Minecraft Java Edition will Require Microsoft Accounts Going Forward

Published: October 21, 2020 3:37 PM /


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A Minecraft Microsoft account will soon be required if players on the Java Edition. This is a mandatory move — migrate your Mojang Account or you'll lose access to Minecraft Java Edition.

Mojang made the announcement that it was shutting down Minecraft's Mojang Accounts in favor of Microsoft Accounts. Naturally, this requires existing players to migrate to the new account system. Benefits of the move will include enhanced two-factor authentication and a free cape for all current Java Edition players, but it should be noted that this is not an optional move. If you don't migrate to a Minecraft Microsoft Account, you'll soon be unable to log in to play Java Edition at all.

Check out this "fun announcement" detailing the benefits of a Minecraft Microsoft account:

How to Migrate Minecraft Account Step By Step

The process is pretty straightforward and is explained in an F.A.Q. on Minecraft's website. Here's how to migrate your Minecraft account, step-by-step:

  1. Players will be informed of the migration on their Minecraft.net profile page and in the Minecraft launcher.
  2. Click on the announcement to begin the process.
  3. Sign in with an existing Microsoft Account if you have one; otherwise, you must create a new Microsoft Account.
  4. Set up an Xbox profile.
  5. Confirm the migration to a Microsoft Account.
  6. Play the game!

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When Is the Deadline for Getting a Microsoft Account?

Mojang has stated that the Minecraft account migration deadline is in "several months." The article further details the Minecraft Microsoft account migration, explaining the benefits of this new system. The benefits of this migration include:

  • Increased account security with two-factor authentication
  • All of your PC Minecraft games in one place
  • Improved parental controls
  • Chat and invitation blocking

Mojang notes that, right now, the only PC Minecraft games are Minecraft and Minecraft Dungeons, but that could change in the future.

"Who knows what we'll do next?" the developer added.

These changes mark the second time that Minecraft required an account migration; previously, players had to migrate from a Minecraft account to a Mojang account. For now, you have at least a couple of months to make the migration happen. It's best to get started now and save yourself the trouble of having to fix the problem later.

What do you think of Minecraft migrating from Mojang Accounts to Microsoft Accounts? Will you make use of any of the new features coming with Microsoft Accounts? Let us know in the comments below!

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