Don’t stress out if you can’t figure out how to download Minecraft. After ten years, getting the right version of the game and setting up your account isn’t nearly as hard as it used to be.
Even though there are two different versions of Minecraft, they are now sold together as a package and are more alike than ever.
You can’t mess things up by buying the wrong one like you could in the past. Even though one is called Minecraft for Windows, both versions of Minecraft can be played on a computer with Windows.
Today, you need a Microsoft account to play Minecraft, so be ready to either use an account you already have or make a new one that will handle all your Minecraft account information and any extra microtransaction purchases you make.
We’ll show you where to buy Minecraft and how to download the version that fits your play style, whether you’re setting it up for yourself for the first time or for a child.
Where to Buy Minecraft on PC
Minecraft for PC can be bought from two official places:
- The Minecraft website
- The Microsoft store(opens in a new tab)
- (Console players, buy through your platform’s usual digital store.)
On PC, Minecraft costs $29.99 (£24.99 or $39.99 CAD), and that price includes both versions of the game, which I’ll describe below.
You can’t make a mistake and buy the wrong version of Minecraft, so don’t worry about that. Minecraft is also part of Xbox Game Pass, so if you already have a subscription, you don’t need to buy a separate copy.
After buying Minecraft, you can download the Minecraft Launcher and sign in with a Microsoft account or make one.
With the same Microsoft account, you can also play other Minecraft games, like Minecraft Dungeons and the soon-to-be-released Minecraft Legends.
All of these games can be started from this app. The launcher also takes care of downloading updates, so you don’t have to do that part by hand.
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How to Download Minecraft On PC
If you’re new to Minecraft, it might not be clear what the differences are between the original Minecraft Java Edition and Minecraft for Windows, which is also called Bedrock.
The good news is that both are now part of your purchase, so you don’t have to worry about it. As long as you own Minecraft, you can switch between different versions whenever you want. You can even install both if you want to.
When you open the Minecraft Launcher, the left sidebar should show both “Minecraft: Java Edition” and “Minecraft for Windows.
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” To install either version, just click on it in the sidebar and hit the big green “Install” button. No matter what Minecraft update came out recently, the launcher should always install the most recent version of the game by default.
We have a more detailed guide to Minecraft Java vs. Bedrock, but I’ll give you the short version here. Before talking about these other differences: If you’re getting Minecraft for your child, you’ll probably want to install it on a Windows computer. It’s the version that lets people play together on different platforms, so it’s likely what they want if they want to play with their friends.
- Also works with Windows, despite the other version’s name.
- Allows you to install former versions of Minecraft and have multiple installations, which is required by most of our favorite Minecraft mods.
- Allows you to install visual changes for free, like Minecraft texture packs and Minecraft skins created by other players.
- Only allows multiplayer with other Java Edition players, but is the standard for many of our top Minecraft servers.
Minecraft for Windows (Bedrock):
- Cross-platform multiplayer with players on consoles and mobile.
- Not compatible with Mac or Linux.
- Access to the Minecraft Marketplace with microtransactions for skins, textures, and custom maps. (For parents: The Marketplace costs money, but is curated by Microsoft unlike free-to-download mods for Java Edition).
- Supports using a game controller to play in addition to a keyboard and mouse