This essay dissertated by MiniTool Software Ltd. mainly introduces the ways to help you downgrade your Minecraft version to an earlier stage. After reading the following contents, you will learn how to achieve that and find it is easy to carry out the steps!

Sometimes, you may need to downgrade Minecraft to a lower version due to the current (newest) version having some issues and you have a bad experience with it. Or, if your favorite server requires an older Minecraft to run, you also need downgrading. Here, let’s see how to downgrade a Minecraft world.

Before starting, Minecraft official strongly recommends that you back up your worlds. If you try to play on one of your current worlds and access that world relying on an older version of the game, you may permanently damage that world. So, it is wise to locate your worlds and create a backup of them using a reliable and powerful data backup tool like MiniTool ShadowMaker.

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The following solutions apply to Windows 11/10/8.1/8/7, PE, Xbox One and other Xbox consoles, PlayStations like PS4, Forge, etc.

How to Downgrade Minecraft Version?

Following the below steps to easily downgrade Minecraft to an older version. This method applies to Minecraft 1.14.3 and its later versions.

  1. Open Minecraft Launcher on your desktop or in the location you put it and sign in to your Minecraft account.
  2. Click the Edit profile option.
  3. Check the two boxes and select the Minecraft version you prefer in the drop-down menu.

Now, you can play the older version of Minecraft you chose just now. Yet, you can always go back to the version you have abandoned just now.

  • If you are playing a game in the Launcher, you have to quit it and restart the Launcher to switch Minecraft versions.
  • It is impossible to turn to an older Minecraft version on your iPhone or Android.

How to Downgrade Minecraft Java/Server?

The below guide only applies to the Java version of Minecraft.

  1. Start the Launch of Minecraft and sign in to your account.
  2. Click on the second Installations tab on the top of the Launcher.
  3. Click + New… to open the Create new installation window.
  4. In the Create new installation window, assign a name to the new installation. You need to enable Historical Versions if you’d like to play an Alpha or Beta version of the game.
  5. Choose a version from the version list. For instance, if you are connecting Minecraft to a server that requires you to downgrade Minecraft to version 1.12.2, you should choose 1.12.2 from the list.
  6. Pick up a directory from the Game Directory column. If you keep the default option – Use default directory, Minecraft will save the data of the older version there. If you downgrade to a version earlier than 1.6, you need to select a different folder using the Browse option.
  7. If you want to personalize the resolution of the new installation, just input the dimensions into the Resolution section.
  8. Finally, click the Create button to save the new installation.

Then, you can go to the first Play tab at the top of the Launcher to return to the main screen, choose the desired version from the drop-down list, and click on the Play button to start enjoying the old Minecraft.

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