I just bought Minecraft. Now, my brother wants to play with me but my Mom doesn't want to buy another. We use the same Wifi network. Can we do this?

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    This question appears to be off-topic because it is about piracy.
    – user28379
    Jul 26 '13 at 23:42
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    @jeffreylin_ how exactly is this about piracy? Sharing an account is allowed according to numerous post on the minecraft forum. like this one
    – Kevin
    Jul 27 '13 at 0:00
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    It's not about what the people say, it's about what Mojang says.
    – user28379
    Jul 27 '13 at 0:04
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    @jeffreylin_ Mojang says "The One Major Rule Do not distribute anything we've made. This includes, but not limited to, the client or the server software for the game." This means that it's fine to let someone use your account to download the client since you are not distributing. Mojang also says "In order to ensure integrity of the game, we need all game downloads to come from a single central source: us. " which adds to my interpretation. it's ok to let someone use your account, as long as he/she downloads the client from Mojang's servers.
    – Kevin
    Jul 27 '13 at 0:19
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    @Kevin According to the updated EULA, sharing an account with another person is illegal, as seen in this line of the EULA, This also means you cannot sell or rent the Game, or make it available for access to other people and you cannot pass on or resell any licence keys. Jul 19 '14 at 1:33

Your brother cannot play with you on the same server since you both will be using the same account, and therefore using the same name. Only one person with that name can be logged into a server at a time.


I suggest setting up a lan world. that's realy easy if your computers are connected over wifi. and a LAN(Local Access Network) is setup between the two computers. also logging in to minecraft as far as i remember isn't required so you would not need 2 accounts. (At least when the LAN system came first out, if not you should downgrade to a minecraft where you are able to log in)

  1. first open ANY singleplayer world, you can make a new one for this as well.

  2. press Esc and click "open to LAN", there are some basic settings which I don't have to explain because they are very easy to use (think of gamemode and cheats on or off).

  3. go to your brothers computer and go to the multyplayer section.

  4. all LAN worlds(in your case only your LAN world) will apear at the bottom of the list and your brother will be able to join them.

note: you must be qwithin range of the wifi and the LAN to be able to join this world, friends in other homes can't play on this server.

if you have problems with the connection you can read these questions:

Minecraft LAN server problems

Minecraft LAN trouble

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    This almost works, except you need to edit the file at ~/.minecraft/launcher_profiles.json and change the value under authenticationDatabase.[guid].displayName to something other than what the other player(s) is using, or you'll get an error along the lines of "That name is taken." If you're on Windows, substitute ~/.minecraft for C:\Users\[user]\AppData\Roaming\.minecraft. Dec 25 '14 at 0:05
  • did not know that Dec 25 '14 at 0:38
  • For 1.7, you need to change the value for the --username argument in %appdata%/.minecraft/versions/<version>/<version>.json. May 5 '15 at 1:51
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    @cpburnz that changed for 1.8, you just needto change the display name now May 6 '15 at 9:22
  • As of 1.14 this seems to no longer work. Nov 28 '19 at 21:21

You can't play together unless you both have different accounts. If its just a case of him wanting to play the game he can play on your account and just make up his own world, but you couldn't play on multiplayer unless you had separate accounts. Don't try to illegally download minecraft anywhere, they'll most definitely be viruses.


Yes, you can both log in to the same account and play singleplayer or multiplayer (on different servers). You cannot both be on the same server at the same time because there would be a username conflict.

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