How to Install Minecraft Maps

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How to Install Minecraft Java Maps on PC/Mac

Installing a minecraft map might seem a little daunting at first, but it is actually a very simple process. This short guide is primarily aimed at Windows users, however it is the same process for most operating systems, only the path to the folder will be different.

The majority of minecraft maps that you can download will likely be archived within a .zip or .rar file. The folders and files contained in this archive must be extracted into your minecraft saves folder, this allows minecraft to detect the map. You will need a file archiver program to do this, such as 7-Zip (Windows only) which is free.

If you have a Mac, the "Archive Utility" built into OS X will be able to open .zip files by right-clicking on the .zip and selecting "Open With > Archive Utility", but you will need a program such as The Unarchiver for .rar files.

Once you're ready to extract the map, you will need to locate your minecraft saves folder. To find it, follow these steps:

1.) Open the Minecraft Launcher.
2.) Click "Launch Options".
3.) Click "Add new" at the top next to the + sign.
4.) Locate where it says "Game directory" and click the green arrow next to the folder icon.
5.) Your saves folder will be in here.

Once you've found your minecraft saves folder, you can copy and paste the location into your file archiver program and extract the minecraft map to there. The location of your saves folder will be something like this: "C:\Users\yourusername\AppData\Roaming\.minecraft\saves".

The Alternative Way to Find Your Saves Folder on Windows:

If you don't want to load up the minecraft client, then you can use this faster method to find your saves folder:

1.) Click on the Start Menu in Windows.

2.) Type run into the search box, and select the Run program at the top of the results.

3.) Type %appdata%\.minecraft\saves into the Run program, and press Enter.

How to Install Minecraft PE Maps (Bedrock) on iOS iPhone & iPad

Most PE maps these days use the .mcworld format. This is a special file just for minecraft. Just click it and it will automatically install the bedrock map into your game no matter what system you're on.

However, some PE maps still use the older system that will usually be a a .zip file.

Installing these on your iPhone & iPad is a little more tedious, to do it you'll need to:

1.) Download and extract the folder for the Minecraft PE map that you want to play.

2.) Download and install iExplorer (the free demo version does everything you need).

3.) Connect your iOS device and Computer together with a USB cable, and then open iExplorer.

4.) Press "Apps" and find "Minecraft PE".

6.) Click on the following folders in order: Documents > games > com.mojang > minecraftWorlds.

7.) Drag and drop the Minecraft PE map folder into the minecraftWorlds folder.

How to Install Minecraft PE Maps (Bedrock) on Android

Most PE maps these days use the .mcworld format. This is a special file just for minecraft. Just click it and it will automatically install the bedrock map into your game no matter what system you're on.

However, some PE maps still use the older system that will usually be a a .zip file.

To install these on your Android device, you'll need to:

1.) Install "ASTRO File Manager" on your Android device from the Google Play Store or Amazon Appstore. Other File Managers for Android can work as well.

2.) Use the browser on your device to find a map and download it.

3.) Once you've downloaded a map, open "ASTRO File Manager" and click on the "Download" folder.

4.) Click on the zip archive file of the map.

5.) Press and hold the map folder until this Icon shows up in the top left: Once this is pressed, it should say "Copying 1 item" at the bottom with a "Cancel" and "Paste" button under it.

6.) Go back to the Primary folders in ASTRO (where the "Download" folder was located) and then go to "games > com.mojang > minecraftWorlds".

7.) Click the "Paste" button at the bottom and your map should now be installed.

You can also simply connect your Android device to a computer with a USB cable and find the "games\com.mojang\minecraftWorlds" folder, then copy and paste the map folder into it.

How to Install Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition (Bedrock) Maps

Most PE maps these days use the .mcworld format. This is a special file just for minecraft. Just click it and it will automatically install the bedrock map into your game no matter what system you're on.

However, some PE maps still use the older system that will usually be a a .zip file.

To install these on your Windows 10 computer, you'll need to:

1.) Download the map that you want to play (all the latest Minecraft PE (Bedrock) maps should work on it).

2.) Open the file (usually .zip or .rar) with a file archive program, such as 7-Zip (it's free).

3.) Extract the map to your minecraft saves folder.

You can find the saves folder by simply searching for "run" and then entering this into the app:

%localappdata%\Packages\Microsoft.MinecraftUWP_8wekyb3d8bbwe\LocalState\games\com.mojang\minecraftWorlds