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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 will be the new account type for all purchases of Minecraft: Java Edition after December 1st 2020. The following describes the differences between the account types.

Mojang Account

Microsoft Account
  • New purchases of Minecraft: Java Edition will be 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:

Mojang Account (migrated from Minecraft account) 

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

Minecraft account - paid (formerly known as premium) 

  • 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.

Minecraft account - unpaid 

  • You have 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 were made available to all, except those accounts that had purchased a gift code.

Last Updated - 2021-05-11 16:21:22 UTC

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