I'm trying to have a friend join my Minecraft server. For some reason, when he joins the server, his avatar just stays in one place and then after about 15 seconds he is kicked off the server. The weird thing is, he is able to move around on his end for a little bit but all I see on my end is him trapped in one spot.

We both have official Minecraft licenses (As I paid for them both) and are playing on the latest version. The server is a Linux server running on AWS and is running the java dedicated server version 1.16.5. I've been using this server successfully with other players for over a year and I haven't seen this problem. No firewall rules are enabled on the server. I'm wondering if there is some setting that I'm missing. Any ideas?

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    does he have a good internet connection?
    – Topcode
    Apr 11, 2021 at 21:16
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    Good question. As far as I can tell it's ok because he is able to play Roblox and I'm also talking to him via video conference. So I'm not inclined to think it's an Internet connectivity issue.
    – deltaray
    Apr 11, 2021 at 23:41
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    What message does he get after being kicked? Also, I'm assuming stock standard (no plugins or nonsense) setup?
    – aytimothy
    Apr 16, 2021 at 1:04
  • Kick message please?
    – jitter
    Apr 19, 2021 at 13:58
  • What is his ping? You can check on most servers.
    – Hacker
    Apr 21, 2021 at 15:54

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His player probably can't move because of the fact that he needs to check his internet connection, according to another comment. If his camera can move around but you can't, you are probably able to interact with other things, such as breaking ground. If he is frozen on your end but moving for a bit on his end, that is common for a bad connection. So, in all, you should have your friend check your internet connection. Hopefully, he can start moving again!

[Guide for not moving (Java survival mode only)]

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    The given link redirects to a topic about world corruption, not lag. The op in the link states that it occours to a particular chunk, which most likely has nothing to do with internet, specially because he didn't mention being on a server.
    – BunnyMerz
    Apr 21, 2021 at 5:57
  • Specify what you mean by this, the link is a relation, not a biography. @BrunoRodrigues
    – Lynt
    Apr 21, 2021 at 16:24
  • Do you want my answer to be summarized of a reputable link? The tags mention him and his friend being on a server, with the body. @BrunoRodrigues
    – Lynt
    Apr 21, 2021 at 16:35
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    You don't need a reputable source on your answer, but if you do add a link to your answer, it must have something to do with your answer or the question. The link -seems- like it is related to the op's problem, but it clearly isn't. What does "With the body" means? I mentioned that the Link's op isn't on a server, not the StackExchange op (This question) is not on a server. What do you meant that the link is a biography?
    – BunnyMerz
    Apr 22, 2021 at 19:14
  • In the middle of your comment, please specify. Even though I was explaining that my answer was a biography in some sort, it is for the user to know more about the problem. I obviously know that he is not on a server because he cannot join multiplayer. @BrunoRodrigues
    – Lynt
    Apr 22, 2021 at 19:57

Well as stated before the internet connection might have a problem. Minecraft uses a lot of bandwidth so try to minimize the use of other devices and also try to remove excess items and maybe change the graphics and effects. If that doesn't work you may need a new router that runs faster.


Everyone is correct on the problem, but I haven't seen a better solution than fixing his internet (as it can be troublesome if the internet is already at its best).

He is being disconnected due to timeout. He tries to join the world, takes too long to get a stable connection and gets kicked out. One thing you can do is access the server's settings file and change a few options such as Render distance.

Note that changing your render distance locally (Unless you opened the server via lan) will not decrease lag. If he changes on his side regardless if it is lan or dedicated, it will not decrease either. Turning effects off will not either as it is all local-side rendering.

One last thing you can do, and it sadly happens in a lot of servers, is avoid laggy sources like for example huge farms of animals (The ones where the animals constantly push each other), and excess of mobs in loaded areas, redstone circuits that toggle on and off really frequently.

As pointed out by @RyugaGod, if your friend is using wifi over lan connection (Using wifi instead of using a cable to directly connect to the router) could be the source problem of an unstable connection. It is a cheap option and could be worth if it does work.

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    I would like to add to your answer that if his friend uses a wireless connection, he should get a lan. I used to face the same issues while joining any server, but my lan fixed it.
    – RyugaGod
    Apr 19, 2021 at 5:06
  • I will add it on. Lan does indeed help, but as wifi is geeting better, wifi is becoming not as bad as an option, it will mostly depend on your distance from the source. My pc uses lan and the connection is still horrible.
    – BunnyMerz
    Apr 19, 2021 at 17:57

It's definitely an internet connection. His ping may be too high, so have him try using Ethernet to fix the issue.


Could be his internet connection, however.. He might be glitched or stuck? You could fly up 1 block above the ground and TP him to you or try to kill him.


It could be that your friend is in an unloaded chunk. Sometimes, if a player spawns in an unloaded/ungenerated chunk, they may experience a problem like you described. Another possible problem is that your server itself is too weak, however, this is unlikely because it is a dedicated server. It also could be his own internet connection, but it has been stated that he has an okay internet. So the most likely culprit is that he is in an ungenerated chunk, and the game doesn't know what to put in that chunk.

  • If his friend is able to move around on his side then the chunk is not unloaded.
    – Hacker
    Apr 21, 2021 at 15:53

Your friend's Minecraft probably can't connect to the server due to a break in the server's public connection. I should know, I've experienced this before, my friend tried joining my server but he couldn't, and no matter how close he gets, he won't be able to join, unfortunately.

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