Getting Started with Local Multiplayer
To play Minecraft multiplayer locally on your Nintendo Switch, the first thing you'll need to do is connect extra controllers. The Switch supports up to 4 controllers connected at once for local co-op gameplay. Press the L and R buttons on additional controllers to sync and pair them to your Switch (https://support.xbox.com/en-US/help/games-apps/game-titles/minecraft-switch-edition-faq).
Once you have multiple controllers paired, start up a world in Minecraft and have friends join by pressing the + button on their synced controllers. This will add them as local players to your Minecraft session. The Switch supports splitscreen multiplayer, so each player's screen will be divided when using the Switch in TV or tabletop mode (https://www.reddit.com/r/NintendoSwitch/comments/9ma57z/local_multiplayer_in_minecraft/).
You can also enable local wireless play to set up multiplayer sessions with nearby Switch systems. This allows up to 8 Switch consoles to connect for multiplayer in close proximity without an internet connection. Just make sure local wireless play is enabled in the Switch's settings to find and connect to other nearby Switch devices (https://www.co-optimus.com/game/4590/nintendo-switch/minecraft-nintendo-switch-edition.html).
Connecting Online Multiplayer
In order to access the full online multiplayer functionality in Minecraft on Nintendo Switch, you'll need an active Nintendo Switch Online subscription. This allows you to connect to multiplayer servers and Realms to play with others.
With a Nintendo Switch Online subscription, you can add friends and join their online worlds and servers directly. Up to 8 players can play together this way on global online multiplayer.
You'll also gain access to featured Realms made by other players and Minecraft partners. Realms are always-online Minecraft worlds that support multiplayer gaming sessions.
The Nintendo Switch Online app is recommended to easily manage friends and chat while playing online. With the subscription and app, the full breadth of online multiplayer opens up on the Switch version of Minecraft.
Cross-Platform Multiplay with Other Devices
One of the best features of Minecraft is the ability to play with friends across different devices and platforms. With cross-platform multiplayer support, you can join Realms and servers from Switch as well as mobile, Xbox One, and Windows 10.
To enable cross-platform multiplayer, first make sure you have a Microsoft/Xbox Live account linked to your Nintendo Switch. Then add friends on your Xbox, mobile devices, or Windows 10 PC. You'll see them pop up as friends in Minecraft on Switch and can join their worlds directly.
Cross-platform support makes it easy to play with a wider group of friends no matter what device they are on. As long as you are all playing the Bedrock version of Minecraft, you can adventure together on Realms or third-party servers (Source 1).
Keep in mind cross-platform works between Switch, mobile, Xbox One, and Windows 10. PlayStation consoles use the Legacy console version of Minecraft which does not support crossplay.
Troubleshooting Multiplayer Connectivity
If you're having issues connecting to multiplayer in Minecraft on your Nintendo Switch, there are a few things you can try to troubleshoot the problem:
First, check your network connections and restart your devices. Make sure your Switch and any other devices playing Minecraft have a stable internet connection. Restarting your Switch, router, and modem can often resolve temporary connection problems.
Next, try disabling any VPN connections or firewalls that could be blocking Minecraft connections. VPNs and firewalls sometimes prevent games from accessing multiplayer servers . Temporarily disabling them is worth trying.
You can also switch between wired and wireless internet connections on your Switch to see if that fixes any multiplayer issues. The Nintendo Switch dock allows for a wired LAN connection, which is often faster and more stable for gaming.
Finally, be sure your Minecraft game and Switch system software are fully updated. New patches and updates will sometimes address multiplayer bugs and improve connectivity.
With some connection troubleshooting, you should be able to get Minecraft multiplayer working smoothly on your Nintendo Switch.
Here are some of the key points to remember about playing Minecraft multiplayer on the Nintendo Switch:
Summary of main methods:
- Connect additional controllers and press + to join local multiplayer on a single Switch console
- Enable wireless local play to connect multiple Switch devices together for multiplayer
- Access online multiplayer servers and Realms with a Nintendo Switch Online subscription
Local and online multiplayer tips:
- Use splitscreen mode for 2-4 players when playing locally
- Link up to 8 Switch consoles together for multiplayer anywhere
- Add friends on Nintendo Switch Online to join their worlds and servers
- Join Realms from Switch, mobile, Xbox, and PC for cross-platform play
- Connect with friends on other platforms to play together
- Cross-platform support allows expanded multiplayer options