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A few days ago, Mojang announced on their blog that the third Minecraft 1.9.3 Pre-Release has arrived.

1.9.3 is an upcoming update for Minecraft that’s set to be released on May 9. To ensure that the update is ready and free from bugs, Mojang launched a pre-release for it on April 21. The pre-release brought about improved performance for most players and fixed several bugs, including those that caused issues with skin jacket parts, “non-traversable” terrain, and world corruption due to teleporting.

Unfortunately, the first pre-release had problems with stability, so Mojang had to release Minecraft 1.9.3 Pre-Release 2 on April 27. The second pre-release stabilized the game and repaired bugs that caused crashes when players joined the server, opened their redstone world, or simply played the game for a couple of hours. It also fixed bugs that caused Notch skin to look black and made Endermen non-aggressive even when players are looking at their head or feet.

The second pre-release also had issues, prompting the developer to release a third on May 2. The third pre-release should fix the issues that were discovered in Minecraft 1.9.3 Pre-Release 2.

Mojang encourages players to give Minecraft 1.9.3 Pre-Release 3 a try so they can check if there are still any bugs present and report any bugs they see to The developer stresses that they won’t be able to fix bugs if nobody reports them, so it’s important for all Minecraft players to work as a team and get the update stable and bug-free in time for its release.

Those who want to test the Minecraft 1.9.3 Pre-Release 3 can take these steps:

  1. Open the game launcher.
  1. Choose the “New Profile” button.
  1. Name your new profile “Snapshots”. (Snapshots give players a preview of soon-to-be-released Minecraft versions.)
  1. Check the box beside “Enable experimental development snapshots”.
  1. Save the profile.

Take note that snapshots have the ability to corrupt your world, which is definitely bad news particularly if you’ve already spent hundreds of man hours building your structures. To prevent your hard work from going to waste, the best thing you can do is to save your snapshots on a separate folder from your main world. You can do this by checking the box beside “Game Directory” when you create a new profile and making a separate folder for your Snapshots profile.

Once you have your Snapshots profile, you can switch between it and your main profile using a dropdown menu on the bottom left side of the launcher.