Some PC gamers have reported the issue whereby the Minecraft Realms invite is not working or the envelope (invitation) icon/button next to the Realms logo is just not showing or missing. Another invite issue other PC gamers reportedly encountered is the Could not invite the provided name error message when trying to invite other gamers to join a Realm. This post provides applicable solutions to these issues.
Why won’t my Minecraft Realm invite show up?
If the Minecraft Realm invite isn’t showing up, it could be several reasons like connection issues, PC issues et al. To troubleshoot, you can simply restart your gaming system and see if this fixes the issue. Performing a restart will often clear errors in connections. You can also log out of Minecraft, relaunch the game, and then log in again. If you are using a wireless connection, ensure that you have a stable connection to your router.
Minecraft Realms invite (envelope icon) not showing or missing
Most affected PC gamers reported they encounter this issue in the Java edition of Minecraft on their Windows 11 or Windows 10 computers. The suggested fixes presented below should help you easily resolve the issue on your gaming rig.
- Update Minecraft on PC
- Make sure your account settings are set to allow for multiplayer
- Turn On/Off Fullscreen mode in Minecraft settings
- Reinstall Minecraft
Let’s see the suggested fixes in detail.
1] Update Minecraft on PC
If the Minecraft Realms invite (envelope icon) is not showing or missing, to rule out the possibility of a bug or an outdated version of the game being the culprit, you need to make sure Minecraft is updated on your PC.
Minecraft for Windows should update to the latest version automatically. If not, open Microsoft Store, in Windows 11, click Library on the lower left of the window, then click the Get updates button. In Windows 10, when the Store opens, select the three dots in the top right corner and choose Downloads and updates, then select Get updates and all your installed applications should update including Minecraft. For the Minecraft: Java edition for PC, you can start the update by opening the Minecraft launcher – if you don’t have the launcher, you can download it at minecraft.net/en-us/download. The launcher should automatically show you the latest release. If not, press the arrow to the right of the play button and select Latest Release.
2] Make sure your account settings are set to allow for multiplayer
This solution requires you to make sure that your account settings are set to allow for multiplayer. To do this, sign in to account.xbox.com/settings and make sure that the following settings as shown in the image above are set to Allow.
- You can play with people outside of Xbox Live
- You can create and join clubs
- You can join multiplayer games
- You can add friends
3] Turn On/Off Fullscreen mode in Minecraft settings
Depending on the current setting for the game on your Windows 11/10 computer, this solution requires you to turn on if off or turn off if on the Fullscreen mode for Minecraft and see what works to resolve the issue. If you’ve been invited to a Realms server and the invitation icon is showing on the main menu Realms button, but you can’t see the envelope button to accept it, first try tapping the F11 key on your keyboard twice on the Realms screen.
To turn on/off the Fullscreen mode in the Minecraft settings, follow these steps:
- When starting Minecraft, click on Options.
- Select Video Settings.
- Scroll down to the Fullscreen option on the left-hand column.
- Now, click to turn ON or OFF as the case may be.
- Click the Done button to save changes and exit.
If you turned off the Fullscreen mode to switch to Windowed mode, you may need to do the following:
- Go back to the Realms screen from the main menu.
- Resize the window small enough until the popping invitation button appears next to the Minecraft Realms logo at the top.
- Click the envelope icon that should have a red exclamation mark.
4] Reinstall Minecraft
Corrupt Minecraft installation files can break the normal functionality of the game. In this case, you can completely uninstall Minecraft from your Windows 11/10 PC, and then re-download the Minecraft edition or another edition and see if that works for you. When you reinstall Minecraft on your gaming device, you won’t lose the Minecraft Worlds you already own – simply sign back into Minecraft after the installation and then download your Worlds again to play. You may want to reset the Minecraft game application and see if that helps or not before you proceed with the uninstall and reinstall.
Minecraft Realms — Could not invite the provided name
Unlike the missing Realms invitation (envelope icon) issue, the Could not invite the provided name Minecraft Realms error appears when trying to invite other gamers. You may encounter this particular issue due to one or more of the following reasons.
- Incorrect username.
- Issues with the game and the launcher.
- Outdated version of the Minecraft application.
- Xbox account child protection.
In addition to Solution 1] and 2] above for missing Realms invitation, the following fixes also apply to this issue.
- Restart the Minecraft Launcher
- Make sure you have entered the correct username
- Make sure drivers are updated
Let’s take a look at the brief description of these suggestions.
1] Restart the Minecraft Launcher
When you see the Could not invite the provided name Minecraft Realms error on your gaming device, it could be the game launcher might have some minor issues or temporary glitches. In this case, simply restarting the Minecraft launcher should clear up the issue from your device and allow you to easily invite other gamers. You may also have to reboot your computer altogether.
2] Make sure you have entered the correct username
If you have entered the wrong username when inviting other players, then you’re most likely to encounter the error in view, simply because the game can’t identify the strange or rather incorrect username. So, you can quit and relaunch the game and then carefully enter the username to avoid errors. If this isn’t the case or the suggestion didn’t help, continue with the next suggestion.
3] Make sure drivers are updated
Device drivers are essentially the lifeblood of a computer. So, if you usually play Minecraft on your PC like any other game, you need always make sure drivers are updated to ensure a smooth gaming experience and to proactively prevent your game from running into issues because of obsolete drivers.
Depending on your PC, manufacturers have made available special driver download software for their brands that you can use to update drivers and firmware:
- Dell Update utility will help you download or update Dell Drivers
- Lenovo System Update helps you download Lenovo Drivers, Software, Firmware, and Update BIOS.
- AMD users may use AMD Driver Autodetect.
- Intel users may use Intel Driver & Support Assistant.
- HP users can use the bundled HP Support Assistant.
You can also get the driver updates (if available) in the Optional Updates section under Windows Update.
Hopefully, you will find this post helpful. However, if nothing worked for you in resolving either of the issues discussed here, feel free to contact Xbox support or Mojang Studios support the developers of the Minecraft game although Microsoft-owned.
Where do Minecraft Realm invites show up?
To see your Minecraft Realm invites, launch the game, and on the top right of your window, you’ll see an envelope button where you can find all your invites to different Realms, and you can accept the ones that you want to join. Once you’ve accepted an invitation to a Realm, select Play and the Realm will appear in your Friends tab under the Joinable Realms list.