does clicking the "Buy to own" button on Minecraft in the Microsoft store gives you a full Java Edition minecraft account?

I am trying to buy minecraft java with a microsoft giftcard so I went to the store and found Minecraft. There was an install button and a buy to own button. Does buy to own, using a microsoft gift card give you minecraft java edition? (I didn't really know what topic to put this as so sorry if the topic was wrong.)


Hi Riya,

Yes - once you purchase Minecraft: Java edition, you’ll receive a game account. 

Keep in mind though, Minecraft: Java edition can’t be purchased through the Microsoft store ( or Xbox console) and so you won’t be able to use a Microsoft/Xbox gift card to purchase the game (both physical and digital gift card codes). Microsoft gift cards will also only work, and apply to purchases on the Microsoft store (can’t be redeemed elsewhere). Only Minecraft for Windows 10, Minecraft for Xbox (bedrock editions), and Minecraft Dungeons can be purchased through the Microsoft store.

Refer to:

Where it states -

Where Can I Buy Minecraft: Java Edition? - Minecraft for PC/Mac/Linux:

You can buy Minecraft Java Edition from for $26.95 USD or local currency equivalent. You can learn more about pricing here. This is a one time purchase. You can buy an account for yourself, or buy a code to give away. Gift codes may not be available in all areas.

This edition isn’t to be confused with the Minecraft for Windows 10 version from the Microsoft store.

Note: Worlds/saves from the Java PC/Mac version of Minecraft are not compatible with the Minecraft on Windows 10. Free trial on Windows 10 includes 90 minutes of gameplay. 145.9 MB download.

If the game gives you a “install now” option on the Microsoft store then you don’t necessarily need to purchase it, as it’s ready to install and free to play on your account. It usually means you either own the game through a subscription, such as Game Pass or Xbox Live Gold, or you have a free game trial (or demo). If you select the “install now” option, you should be able to remotely install the game to any compatible devices on your account. 

There are different Minecraft versions for different devices, which all have variations in terms of cross-play, DLC’s and add-ons, other features etc. Your game saves and progress aren’t connected across devices for all versions too. This is explained with the different versions, and which devices they’re compatible with here:

If you have further questions,

contact Mojang Support (submit a ticket with as much information as possible and they’ll reply by email).

You can also reach out to them on Twitter @MojangSupport

Hope this helps! :)

Always happy to help :)

Xbox Ambassador

Was this reply helpful?

Sorry this didn't help.

Great! Thanks for your feedback.

How satisfied are you with this reply?

Thanks for your feedback, it helps us improve the site.

How satisfied are you with this reply?

Thanks for your feedback.


Question Info

Last updated May 12, 2021 Views 25 Applies to: