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Minecraft Account Migration

Posted: Sep 22, 2021 in Minecraft

mc head By Kevin Lott


Over the years, Minecraft has had a strong yet simple system regarding its accounts and security. At the moment, you have a username and password, both of which can be used to log in to your Mojang account. Nowadays most programs or websites allow you to log in with a much larger account, like your Google profile. Minecraft is now making a similar change, with its new account migration which will have your regular Minecraft account be changed into a new Microsoft account (or an existing one).

Account Migration

Account Migration



You may have a lot of questions about the entire process as to why it’s even happening or what you may need to do. It’s all a little bit confusing, so let’s answer some of those right away.

Why do I need to migrate my account to Microsoft?
Microsoft can better protect you and your account by increasing account security and adding new safety features to Minecraft.

Do I have to migrate my Mojang account to a Microsoft account?
To continue playing Minecraft: Java Edition, yes, you will.

What will happen to my Mojang account after I migrate to a Microsoft account?
You won’t need it. After migrating, you’ll have full control over your account through Minecraft.net and the Minecraft launcher.

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 away 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?
So basically, as a consolation for forcing you to do this relatively unnecessary migration, Microsoft is forcing Mojang to give everyone a free cape. They’ve started the rollout in very small numbers to ensure everything is working properly. Capes distribution began in mid-July, so going forward with 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. They say that they’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 accounts were used in 2010-2012. You know you have one if you log in with a username instead of an email address.

What is being changed about Minecraft: Java Edition?
Is this version being phased out and will only console editions be supported? I wouldn’t worry about this. It’s just a log in change. There is the small chance that this is just the precursor to a full corporate takeover of our beloved block game, but they’ve already owned Minecraft for the better part of a decade. If they wanted to ruin it, they’d have done it already.

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

How do I migrate my Mojang account to a Microsoft account?
Can I do it right now? Migration is open for a limited number of players. We will be notified on our profile page on Minecraft.net and in the Minecraft launcher when our account is ready to be migrated. If you’ve been notified that you’re eligible, you can just click the announcement to migrate.

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 to 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. A new account switching functionality has been built 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 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. For the most part, you can trust big names like Curseforge and Technic.

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 Mojang/Microsoft’s team and that they will be carefully reviewed, and considered appropriately.

I play single-player or on a local network.
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? Expect quite a bit of information to be gathered on your account. Although Microsoft is transparent about what info they gather, they aren’t lenient. You can read more on the Microsoft Privacy Report.

Can I transfer ownership of my account to someone else?
Account transfers are prohibited by the Terms of Service.

Where can I find more information?
If you want even more information than we have here, you may be insane or borderline obsessed. Luckily for you, however, you can find more on the Mojang Account Move Page.


Wow! What a mouthful of information to swallow! Microsoft is doing some ambitious things with changing the entire way accounts work with Java Edition, and I honestly don’t agree with the changes. From an objective standpoint, I cannot refute the advantages that these changes offer, but I just do not feel that this is all necessary. In any case, I hope that all of you will be able to comfortably transition to what the Bill Gates bots expect of us. Good luck!

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