How to Switch Between Minecraft Versions the Easy Way

Last Updated: Jan 30, 2024 by

Minecraft is a popular game that has been around for over a decade. With its constant updates and new features, it can be overwhelming to keep up with the latest version. However, switching between versions doesn’t have to be a difficult task. In this article, we will discuss how to switch between Minecraft versions the easy way.

Why Switch Versions?

Before we dive into the steps, let’s first understand why someone would want to switch between Minecraft versions. There are a few reasons why players may want to do this:

  • Some players prefer older versions of the game for nostalgic reasons.
  • Certain mods or servers may only be compatible with specific versions.
  • Newer versions may have bugs or glitches that make the game less enjoyable.

Now that we know why someone may want to switch versions, let’s learn how to do it.

Step 1: Backup Your Worlds

Before switching versions, it’s important to backup your worlds. This will ensure that you don’t lose any progress or data when switching between versions. To backup your worlds, go to the “Saves” folder in your Minecraft directory and copy the folder of the world you want to backup.

Step 2: Download the Desired Version

Next, you will need to download the version of Minecraft you want to switch to. You can do this by going to the official Minecraft website and clicking on “Download” at the top of the page. From there, you can select the version you want to download.

Step 3: Create a New Profile

Once the desired version is downloaded, you will need to create a new profile in the Minecraft launcher. To do this, click on “Installations” and then “New”. Give your new profile a name and select the version you just downloaded from the drop-down menu.

Step 4: Switch to the New Profile

Now that you have a new profile with the desired version, you can switch to it by clicking on the drop-down menu next to the “Play” button in the Minecraft launcher. Select the new profile you just created and click “Play”.

Step 5: Backup Your Worlds (Again)

Before you start playing on the new version, it’s important to backup your worlds again. This will ensure that you have a copy of your worlds in the new version in case anything goes wrong.

Step 6: Enjoy!

Congratulations, you have successfully switched to a different version of Minecraft! You can now enjoy the features and updates of the new version or play on a server that only supports that version.


Switching between Minecraft versions doesn’t have to be a daunting task. By following these simple steps, you can easily switch between versions and enjoy all that Minecraft has to offer. Have you ever switched versions? Let us know in the comments below.

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