How to activate the Bitdefender subscription

Central is your one-stop security center. Here, you can activate your Bitdefender subscription using the activation code purchased or received as a present, and install Bitdefender on any device.

The validity countdown for subscriptions acquired via our online store will start right after the purchase is finalized, regardless of the Central activation timestamp – excepting Bitdefender BOX.

To activate and add a subscription to your Central account follow the steps below.

NOTE: If you’ve already activated the subscription and need help with the installation process, read these articles.

•  How to install Bitdefender on Windows

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•  How to install Bitdefender Mobile Security for Android

•  How to install Bitdefender Mobile Security for iOS




1. Go to Bitdefender Central and sign in. If you don’t have an account, choose to create one.

2. Click on the My Subscriptions panel, located on the left side of the window.

3. Click the Activate a service with code button.


4. Input the code from the e-mail received after purchasing Bitdefender.

NOTE: The email is received only upon purchase. If you already activated this code and your product expired you need to purchase a new one from here.


5. Finally, click on ACTIVATE.

NOTE: If you receive a “This key was already used to generate a subscription” message when entering your activation code, please check the My Subscriptions panel to see if your subscription is already attached to your Central account.


6. Choose how you would like to use the code, then click on ACTIVATE. For instance, you can choose to add a separate subscription or to extend the current one.


7. Your subscription is now active in your Central!

Once your subscription is active in your Bitdefender Central account, you can start installing & protecting your devices.

NOTE: Keep in mind that the activation code can be entered only once, on only one Central account. Once the subscription is active, the code is no longer needed in the installation process, as all installations are managed directly from your Bitdefender Central account.

  • In order to force a subscription refresh, use the Switch Account button from your installed product.


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