The Complete Guide to Activate your McAfee Product

McAfee login

How to Activate McAfee Product?

Before you activate your McAfee product, you'll have to install the product and after the installation process, you'll be able to activate the McAfee product.
In this article, you'll learn how to install and activate McAfee product on:

  • A PC or a Mac
  • On any Android or iOS phone/ other device
Let's first see guide to how to install the McAfee product on a PC or Mac:

Steps to Installing, Activating McAfee Product Windows 10

Suppose you have a PC that runs on Windows 10 operating system (or 8.x systems). You want to install a McAfee antivirus product.

McAfee activate windows 10

  • First of all, you would need to download the 'McAfee Software Install Helper tool' and run it.
  • For this, login to your McAfee Account with your registered mail id and the password. (if you have forgotten any of these, you can get help on the same page where 'forgotten email' and 'forgotten password' links are provided or Learn here about McAfee login process.
  • When you click on the start button of McAfee Software Install Helper tool, you will see the McAfee License Agreement.
  • Check the box of agreeing to this agreement and the tool will start downloading.
  • After the download, your account will show you prompts to activate the product at Follow those instructions and complete the activation process.

Steps to Installing, Activating McAfee Product on Windows 7 (or Older) PC:

  • Go to the home page
  • If you already have a McAfee account, then login
  • If you don't have a McAfee account, then register for one and login using the email id and the password
  • Click 'agree' to the McAfee privacy policy and the license agreement.
  • Let the download and installation complete
  • After installing the product, log into a McAfee account and follow the prompts to activate the product.

Steps to Activate Pre-Installed McAfee Product on Windows PC

Many Windows PCs come with preinstalled McAfee products. Here is how you activate those safety products:

  • Start your computer and click open the McAfee safety product.
  • The software will ask you if you want to see the installation steps?
  • If you say 'Yes', it will take you to the McAfee website.
  • If you have already created a McAfee account, you can log in to that account, or register a new one.
  • When you have entered your McAfee account, it will prompt you to activate your product. Follow those steps to McAfee activate on your PC.

Steps to Installing, Activating McAfee Product on a Mac:

McAfee activate on Mac

  • Mac computers have a different requirement for installing and activating the McAfee safety product.
  • These computers should have Rosetta 2 installed before the McAfee product's installation.
  • Rosetta 2 helps Apple computers with 'Apple silicon' to use different apps. These apps should have been created for an Apple computer which runs on an Intel processor.
  • If you have such a Mac, you can log into your computer, follow the procedure to install Rosetta and it will be installed on your Mac.
  • After that, log into your McAfee account and proceed with the prompts to install and activate McAfee product.

Steps to Installing, Activating McAfee Product on an Android device:

If you are a heavy user of your Android device (who isn't!), then here are the steps to activate the McAfee product on it.

McAfee activate on android or mobile

  • You would need to download the McAfee mobile security from Google Play store.
  • Go to this store and look for a McAfee 'mobile security' product.
  • After clicking on the 'install' button, wait for the installation process to finish.
  • After the process is complete, click on the mobile security, read and agree to the McAfee license agreement.
  • You will get an activation code. This, you would need to send to your Android device. You can use a PC also for this purpose.
  • Register for a McAfee Account, if you don't have one.
  • If you already have a McAfee account, log into that.
  • Under 'your subscription' tabs, choose ‘mobile’ and select ‘send link’.
  • You can choose to send the link as an SMS or in Email.
  • Once you receive the SMS/email from McAfee, open the mobile security.
  • Here, you will see a 'user icon', which will be in the right side, top corner.
  • Tap into that icon, type the activation code and it will start downloading the safety product on your device.
  • Once the downloading process is finished, you can complete other things like creating a PIN and security questions.
  • After this, tap the 'save' button and complete the safety cover of your Android device.

In this time and age, when hackers and malwares are freely infecting computers and mobile devices, McAfee protection gives you a layer of protection and safety.

Note: - Also you can read about renew McAfee subscription