How to Make a Compass in Minecraft

Learn how to make a compass in Minecraft so you keep your bearings in the vast overworld and also add this survival tool to your inventory.

Want to know how to make a compass in Minecraft so you can go back to your original spawn point?.

You can make your compass point to your house in Minecraft, or you can use it to point to the bed.

Whatever reason you use it for, it will point wherever it is, be it in a chest, on the floor, in your inventory, or in the character’s hand.

However, you can not make a compass in Minecraft or it won’t work in The Nether or The End worlds.

Similarly, the map will not work in the Nether or the End biomes.

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Anyways, let’s learn how to make a compass in Minecraft.

Craft a compass in Minecraft

Below are step-by-step instructions to make a compass and add this tool to your inventory.

Supported Platforms

A compass is available in the following versions of Minecraft:

PlatformSupported (Version*)
Java Edition (PC/Mac) Java Edition (PC/Mac)Yes
Pocket Edition (PE) Pocket Edition (PE)Yes (0.8.0)
Xbox 360 Xbox 360Yes
Xbox One Xbox OneYes
PS3 PS3Yes
PS4 PS4Yes
Wii U Wii UYes
Nintendo Switch Nintendo SwitchYes
Windows 10 Edition Windows 10 EditionYes
Education Edition Education EditionYes

Where can you find a compass in Creative Mod

Minecraft Java Edition (PC/Mac)

Here is where you can find a compass in the Creative Inventory menu:

PlatformVersion(s)Creative Menu Location
Java Edition (PC/Mac) Java Edition (PC/Mac)1.8 – 1.17Tools 

What are the things required to make a compass in Minecraft

You need to get hold of four iron ingots and one Redstone dust to make a compass in Minecraft Survival Mod.

  • Open the Crafting Menu that has a 3×3 crafting grid just like this:
How to Make a Compass in Minecraft

Crafting the Compass

This step requires you to place everything in there in the grid.

You have to place 4 iron ingots and 1 Redstone Dust in the crafting grid to make a compass in Minecraft.

It is equally important to place them in an exact manner of order.

The first row should have one iron ingot in the middlebox.

The second row should have one iron ingot in the first box.

In the same row (second row), place 1 Redstone in the second box and 1 iron ingot in the third or last box.

In the third row or the last row, place 1 iron ingot in the middlebox.

This is the crafting recipe for a compass in Minecraft that will point to a place.

Your compass will now appear in the box to the right.

How to Make a Compass in Minecraft
  • Shift click or drag the compass to your inventory.

Good, you’ve learned how to make a compass in Minecraft.

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Give Command for Compass

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  • PE
  • Xbox
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  • Nintendo
  • Win10
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Give Command in Minecraft Java Edition (PC/Mac)

In Java Edition (PC/Mac) 1.13, 1.14, 1.15, 1.16, 1.16.5, 1.17 and 1.17.1, the /give command for Compass is:

/give @p compass 1

In Minecraft Java Edition (PC/Mac) 1.8, 1.9, 1.10, 1.11, and 1.12, the /give the command for Compass is:

/give @p compass 1 0

How to Use a Compass to find your World Spawn Point?

Add the compass to your Hotbar. Once the compass is in your Hotbar, you will see the red compass arrow point in the direction of the world spawn point.

Turn so that the arrow is pointing up and begin walking in that direction. Soon, you will see familiar surroundings as the compass leads you back to the world spawn point.

This way you’ve learned to use a compass in Minecraft.

Now, that you’ve learned how to make a compass in Minecraft, it will help you tremendously on your Minecraft journey.

It will direct you to your spawn point. If you’ve set up home at your spawn point, or set your spawn point to home, the compass will point to your house in Minecraft.

What else can you do with a compass in Minecraft?

You can use a compass on a Lodstone to point to it. If you break the Lodestone, the compass will no longer work.

You can use multiple compasses with lodstones to keep track of the important landmarks.

How to Make a Map

In a nutshell: Place a Compass in the middle of the grid, and then put Paper in the remaining boxes.

The map will show you your current location relative to your surrounding while the compass will point you in that direction.

Both of these tools navigational tools will help you get oriented.

Does a Minecraft compass Point to your bed?

When you sleep in a bed, your personal spawn point is reset.

However, the compass will still point to the World spawn point.

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What do you do if you get lost in Minecraft Creative?

Pull up the coordinates menu and begin moving in the direction that brings the number closer to the coordinates of your house.

On Minecraft pocket and console edition, you’ll need to use a map to see your coordinates.

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