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How to Play Minecraft with Twitch App

Last Updated: Mar 31, 2017 12:51PM PDT
This guide will walk you through how to use the Twitch App to play Minecraft. So you want to play Minecraft using

How to Play Minecraft with Twitch App

This guide will walk you through how to use the Twitch App to play Minecraft.

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So you want to play Minecraft using the Twitch App. Well this guide will walk you through all the basic information you need to know in order to get yourself started.

About Twitch App and Minecraft

The Twitch App allows you to install and play and save your Minecraft worlds; as well as install and manage mods, modpacks, maps and resource packs used for those worlds in a very easy to use user interface.

Helpful Terms

Following is a list of some terms that may be helpful in navigating this guide.

  • MC - Shorthand for Minecraft.
  • MC PE - Minecraft Pocket Edition. This version is for your mobile devices or consoles.
  • MC Win10 - This is a version of MC PE avalible to Windows 10 users.
  • MC Desktop - This is the original version of Minecraft for Windows, macOS, and Linux, which is Java Edition. At this time this edition does come with a Free download code for MC Win10 Edition code.

  • SP - Shorthand for Single Player.
  • MP - Shorthand for Multiplayer. Servers, LAN games, and Realms are MP.

  • Modded - A Minecraft game that uses any mods or modpacks.
  • Vanilla - A Minecraft game that does not use any mods or modpacks. May use Resource Packs.

  • Worlds - Individual environment that you can return to again and again that saves your progression.
  • Game Profile - Is the "holder" for your MC Worlds that uses specific mods or modpacks. A Game Profile can have multiple Worlds

  • Mod - A user create addon that can alter how Minecraft works by changing, adding, or removing features, items, etc.
  • ModPack - A user created collection of mods.
  • FTB - Shorthand for Feed the Beast, originated as a custom challenge map in Minecraft that made heavy use of multiple tech mods. There are now multiple different versions.
  • Resource Pack - A user created pack that can change the look and sounds of Minecraft both Modded and Vanilla. This does not alter how the base game works.

  • Mojang - The developers of Minecraft.
  • Author - A user that creates a Mod, Modpack, or Resource Pack.

  • Steve - The default original male player avatar.
  • Alex - The new default female player avatar.

Things You will Need

Before you get started you will want to make sure you have all the following ready to go as this will help make the process of getting into your Minecraft World faster and easier.

Download Java

To start you will want to make sure you have installed the most recent version of Java on your computer. You can check if you have Java installed, and which version by going to https://www.java.com/en/download/installed8.jsp on a supported browser (Doesn't work with Chrome).

If you need to install or update your Java you will want to go to Oracle's website for Java: https://www.java.com/en/download/ and download it through there. Don't forget to reboot your computer when you are finished updating/installing.

Minecraft Game

Minecraft is a one time fee game. This means once you pay for your account you will be able to play the default game all you want without any additional fee (i.e., no subscription fees)*.

HELPFUL HINT

Make sure you get the original Minecraft Desktop version. The Twitch App will not work with the Win10 or the PE versions of the game.

You can get your copy of Minecraft one of two ways.

Buy it from Mojang. You can buy the game online directly from Mojang's Minecraft site. This will cost $26.95USD per Minecraft copy. Creating your Mojang account will require you to buy the game through the site.

Buy a Game Card. You can buy Minecraft game cards from many stores that may be near you. Stores like Wal-Mart, Best Buy, GameStop, and many others do tend to carry the Minecraft Game Cards. You can find a store near you that carries them by using the Find a Store on Mojang's Minecraft site. Once you have your code you will want to redeem it at Mojang's Minecraft Redeem page. At this time you will need to create your Mojang account.

Make sure have have downloaded and installed Minecraft onto your computer like you normally would. After buying it you can download it from Mojang's Minecraft Download page.

* - There are things like Realms, Servers, and internet fees that you may be required to pay if you play MP or online.

Mojang Account

This may also be referred to as your Minecraft account. If you don't already, you will need to create a Mojang account. These are free to create at Mojang's Minecraft Site when you buy or redeem a Minecraft game.

When creating your Mojang account make sure you spell your email correctly and use an email you have access to, as this will be used as part of your login to Minecraft and Mojang accounts, and if you want to change your "Steve's" skin you will need to be able to log into your Mojang account.

It is also best not to reuse the same email and/or passwords for your gaming accounts as you do for gaming sites.

Twitch App

Don't forget to download the Twitch App. You will need the desktop application version. This supports both macOS and Windows.

Make sure you create a Twitch account if you don't already have a Twitch or Curse account.

Setting up Twitch App for Minecraft

Once Minecraft and the Twitch App are installed, when you login to the Twitch App it should detect your game.

Installing Minecraft

If you game is detected you should see a Minecraft icon on the left purple bar.

HELPFUL HINT

If you are not seeing the Creeper icon in the bar to the left. Go into your Settings (cogwheel icon) and select the Minecraft option. Make sure you have Mod Management toggled to on.

Clicking on this will bring you to the screen to install a copy of Minecraft that the Twitch App will use.

Click on the INSTALL button under Steve, and the Twitch App will do the rest. When it is complete it will display an empty Minecraft section.

You are now ready to set up your Game Profiles. However, if you need to or know how to, you are able to alter some settings for your game.

Minecraft Settings

The Minecraft Settings maybe used for more advance options or for troubleshooting steps. It is best not to alter or change settings that you do not know, or it could cause issues with how the Twitch App handles your Minecraft games and worlds.

To get to the settings you will need to click on the cogwheel in the lower left corner of the Twitch App.

Next locate the Minecraft option in the menu.

General

  • Mod Management - This needs to be left on if you wish the Twitch App to manage your Minecraft Worlds, Mods, Modpacks, and Resource Packs.

  • Minecraft Install Location - It is best to leave this alone unless you have a specific location. It is best not to change this to the location your main Minecraft game is installed.

  • Preferred Release - This will let the Twitch App know which versions of the

Launcher Settings

  • Launcher Visibilty - this is how the Minecraft launcher will behave once the game is launched.

  • Launch Method - This is the type of launcher that will be used. Depending on your OS or troubleshooting steps you may want to leave this alone.

  • Java Version - For use with the Jar Launcher. This will allow you to choose which Java version is used.

Resolution

  • Use Desktop Resolution - this is what the Minecraft window size will launch at.

Java Settings

  • Maximum Memory Allocation - allows you to allocate how much memory for your game.

Backup Settings

  • Number of Backups Per Profile - this controls the number of modpack backups per profile. When you update your modpack it will backup the prior version in case you need/want to revert back or in case of a failed upgrade.

Advanced

  • Additional Java Arguments - This area allows you to put in additional Java Arguments. These can tell the game how much RAM to allocate to what, as well as other options.

HELPFUL HINT

Using the Additional Java Arguments feature can cause issues with your game if done incorrectly. Please keep in mind that a lot of different variables specific to your computer need to be taken into consideration when using this feature.

 

Creating a Vanilla Game

A Vanilla Game does not use any mods or modpacks. It is just a the base version of Minecraft.

Creating a Game Profile

Go into the Minecraft section of the Twitch App. At the top you should see a Creeper head and to the right of that three options. You will want to use the CREATE CUSTOM PROFILE.

You will get a window that will popup and here is where you set most of the information for your game profile.

HELPFUL HINT

Names for game profiles need to begin with a letter. They cannot start with a number or symbol.

  • Profile Name - this is the name of your profile that will hold your Worlds. It's best to name it something the describes it as you can have more than one profile.

  • Version - this is the version of Minecraft you would like to play. You can choose the most recent (not including snapshots) or a much older version.

  • Modloader - Since this is a Vanilla profile you will want to set this to None, as it is only needed to install Mods and Modpacks.

When you hit OKAY your game profile will be created, and in a few moments you will see it on the Minecraft section of the Twitch App.

Playing Vanilla Minecraft

Go to the Minecraft section of the Twitch App. You'll want to locate your game profile you want to play. Then locate the PLAY button and click it.

This will launch the Mojang's Minecraft Launcher. If this is your first time, you may be required to log into your Minecraft account in the launcher.

HELPFUL HINT

Your Minnecraft Account login and password are requested by Mojang's Minecraft Launcher. This step is just like if you logged into Minecraft without using the Twitch App.

If you have it will take you straight to the Launcher's main page. Here you can see that you are going to play your game profile.

Click on Play and Mojang's Minecraft Launcher will load up Minecraft, and you are on your way.

Creating a Modded Game

A modded Minecraft game means that one or more mods are being used to improve or alter game play.

Creating a Modded Game Profile

Go into the Minecraft section of the Twitch App. At the top you should see a Creeper head and to the right of that three options. You will want to use the CREATE CUSTOM PROFILE.

You will get a window that will popup and here is where you set most of the information for your game profile.

HELPFUL HINT

Names for game profiles need to begin with a letter. They cannot start with a number or symbol.

  • Profile Name - this is the name of your profile that will hold your Worlds. It's best to name it something the describes it as you can have more than one profile.

  • Version - this is the version of Minecraft you would like to play. You can choose the most recent (not including snapshots) or a much older version. Be aware that some mods may not work for some version of Minecraft. This is usually true when a newer releases of Minecraft.

  • Modloader - You will need to choose the version of Forge you would like to use to install your Mods with. Unless specific reasoning, it's usually best to go with the default version showing.

When you hit OKAY your game profile will be created, and in a few moments you will see it on the Minecraft section of the Twitch App.

Installing Mods

Now you need to install Mods. This is fairly easy. First locate your game profile in the Minecraft section of the Twitch App and then click on the image. If you hover on it you will get a View Profile popup appearing.

By default you should be on the Mods tab, and if you haven't installed any mods prior you should see a GET MODS button in the middle of the window.

If you already have some installed you will see and GET MORE CONTENT option at the top right of the window.

There are multiple ways for you to find the item you want either by searching it's name, looking through categories, sorting by specific criteria, or a combination of any of these.

HELPFUL HINT

Based on which version of Forge and Minecraft you selected for your Profile depends on which Mods, Resource Packs and Maps will display for you. Only those that are compatible with the versions of your Profile will be visible. This does not mean that you might not have issues with mods not being compatible with each other.

For this example, we know what we are wanting to download so used the search by typing in the name of the mod "Forest". This brings up the Mod all mods with "Forest" and is compatable with the version of MC and Forge.

Hovering over the mods icon on the right shows the Install button. Clicking the Install button will install the mod for into game profile.

Allow it to install. It should only take a few moments depending on the size of the Mod.

Once installed it will appear in your profile.

You can now add more mods that you would like to use. Be aware that some mods do require "core" mods to work and/or don't work with specific other mods.

Playing Modded Minecraft

Go to the Minecraft section of the Twitch App. You'll want to locate your game profile you want to play. Then locate the PLAY button and click it.

This will launch the Mojang's Minecraft Launcher. If this is your first time, you may be required to log into your Minecraft account in the launcher.

HELPFUL HINT

Your Minnecraft Account login and password are requested by Mojang's Minecraft Launcher. This step is just like if you logged into Minecraft without using the Twitch App.

If you have it will take you straight to the Launcher's main page. Here you can see that you are going to play your game profile and which version of Forge is being used.

Click on Play and Mojang's Minecraft Launcher will load up Minecraft, and install Forge and your mods. You are then on your way.

Update Your Mods

With releases of new versions of Minecraft; mods do tend to get updated as well. This allows mods to work efficently in the version of Minecraft that it is updated for. The Twitch App will help make updating the mods a lot easier.

If you have a mod that needs to be updated you will see a little download arrow icon to the far right of it in the Mod tabs.

Clicking on this update the mod for you. It's that easy!

Creating a ModPack or FTB Game

Modpacks and FTB Modpacks are packs of mods that individuals have put together to design specific type of experieince, different options, features or itmes for the Minecraft game.

Creating a Modpack or FTB Game Profile

A game profile for a modpack or FTB Modpack is created when you install the modpack.

Installing Modpacks or FTB

Go into the Minecraft section of the Twitch App. At the top you should see a Creeper head and to the right of that three options. You will want to use the BROWSE ALL MODPACKS or BROWSE FTB MODPACKS depending on which you are wanting to play.

If you know what Modpack you are wanting you can use the Search feature to locate it. However, if you are unsure you can browse through the list until you find what you want.

Once you have found the Modpack you want; simply hover over the image and click on the INSTALL. Then let the Twitch App do the rest.

Installing a modpack can take a few moments as some of the modpacks have a lot of mods in them. So please allow it to complete.

Once completed your Modpack game profile will be created, and in a few moments you will see it on the Minecraft section of the Twitch App.

Playing Modpack or FTB Minecraft

Go to the Minecraft section of the Twitch App. You'll want to locate your game profile you want to play. Then locate the PLAY button and click it.

This will launch the Mojang's Minecraft Launcher. If this is your first time, you may be required to log into your Minecraft account in the launcher.

HELPFUL HINT

Your Minnecraft Account login and password are requested by Mojang's Minecraft Launcher. This step is just like if you logged into Minecraft without using the Twitch App.

If you have it will take you straight to the Launcher's main page. Here you can see that you are going to play your Modpack game profile and which version of Forge is being used.

Click on Play and Mojang's Minecraft Launcher will load up Minecraft, and install Forge and your mods. You are then on your way.

Update Your Modpacks or FTB

With releases of new versions of Minecraft; mods do tend to get updated, and if the author sees fit will also update their Modpack. This allows mods to work efficently in the version of Minecraft that it is updated for. The Twitch App will help make updating Modpacks a lot easier.

If you have a Modpack that needs to be updated you will see a little download arrow icon next to the PLAY button in the Minecraft sections of the Twitch App.

Clicking on this will popup a window with the version you want to install, Changelog, and if you want to make the updated version a new profile.

Select your options and let the Twitch App do the rest. It's that easy!

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q. Can I use Twitch App for installing modpack to a server?
    • A. No, Twitch App only works with Single Player games.
  • Q. Can I update individual mods in a modpack?
    • A. Yes, you can do this by going to the ... in the upper right corner of the modpack's profile. Then selecting the Profile Option from the menu. You will need to unlock it. Note that updating some of the Modpacks mods prior to the Modpack's Author releasing a full update could cause the Modpack not to work or to corrupt your Worlds.
  • Q. Why can't I find _______ Mod?
    • A. First, make sure your game profile is using the correct version of Minecraft. If it isn't the Twitch App will not show mods not for that version.Second, make sure it is hosted on Curse/Twitch. If it isn't it will not show up in the Twitch App.
  • Q. I don't see the creeper icon on the left bar?
    • A. If you are not seeing the Creeper icon in the bar to the left. Go into your Settings (cogwheel icon) and select the Minecraft option. Make sure you have Mod Management toggled to on.