How to download Minecraft snapshot 22w45a for Java Edition

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

However, newer players or those unfamiliar with Java Edition snapshot playback may be somewhat confused about how to play the new content.

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While downloading snapshots was much more complicated in Minecraft’s past, PC gamers can now easily and effectively play the latest snapshot directly through their launcher.

With just a few clicks, players will be able to immerse themselves in a new world supported by the latest snapshot features. However, to avoid worldwide corruption, some fans may not care about a step-by-step detail 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.

Minecraft Launcher makes it easier for players to try 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 launcher. This unique program also allows gamers to access the latest Java snapshots in just a few moments.

Once the launcher is open and you have a stable internet connection, any updates to the main game or its snapshots should happen automatically. This gives fans a chance to immerse themselves in the new snapshot.

However, opening existing worlds into new snapshots can corrupt data. Players will want to set their snapshot access to be saved in a separate folder to avoid issues.

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Steps to access snapshot 22w45a without possible world corruption

  1. Open your Minecraft Launcher and select the Java Edition tab on the left.
  2. At the top of the game banner, select “Facilities”.
  3. To the right of the search bar, make sure the “Snapshots” checkbox is checked.
  4. Go back to the previous page by pressing the “Play” tab at the top.
  5. To the left of the play button, there should be a dropdown list. By default, it is set to the current version of Minecraft. Click this dropdown menu and select “Latest Snapshot.”
  6. Hit the play button and enjoy.

With the snapshots field checked in the installations tab, the launcher will place worlds created or used while the snapshot is playing in a separate folder. This should ensure that your existing worlds are not corrupted by any changes the snapshot implements. This way you can go back and play your previous worlds in the current stable version of the game if you decide to go back.

Thanks to the launcher integration, players have found it much easier to try out new content for Java Edition than in the game’s first few years.

Whenever a new snapshot is available, opening the launcher should allow it to fully play after a quick refresh. The launcher also updates the main version of the game and even allows you to play previous updates if you wish.

Compared to the earlier days of different .jar files and folders, this is a dramatic improvement and bodes well for the long-term future of the game.

Edited by Rachel Syemlieh

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