Players use resource packs to replace the default visual and audio assets in "Minecraft" with custom sound effects, textures, artwork and other components. Resource packs help players change their game experiences without affecting other players on the game server or changing the gameplay mechanics.
Several websites offer resource packs as free, downloadable ZIP files. When downloading resource packs, players must check whether the packs are compatible with the version number of their copies of "Minecraft." Before they can activate the resource packs through the in-game menu, players must extract these files into a certain folder within the "Minecraft" game directory. Players can choose to activate all or only some of the downloaded resource packs. By doing so, players can utilize the textures and skins from one resource pack and the sound effects and other assets from a different pack.
The mobile edition of the game, "Minecraft: Pocket Edition," has limited support for resource or texture packs. It requires swapping PNG files in the installation folder manually and restarting the game every time the player wants to switch between different textures. Texture packs for the console edition of "Minecraft" are available via digital distribution platforms as either free or paid downloads. Players must exercise caution when downloading resource packs, because some online sources have fake or malware-infected files.