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  1. Visit the official portal of McAfee activate from your web browser.
  2. Provide your 25 digit activation code in the given field.
  3. Type your McAfee account login credentials and click ‘Submit’.
  4. Now, choose your ‘Country’ and ‘Language’.
  5. Further, click ‘Download’ to download the setup file.
  6. Finally, run the setup and you are all done.

Why choose McAfee?

McAfee, a brand that needs no introduction has been the choice of a number of people for it provides comprehensive protection to your devices from threats and malware. Along with being an advanced tool, McAfee provides you protection from basic to higher levels. There are some antivirus solutions that only offer protection to Windows and Mac, but this is not the case with McAfee as it offers protection to mobile devices as well as tablets. In addition to this, you also get family safety features when you activate McAfee on your device.

Activate McAfee using your retail card

If you have received a retail card after purchasing your subscription, then you may need to activate your subscription using the retail card. However, those who make online purchase of McAfee, need to undergo a little different procedure of McAfee activate. For the retail card activation, you need to use the code provided in the retail card. On the other hand, you need to copy the activation code from the welcome/confirmation mail from McAfee and enter it when asked at the portal. For this, navigate to the web address mentioned on the retail card and enter the 25 digit McAfee activation key. Further, enter the required details correctly on the activation screen. Once you have entered the details, you are all set to download and activate your product.

Guidelines to activate McAfee product key

Follow these instructions carefully to redeem your McAfee activate product key. You may also go through the guidelines given on the retail card or the confirmation email.

  • Initially, you need to go to
  • Further, make selections for country and language.
  • This should be followed by the type of device you are using.
  • Now, you have to enter your email address along with the account login password.
  • Copy the product key from the email.
  • Or, use the activation code given on the retail card.
  • After entering the code, click ‘Submit’.
  • Your subscription is now activated and you can download and install your product.

Instructions to download and install McAfee

  • From any web browser, go to
  • Now, enter the login details of your McAfee account
  • Choose the desired McAfee product and click ‘Download’.
  • You may also click on ‘Send link’ for McAfee activate on another device.
  • Double-tap on the downloaded .exe file.
  • Click ‘Install’ to begin the installation and accept license agreement.
  • In the end, restart your device to get started.

Prepare your PC for McAfee installation

To prepare your PC for the installation, you can use the McAfee Pre-Install tool for using which the instructions are given below:

  • To start, you need to download the Pre-Install tool.
  • Click ‘OK’ after seeing and reading the warning message carefully.
  • When the pre-install tool downloads successfully, click OK.
  • After this, close the current window.
  • Further, you need to restart your device.
  • Now, try to install your product and you’ll be able to do so.

Create and activate your McAfee account

For undergoing McAfee update at the later time, you need to have an account which is very essential for doing anything related to your McAfee activate subscription:

  • First, you need to open our McAfee subscription software.
  • After this, click on the ‘Edit profile’ option.
  • Now, enter your email address and hit the ‘Next’ option.
  • Next, choose a strong password for your account and click Next.
  • Hurrah! You have successfully created an account for McAfee update.

How do I renew my McAfee subscription?

  • Go to and login to your account.
  • Click ‘My Account’ on the account tab present at the top.
  • Next, select the ‘All expired’ option to check the expiry date.
  • Choose the desired subscription for Mcafee update or renewal.
  • Click ‘Renew’ and enter your billing details.
  • Complete the payment process and you are good to go.

These were some of the guidelines with which you can easily activate and redeem your product key. After which you can download and install your subscription which should be followed by the activation of the product. Also, there are guidelines to renew or update software.