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I recently downloaded Minecraft from the Microsoft Store and have been playing for a month or two. I decided to try out a few mods and that led me to realise that I had Minecraft Bedrock not Java, and after reading a few articles I believe it is not possible to downloads mods on Minecraft Bedrock. Is there any way for me to 'switch' to Java or get a discount or refunded on Minecraft to get Minecraft Bedrock?

Or if you can download mods on Bedrock, could you please tell me how?

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Unfortunately no. However, there are plans for this to change in the summer of 2022; see Ray Wu's answer for more information.

This answer will remain in-tact for historical reasons, but it will be updated to support the most current information as the situation changes.


Technically, Minecraft is sold as a separate product on each platform you can play it on, even though there two types remaining:

For example, even though I own for , , and , I had to purchase each product separately:

  • Minecraft
  • Minecraft for Windows 10
  • Minecraft: Pocket Edition

The same was true for . I had to purchase it as a separate product, even though I owned three other versions at the time of purchase. Subsequently, this will also hold true for every other platform that is available on.


Note: See the tag for a complete list of supported platforms.

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Yes (and vice-versa), as of June 7, 2022.

Starting June 7, all players that have either Java Edition or Bedrock Edition will receive the edition they do not currently own for free , right in the Minecraft Launcher. So if you own Java, you’ll get Bedrock – and vice versa.

Source: JAVA & BEDROCK EDITION FOR PC IS OUT ON JUNE 7, 2022-06-04 Mojang Studios blog post

We’ve been working on some big changes, and we’re excited to announce that Minecraft: Java Edition and Minecraft for Windows (aka “Bedrock Edition”) are now being sold as a single product! What does this mean for you? Well, if you’ve never bought Minecraft before, you can now get both Java and Bedrock for one low price, also called Minecraft: Java & Bedrock Edition for PC.

If you have bought Minecraft before, you’re now getting the other edition for free. Woot! Follow these steps to redeem it:

  1. Click here to go to the Microsoft Store listing for Minecraft: Java & Bedrock for PC.
  2. Sign-in to the Microsoft Store with your Microsoft account. Please note: If you still only have a Mojang account and have not yet migrated to a Microsoft account, you will have to migrate to a Microsoft account before you can redeem your new game. Don’t fret, migrating your account is easy and free! (Click here to learn more about account migration or migrate your account now to take advantage of this offer.)
  3. Once you’re signed in, instead of a “Buy” button you should see a button that says “Get.” Click this button – and now you own both editions!

How do I run or play either version of Minecraft?

Once you’ve completed the steps above, including logging into the Microsoft Store, you can now download the Minecraft Launcher.

  • To play Minecraft: Java Edition**,** download and install the correct launcher for your operating system. Sign into the Launcher using your Microsoft account, and you will be able to run Java Edition.
  • To play Minecraft: Bedrock Edition, you will need a device running Windows 10 or 11 to download and install the newest version of the Launcher, within which you can launch and play Minecraft: Bedrock Edition. Sign into the Launcher using your Microsoft account, and you will be able to run Minecraft: Bedrock Edition.

Source: Minecraft: Java & Bedrock Edition for PC FAQ

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  • @galacticininja I have a follow-up question. I bought two Minecraft Bedrock accounts on different devices but using the same Microsoft Store account. Can I get two different Java accounts (one on each device) and if so how? Jun 9 at 15:17
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    @JacobBoughton It is not possible to buy Minecraft: Windows 10/11 Edition twice using the same Microsoft Account. Are you sure you bought it twice and the account was the same? Jun 9 at 16:24
  • @galacticninja I am pretty sure but will check again and get back to you in a bit. Jun 9 at 16:45
  • @galacticninja I have had a look at the purchase history as you said it says I only purchased one bedrock account on that account. I cannot think of any other accounts I could have used to buy Minecraft Windows. Is there any way of finding out which account I used to purchase the game on each device? Jun 9 at 21:09
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    @JacobBoughton "Is there any way of finding out which account I used to purchase the game on each device?" Check out the solution at I don't remember which account I purchased Minecraft Windows 10 edition on. If you still can't find out which account, you might need to contact Mojang Support about it. Jun 10 at 2:43
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UPDATE
All previous owners of Minecraft: Windows 10/11 Edition now have access to Java Edition in the Minecraft Launcher.


Yes, all owners of Minecraft: Windows 10/11 Edition (the one on the Microsoft Store as specified in the question) will be able to install Minecraft: Java Edition sometime in Summer 2022. This answer will be updated when more details are released.

Note: This offer does not extend to any non-desktop versions of Minecraft

Source: https://help.minecraft.net/hc/en-us/articles/4607523809933-Buy-Minecraft-PC-Bundle-Get-Both-Games-

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    Please provide official sources to your answer. May 9 at 17:07
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    @Tacoタコス added it May 9 at 17:18
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    Thanks! I updated my answer to reflect this information and pointed future readers to your answer. May 9 at 17:21

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