The HUD in any game is something you probably wouldn’t be able to play without. HUDs are different from game to game, but I can say with some degree of certainty that we’d die without displaying the info it contains. This statement holds true for Minecraft, especially, so why is it that the HUD in Minecraft is missing, and how do you fix it?
There are several reasons why your Minecraft HUD might be missing, but it’s most likely that the game is lagging, and you need to restart the game to make your HUD reappear again. You also might have ‘Show HUD’ disabled in your settings.
Now that we uncovered the most common issue with the HUD disappearing, are there any other situations where the HUD might disappear, but it’s not as easy of a fix to simply restart the game? Why does it happen, and how can you manipulate the HUD to make it disappear when you want to? Let’s learn about it all in the rest of this article.
Importance of HUD in games
To highlight the importance of HUDs in games, we must first define what a HUD is. The abbreviation means ‘Heads up display’ but what does that mean exactly? Another name for a HUD is also a status bar which might make some understand better what it means from the get-go. It’s a method for visually displaying important info to the player.
The origins of HUD have its roots in modern aircraft since pilots use the heads-up display to see extremely important information. To most, the information displayed won’t mean a thing, but to the pilot, it does. Of course, the importance of it in games is greatly diminished since we’re comparing real life to fictional worlds, but you get my point.
To better understand what HUD actually is, let’s take a look at examples from a few games, including Minecraft:
In a game like Valorant, your mini-map, abilities, enemies, teammates, health, and remaining bullets are all part of your HUD. In a game like League of Legends, the mini-map, abilities, items, stats, health, and mana are all part of your HUD. In Minecraft, you’re hunger bar, health bar, and inventory are all part of the HUD.
Crosshairs are also part of the HUD, but in a game like Minecraft, the F3 menu and your hand and items you hold in your hand are also part of the HUD. The F3 menu only holds for Java Edition since, in Bedrock, the F3 menu is not available. Now that we know more about HUDs in general let’s look at why the HUD might disappear in both Java and Bedrock Edition and how to fix it.
Disappearing HUD in Java Edition
For Java Edition users, a disappearing HUD can be a much easier problem to solve than that of Bedrock Edition. You might simply have the F1 button pressed, which makes the HUD disappear. I use it all the time when taking screenshots of the landscape, and it’s a really useful tool, but if you have no idea that it exists, you might have accidentally pressed it.
If pressing the F1 button didn’t work, you might also try and opt into restarting the launcher. Let’s look at how you can restart your Minecraft Launcher if you’re playing Java Edition Minecraft. This method will not only restart the launcher but also repair it:
- Go to your Start Menu and right-click on your Minecraft launcher
- Then, select More and Open App Settings.
- While in these settings, you’ll want to find the Repair option. Once you’ve clicked on it, you also want to find the Reset option and click on it as well.
If that didn’t work, you could also try and run the game in Administrator mode, or you could try and disable antivirus software for the launcher in case you have it. The Minecraft Launcher comes from a verified publisher and shouldn’t contain any viruses.
Disappearing HUD in Bedrock Edition
The weirdest instances of the HUD going missing in Bedrock Edition make it so that you can’t see your inventory hot bar, health or hunger bar, your hand, or items you hold in your hand, but you can still somehow access your inventory. Why is this weird? Your inventory is also part of the HUD.
It’s a guaranteed bug when things like this happen, and you need to restart the game. If it’s happening on a server, perhaps restarting it should also help. Let’s take a look at how you’ll restart the game properly:
- The premise is similar for all consoles, so I’ll use an Xbox as an example. While you’re in the game, press the Xbox button on your controller to go to the menu.
- Then, go to the game you’re currently playing and want to close and click on the menu while hovering over it. The menu button has three horizontal lines drawn on it.
- Once you enter the menu, you’ll want to go down to quit and press it. If you open Minecraft now, the game will load as if you’re playing it for the first time after turning on your console.
If restarting the game didn’t help, you might want to go into ‘Video settings’ and find the ‘Hide HUD’ option. If it’s toggled on, make sure you toggle it off.