How do I activate my McAfee product key?

McAfee product key, as we all know is part of the McAfee subscription software which allows you to download, install, and activate the software without any hassle. McAfee’s product key entitles you to download the purchase software on the go. It is a 25 digit activation code that needs to be linked to your account prior to downloading the software.

You may refer to this article in case you have purchased your McAfee software from a retail store and you are provided with a retail card that has the activation code imprinted on it. In case you have purchased it from an online platform, then also you may use the steps given below. In case you come across an error, then you may refer to the solution for the given error on the service page of McAfee.

Steps to redeem/activate key

Follow the detailed stepwise instructions to activate your product key without any hurdle:

Step 1: From a preferred web browser, go to


  1. In the search bar of your web browser type
  2. Now, choose ‘Account’. This option is available in the upper-right corner.
  3. After this, select the ‘Redeem your Retail Card’ option from the drop-down list.
  4. Next, type the product key from your retail card.
  5. In this step, hit the Submit option.
  6. Next up, type your email address, click ‘Next’, and you are ready to proceed further.

Step 2: In this step, you need to select your country and language

The product key registration page tries to detect the correct region for you. If it is incorrect, then you may edit it and then continue.

Step 3: Type the following

  1. In the given space, you need to enter the activation code from your retail card.
  2. This is followed by entering your Email Address.
  3. Click ‘Submit’ after reviewing the information you have provided.

Step 4: Verify your account

Now, you will be prompted to verify your email address. If it is wrong click ‘Edit’ and correct it.

  1. After verifying your account, click ‘Verify’ to finally activate our subscription.
  2. Follow the prompts that appear on your screen and continue.

Step 5: Download and install McAfee antivirus.

Seeing an error while activating the product key? Try these solutions

If you are coming across an error after entering the product key, then you might need to try the following workarounds to rectify the issue:

  • Input the product key again in a careful way.
  • Make sure you are not making any mistakes while entering it.
  • Also, check that you are using the product key in the same region where you have purchased it.
  • Try changing the product key mcafee URL to

Hopefully, these workarounds will work right for you. If you are still unable to activate your subscription, then ask your retail to activate the retail card. This is because there are chances that he has forgot to do it.

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