How to disable device security on a Samsung phone

This tutorial will show you step by step how to disable device security or device protection on a Samsung phone.

This tutorial works for all Samsung phones with Android 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11.

Device security or Device protection is a malware (virus) scanner from McAfee that comes pre-installed on many Samsung smartphones that have Android 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11.

You cannot completely remove (uninstall) Device security or protection, but you can disable it.

There are two methods on this page. The first method is for Samsung phones with Android 7, 8, 9, and 10. The second method is for Samsung phones with Android 11. Click here to jump directly to the second method.

How to disable device security on a Samsung phone with Android 7, 8, 9, and 10

1. Open your phone's settings.

Samsung phone 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 Clear data. On some Android versions, you can find it at the bottom of the screen.

Clear data Samsung Galaxy Device Security

A confirmation message will appear.

8. Tap on Delete or OK (depends on your Android version).

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.

How to disable device protection on a Samsung phone with Android 11

1. Open your phone's settings.

Samsung phone settings

2. Open Apps.

3. Tap on the Your apps option button on a Samsung phone icon located next to Your apps above the list with apps.

Your apps option button on a Samsung phone

4. Tap on the toggle button next to Show system apps to turn this option on.

5. Tap on OK at the bottom.

Show system apps on a Samsung phone

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

Device security app on a Samsung phone

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

Search for Device security app on a Samsung phone

7. Tap on Storage.

Storage settings of Device security app on a Samsung phone

8. Tap on Clear data at the bottom.

Clear data of Device security app on a Samsung phone

A confirmation message will appear.

9. Tap on OK.

Device security is now disabled.

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

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



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