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Minecraft: Java Edition Account Migration FAQ

Minecraft has announced that it will be migrating all Minecraft and Mojang accounts to Microsoft accounts to improve security and to add other safety features. You've come to the right place if you have questions about this migration. 

IMPORTANT: 

We have opened migration for a limited amount of players. We will let you know on your profile page on Minecraft.net and in the Minecraft launcher when your account is ready to be migrated. If your launcher or profile page does not have a prompt to migrate your account you have not been invited yet.  

 

Never enter your account information on any third-party websites. 

 

Why do I need to migrate my account to a Microsoft account? 

We can better protect you and your account by increasing account security and adding new safety features to Minecraft.

When you migrate to a Microsoft account, you will be able to activate two-factor authentication, which makes it much harder for intruders to access your account. We'll also roll out other player safety features over time. 

 

Do I have to migrate my Mojang account to a Microsoft account? 

If you use a Mojang account, you will need to migrate to a Microsoft account to continue playing Minecraft: Java Edition. 

 

What will happen to my Mojang account after I migrate to a Microsoft account? 

You won't need it anymore! After migrating you'll use your Microsoft account to log in to the Minecraft Launcher to play the game and log in to minecraft.net to manage your settings. 

 

What if I don't want to migrate my Mojang account to a Microsoft account? What happens if my migration period starts and I'm not ready to change yet? 

You'll have time to migrate—you don't have to move right when you get the notification. However, when the voluntary migration period ends, you'll need to move your account or risk not being able to play the game.  

 

When can I get the cape for migrating my account?
We have started the rollout in very small numbers to ensure everything is working properly. Capes distribution began in mid-July, so going forward capes should be delivered instantly when you migrate your Mojang account.

 

Can I migrate my legacy Minecraft account to a Microsoft account? 

Not right now. We'll have a solution for this soon, but for now, you can keep using your legacy Minecraft account to log in. 

 

What is a legacy Minecraft account and how do I know if I have one? 

Legacy Minecraft accounts were used from 2010 to 2012. You know you have one if you log in with a username instead of an email address. 

 

What are you changing about Minecraft: Java Edition? Are you phasing out this version and will you support only the console editions?   

Don’t worry  the only thing that’s changing is how you log in to the game!  

We’re only moving Mojang accounts to Microsoft accounts, which gives you access to new security features. Minecraft: Java Edition will stay exactly the same, and we’ll continue to update and support it in the future.  

  

Does having a Microsoft account enable me to play with my friends on other platforms? 

No. If you play Java Edition, you can still only play with other players who have Java Edition. 

 

What if I cannot log in to my Mojang account with my email address and password, or I think my account has been compromised? 

You should first try to log in with your last known username or email and password. If you're still unable to log in, or if you think your account has been compromised, please get in touch with Minecraft Support and tell us about your situation. 

Make sure you have your original transaction ID to share with our team. If you do not have it, please be prepared to answer additional security questions. 

 

How do I migrate my Mojang account to a Microsoft account? Can I do it right now?

We have opened migration for a limited amount of players. We will let you know on your profile page on Minecraft.net and in the Minecraft launcher when your account is ready to be migrated. If you’ve been notified that you’re eligible, you can just click the announcement to migrate. 

 

If you can’t find the announcement on Minecraft.net or in the Minecraft launcher, you’ll have to wait a bit longer  but we’ll let you know when it’s your turn!  

 

What is copied over from my Mojang account when I migrate? What about my worlds and content? What about my capes? 

All the information in your Mojang account will transfer to your Microsoft account, including your in-game username, worlds, content, and capes. 

 

After migrating, will I be able to play Minecraft: Java Edition and the Windows version of Bedrock with the same account? 

If you migrate your Mojang account to a Microsoft account that has been used to play Bedrock (on any platform), then yes—you'll be able to access both games with that account. 

 

What if I already have a Microsoft account? 

When you start the migration process, you will be able to sign into your existing Microsoft account and migrate your Mojang account to it. 

 

Can I link multiple Mojang accounts to a single Microsoft account or do I need separate Microsoft accounts for each of my Mojang accounts? 

You will need to migrate each Mojang account to a separate Microsoft account, the same way players use a different email address per Mojang account today. 

We've built a new account switching functionality into the Minecraft Launcher to make it easy to manage multiple accounts and play sessions. 

 

Do I get to keep my Minecraft: Java Edition username? 

Yes, you will be able to keep your in-game username for Java Edition. 

During the account migration process, you'll also need to pick an Xbox Gamertag. This might differ from your Minecraft: Java Edition username, if that username is already taken as a Gamertag or if it doesn't meet Gamertag character requirements. 

 

Will third-party launchers continue to work? 

Mojang Studios does not officially support community third-party launchers for either Mojang Account or Microsoft Secured Account (MSA) based authentication. Some community members have built their own individually registered applications that support MSA authentication. Build and use third-party launchers at your own risk. 

 

I'm a server owner, and I'm worried that players will target me and shut down my account. How can I make sure this won't happen? What happens to the players who report me? 

You can rest safely knowing that all reports are investigated by our team and that they will be carefully reviewed, and considered appropriately. 

 

I play single-player or on a local network. What's going to happen to my account? 

The only thing that will change is how you'll log in to Minecraft. 

 

What data will Microsoft collect as part of this change? What will Microsoft do with this information? 

We're always committed to transparency about your privacy. For more information on this topic, please read the Microsoft Privacy Report. 

 

Can I transfer ownership of my account to someone else? 

Account transfers are prohibited by our Terms of Service. 

 

Where can I find more information? 

For more information about the migration from Mojang accounts to Minecraft accounts, see the Mojang Account Move Page. 

Last Updated - 2021-08-04 02:22:25 UTC

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