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How to Update Minecraft

Posted: Jan 7, 2021 in Minecraft

mc head By Kevin Lott


So, you want to play the latest version of Minecraft but you haven’t got the first clue on what you’re doing. Fear not, for you found yourself in the right place. Minecraft is one of the few games that has had tons of updates for over a decade, with Mojang pumping out content at a slow, albeit consistent pace. Today, I’m going to go over the update schedule for Minecraft and how you can keep up with all the latest and greatest content. Let’s get started.

How do I update?

Well, you kinda don’t have to do anything. I know this sounds a little sketch, but the Minecraft launcher will automatically update your game as long as you’re connected to an active internet connection.

latest release

As long as the installation you’re playing on your launcher says “Latest Release” you are playing the most up to date version of Minecraft. Sometimes, depending on if you’ve played that version yet, when you click the Play button it might take a few moments as it downloads the latest content, but everything will be done automatically.

This same logic applies to snapshots as well. If you want to play the latest snapshot, all you have to do is go to Installations and then choose Latest Snapshot, which also automatically updates itself when you are connected to the internet.

latest snapshot


But, how can I update faster?

Well, although everything is done automatically that doesn’t mean you can’t make things easier on yourself. If your wifi is notoriously…insufficient…then you can help yourself by getting ahead of the curve. Basically, despite the lack of feedback on the actual launcher itself, there are scheduled dates and times for the updates. You can coordinate the release of updates and snapshots on the official website here, and then promptly keep your launcher open in gleeful anticipation of the updates.

Mojang’s schedule is not necessarily specific, but the general releases revolve around two updates a year, weekly updates for bug fixes or snapshots.


That’s really all I’ve got for you guys today. There’s not much to updating your Minecraft version, as Mojang anticipated pretty much everything and added features accordingly, which is awesome. No need for technical literacy or knowledge, you can just keep playing, and when the game is updated you’ll be able to play that new version with one click. I hope this cleared up any misconceptions and helped you with your game, and with that I hope you have a great day!

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