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Minecraft Pocket Edition
The Minecraft Pocket Edition app icon.


iOS, Android, Fire OS, Windows Phone, Windows 10

Release Date:

Xperia PLAY: August 16, 2011
Android: October 7, 2011
iOS: November 17, 2011
Fire OS: April 2, 2014
Windows Phone: December 10, 2014
Windows 10: July 29, 2015







Minecraft Pocket Edition (often abbreviated to PE, or MCPE) is the official Minecraft app for iOS, Android and Windows tablets/phones. Info for the full contents of PE can be found on the Minecraft Pocket Edition Wiki. This edition has many similarities with Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition.


The objective of the game remains the same as its original PC, PlayStation 3 Edition, and Xbox Edition counterparts, where players can build virtual realities in a sandbox-based game. The goal is to survive and build a house to protect yourself from Mobs. The Multiplayer mode is cross-platform compatible between Android and iOS.

A video of an early prototype was released on Twitter, showing the game on the Xperia PLAY. The alpha version was recently released, and became no longer exclusive to the Xperia PLAY on the 7th of October 2011. The non-exclusive version was going to be released on September 29th for Android but there were a few severe bugs that needed to be fixed; the release was delayed until the 7th of October. A version for iOS devices was confirmed to be released before 2012 in an interview with Mojang and subsequently was released on the 17th of November 2011.

Survival Mode was added in version 0.2.0. The current version was supposed to be released February 8 for submission to Apple and Android stores for approval, but Daniel Kaplan announced on his Twitter feed that it would be delayed due to bugs. The update was submitted to Apple and Android stores for approval on February 10. On February 11, Daniel Kaplan announced on his Twitter feed that the update was available for Android users. The update was approved by Apple and released on the 17th of February. This update has been advertised as "laying the groundwork for survival mode." It includes many bug fixes and behind the scenes upgrades that allows for Survival Mode to be included. It also includes animals, new blocks, and tools. Crafting was not included in this update due to GUI difficulties. The Nether was added in 0.12.0. Several redstone items were added in 13.0.

It has been very successful in sales. 30 million copies of Minecraft: Pocket Edition have been sold over the iOS and Android platforms, making it ironically arguably more popular than the PC version (which has sold over 18,000,000 copies).


Both the iOS and Android versions of Pocket Edition have the same gameplay, with the following differences:

  • With the update, tools were added. These are: Swords, Shovels, Pickaxes, Axes, and Shears.
  • Neither sand nor gravel move directly above the nearest block directly below them (this was Classic's version of falling).
  • The hotbar only contains five different blocks (or 8 for the Xperia Play version)
  • In Multiplayer mode, the maximum number of players is 5.
  • It is not possible to fall off the earth. However, in Creative Mode, you can dig down through bedrock into the void. If flying is equipped, getting too close to the Void will suck you in resulting in the player's death.
  • In Survival, dropping into the Void and dying will not affect your hotbar, consequentially your blocks and items will still be there when you spawn again.(assuming you respawn)


Minecraft Pocket Edition controls

Android gameplay

Android Version

The Android version features a d-pad at the bottom-left corner of the screen, which controls movement. The jump button is located in the center of the d-pad. Note that when moving towards an adjacent block that is one level higher than the Player , the player will automatically jump up the block. One can place blocks by tapping the screen in a desired location. Destroying blocks is similar to the PC version's way, but rather than tapping, the player taps and holds. The search button used to be able to change the camera to and from third person view, but now this has to be done via the pause screen, and the menu and back buttons will open the pause screen. To open the inventory screen, tap the triple dotted button on the right of the hot bar.

Xperia PLAY

Controlled with slide out PlayStation keyboard:

  • PlayStationX: Jump (To Fly, see below menu)
  • PlayStationCircle: Cycle inventory right
  • PlayStationSquare: Cycle inventory left
  • PlayStationTriangle: Bring up inventory
  • D-Pad: Move
  • Right Touchpad: Look/Turn
  • Menu: Pause


Simply press jump twice in a row. To fly higher? Press the up arrow twice in a row also, hold after second press to fly upwards non-stop. Repeat for the bottom arrow to go down. (Creative Only, Changed in 0.2.1)

iOS version

The controls on iOS are very similar to the Android version with the exception of the search and back buttons. To open the pause screen you must press the pause icon in the top right corner. In the Lite Version, the pause button is the inventory, then the menu. To switch to third person view you open the menu,

  • Then tap the button with the square with an icon of a player in it. (v0.6.1)
  • Then tap the "Options" button, then tap the "Third Person View" button and the button should light up. (v0.7.0)



A bug in Alpha 0.7.1, tools only have a Diamond Sword texture

  • In both creative and survival, fence with no other blocks with in the same altitude or higher of a radius of ten blocks (half a circle surrounding the fence), the fence will not render but rather become 'invisible'.
  • Sometimes, the world generator will generate flying sand. It will fall ONLY if the block updates.
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    Floating sand.

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    A "wrecked" area. This was generated near the floating sand.

  • When a player connects, other players can make them jump far away if they go near them.
  • Placing a torch on the underside of a block attached to invisible bedrock will cause the torch to be placed on the invisible bedrock thus creating a floating torch.
  • Selecting an item immediately after shooting an arrow will delete the extra data value associated with it, allowing you to "clean" wool of its colors, transform dye into Ink Sacs, and create chicken spawn eggs called Spawn .name< that do not spawn anything. This works with anything with extra data values. However, this does not work as of 0.9.0.


MCPE 0.14.3

  • Released May 19, 2016

(This is the current version of Minecraft: Pocket Edition.)

MCPE 0.14.2

  • Released April 26, 2016

MCPE 0.14.1

  • Released April 5, 2016

MCPE 0.14.0

  • Released February 18, 2016

MCPE 0.13.2

  • Released February 3, 2016

MCPE 0.13.1

  • Released December 16, 2015

MCPE 0.13.0

  • Released November 19, 2015

Bug fixes:

  • hostile mobs that wear armor don't show it.

Dog collars appear white even when dyed with other colors. THESE BUGS ARE NOW FIXED IF YOU UPDATE TO 0.13.2

MCPE 0.12.3

  • Released October 22, 2015

MCPE 0.12.2

  • Released October 11, 2015

MCPE 0.12.1

  • Released September 9, 2015

MCPE 0.12.0

  • Released July 29, 2015


MCPE 0.11.1

  • Released June 4, 2015

MCPE 0.11.0

  • Released June 4, 2015


MCPE 0.10.0

MCPE 0.9.0 (Largest Update To Date)

MCPE 0.8.1

  • New graphics imported from the PC version
  • Minecraft Realms fixes
  • New blocks/food items such as Beetroot
  • Android has hit Beta!

MCPE 0.7.3

Difference in Title Screens from 0.6.1 to 0.8.1
MCPE title 0.6.1
0.6.1/Latest Free Title Screen
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0.8.1 Title Screen

There are 2 modes of the Apple and Android versions of PE: Free and Paid.

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