Minecraft has a fairly popular Multiplayer mode that allows you to play with other players and join forces to build, farm for resources, or participate in PvP. And although nowadays, players are not limited to a single way of online communication, both in terms of messages and voice calls, sometimes it’s just convenient to message someone directly in the game. This is where privacy is a really important aspect and that leads us to question, is it possible to whisper in Minecraft? And if it is, how do you do it?
Editor’s Note: This post was updated in October 2023, and it reflects the most up-to-date state of the game.
You can whisper to other players in Java & Bedrock Editions, and the commands are the same
Sometimes, it’s not convenient to reveal your hidden intentions to all players in the game, and you perhaps want to keep it hidden only for your friends and allies. Luckily, Minecraft has its own system of communication that allows this via /tell command.
/tell command is used both in Java Minecraft and in Bedrock Editions, and it functions the same on all platforms. There are several ways to use the command, however, and here’s a full list:
- /tell @a – will whisper your message to all players in the vicinity.
- /tell @e will whisper your message to all entities if you want to talk smack to Ender Man.
- /tell @p whispers your closest player.
- /tell @r whispers a random player, most commonly used for spamming and harassment.
- /tell @s whispers yourself if you want to make a quick note about something important.
- /tell playername whispers a specific player given that you know his or hers Gamertag.
Alternatively /tell command can be replaced with /w and /msg commands on all platforms.
How to mute players in Minecraft?
If you’re having trouble with annoying players in Minecraft and constant spamming in the chat, you’re probably expecting there to be a convenient command that allows you to mute certain players altogether, but unfortunately there isn’t. No matter how much the community requests /ignore or /mute commands, such requests so far haven’t resulted in anything concrete.
There is an option, however, to mute players in the social interactions menu. You are also free to block them by using the special “reporting” interface of the game.
Who can see your whispers?
If you’re sharing sensitive info over the chat, you’re probably worried that everyone can see your whispers, but don’t worry. If you’ve used your buddy’s Gamertag, the message went straight to him or her, and they are the only players that can see it. The worst case scenario is you’ve typed/tell @a followed by your buddy’s username, and this is what’s going to show up in everyone’s chat.
In any case, as long as you don’t put @ after /tell command, the chances of your message being revealed to everyone are next to none.
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