How to Reload Chunks in Minecraft (Java & Bedrock Editions)
Sometimes, players have difficulty viewing or loading Minecraft chunks. Here we explain how to resolve the issue by reloading the chunks or trying other methods.
What is a chunk?
Minecraft is simply the world of blocks. But in order to better manage these blocks, they’ve defined ‘chunks’ which are groups of nearby blocks.
To be exact, each chunk includes 65,536 blocks consisting of 256 blocks in height, 16 blocks in length and 16 blocks in width.
When you enter the world at first, the game generates the chunks around you. Also, more chunks are generated when you go around the world.
The precise number of these chunks could vary depending on several factors such as single/multiplayer mode, view distance, etc.
It’s good to know that different activities such as dropped items disappearing, water flowing, trees growing, mobs spawning, etc. might only happen in active chunks.
But as players progress in the game, sometimes they need to reload or refresh chunks. That could be because they see holes or partially loaded chunks around them.
Also, there are situations which you need to show Minecraft chunk edges or boundaries.
How to reload Minecraft chunks?
Reloading chunks in Java Edition is very easy. Just try the shortcut key which is F3+A.
There are other useful shortcuts which might be helpful in different situations related to Minecraft chunks.
Minecraft F3 commands:
Alt+F3: Shows Debug screen (frame time graph)
Shift+F3: Shows Debug screen (profiler graph)
F3+Esc: Toggles pause
F3+T: Reloads resource pack contents such as sounds, models, textures, etc.
F3+P: Toggles automatic pause
F3+N: Changes between Spectator and Creative modes.
F3+I: Copies entity data or block to the clipboard.
F3+H: Toggles armor color, durability of tools, and visibility IDs of items.
F3+G: Toggles borders of the chunks visible around you.
F3+Shift+F: Reduces render distance (lower than 32 and higher than 2).
F3+F: Increases render distance (lower than 32 and higher than 2).
F3+D: Clears the chat history.
F3+B: Toggles visibility of visible entities eye level, the direction they’re looking, and their hitboxes.
Using Minecraft Debug screen, you could learn a lot more about the game details. For example, current frame rate graph or your map coordinates are displayed through this feature.
But you need to remember that this feature is only available in the Minecraft Java Edition.
Apparently, in Bedrock Edition there is no way to reload chunks. All you could do is save the game and exit. And then launch Minecraft again to solve the problem.
How to show chunk boundaries in Bedrock Edition?
In order to see chunk boundaries in Minecraft: Bedrock Edition you need to do some additional works since it’s not as easy as F3 commands in the Java Edition.
But don’t worry because all you need to do is installing a resource pack: ChunkBounds Shaders.
This pack is compatible with Windows 10, iOS and Android.
After installing and applying it, you could see there are red markers which are used to outline the chunks.
Other methods to fix chunk issues
If you still experience incomplete chunk loading or see holes around you, you could try these solutions to get rid of the chunks issues:
- Uninstall unnecessary shader mods: sometimes some shader mods, especially the ones you installed recently, could cause problems related to chunk loading in Minecraft. That could apply to the OptiFine optimization mod as well. So remove them to see if it can solve your issue.
- Decrease render distance: since Minecraft world consists of millions of chunks, some systems with low resources (such as low graphic card, CPU, etc.) couldn’t handle all the required process. In this case, it’s better to set lower amounts for render distance in the video settings of game.