To play Minecraft: Education Edition (M:EE), each user (teacher or student) requires a license that allows them to sign-in to the game on any supported platform. An IT admin (or teacher with the right permissions) will need to assign licenses to app
To play Minecraft: Education Edition (M:EE), each user (teacher or student) requires a license that allows them to sign-in to the game on any supported platform. An IT admin (or teacher with the right permissions) will need to assign licenses to appropriate teachers or students (via their Office 365 account or in bulk) through the Microsoft Store for Education.
Whether licenses are purchased as part of a larger Office 365 subscription or individually, licenses are still managed via the Microsoft Store for Education. Unless you have the new M365 unified SKU (purchased in Jan 2019 or later) they can be assigned via admin center.
This article is Part 3 of a multi-part guide: Get started with Minecraft: Education Edition (all platforms)
- Try Minecraft: Education for free
- Purchasing licenses for Minecraft: Education Edition
- Managing licenses for Minecraft Education Edition <-YOU ARE HERE
- Deploying Minecraft: Education Edition apps
- Training educators in Minecraft: Education Edition
This article contains the following topics:
Prerequisites for managing licenses
For information on purchasing M:EE, see Licensing for Minecraft Education Edition.
M:EE licenses are managed through the Microsoft Store for Education. In order to access the Store, your school must have an Office 365 Education tenant and Office 365 accounts for teachers and students. Once an account is assigned a license, a user can use that account to play the game on any machine that is on a supported platform. For more information, see Office 365 Education and Minecraft: Education Edition.
How-to manage licenses
There are several options to manage licenses for users at your school. The following describes each option, starting with where to view your available licenses.
Viewing available licenses in the Microsoft Store for Education
- To access your licenses, sign into the Microsoft Store for Education
- After you've signed in, select Manage from the top menu
- Select Products & Services from the left-hand menu
- Locate Minecraft: Education Edition from your list of products and services
Note: You may see multiple lines for Minecraft: Education Edition depending on how M:EE licenses were purchased or many different purchases have been made. Additionally, one line for M:EE will show "Unlimited" licenses available, which indicates the Trial version of the app is available to an unlimited number of users in your organization.
Auto-assigning licenses will automatically assign a license to a user in your tenant when they sign into Minecraft with their Office 365 credentials. This is especially useful in large deployments where an entire school or school district has purchased licenses for all faculty and students through their Office 365 subscription.
By default, auto subscription assignment is turned off. To turn on auto-assign, login to Microsoft Store for Education, locate the Auto-claim a license and turn it on.
Once all of your licenses have been claimed (if you do not have org-wide licenses), students or teachers who have not yet been assigned licenses will automatically move to the trial mode of the game (25 logins for teachers and 10 for students).
Managing licenses individually or via Office 365 Groups
You can manage licenses individually or via Office 365 Groups in the Microsoft Store for Education.
- First, ensure that Auto-claim a license toggle is off
- Click Assign Users
- Enter the name of students, teachers or groups to whom you would like to assign licenses.
The field will auto-complete for users/groups in your tenant
- When you have input the users or groups you'd like to assign licenses to, click Assign
You can see the list of assigned users and the list of users with a Full Version (i.e. license assigned) and a Trial Version license by switching between the tabs on the bottom of the manage page for M:EE.
Assigning licenses in batches
The Microsoft Store for Business and Education provides a PowerShell module to allow an administrator to manage M:EE license assignment in batches.
For full instructions on using the PowerShell module, see
Microsoft Store for Business and Education PowerShell module
Help with managing licenses
If you require any type of support related to licensing (including auto-assign, powershell or O365 groups, please contact support for the Microsoft Store for Education by visiting http://aka.ms/edustoresupport.
If you are managing licenses through the admin center using the unified M365 SKU or CSP please reference this article
If you want to enable access through the admin center and you are a A3/A5 volume licensing customer please reference this article