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Minecraft: Java Edition Account Types

There are a few different account types associated with Minecraft: Java Edition; Minecraft accounts, Mojang accounts and Microsoft accounts. Minecraft accounts were the first way to log into Minecraft on a computer, and Mojang accounts were later introduced as a single account to use across all Mojang games. Microsoft accounts became the new account type for all purchases of Minecraft: Java Edition after December 1, 2020. The following describes the differences between the account types. 

Mojang Account 

Microsoft Account 

  • New purchases of Minecraft: Java Edition are linked to a Microsoft account instead of a Mojang account. 
  • When logging into the game or the site you use a Microsoft login. 
  • When you make your purchase, you will be prompted to link a Microsoft account. You can then select a Minecraft username and log into the game using your Microsoft credentials. 


If you created a Minecraft account prior to November 2012, the following may apply to you: 

Your Mojang Account was Migrated from a Minecraft account 

  • You have migrated your paid Minecraft account to a Mojang account. 
  • You use your email address to log into Minecraft and Mojang Studios services. 
  • You no longer log into Minecraft and minecraft.net with a username. 


You Had a Paid or Premium Minecraft Account  

  • You have purchased a copy of Minecraft from Minecraft.net. 
  • You use your Minecraft username to log into Minecraft services, and can access the full game. 
  • You can reset the password and migrate the account to a Mojang account by visiting account.mojang.com/migrate. 


You Had an Unpaid Minecraft Account 

  • You previously registered a Minecraft username but did not purchase the game. 
  • You use your Minecraft username to log into Minecraft services, but are unable to use services other than Demo mode. 
  • These accounts were deleted in February 2015, and the usernames became available for other players, except those accounts that had purchased a gift code. 

Last Updated - 2021-08-03 04:55:57 UTC

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