OK.

3. When the command window opens you'll need to type ipconfig and hit enter.

4. You can now see the IP Address of different computers. Type ping [IP address of the host player's computer]  then press Enter.

For example: If the two computers have IP adresses like and then in the first computer you will have to type ping and on the second ping

I hope this step has worked for you. Do let us know in the comment section below.

If none of the steps had helped you then you can be sure that you game has problem. and the next steps are for fixing your Game's issues.

Make Direct connection

If you see a screen in the game where it scans for games on your local network, then you will need to connect the host player's address.

When you start hosting a game the IP Address and the port number will automatically show on the bottom left corner.

If it shows only the port number then don't worry, just write it down some where.

You have already seen the IP Address of your computer if you have gone through the previous step. if you haven't then make sure to follow it.

Now you can simply click on the Direct Connect button and then type the [Host Player’s IP Address]:[Host Game Port]and hit Enter. (e.g. 

Play With The Appropriate Version Of Minecraft


Minecraft versions often cause several problems like the LAN not working.

This happens because these Minecraft versions come with an outdated server. some of them comes with lot of client errors.

So, make sure to check by applying different versions of minecraft.

Again, you will be unable to play with your friend having a different version of minecraft. so, make sure that, both of you are playing with the same version of minecraft.

Here are the step to change your minecraft version:

1. Open the Minecraft Launcher and log into your profile.

2. Select Edit profile at the bottom left corner of the screen. The the Profile editor window will open.

3.  Now, you wil see a drop down menu named Use Version.

4. From here, you can select the version you want to play with then click on Save Profile.

Reinstalling Minecraft

Sometimes your Game data are corrupted and it causes you a lot of problems besides this LAN not working error. 

Uninstalling the app and giving a fresh installation may surely help you to fix this problem.

To uninstall the app you need to go to Control Panel> Uninstall a Program> select minecraft to uninstall.

Again you can download the app like you have done it previously from the store.

Remove all the Mods

Mods of Minecraft are awesome and playing with them is more fun but they cause various problems.

This may be the main reason behind your LAN connection problem with the Minecraft app.

Though all Mods dont cause this issues but some of them really do.

So, it's better to remove all the mods from the game to fix this LAN problem.

Again, if you are playing minecraft without any Mod but your partner/friend does then this may also cause problem.

To solve this issue try to  ensure that both of you are not using any mod or both of you are using the same exact mod of minecraft.

Final Thoughts

The error LAN Not Working is a great torment for the windows PC users.

But it's good that it has working Fixes.

Hopefully the fixes worked for you.

I am very eager to know the step that worked for you. So, don't forget to inform us in the comment section below and stay tuned.

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