Tip: Downgrade Minecraft to Any Version

How to Downgrade Minecraft

Three Methods:

Minecraft is constantly updating, and with each new version comes a slew of features and changes. These changes are designed to make the game better and more playable. But what if you liked it the way it was? Luckily, changing back to an older version of Minecraft is easier than ever, and you can still play online with others running that version. This wikiHow will show you how to play in older versions of Minecraft.


Changing Your Profile

  1. Start Minecraft.You can use the Minecraft Launcher to load earlier versions of Minecraft. You must be running version 1.6 or later to access this option. You can use this method to play all the way from the latest "snapshot" to Minecraft Classic. To player earlier versions, see one of the following sections.
  2. Click the Profile Editor tab.Click the Edit Profile button. This will open a new window.
  3. Select your version.Click the “Use version” menu and select the version that you would like to load. Press Save Profile.
  4. Restart the launcher and start your game.You will not be able to connect to servers that are running a different version, but you can play single player or on servers that run your version.

Replacing the Minecraft File

  1. Download the file for the version you want.You can find the .jar files from various locations on the internet. Make sure that you download it from a trusted source, as the .jar file could contain viruses or other malicious software.
  2. Open the AppData folder.You can access this by clicking start and then searching for “%appdata%”. Press Enter to open the folder. You will be in the AppData\Roaming folder.
  3. Open the Minecraft folder.This will be called “.minecraft”, and should be located towards the top of the list. Open the “bin” folder.
  4. Backup the original Minecraft file.Look for the Minecraft.jar file. Rename it and copy it to a safe location in case you want to go back to the current version.
  5. Copy the downloaded Minecraft file.Place it in the “bin” folder where the original file was. Make sure that it is named “Minecraft.jar”.
  6. Start Minecraft.Load the launcher like you normally would. You can now play Minecraft using whichever version you changed it to. You will not be able to connect to servers that are running a different version, but you can play single player or on servers that run your version.

Using a Version Changer

  1. Download a Minecraft Version Changer program.These programs contain all of the files for every version of Minecraft, allowing you to choose which one you want to play. Make sure that you download trusted version changers only, as they may include viruses and other nasty programs. Popular programs include:
    • Minecraft Version Changer
    • MCNostalgia
  2. Backup your current version of Minecraft.This prevents any loss in saves or data in your current game in case they are not compatible with your downgraded version. To do this:
    • Create a new folder on your desktop. Name it “Minecraft Backup” or something similar.
    • In your search bar or explorer window, type in%AppData%. Press Enter. In your AppData folder, open your Roaming folder. Inside, you'll find a folder named minecraft. This folder contains all of your Minecraft program files.
    • Copy the entire “.minecraft” folder to your new backup folder. Be sure to leave the original in the original location as well.
  3. Run the version changer.While each version changer will look a little different, they all do essentially the same thing. The program should detect the location of your Minecraft installation automatically, and then offer a list of versions to change to. This list goes all the way back to early alpha (a) and beta (b) versions.
  4. Choose the version you want.Select the version you want to play from the list. The correct files will be downloaded and installed automatically. Once the process is complete, close the version changer program.
  5. Play Minecraft.After being patched, you can log in and play Minecraft just as you normally would. You will not be able to connect to servers that aren’t running your version, but you can play single player or on servers that are running your version. Mods may be incompatible.

Community Q&A

  • Question
    Can I change my version of Minecraft to the very first version?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    When you say "very first version", I think you mean first playable version. Yes, you can change it to the fist playable versions by clicking on "enable Alpha" or "enable Beta". These are the first versions of Minecraft.
  • Question
    How can I go back to my old Minecraft launcher?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    I know why you want to get it back, but you can't. It got replaced, and even downloads from forums won't help. This is due to a complete removal of the old launcher.
  • Question
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    You should able to uninstall Minecraft and then redownload it and choose what iOS you want.
  • Question
    How do I get the "Love and Hugs" update?
    Community Answer
    Special updates like these are not able to be recovered after the day of the special event.
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