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How to Purchase Minecraft: Java Edition with a Microsoft Account

Note: This article contains old information. Minecraft: Java Edition is now part of the Minecraft: Java & Bedrock Edition for PC bundle. For information on purchasing Minecraft, please follow this link.

When purchasing Minecraft: Java Edition, you will now be prompted to sign up with a Microsoft Secured Account (MSA) or a Microsoft Account.   

Minecraft: Java Edition is aligning with the rest of the Minecraft family and will share a common sign-up process. We can get you started with your purchase. To make your purchase, you’ll need a Microsoft account. The good news is, if you don’t have one, they’re free. 

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Use a Microsoft Account to Purchase Minecraft: Java Edition 

To get started quickly, go directly to the purchasing page. 

  1. Once you have selected Minecraft: Java Edition and your operating system, click BUY MINECRAFT.

  2. Follow the prompts to set up a new Microsoft account (MSA) or sign into an existing Microsoft account and complete your purchase. 
    • If you register for a new Microsoft account through the form, your newly created email inbox may not be "active", and you will not receive emails yet. To “activate” your inbox, please log in once to your new Microsoft account using outlook.com. You will then be able to receive Minecraft emails, such as account information and/or purchase receipts.
  3. Click SET UP YOUR MINECRAFT PROFILE to set up your Minecraft profile and username. 

  4. Once completed, download the launcher, log in to your Microsoft account, and start your adventure in Minecraft: Java Edition!  

Sign Up for a Microsoft Account 

What is a Microsoft account?  

It’s an account that’s used to verify your access to computers and Microsoft services and applications. If you use any of these services, you have a Microsoft account:  

  • Xbox Live 
  • Store 
  • Outlook 
  • Bing 
  • Office 
  • Windows 
  • Skype 
  • MSN 
  • OneDrive 


Your Microsoft account lets you manage everything all in one place. If you need a Microsoft account, you can sign up for one at no cost. See What is a Microsoft account? for more. 

Need a Microsoft account?  

Sign up for your free account. 

Purchasing Minecraft: Java Edition FAQ 

Can I use my existing Microsoft account to buy Minecraft: Java Edition?  

Yes, you can link your existing Microsoft account to your new purchase during the purchasing process.  

Why can’t I use my work or school email to sign up for a Microsoft account?  

Microsoft accounts cannot use any temporary emails which includes work or school email accounts. In the event you lose access to that email you would lose access to your Microsoft account.  

Can I have multiple Minecraft: Java Edition accounts linked to one Microsoft account?  

No, each Microsoft account can only have one Minecraft: Java Edition account linked to it.  

What do I do if the Gamertag I want isn’t available?  

If the Gamertag you want isn’t available, you will have to pick another. However, this is not the name you will see in-game. Your Minecraft Username will be the name used in-game and you can set this after setting up your Gamertag and Microsoft account. See our Username VS Gamertag FAQ for more information. 

If you have any more questions, please check out our main Migration FAQ. 

Last Updated - 2023-02-02 00:12:13 UTC

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