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Minecraft Unified Launcher

The Minecraft Launcher now supports both Microsoft and Mojang accounts! That means you’re able to play both Minecraft: Java Edition and Minecraft Dungeons from the same place. We expect that there are some questions about these changes so we have put together this list of answers to clear up any confusion.

WHAT IS THE UNIFIED MINECRAFT LAUNCHER?

Recently, we created a single unified Minecraft launcher from which players can launch both Minecraft: Java Edition and Minecraft Dungeons. The banner you’re seeing at the bottom of your game should direct you to the link where you can install this launcher. At the moment, moving to the launcher is entirely voluntary and just meant to be a nice way to begin centralizing your launchers for Minecraft games.

HOW CAN I GET THIS NEW UNIFIED LAUNCHER?

If you’re already running the Minecraft Launcher, the update will download automatically when starting the program.

If you currently only have the Minecraft Dungeons Launcher, you can download the new launcher from minecraftdungeons.net/download.

DO I HAVE TO UPGRADE TO THIS NEW LAUNCHER?

As of January 18, 2021, the new launcher is required to access Minecraft Dungeons. The old launcher has messaging to let you know that the upgrade is needed.

I OWN THE GAME ON THE MICROSOFT STORE. WHERE IS THE LAUNCHER?

The launcher is not available for players who purchased the game from the Microsoft Store or are playing through Xbox Game Pass for PC.

The launcher is a delivery vehicle for getting the game onto your computer. Since the Microsoft Store handles all downloading, installing, and updating, the launcher is not available.

HOW DO I SIGN INTO MY ACCOUNTS?

The Minecraft Launcher supports signing into both Microsoft and Mojang accounts. Follow the steps below on how to login for each type of account.

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Microsoft Account

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  1. Go to Settings > Accounts > Add Mojang Account.
  2. Enter the email address and password associated with your Microsoft account and press Sign In.

Mojang Account

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  1. Go to Settings > Accounts > Add Mojang Account.
  2. Enter the email address and password associated with your Mojang account and press Log In.

Your active accounts will appear in the Accounts tab of the Settings screen. Clicking on the "… " icon next to each account will allow you to manage the account settings or remove the account from the launcher.

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HOW DO I SWITCH BETWEEN MY ACCOUNTS TO PLAY MY GAMES?

If you own Minecraft: Java Edition on a Mojang Account and Minecraft Dungeons on a Microsoft account, both accounts can be linked to the Minecraft Launcher. However, you will have to switch between the two accounts in order to play one game or the other.

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From the main launcher screen, click on your profile in the top left portion of the screen, then select your Mojang Account or Microsoft Account.

WHAT HAPPENS TO MY CURRENT SAVE FILES FOR MINECRAFT DUNGEONS?

Save files remain unaffected by this, as the launcher reads the same location for the save files. If you have a save file via the Dungeons Launcher, you will be able to continue to play with the regular Unified Launcher (or vice versa).

If you uninstall the launcher, DO NOT check the Remove Save Files checkbox, otherwise your save files will be removed. If you would like to create backups of your save files, please refer to this article on backing up save files for a full walkthrough of how to do so.

DOES THIS AUTOMATICALLY GIVE ME ACCESS TO BOTH GAMES?

No, the games still must be purchased separately.

IS THE UNIFIED LAUNCHER ALSO ON MAC AND LINUX?

While the updated launcher is available for players on Mac and Linux, Minecraft Dungeons is unfortunately not playable on those devices.

Last Updated - 2021-01-26 18:28:10 UTC

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