Third person view allows the player to view the nearby environment from an "outside" perspective.
Different perspectives can be toggled by pressing F5 (or fn+F5 on other keyboards). Pressing it once will display the back of the player, and pressing it again will display their front. Pressing it once more will revert back to the first-person view.
In Bedrock Edition, it can be changed in the settings, as it's the only way to switch the camera when using touch to play games.
In China Bedrock Edition, it can be changed in HUD.
When in third-person view, the player can be viewed from an angle of 0 degrees (Y axis) when the mouse is leveled with the ground, up to an angle of 90 degrees when looking straight down towards the player.
If the player suffocates while in this mode, the camera will automatically switch back to the first-person view. This does not apply to Pocket Edition.
|Java Edition Indev|
|20100218||The player can now be seen in the previously solid black square in the inventory.|
|Java Edition Alpha|
|v1.0.14||Pressing F5 now switches the view to third person view. When in third person view, the player is off center by one block to the left, giving an "over-the-shoulder" appearance.|
|Because mobs looked at the camera and not the player's head, in third person view they looked at the wrong location.|
|v1.0.17||The player is now centered when in third person view.|
|v1.2.0||?||Holding F1 while in third person view now causes the front of the player to be shown.|
|?||Third person view no longer causes water particles to surround the player. This may have been an artifact of the F5 rain toggle.[verify]|
|Java Edition Beta|
|1.3||The front of the player is no longer shown by holding F1 while in third person view.|
|1.0.0||Beta 1.9 Prerelease 5||The debugging view manipulation, known in the code as the "deadmau5 camera", was accidentally enabled.|
|This feature causes the keys Y, H, U, O, I, K, J, L, N, and M to change the camera position in a variety of ways, and pressing F9 freezes the view. Pressing two functionally connected keys at the same time will revert the view back to normal, except pressing U+O.|
|This feature was only added for deadmau5.|
|Beta 1.9 Prerelease 6||The deadmau5 camera was removed.|
|release||Pressing F5 twice now switches the camera to the front of the player, while it now takes a third press of F5 to switch back into first person view.|
|1.2.1||12w08a||The deadmau5 camera was accidentally added again.|
|The sides of the player's head may now be shown when rotating the view using the deadmau5 camera.|
|1.2-pre||The deadmau5 camera was removed again.|
|Pocket Edition Alpha|
|0.1.2||Added an option for third person view.|
|0.12.1||build 6||Added the front third person view.|
|1.2.1||The crosshair no longer appears in third person view.|
- In Pocket Edition, the third-person view allows the player to reach further than in first-person.
Shoulder camera in Alpha.