I purchased and downloaded Minecraft 1.14 for my son some time ago - this was on his iPad - but he now wants to play on his laptop, which is running Windows 10. I have downloaded Minecraft: Java Edition for Windows onto the laptop and followed the instructions on the launcher. However, when I started the program and signed in with his account details, I couldn't access the game without having to pay again.

I have read somewhere that this may be because his account was purchased via the App Store on the iPad and this isn't transferred across to Windows, which seems strange, since I can still log into his account.

Any ideas?

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At the top of the Minecraft App Store page it states:

This app is available only on the App Store for iPhone and iPad.

This version of Minecraft is indeed not the Java Edition, but the Pocket Edition. You are able to log in to the Mojang account because it isn't tied to a specific game.

  • Ah! thanks for the answer. I didn't check at the time of purchasing as he only wanted it for the iPad. Apr 4, 2020 at 17:53
  • Would you know if the account he has will be shared across the platforms if I purchase the Java edition? Apr 4, 2020 at 17:55
  • Yes, it should be: "Mojang accounts were later introduced as a single account to use across all Mojang games" (see here).
    – Joachim
    Apr 4, 2020 at 17:57

No,it will not go across screens, I tried it once too, but it has to be purchased separately i think because on pocket addition it is purchased from icloud account (usually) and for computers it's xbox account.

  • for the microsoft acounts yes it will be shared Apr 4, 2020 at 19:20

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