How To Fix: LAN Not Working On Minecraft

Being one of the most popular games globally, Minecraft comes with its fair share of errors. It keeps players hooked onto it for hours. 

But have you ever wondered why Minecraft does not get old? It is because its developers keep on updating the game every chance that they get! 

One issue that a lot of players encounter is the “LAN not working” issue on Minecraft. We thought, why not create a detailed troubleshooting guide so that you can resolve this issue and continue playing this evergreen game.

Previously we wrote guides to fix: Not Responding Issue and Internal Server Error in Minecraft that you may like to go through.

WHAT IS THE REASON BEHIND ‘LAN Not Working’ IN MINECRAFT?

This specific problem came to our attention by analyzing various user reviews and the repair strategies to work around this issue. According to the information, we recognized this particular error message triggers by the following mentioned reasons.

  1. Antivirus
  2. Windows Firewall
  3. Computer Not Connected To the Same Network
  4. Non-Updated Network Drivers
  5. Everyone is not on a Single IP address
  6. Mods
How To Fix: LAN Not Working On Minecraft

Before we begin, Here is the guide we previously written to Fix: Minecraft Connection Refused Error.

How To Fix: LAN Not Working On Minecraft:

Here we will fix the above issues in a step by step process. However, before you begin troubleshooting steps to resolve “LAN Not Working,” we recommended restarting your computer first. Let’s begin!

Fix 1: Disable Antivirus Software

Antiviruses are useful, and for the right reasons, as it protects your PC from malware and many problems. 

But, it can also end up being a problem when it comes to Minecraft. Antivirus can be the reason behind the “LAN not working” issue. 

Disable windows default antivirus with the help of following steps.

  1. First, press Windows + I to open Windows Settings app.
  2. Now go to Update & Security > Windows Security and click on Virus & threat protection in the right side..
  3. Click Virus & threat protection settings and then toggle off the button under Real-time protection section.
How To Fix: LAN Not Working On Minecraft

Note: When you have disabled your antivirus, make sure that you are extra careful with the emails you open, sites you visit, and files you download!

Fix 2: Check Your Windows Firewall

The LAN not working issue can also occur when Minecraft is not permitted in Firewall. Check the Firewall settings and make sure that the “javaw.exe” Minecraft executable file is allowed in Firewall. To do so, follow these steps:

  1. Go to Control Panel.
  2. Go to Windows Defender Firewall.
  3. Allow an app for the feature through Windows Defender Firewall.
  4. See if “javaw.exe” is checked. If it is not, then check the box next to it.
  5. If there are more than one “javaw.exe” entries, check all of them.
  6. Also, make sure the Private and Public boxes are checked.
  7. If you see that Minecraft.exe is checked, then move on to the next solution.
How To Fix: LAN Not Working On Minecraft

Fix 3: Make Sure Every Computer is Connected to the Same Network

Sometimes, when the computers are not connected to the same network, this error comes up. 

This could be due to players connected to a free Wi-Fi network close by. To resolve this problem, make sure that you check that each player’s PC is connected to the same network.

Fix 4: Update Network Drivers

Outdated network drivers could be the culprits behind this problem. The best way to go about them is by upgrading them. 

The drivers can be upgraded manually. Here are steps to do it:

  1. First, you need to have Windows 10 installed on your computer.
  2. Once you have Windows 10 downloaded, you can find the correct driver and install it manually from the manufacturers’ website just by searching automatically.
How To Fix: LAN Not Working On Minecraft

Also, go through our article to fix: Minecraft OpenGL Error 1281.

Fix 5: Make sure that Everyone has a Single IP address.

When a computer is connected to wireless and wired networks simultaneously, it has more than one IP address. 

The LAN problem usually persists due to this, and the only solution to this is to check that everybody has only one type of connection and is, therefore, has a single IP address. 

If the problem persists, move onto the next tip.

Fix 6: Make sure that everybody has the same version of Minecraft.

Running the same version of the game is vital if you want to play the game together. Check whether the other players and you have the same version. In case one of you does not, here are the steps to install it:

  1. Open the Minecraft Launcher.
  2. Click on Edit Profile.
  3. You can now proceed to select the version from the Use version drop-down list.

Fix 7: Play Without Mods

Mods are well-known to provide gamers with an improved and brilliant gaming experience when they are enabled. 

However, they could also be the reason behind this ‘not responding’ issue. Here are the steps to disable them:

  1. If you have a game launcher such as Forge installed, disable them through it.
  2. If you do not have a game launcher installed, add ‘. disabled’ at the end of the mods’ filename.
  3. You can also move the folder, which contains the mods from the Minecraft directory to another directory.
  4. Restart your computer and see if the issue persists.

Note: Do not worry about getting your mods back when you want them, as you can quickly get them back by deleting the ‘. Disabled’ suffix or moving them back to the Minecraft directory!

Fix 8: Try Direct Connect

A direct connection on the host computer can go a long way when fixing this issue. 

The main idea behind it is entering the IP address and the game port manually.

Follow the steps mentioned below:

  1. Get the IP address of the host computer by:
  2. Press the Win+R keys simultaneously to invoke the Run command.
  3. Typing cmd in the box.
  4. Type “ipconfig” and press Enter on your keyboard.
  5. Find the IPv4 Address.
  6. Get the game port by:
  7. Finding it at the bottom of the screen as you launch Minecraft on your computer.
  8. On the Play Multiplayer screen:
  9. Click the Direct Connect button and then proceed to enter the IP address and the game port number.

Fix 9: Try disabling AP Isolation only for Wi-Fi.

AP isolation, which stands for Access Point Isolation, could be one possible cause for this error.  

It is a security feature in some of the routers, which prevents devices on a wireless network from directly communicating with each other. 

Refer to your router documentation to check if AP isolation is enabled for your router.

Fix 10: Reinstall Minecraft

After you have tried all the methods we have listed above; the last resort is to reinstall your game. To do so, you will have to follow the following instructions:

  1. Press the Windows logo key and the R key on your keyboard simultaneously to pop up for the Run box.
  2. Type in ‘appwiz.cpl’ and click on the Enter key.
  3. Uninstall Minecraft by right-clicking on it and selecting Uninstall.
  4. Follow Step 1 again and then type ‘%appdata%’ when the Run Box pops up. Then press Enter.
  5. Now, right-click on the ‘. Minecraft’ folder and select the Delete option to delete all related files to the game.
  6. Restart your computer.
  7. Go to the Official Minecraft Website, and download & install the game again.
How To Fix: LAN Not Working On Minecraft

You can also download or update the game via Minecraft Native Launcher, but it can create some issues like not updating. Therefore, we advise you to download it through the official site.

Errors are all part of the game, especially for Minecraft. LAN not working or network error can be annoying, and we hope this guide managed to solve this issue for you. 

If you’re facing any issue with any game or computer, please contact us and we’ll try our best to create a guide to resolve such an error for you.

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