Minecraft: Bedrock Edition 1.16.20.54 beta for 'the Nether Update' fixes issues with skins and more

Minecraft Nether Update Java Image
Minecraft Nether Update Java Image (Image credit: Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • Another week usually means another beta, and this week means fixes for emotes, custom skins, and more.
  • A smaller beta for Minecraft: Bedrock Edition, 1.16.20.54, is rolling out right now with a handful of tweaks.
  • If you use emotes or custom skins while playing multiplayer, this is definitely a good beta build to download and test.

We never have to wait long for a new beta build to hit Minecraft, with the 1.16.20.54 beta currently rolling out to any testers enrolled in the program. This beta build for the Nether Update focuses on fixes for player customizations and animations, and is one of the smaller beta builds we've had recently. However, any and all improvements are always welcome, so all is forgiven Mojang Studios.

The changes made in this build include:

  • Fixed crash that could occur when playing an emote and suspending the game
  • Tweaked arm animation for Brutes, Piglins, and Vindicators that have their weapons removed
  • Emotes can no longer be equipped before unlocking them
  • Custom skins now work properly on multiplayer

If you're interested, you can check out the full changelog for this build here. Otherwise, check out how to enroll in the beta program for Minecraft here, especially if you're a heavy user of skins or the new emote feature, and you've been running into any of these issues.

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  • I just got an update for Minecraft 1.16.10 and I got an msg at startup saying my Surface Pro X will no longer be supported. How sad is that?