Avast Antivirus: Licenses

Licenses

Manage these settings from: MenuMy licenses

The My licenses screen summarizes your license information for Avast Antivirus, the paid version of Passwords, SecureLine VPN, and Cleanup Premium.

With Avast Antivirus installed, you can activate your license directly on the same PC during purchase in the Avast Store by clicking Activate license. Otherwise, if you install Avast Antivirus after purchase, you need to manually activate the license via your Avast Account registered for the email address you used to make the purchase, or using your valid activation code from the order confirmation email.

Note: Alternatively, you can right-click on the Avast icon in the system tray and select Subscription information to open the My licenses screen.

Activate via your Avast Acccount

All your Avast licenses automatically appear in the Avast Account registered with the same email address you used to make the purchase. To activate via your Avast Account:

  1. On the My licenses screen, click Log in to your Avast Account.
    Note: If you do not have an Avast Account yet, first click Create an account to open the registration webform in your default internet browser, then enter your email address you used to make the purchase, create your password, and click Create new account. Alternatively, click Log in with Facebook or Log in with Google to register your Avast Account using your existing Facebook or Google credentials.
  2. Enter your Avast Account credentials and click Log in. Alternatively, click Log in with Facebook or Log in with Google to log into your Avast Account using your existing Facebook or Google credentials.
  3. Check your license details for the connected Avast Account. If you have any licenses for interchangeable products, you can click on a listed item and select an alternative license from the drop-down menu. Then click Continue to return to the My licenses screen.

Your Avast license is now activated for the connected Avast Account. The expiration date of your license appears under Licenses on this PC.

Activate using your activation code

Your activation code is sent in an order confirmation email to the email address you provided during the purchase. To activate using your activation code:

  1. Open your order confirmation email and scroll down to the Activation code section of the email to copy the activation code:
    • While holding the left mouse button, drag the cursor until the whole activation code is highlighted, then release the left mouse button.
    • Press the Ctrl and C keys simultaneously to copy the activation code, or alternatively right-click the highlighted activation code and select Copy from the context menu.
  2. On the My licenses screen, click Enter a valid activation code.
  3. Paste the previously copied activation code into the text box and click Enter:
    • Click into the text box located under Enter activation code.
    • Press the Ctrl and V keys simultaneously to paste the activation code.
    • Click Enter.
  4. Check your license details for the entered activation code. If you have an activation code for interchangeable products, you can click on a listed item and select an alternative license from the drop-down menu. Then click Continue to return to the My licenses screen.

Your Avast license is now activated for the entered activation code. The expiration date of your license appears under Licenses on this PC.

Activate using your license file

You may have received a license file in an old order confirmation email, or if you requested to have your license re-sent. To activate using your license file:

  1. Open your order confirmation email, and save the attached license file (License.avastlic, License.avastvpn, etc.) in a familiar location, for example, your desktop.
  2. On the My licenses screen, click Enter a valid activation code.
  3. Click Use a license file.
  4. Locate the previously saved license file (License.avastlic, License.avastvpn, etc.) and click Open.
  5. Check your license details for the inserted file. If you have a license file for interchangeable products, you can click on a listed item and select an alternative license from the drop-down menu. Then click Continue to return to the My licenses screen.

Your Avast license is now activated for the inserted file. The expiration date of your license appears under Licenses on this PC.

Activate your free license

Avast Free Antivirus can be used free of charge for home and non-commercial use. It is no longer necessary to register your Avast Free Antivirus as your initial free license automatically activates after installation. When your free license expires, you can let the program automatically renew itself.

Alternatively, you can manually activate your 1-year free license:

  1. On the My licenses screen in Avast Free Antivirus, click Upgrade now next to Avast Free Antivirus in the list located under Licenses on this PC.
  2. Click Select in the Avast Free Antivirus column.
  3. Click the X icon on the new screen that appears to return to the My licenses screen.

Your Avast Free Antivirus license is now activated for one year. The expiration date of your license appears under Licenses on this PC.

Manage your licenses

All product licenses used on the current PC are listed under Licenses on this PC. Any unused licenses appear under Other available licenses.

  • If you have a free, trial, or expired product license, click Buy or Upgrade now next to the listed item to purchase and activate the product on the current PC.
  • If you have any license for a standalone product, click Activate & Install next to the listed item to use the product on the current PC. When prompted by the User Account Control dialog for permissions, click Yes (or Continue on older versions of Windows), and wait for the setup to automatically install the product on your PC.
  • If you have a license for interchangeable products, click Switch to this license next to the listed item to replace the existing license with another on the current PC. Then click Switch to confirm.

Get a copy of your license

If you did not receive your purchased license or if you experience issues with inserting your license, you can request that your license be re-sent via our webform with the email address you used during purchase, or download it from your Avast Account registered to the same email address.

Manage automatic renewal

If you activated the auto-renewal service, your current license is automatically renewed upon expiration. You are notified in advance via email.

You can manage the auto-renewal option for your order by contacting Avast Customer Support directly, or by following the instructions in the relevant article according to the license distributor:

Transfer your license

If you need to transfer your license to a different PC:

  1. Uninstall Avast Antivirus from your previous PC using the Avast Uninstall Utility.
  2. In your internet browser, go to https://my.avast.com, enter your Avast Account credentials and click Log in. Alternatively, click Log in with Facebook or Log in with Google to log into your Avast Account using your existing Facebook or Google credentials.
    Note: If you do not have an Avast Account yet, first click Register in the top-right corner, then enter your email address you used to make the purchase, create your password, and click Create new account. Alternatively, click Log in with Facebook or Log in with Google to register your Avast Account using your existing Facebook or Google credentials.
  3. Go to Devices, and then click your previous PC name in the list to open the status screen.
  4. Click the Settings button.
  5. Click Delete from account, and then click OK to confirm.
  6. On your next PC, download and install the Avast Antivirus product version related to your purchased license.
  7. Go to MenuMy licenses in Avast Antivirus installed on your next PC, and activate the license.

Troubleshoot issues

If Avast Antivirus does not accept your activation code:

  1. Use our webform or your Avast Account to re-send your license to the e-mail address used for your purchase, then activate the license again. Read more...
  2. If the license activation fails, uninstall Avast Antivirus using the Avast Uninstall Utility and restart your PC.
  3. Download and install the Avast Antivirus product version related to your purchased license.
  4. Go to MenuMy licenses in Avast Antivirus, and activate the license.

If these steps do not work, contact Avast Customer Support for further assistance.