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I want to set a new respawn location, but it is currently day time and I "can only sleep at night", therefore I cannot sleep in my bed. Does trying to use a bed and getting this message set one's respawn location regardless of not actually sleeping, or must I sleep to set my respawn location?

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Daytime bed use during rainI’m not going to go jump off a cliff to test it, but it appears in September, 2021 Bedrock Edition that you can. No “sleeping” occurred, but respawn point says set.

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No, according to the wiki, you need to actually sleep in the bed for you spawn to change :

Sleeping on the bed changes your spawn point to the bed.

same result on gamepedia

Once the player has entered the bed, the spawn point is set near the bed.

and fun fact I didn't know, you can actually use the bed during daytime :

At daytime, they can also be used during thunderstorms.

Sources :

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  • I just tested (on 1.8). The answer to my question is "no".
    – NiteCyper
    Commented Oct 28, 2014 at 8:01
  • I forgot to put the "no" in my answer ^^
    – Shunwoo
    Commented Oct 28, 2014 at 8:38
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    This answer is only valid for Minecraft 1.14 or older, they changed that behavior in 1.15: minecraft.fandom.com/wiki/Bed#History
    – AJPerez
    Commented Sep 7, 2021 at 13:11

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