How To Fix Minecraft Can’t Join World Error On Xbox One

Minecraft players on Xbox platform may sometimes encounter a frustrating problem wherein one can’t join a friend’s world. This is usually indicated by an error saying so. If you have this problem right now, there are two possible solutions for it.

Keep in mind that the suggestions in this guide can also be applied if your friend is getting the “Unable to connect to world” error instead of you. Try sharing the solutions in this article to him or her if this is the case.

Reasons why you are not able to join world in Minecraft (Xbox One)

There are two causes for Minecraft multiplayer issues on Xbox. Let’s discuss each of them below.

NAT issue.

One of the common reasons why some Minecraft players are having trouble joining other worlds is Xbox One NAT settings. If your Xbox Live connection is working but you’re getting an error when trying to join your friend’s world, it’s likely a NAT problem. 


NAT stands for Network Address Translation and is a setting that you can only change in your router’s user interface. Most ISP-provided routers are set to give gaming consoles an Open NAT, which is the ideal setup for your Xbox. However, if this is not your case, you will need to change your router settings to fix your NAT problem.

There are three types of NAT in an Xbox One: Open, Moderate, and Strict. If your Xbox One has an Open NAT, it should be able to allow you to play multiplayer games without problems. If The NAT type on your console is set to Moderate, you should still be able to play in multiplayer games but other players may not be able to play together with you in a multiplayer session. When playing Minecraft, other players may not be able to connect to your world. If you have a Strict NAT, your console will be limited to playing with players having an Open NAT and you can’t host any match.In some cases, a network test may also show that your Xbox One NAT is unavailable. In this case, you won’t be able to join or create a party chat or join or host some multiplayer games.

Xbox Live account restrictions.

Another common reason why you may not be able to join your friend’s world in Minecraft may be limitations or settings on your Xbox Live account. In order to play any multiplayer on Xbox Live, you’ll need an active Xbox Live subscription. If you’re Xbox Live subscription has expired or if your account is offline, you can’t join any online game at all.On top of the need to have an active premium subscription, you also need to make sure that the account is set to ”Join Multiplayer games” and ”You can create and join clubs.” If your account’s Privacy & online safety settings are restricted, this can be the reason for your Minecraft problem.

Fixing Minecraft “can’t join world” error

To fix your Minecraft “can’t join world” error, you’ll have to do any or both of the two solutions below.

  1. Confirm your Xbox One NAT is Open.

    To fix any possible NAT-related problem, you need to check your Xbox’s NAT type first. Here’s how to do that:
    -Press the Xbox button  to open the guide.
    -Select System.
    -Select Settings.
    -Select General.
    -Select Network settings.
    -Under Current Network Status, the NAT Type field displays your current NAT type.
    If the NAT type does not say Open, which means it may be Moderate or Strict, you’ll have to troubleshoot your router to change some settings. Some of the router troubleshooting steps that you might need includes turning on UPnP, upgrading the firmware, opening network ports (port forwarding), enabling DMZ, or a  factory reset. Exact steps on how to do any of these steps depends on your equipment. Make sure to contact your Internet Service Provider if you don’t have any idea how to perform these tasks.

  2. Check your account Privacy & online safety settings or multiplayer settings.

    In order to play with other Minecraft players online, you should make sure that your Xbox Live account is set up properly. Go to Xbox.com and sign in using your Microsoft account (the email for your Xbox Live account). Then, go to Privacy & online safety tab set the correct settings in order to interact with other people. To allow your profile to join multiplayer games, go to the Xbox One/ Windows 10 Online Safety tab and make sure that you allow Join multiplayer games and You can create and join clubs.
    Keep in mind that teen or child accounts can’t do account changes. If your account is a child or teen account, you’ll need the parent account to manage changes to said account.

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