My friends and I play Minecraft Bedrock Edition together. However, when there are more than 5 people I can't get the others to join.

I have access to a separate PC if that helps. If not, does anyone know of a way to bypass the default player limit on iOS/Android devices?

  • I haven't tried this, but 1.1.0 adds the /setmaxplayers command, which can be set to a number higher than 5. Not sure if it actually changes it. Jun 3, 2017 at 20:59
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    Quick note to the people reviewing my edit, the people reading this, and the poster: They want to get past the limit on Xbox live or LAN, not a dedicated or rented server. I can say this with 100% confidence as dedicated servers only exist on Windows 10 and Ubuntu, and he clearly isn't renting a server because he is asking for iOS and Android in specific.
    – Penguin
    Nov 16, 2020 at 2:44

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If you started a server the default player limit is 20 players. You can change this, but if you are only playing with a group of friends, 20 should be plenty.

This site explains how to download a server: http://www.howtogeek.com/202961/how-to-run-a-local-minecraft-pe-server-for-fun-and-persistent-world-building/

This site holds the download: http://www.pocketmine.net/

LAN does have its limitations and going around them is easiest.

  • I have heard of pocket mine before, and I tried your suggestion but I can't figure out how to use my already existing MCPE world on it. Do you know of any guides that can help? Also, thanks for your response!
    – Username
    Feb 21, 2016 at 20:07
  • I only know of a way to do it on a PC. As for device with PE I don't think you can. I know you can connect PE with a windows 10 computer so if you look into that you may be able to have more players. Like I said, PE does have its limitations, but maybe in the future there will be an easy way.
    – Jason_
    Feb 22, 2016 at 3:39
  • No problem. I'll post if i find anything new.
    – Jason_
    Feb 22, 2016 at 4:37

Activate cheat on your server and then insert the command:

/setmaxplayers n

The n stands for the number of players you want on your server.


I'm adding to the above answer, not enough rep. I'm pretty sure if you're on android or Win 10 edition you can nav to directory,

(Android = sdcard/games/com.mojang/minecraftWorlds or something similar

win 10 = C:\Users\somethingsomething\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MinecraftUWP_8wekyb3d8bbwe\LocalState\games\com.mojang

Never used IOS so i don't know about that.

  • I think the programs may need special apps to open them so that mobile devices can't read them, and even if you manage, the programs might be too long and confusing only to change the player limit. I think that such a piece of code is stored in the online database of Minecraft servers, because if it was stored in a player's client and a fool changed it, some client-sided errors related to multiplayer connections may occur. I also heard that the error "This server responded with an invalid server key" appears when the game detects inappropriate server configurations. So this is a bad idea. Nov 16, 2020 at 14:11

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