Android Players! Here’s How To Check If Your Phone Can Run Minecraft Earth (And What To Do If It Can’t!)

“Can my phone run Minecraft Earth?” I’ve seen this question asked time and time again. And to be fair, it’s not your fault if you’re confused.

Even some of the newest phones don’t have the right hardware needed to play Minecraft Earth. This is because Minecraft Earth requires a Google app called ARCore.

ARCore is the app which allows you to place your Minecraft builds in the real world. In other words, if you place down a build on your table, ARCore is the app which causes it to stick there. If your device IS NOT supported, then read until the end of this article. You’re in luck because there are a few things you can try.

How do I check if my phone can play Minecraft Earth?

Well, you’ve got a few options. Three to be exact. They’ll all give you the same answer though, so you’ll only need to try the one.

The first – visit the Google Play store and check if the ARCore app is already installed on your phone. If it isn’t, try to download it.

If it doesn’t show up in the Google Play store, it’s most likely because your phone doesn’t support it. But just to be sure, here’s a direct link to the app. If ARCore is installable on your phone, then you’re all set. All that’s left for you to do now is wait for your beta invite!

The second – Another app, but this one checks if your device is compatible with any AR service, not just Google’s. You can find it by searching ARCheck on the Play Store. It’s the one with the green logo.

After you download and install ARCheck and press the ‘Check Now’ button, you’ll either be told if your device is supported, or if it isn’t.

Third and final – This is a bit more manual. It requires doing some reading, which we all know nobody likes doing these days.

Google has an official list of AR supported devices, which you can use to check if your phone is compatible. To make it a bit easier, you can press CTRL + F to bring up the find box on your computer. Type your phone name in here. This searches all of the words on the page for the exact phrase you typed.

You can also do this on your phone. Press the 3 dots in the upper right-hand corner, and then tap find.

IMPORTANT:
Even if your device is listed to have ARCore support and is running Android 8+, it may still show as incompatible. The list of devices below were tested with Minecraft Earth, however their performance was so poor that Mojang decided to blacklist them from installing the game.

  • Blackshark Shark 1S
  • Google Pixel
  • Google Pixel XL
  • Huawei Nexus 6P
  • LGE Nexus 5X
  • LGE LG G6
  • LGE V30+
  • LGE V30
  • Motorola Moto X (4)
  • Motorola Motorola one
  • Motorola Moto g(6)
  • Samsung Galaxy TabS3
  • Samsung Galaxy J5
  • Samsung Galaxy A8+(2018)
  • Samsung Galaxy J7
  • Samsung Galaxy A30
  • Samsung Galaxy J5 Pro
  • Samsung Galaxy A70
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro

Again, the devices listed above are NOT compatible with Minecraft Earth and will show an error on the Google Playstore.

How To Fix ‘device isn’t compatible’ Error

Android Version

If your Android version is outdated, then you might be able to update your phone. To update your phone to the latest Android version:

  1. Go to your phone’s settings page
  2. Scroll down and tap “About Phone”
  3. Tap “System Updates”
  4. Tap “Check for updates”
  5. Download and install any new updates

If there are no new updates for your phone, then your device is already at it’s latest version. Some older phones do not support newer Android versions.

ARCore Support

ARCore APK

If you cannot install ARCore from the Google Playstore, you can try installing it from an APK. A .APK file is an installation file for Android apps. You can use APK’s to install apps that you cannot get from the Playstore.

To install the ARCore APK, first visit the ARCore APKMirror page on your Android phone. Then, scroll down and download the latest version of ARCore (tap the purple ‘Download APK’ button). Once you’ve downloaded the APK, you’ll need to open it. You should then be asked if you want to install it or not, so of course, press install.

Your phone might flag a security warning at some point. This is because unlike on the Playstore, Google cannot check if the app is dangerous. However, ARCore is an app made by Google themselves, so it’s safe for us to install.

You may also need to enable an Android setting to allow apps to install from ‘unknown sources’. This essentially means that you allow your phone to install the app from a .APK file rather than the Playstore!

Once you’ve installed ARCore, head back over to the Google Playstore and check if your device is now compatible. (Make sure to restart your phone first!)

If Minecraft Earth still shows as incompatible, then read on to learn about more potential fixes. You can also uninstall ARCore if it didn’t work, as it is useless.

Using Magisk Manager (Root Required)

This method 100% works. However, it does require root, and it does require Magisk. And for many people rooting their phones is either not possible, or too difficult. If you don’t have a rooted phone with Magisk but are desperate to play Minecraft Earth, google “how to root (phone name) with magisk”, and then return back to this page.

Now that you’ve got Magisk running on your phone, follow these steps to enable ARCore on your device:

  1. Open the Magisk app.
  2. Tap the menu button on the left and go to ‘Downloads’.
  3. Press the search icon and type ‘arcore’.
  4. Tap the download arrow on ‘ARCore/Playground Patcher’ and then hit install. You’ll be prompted to restart your phone once it’s completed.
  5. Once rebooted, download and install this modded version of ARCore.
  6. You should now be good to go. Visit the Google Playstore and install Minecraft Earth.

If you run into any issues in-game such as when using build plates, you may need to install a Google Camera mod for your device. This is different for each phone, however, here is a version which works for multiple devices. If this doesn’t work for you, google ‘GCam (phone name) port download’ and get it from there.

ARCoreForAll

This is another method, similar to the previous. It is different, so if for some reason you couldn’t get the Magisk module to work, then you may want to give this method a try.

ARCoreForAll bypasses the unsupported list and allows you to install ARCore anyway. This allows you to install all the apps which require ARCore support. (Minecraft Earth, I’m looking at you!) It’s a little tricky to install, so instead of writing out the steps here, I’ll link an article below which explains everything you need to know.

Gadgethacks.com – Enable ARCore on Any Android Phone

Using A Virtual Gyroscope

The third way is to enable what’s called a virtual gyroscope. It uses the accelerometer of your phone to calculate the position and orientation of your phone.

Now this will only work if your phone is missing an actual gyroscope. And it also requires messing with system files. So yes, you’ll need a rooted phone.

There’s no one method for doing this, and it’s not possible on every phone. So your best bet is to just search: ‘[Phone Model] virtual gyroscope’ on google, and see if any results pop up.

Use A Different Phone

To point out the obvious, using a different phone might solve the problem. Android tablets will also be able to play Minecraft Earth, so if you have one of them to hand it’s worth checking if it is supported.

Finally, your last option is to start saving up for a new phone. It doesn’t have to be the latest iPhone or Samsung. Nowadays, even some of the cheapest smartphones come with ARCore support. Just make sure to check it’s on the list of supported ARCore devices before purchasing!


That’s everything for troubleshooting the ‘Your device isn’t compatible with this version’ Playstore error. Do you have this error? Did this article help you? Let us know in the comments below!

PS: We’ve recently launched an Android app, “Guide for Minecraft Earth“. If you’re looking for guides and tips for Minecraft Earth, please be sure to check it out. (leaving it review really helps us out!)

What to do if your phone can’t run Minecraft Earth

It sucks. It really does. But don’t give up all hope, because there are a few things you can try. Woohoo!

ARCoreForAll

If your phone lacks one or more things needed for AR, Google will add your phone to the ‘unsupported list’. Despite the fact that not everything is needed to actually use AR.

So enter ARCoreForAll. This software bypasses the ‘unsupported list’, and allows you to install ARCore anyway. This will allow you to access all the apps which require ARCore! (Minecraft Earth, I’m looking at you!) It’s a little tricky to install, so instead of writing out the steps here, I’ll link an article below which explains everything you need to know.

Gadgethacks.com – Enable ARCore on Any Android Phone

Using a Virtual Gyroscope

The second way is to enable what’s called a virtual gyroscope. It uses the accelerometer of your phone to calculate the position and orientation of your phone.

Now this will only work if your phone is missing an actual gyroscope. And it also requires messing with system files. So yes, you’ll need a rooted phone.

There’s no one method for doing this, and it’s not possible on every phone. So your best bet is to just search: ‘[Phone Model] virtual gyroscope’ on google, and see if any results pop up.

Use a different phone

To point out the obvious, using a different phone might solve the problem. Android tablets will also be able to play Minecraft Earth, so if you have one of them to hand it’s worth checking if it is supported.

Finally, your last option is to start saving up for a new phone. It doesn’t have to be the latest iPhone or Samsung. Nowadays, even some of the cheapest smartphones come with ARCore support. Just make sure to check it’s on the list of supported ARCore devices before purchasing!

That’s it for this article. Can your phone run Minecraft Earth? If not, did the above methods work for you? Tell us in the comments below!

PS: We’ve recently launched an Android app, “Guide for Minecraft Earth“. If you’re looking for guides and tips for Minecraft Earth, please be sure to check it out. (leaving it review really helps us out!)

Written by Jack Hullis

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