If you're brand new to Minecraft Bedrock or Minecraft Dungeons, you might have noticed that for some things, you'll need an Xbox Live or Microsoft account - even if you're not playing on Xbox or another Microsoft platform.
Our amazing community team pulled together some quick steps to do this, so we thought we'd share them with you, too!
If you do not already have a Microsoft account (live.com, outlook.com, hotmail.com, or Windows 10 PC login) that you use to log on to your computer:
- Go to https://xbox.com, click on Sign In on the top right, click on "Create one!" next to "No account?"
- Use whatever email you'd like to use. If you'd like a new email account, choose "Get a new email address" You can also use a mobile phone number if you'd prefer
- Follow the directions to create your account
- Verify the email that is sent to the email address you entered to create your account.
- Log in to Xbox.com with your new address
- Your “gamertag” will appear in the top right once you've logged in to the site. To change this, just click “Change Gamertag” from the menu on the left side of the webpage.
If you're a parent and want to manage how your child plays on Xbox or Microsoft Accounts, you should create a child account:
- Log into https://account.microsoft.com with the account you created above.
- Click on Family on the menu on the top.
- Scroll down and you can see all the Microsoft accounts that are associated with your account.
- To add a new child account, click on Add a family member
- Here you can create an account for your child by clicking on "create one for them"
- Follow the directions to create the account
- You should now see the child's Microsoft account on your screen. There are some parental settings here but there are additional settings at https://account.xbox.com/settings
Now, let's say you need to adjust some things in your parental controls on Microsoft accounts:
- Go to https://account.xbox.com/settings
- Click on the account you want to manage
- Notice that it will automatically assign a random gamertag to you & your child account. To change these (the first name change you make is free), click on “Change Gamertag” on the menu on the left. To change the child account’s gamertag, you will need to log into xbox.com with the child’s account.
- Review the settings- note that the settings that have "Xbox 360" after them are not specific to the Xbox 360, it is merely indicating what that menu option was called on the Xbox 360 console. The settings apply to the Microsoft account across all devices.
And finally, since you've done all that, you should probably turn on Realms for your child's account:
- Log in to https://account.xbox.com/settings with the parent Microsoft account
- Click on the child account's profile.
- Click on "Xbox One/Windows 10 Online…" & choose "allow" for "Join multiplayer games" AND "You can create and join clubs" (picture 1 below)
- To enable chat for people not on the person's friends list, they will need to click on privacy and enable "others can communicate..." (picture 2 below)
NOTE: Child accounts are considered all accounts under the age of 16 for the US & EU, 19 for South Korea. If there isn't an adult account associated with the child account, the adult will have to make a Microsoft account & associate the already created child account with it. Only parent accounts can change settings.