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My son has been playing Minecraft on our home computer for a couple of years now. He just got an iPad Mini 2 for his birthday. Is it possible to transfer his game and his saves onto his iPad Mini 2?

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I'm afraid this is not possible. Minecraft for the PC and Minecraft: Pocket Edition (for tablets and phones) are two seperate games. In order to enable your son to play on the iPad, you will need to purchase Minecraft PE from the app store, and he will not be able to play in the same world he has on the PC.

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    Another thing of note here is that the Portable Edition is not necessarily the same set of features as the desktop version; it's very likely that there are huge, noticeable discrepancies between the two versions. – Seiyria Jan 29 '15 at 21:54
  • You might be able to find a world converter or editor, but yes there are differences between what exists in the two games and how they work, and their data codes, and there are differences between versions of each, so any editor/translator would need to be pretty detailed or else there could be weird side-effects. – Dronz Jan 30 '15 at 2:28
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    This information is false @shanodin – Royce Jan 30 '15 at 15:34
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    Who is upvoting this answer? @shanodin is making stuff up. Of course you have to purchase the game again, but maps can be transferred. – Navin Jan 30 '15 at 21:28
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You can port maps from the PC with very little differences...

Blocks that exist in the PC version will NOT be transferred over (such as command blocks).

Here is a very good tutorial on how to port maps:

Please note that you will have to buy the FULL version of Minecraft Pocket Edition. You can use iFUNBOX to browse the file system of the iDevice.

Your device does not have to be jailbroken.

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  • Thanks for providing a real answer, but the link seems to be broken. – Navin Jan 30 '15 at 21:25
  • What link is broken? Does the video not load? – Royce Jan 30 '15 at 22:31
  • Yeah the video does not load for me, but that seems to be a SE problem. The direct link works. – Navin Jan 30 '15 at 22:33
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    The video loads for me just fine... – Royce Jan 31 '15 at 2:58

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