[Update: Jan. 26] Mojang looking into Minecraft issue where players are unable to connect or join friends' world

New updates are being added at the bottom of this story…….

Original story (published on October 05, 2021) follows:

Minecraft is one of the most well-known sandbox video games in the world, similar to the likes of Terraria. Developed by Mojang Studios, the game was released in 2011.

It is written in Java and is available on a plethora of platforms. In the last few years, Minecraft has gained massive popularity with more than 140 million active monthly users in 2021.

The world of Minecraft is infinite with an endless amount of available resources. Players can do whatever they want, from fighting the environment to building whatever they imagine.

People have recreated some real-life buildings and monuments in the game, with some worlds containing libraries that let others access information without any restrictions.


In Minecraft, you can either create your own realm from scratch or join your friends to do some activities in their world.

The game was bought by Microsoft in 2014 for $2.5 billion. Having said that, Minecraft players do face some glitches every once in a while because of the online nature of the game.

A few months ago, Minecraft players reported that they were getting ‘A JNI error has occurred, please check your installation and try again’ or ‘Java exception’ after the much-awaited 1.17 update.

Unfortunately, some recent reports from Minecraft players suggest that they are unable to connect or join their friend’s world.


@Minecraft Please fix the friends list in game n joining friends I never have anyone on n all my friends are online n I can never join it always says unable to connect! Please fix

Recently, I’ve tried joining a server my friend hosted but it says “unknown host every time”. There’s no problem with my wifi or computer and i’ve tried changing the dns servers as well

@MojangSupport Please help me whenever I try to join my friend it will freeze and say “Connecting to multiplayer server” and it will not allow me to join my friend we have both updated our Minecraft to the latest version but nothing works please fix this bug if you can. Thank you

Players said they have tried restarting the game but it isn’t helping either. As it turns out, Mojang Studios seems to be aware of the situation and said it is a known issue.

The developers also said that they are working on a fix but did not share any ETA about the same.


We hope the bug where Minecraft players cannot join their friend’s world is fixed soon since socializing and playing with friends is a core aspect of the gameplay.

When Mojang fixes the issue, we will update this space so make sure to keep an eye out for further updates.

Update 1 (October 08, 2021)

03:18 pm (IST): Mojang support has confirmed that the issue has been fixed. So if you were facing the problem earlier, we’d suggest giving it a shot again.

We’re sorry for the troubles! The problem you’ve encountered was a known issue and has now been resolved. (Source)

Update 2 (October 23, 2021)

05:30 pm (IST): Some players are still complaining that they are unable to connect or join friends’ world in the game.

Mojang Support has once again acknowledged the issue saying that they are currently working on a fix that should arrive as soon as possible.


Update 3 (January 26, 2023)

05:30 pm (IST): Multiple players again report being unable to join their friends’ worlds (1, 2, 3). The issue has been acknowledged.

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My fascination with technology and computers goes back to the days of Windows XP. Since then, I have been tinkering with OS, mobile phones, and other things. When I am not working on anything, you will find me enjoying video games on some Discord server.