Minecraft: Education Edition (M:EE) is a collaborative and versatile platform that educators can use across subjects to encourage 21st-century skills. We are thrilled that you are interested in teaching, learning, and innovating with Minecraft! If you are new to M:EE, would like to learn more about what it is, and be inspired by the amazing lessons and worlds our community creates, check out our website at http://education.minecraft.net.
This article contains the following topics:
- Getting Started with Minecraft: Education Edition on iOS
- Differences in Minecraft: Education Edition on iOS
- Install Minecraft: Education Edition on iOS
- Teaching Resources for iOS
Getting Started with Minecraft: Education Edition on iOS
Getting started with Minecraft: Education Edition on iOS is very similar to our other supported platforms. For example:
- An Office 365 education account is required to play M:EE on all platforms, including iOS. To learn more, see Office 365 and Minecraft: Education Edition.
- M:EE is available for any educational user to try for free, including those using iOS. Trial licenses are limited to 25 logins for teachers and 10 logins for students before purchasing a subscription is required. To learn more and get started, go to http://education.minecraft.net and select GET STARTED.
- Purchasing M:EE licenses for any platform, including iOS, is done through the Microsoft Store for Education, via volume licensing agreements and through partner resellers. To learn more, see Purchasing Minecraft: Education Edition. Minecraft: Education Edition cannot be purchased through Apple's Volume Purchase Program (VPP), but the software can be deployed through VPP.
- Assigning M:EE licenses any platform, including iOS, is required to play and is done via the Microsoft Store for Education and managed by an IT admin or teacher. To learn more, see Distribute Minecraft: Education Edition. Downloading the app itself occurs in the Apple App store and can be found here.
For our full guide on deploying M:EE (including iOS), see the Minecraft: Education Edition Deployment Guide.
Differences in Minecraft: Education Edition on iOS
The following aspects of deployment are unique to M:EE on iOS:
- Deploying Software
M:EE for iOS is delivered via the Apple App Store, and guidance for deploying the software within schools can be found on http://help.apple.com and the iOS Deployment Reference.
- Touch-Based Controls
M:EE for iOS has touch-based controls that are functionally-equivalent to the standard control scheme for the game. For a summary of how touch controls work in Minecraft, see Bedrock Touch Controls.
- Some Features Are Not Yet Available on iOS
We currently do not support the following companion apps and functionality on iOS:
Install Minecraft: Education Edition on iOS
Minecraft: Education Edition for iOS can be downloaded from the Apple App Store on a supported iOS device. For a link to the app store download page, see Download M:EE. To check whether your iOS version and device is supported, see Supported Platforms.
Teaching Resources for iOS
Minecraft: Education Edition is built to support touch-controls seamlessly, and all of the training, lessons, and worlds we provide will function exactly the same on iOS. For suggestions on where to get started, see Training Teachers in Minecraft: Education Edition.
- Supported Platforms
- Eligibility for Minecraft: Education Edition
- Minecraft: Education Edition Deployment Guide