How to turn off device security on a Samsung Galaxy (Android 7, 8 and 9)

This tutorial will show you step by step how to turn off device security on a Samsung Galaxy that has Android 7, 8 or 9.

This tutorial works for all Samsung Galaxy phones with Android 7 (Nougat), Android 8 (Oreo), and Android 9 (Pie), such as the Samsung Galaxy J2, A3, J3, J4, J4 Plus, Note 5, J5 Pro, A5, J6, J6 Plus, A6, S6, S6 Edge, A7, J7 Pro, S7, S7 Edge, J8, A8 Plus, S8, S8 Plus, Note 8, A9, S9, S9 Plus, S9 Note, and all other types.

Device security is a malware (virus) scanner from McAfee that comes pre-installed on many Samsung Galaxy phones that have Android 7, 8 and 9.

You cannot remove (uninstall) device security, but you can disable it.

How to disable device security on a Samsung Galaxy (Android 7, 8 and 9)

1. Open your phone's settings.

Samsung Galaxy settings

2. Open Apps.

Open Samsung Galaxy apps list

3. Tap on the ⁝ (3 dots) options button in the top right corner of your phone's screen.

Samsung Galaxy apps options button

4. Tap on Show system apps.

Show system apps on Samsung Galaxy

5. Scroll down to Device security and tap on it.

Samsung Galaxy Device Security

You can also search for device security and tap on it when it appears.

Samsung Galaxy Device Security

6. Tap on Storage.

Samsung Galaxy Device Security storage settings

7. Tap on the Clear data button.

Clear data Samsung Galaxy Device Security

A confirmation message will appear.

8. Tap on Delete or tap on OK if your Samsung phone has Android 9.

Device security is now disabled.

To check if device security is disabled, you open your phone's settings > “Device maintenance“ or “Device care” > “Device security” or “Security”.

To activate device security, you open your phone's settings > “Device maintenance“ or “Device care” > “Device security” or “Security” > tap on Activate.


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