How to migrate your Minecraft account to Microsoft ?

If you play on Minecraft Java Edition, you will need to migrate your Mojang account to a Microsoft account.

Mojang Studios announced that all people who play the Java version of Minecraft and therefore have a Mojang account will be required to migrate to a Microsoft account. Several reasons are put forward to justify this :

  • Increased security for your account through two-factor authentication. In other words, it is more difficult for someone to access your account without your authorization.
  • All your Minecraft PC games will be connected to the same account. Currently, there are Minecraft and Minecraft Dungeons, but maybe others will follow in the future.
  • Improved parental controls to help keep children safe when playing online.
  • Ability to block messages from chat and invitations.

Please note that migration from Mojang accounts to Microsoft accounts is mandatory. If you don’t, within a few months you won’t be able to log in. That means you won’t be able to play either. Don’t worry if you don’t know how to migrate your Mojang account to a Microsoft account, you’ll find at the end of this page a FAQ that will answer any questions you may have!

Once the migration is complete, everything you had on your Minecraft Java account will still be there. You’ll still be able to create and use mods and skins (while keeping your own, of course), as well as play with your friends on the Minecraft Java servers (regardless of the version). You will also keep your Minecraft Java username, and new players will always be able to choose their Minecraft username.

The only difference ? You’ll receive a nice reward once you log in with your Microsoft account : a special cape ! That way, everyone will know that you were there for the big move and that you have an impeccable sense of fashion.

cape migration minecraft account

When will this minecraft account migration take place? If you already have a Java or Mojang account, you’ll need to start switching accounts in early 2021. New players who get Java for the first time will create Microsoft accounts rather than Mojang accounts starting this fall. How to migrate minecraft account ? Here’s an overview of the process :

  • As there is a large community of Java players, Mojang will have to move players to Microsoft accounts in batches. But everyone will have to go through it.
  • You will receive an email with instructions on how to migrate your account. Don’t panic if your friend has received an email and not, everyone will be moved, but little by little.
  • Once you have completed the steps, you will use your Microsoft account to log in to Minecraft in the future. You will no longer be able to log in using your Mojang account.
Video from Mojang Studios announcing the migration of Minecraft Mojang accounts to Microsoft.

Find all the answers to questions you may have about migrating your account :

What are Legacy Accounts, how do I know if I have one ?

A Legacy Account is an account for which you use a username to log in to your account instead of an email address.

Why do I need to migrate my account to a Microsoft account? Is there a benefit to migrating ?

Mojang has decided to move away from the old accounts to better protect its players, increase overall account security and introduce new security features. Since traditional accounts don’t have access to them, Mojang decided to use Microsoft accounts instead of creating them from scratch. The biggest benefit of migrating your account is the option to activate 2FA. Other security features for players will be deployed over time.

Who will need to migrate their Mojang account to a Microsoft account ?

All players who use a Mojang account to play Minecraft Java Edition will need to migrate to a Microsoft account in order to continue playing Minecraft Java Edition.

What if I don’t want to migrate my Mojang account to a Microsoft account ?

In order to continue playing Minecraft: Java Edition, you will need to migrate your account.

What changes will happen to the Java Edition? Is Bedrock the only edition ? Will Minecraft Java be phased out ?

There will be no changes to the Java edition, apart from the account change and new security features. The Java edition will continue to be available and with continuous development !

Is it easier to play with my friends on other platforms with a Microsoft account ?

The Java edition will still only allow you to play with other players who have the Java edition. However, you can choose to connect with your friends on other platforms that have Microsoft accounts to stay connected more easily.

What happens if I no longer have access to my Mojang account ?

If you no longer have access to your Mojang account, we strongly recommend that you write to support and be sure to include your Java username and the transaction ID from your purchase. This will allow support to migrate your account to continue playing the Java edition. If you need help finding your Transaction ID, please see this article.

How do I migrate my Mojang account to a Microsoft account ?

You will be notified on your profile page on Minecraft.net and in the launcher that you are eligible to migrate. Once you are notified that you are eligible, follow the steps provided in the instructions :
1) Click on the announcement to migrate
2) Register if you already have an MSA or register for a new MSA if you don’t already have one.
3) Configure your Xbox profile
4) Confirm migration to the AMM
5) Play the game using your MSA

What is copied in the migration? Will I lose something ?

All of your Mojang account information will be transferred, including your Java player name.

Will I now be able to play Bedrock on PC and Java with the same account ?

If you migrate your Java account to a Microsoft account that already has Bedrock (on any platform), then you will be able to access both games with one account !

What if I already have a Microsoft account ?

If you already have a Microsoft account, you will be able to continue using that Microsoft account and transfer your Mojang account to it.

Can I keep my Mojang account username ?

In some cases, you may need to change your username when you migrate to a Microsoft account. This varies by account, for example, if someone already has the username or if it does not comply with security protocols. However, you will have the option to keep your Minecraft Java username in the game.

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