Thank you for your interest in the G.O.A.T Beta (version 1.17.30)! We're excited to get your feedback on our new features before we release them to the general public. Note that our Betas generally last about 4-6 weeks before full release.
Who can participate?
Minecraft: Education Edition is available to everyone! To participate in the beta, you need to have purchased licenses. For information on how to purchase licenses, review the Purchasing Options for Minecraft: Education Edition Licenses article.
Beta versions for all Minecraft: Education Edition are available on all platforms, including Windows, macOS, iPad, and Chromebook!
Why are we releasing a beta?
Before we roll out new features and functionality to classrooms around the world, we need your help to ensure that everything is working as expected. We hope you and your students will try out the beta to help us uncover any issues so we can fix them before the official launch.
What should I know before joining the beta program?
- If you are on Windows or Mac, you will need to remove your current version before downloading and installing the Beta. Before you remove the current version, it is recommended that you back up your worlds, or the worlds will be deleted. See the Importing and Exporting Your Worlds article for more information.
- You may need to add URLs that are associated with Minecraft: Education Edition to your networks list of allowed URLs. See the URLs Used by Minecraft: Education Edition for more information and a full list of URLs to allow.
- Beta builds may have some instabilities. The What happens if something doesn’t work the way I expect it to? section and following questions address known issues, however you may be the first to discover a new one!
- Multiplayer will work across devices and platforms, but all players must be running the beta to play in the same worlds.
- Note: Multiplayer is optimized for use in the classroom with all players on the same network. Review the How to Setup a Multiplayer Game at Home article for information about connecting from a home network.
- Not all features in the beta have had language localization.
- Worlds opened in the beta cannot be reopened on previous versions of Minecraft: Education Edition. We recommend that you back up your worlds, see the Importing and Exporting Your Worlds article for more information.
What new features and functionality are available in the beta?
We call this the GOAT (greatest of all time) beta for a reason and we are so excited to bring this to you. With this beta, we bring you both the Nether updates AND the first release of the Caves and Cliffs updates! You can explore the many biomes of the Nether, use new items in your lessons like copper that weathers, lightning rods, spyglasses, and candles, and meet all the new creatures like goats, axolotls, glow squids and piglins. We’ve also added other features to help improve the classroom experience like multiplayer with up to 40 people, new Teams integrations, a new UNESCO Global Build Challenge world, and new subject kits and worlds for Sustainability and Climate in the Library. There’s lots to explore! To learn more, check out the Beta Feature Walkthrough for more detail on the new features.
How do I join the beta?
Check out our article, Download Minecraft: Education Edition Beta, to learn more about supported platforms and how to install a Minecraft: Education Edition on your platform.
How do I leave the beta?
For Chromebook, Windows, and MacOS, leaving the beta is as easy as uninstalling the app. We recommend you export any worlds you would like to save before you uninstall, as uninstalling the game will remove these from your computer. See the Importing and Exporting Your Worlds article for more information. After you uninstall the beta, visit the Get Minecraft: Education Edition page to install the current version of Minecraft: Education Edition.
If you’re on iOS, you can you leave the beta via TestFlight. Visit the TestFlight page and scroll down to the Opting Out section for more details.
How will I get the general release after the beta?
Chromebook, iOS and Windows users will be automatically upgraded to the general release as long as automatic updates are configured by their organization.
macOS users will need to install the next retail release manually once it's available. Please export any worlds you would like to save from the Beta as they will be deleted from your system during the update process.
What happens if something doesn’t work the way I expect it to?
While we anticipate that the beta release will work well for you and your school, it is possible that you may encounter a bug or two along the way. If you do, we want to hear about it. Please report any issues or general feedback you have about the release to our GOAT Beta feedback thread.
If you have a blocking issue, there are instructions in the How to Contact Support article about how to open a support ticket. If you are using the Windows desktop app, we recommend you run the diagnostic tool and export the log so that you can share it with us.
I see an error when I try to download Minecraft: Education Edition to my Chromebook from the Play store
Check the list of technical requirements in the System Requirements article to ensure you have a supported Chromebook device.
Why can't I download on my Android Phone?
Minecraft: Education Edition is not currently available on phones.
I’m using Windows. Which version of the Minecraft: Education Edition Beta should I choose?
Check out the Download Minecraft: Education Edition Beta page for recommendations based on device configuration and operating system.
IMPORTANT! If you are downloading the Beta on Windows, you will need to remove your current version before downloading and installing the Beta. Before you remove the current version, it is recommended that you back up your worlds, or the worlds will be deleted. See the Importing and Exporting Your Worlds article for more information.
Can I install the beta Windows Desktop version if I already have the Windows Store version installed?
No, this is not recommended. Running two versions of Minecraft: Education Edition on your machine causes connection issues. It can also cause you to lose your worlds.
I had some trouble installing Minecraft: Education Edition for Windows Desktop. What should I do now?
Please download and run our diagnostic tool to help in identifying the potential source of any installation challenges. If you continue to have difficulty, please report any issues in our Beta feedback thread.
I just launched Minecraft: Education Edition for Windows Desktop and I don't see my worlds. How do I get my worlds to show up?
Any worlds you've created in Minecraft: Education Edition for Windows Store edition will not be available in the Play menu for the Desktop edition. If you'd like to use these worlds, please export them from the Windows Store version of the game before you uninstall this version, and then import them into the Windows Desktop version after you install it. See the Importing and Exporting Your Worlds article for more information.
We hope you enjoy the beta!