How to download Minecraft snapshot 22w45a for Java Edition

How to download Minecraft snapshot 22w45a for Java Edition

Minecraft: Java Edition’s latest snapshot (22w45a) has been released, bringing many changes and quality of life improvements to the popular sandbox game.

However, newer players or those unfamiliar with playing Java Edition’s snapshots may be somewhat confused about how to play the new content.

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While downloading snapshots was much more difficult in Minecraft’s past, PC players can now easily and efficiently play the latest snapshot directly through the launcher.

With just a few clicks, players will be able to dive into a new world compatible with Snapshot’s latest features. However, to avoid world corruption, some fans might not mind a step-by-step breakdown of how to enjoy the latest Java snapshot.

Thanks to the Minecraft Launcher, the process is much easier than downloading a snapshot .jar file or something similar.


Minecraft Launcher makes it easier for players to try out new Java Edition content

The latest snapshot can be accessed directly from the Minecraft Launcher (Image via Mojang)
The latest snapshot can be accessed directly from the Minecraft Launcher (Image via Mojang)

PC gamers often play the Java and Bedrock editions of Minecraft through the game’s official launch. This single program also allows players to access the latest Java snapshots in just a few moments.

When the launcher is open and you have a stable internet connection, any updates to the main game or snapshots should be done automatically. This gives fans the opportunity to dive into the new snapshot.

However, opening existing worlds in new snapshots can lead to data corruption. Players will configure the snapshot access so that it can be stored in a separate folder to avoid problems.

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Steps to access Snapshot 22w45a without potential world corruption

  1. Open the Minecraft Launcher and select the Java Edition tab on the left.
  2. Select “Installations” at the top of the game banner.
  3. To the right of the search field, make sure the checkbox named “Snapshots” is checked.
  4. Return to the previous page by pressing the “Play” tab at the top.
  5. To the left of the play button there should be a drop-down list. By default, this is set to the current version of Minecraft. Click on this drop-down menu and select “Last Snapshot” from it.
  6. Press the play button and enjoy.
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With the snapshot field checked in the installation tab, the launcher will place all worlds created or used while playing the snapshot into a separate folder. This should ensure that your existing worlds are not destroyed by changes that the snapshot implements. This way you can go back and play your previous worlds in the current stable build of the game if you decide to switch back.

Thanks to the integration of the launch, players have had a much easier time trying out new content for the Java Edition than in the earlier years of the game’s life.

Whenever a new snapshot is available, opening the launcher should allow it to be fully playable after a quick update. The launcher also updates the primary version of the game and even lets you play previous updates if you wish.

Compared to the earlier days of various .jar files and folders, it’s a spectacular improvement and bodes well for the game’s long-term future.

Edited by Rachel Syiemlieh

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