Adding friends in Minecraft is very simple, but considering there are two different versions of the game, it can be confusing. If you want to add friends from different platforms, you have to ensure that you are all playing the same game.
Minecraft Bedrock Edition is the version that is available on PC, Xbox, PlayStation, mobile, and the Nintendo Switch. If you have Minecraft Java, you will not be able to utilize crossplay.
To add friends from different platforms, you have to add them via their Microsoft account. Players who do not already have a Microsoft account will have to create one. If you have an Xbox account, that will work as well.
Adding cross-platform friends
- Enter the pause menu and click on the “invite friends” tab on the right side of the screen
- Once you are there, it will show you available friends on your current platform
- From here, you will be given the option to find cross-platform friends
- This will take you to a search bar where you will enter your friends Microsoft account Gamertag and send a friend request
Once you send a friend invite to their Microsoft account, you can get started exploring your own worlds or a shared realm. Keep in mind you will have to enable crossplay when creating a world and inviting your friends.