How to Fix ‘Outdated Server’ Error in Minecraft

When trying to join a Minecraft server, some players are seeing the ‘Outdated Server’ error. This issue is preventing players from joining the server while showing a message on their screen saying that the connection has failed. This error is typically encountered on the PC, Android, or iOS versions of the game.

‘Outdated Server’ Minecraft error

Before going straight to the methods, you first need to be aware of what causes this error to happen. Here is a shortlist of culprits that are responsible for the apparition Outdated Server error:

  • Incompatible Minecraft version – If the version of the server is different from the Minecraft version that you’re trying to launch, the Outdated Server error will appear. To fix this you need to change the version you’re launching the game on or ask the server’s owner to change the version to the latest one.
  • You (or your friends) are part of the Beta Program – If you’re a Beta insider, you won’t be able to join a server with players that are not. To fix this, you need to leave the Beta program from the Xbox Insider Hub.
  • Game installation is missing an important update – This error occurs if you’re missing the latest update of Minecraft on your mobile device. This could be repaired by going to your applications store specifically for your mobile device and updating Minecraft with the newest update.
  • Realm version is not updated – If you’re only encountering this issue while attempting to join a Minecraft Realms server, chances are you don’t have the correct version installed. In this case, you should be able to fix the issue by replacing your current realm version with the one downloaded from the server.
  • The server version is outdated – If you’re only experiencing this issue with a few servers while the others work just fine, the issue might be entirely beyond your control. If the version of the server that you’re attempting to join is severely outdated, the only viable fix is to ask the server administrator to update it.

Now that you know all the possible causes that trigger this error, here is a list of all the fixes that will help you fix this Minecraft error.

Change the Minecraft version via launcher

In most cases where this error is reported, the problem occurs because your launcher is using a different version of Minecraft than the server you’re trying to connect to.

The launcher defaults on using the newest version of Minecraft, but some servers aren’t able to immediately update to the new version, and that’s what causes the Outdated Server error.

To fix this, you need to change the version of the launcher that your profile is using to the version that the server is using.

If you don’t know how to do that, check below the exact instructions on how to change the version that your launcher is using:

  1. Firstly, open the Minecraft launcher and click on Installations.
    Open the Installations menu
  2. Now click on New installation and click on Version, then choose the version that the server you’re trying to join is using.
    Choose the Minecraft version
  3. After that, click on Create, then launch the game to see if you still encounter the Outdated Server error.

If the issue is still not fixed, move down to the next potential fix below.

Update Minecraft app (Android or iOS)

Exactly like the method before, this error occurs on Android or iOS because of the same reason as on the PC version of the game. If the version of Minecraft is not the same as the server you’re trying to join, the Outdated Server message will appear on your screen.

To fix this, you need to update your Minecraft application from Google Play or App Store, depending on the device you’re using.

Here are the steps on how to do that:

Note: We’ve created two separate sub-guides to show you how to fix this issue on both Android and iOS. Follow the sub-guide applicable to the mobile platform you’re using.

Update Minecraft app on Android

If you’re using an Android device, you can get this done by accessing the Google Play Store and forcing the Minecraft app to update from the apps tab.

Here’s how:

  1. Open Google Play, the press on the My apps icon.

    Access the My Apps icon
  2. Then through the list of apps, search for Minecraft and press on Update if the option is available.
    Upgrade the Minecraft app on Android
  3. Launch the game once again and see if the error still occurs.

Update Minecraft app on iOS

If you’re using an iOS device, you will need to force the Minecraft app to update by searching and accessing the dedicated game listing.

Here’s how:

  1. Open App Store, then press on the Search button and search for Minecraft.
    Search for the Minecraft app
  2. After that, if the option is available, press on Update, then launch the game to see if you can join your server or not.
  3. Once the app is updated, launch Minecraft once again and see if the ‘Outdated server’ issue is now fixed.

In case the same error is still encountered after updating or you’ve discovered that you’re already on the latest version available, move down to the next potential fix below.

Make sure All players are using the same game version

In order to play on a server with your friends, all the players need to use the same Minecraft version, so make sure that everyone is up-to-date.

Note: But if a player is using the beta, he won’t be able to play with others that are not, unless he un-enrolls from the beta, uninstalls, and reinstalls the game.

If you don’t know how to do that, check below the step-by-step guide on doing so:

  1. Go to the Xbox Insider Hub, then access the Insider Content.
  2. Now go to Minecraft and press on Manage, then select Unenroll to leave the beta.
    Unenroll from the Minecraft Beta program
  3. After you successfully unenrolled from the beta, search for Minecraft in the search bar and click on Uninstall, then reinstall the app.
  4. Finally, once you reinstalled the app, launch it and try to join a server to see if you still encounter the Outdated Server error.

If the same kind of error is still popping up when you’re trying to play Minecraft, try the next fix below.

Replace realm with the downloaded version

Some players are only unable to play Minecraft Realms as they’re seeing the ‘Outdated Server’ issue when attempting to join a server. Even after all the players and the owner have updated the game, the same error still occurred.

To fix this, you need to download the world and replace the realm with the downloaded version.

Follow the next steps to see how to do that:

  1. Click on Play, then select the Realm you want to download, then choose Edit World and click on Download World.

    Downloading the world
  2. After that, select the Realm you want to replace the realm, click on Edit World and select Replace World.
  3. Now choose the world you want to load onto your Realm Server, then when the replace is finished, launch it to see if you still encounter the Outdated Server error.

In case you followed this method too and you’re still dealing with the same error, check below for the last possible fix for this issue.

Ask server owner to update to the latest version

Minecraft is unavailable for players that don’t have the same version as the server. So if you followed every guide above and none of them work for you, chances are the issue is entirely beyond your control.

If none of the methods before have helped, the last thing to do is to ask the server’s owner to update the server to the latest version. He can do that by updating the server’s .jar file.

After the server’s owner successfully updates the version to the newest one, launch Minecraft to see if your Outdated Server error still appears.

Kamil Anwar
Kamil is a certified MCITP, CCNA (W), CCNA (S) and a former British Computer Society Member with over 9 years of experience Configuring, Deploying and Managing Switches, Firewalls and Domain Controllers also an old-school still active on FreeNode.

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