How to activate the built-in antivirus on a Samsung phone

This tutorial will show you how to activate the built-in antivirus on a Samsung phone.

The steps on this page work for all Samsung phones with Android 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11.

Device security is a malware (virus) scanner from McAfee that comes pre-installed on many Samsung smartphones.

How to activate the built-in antivirus on a Samsung phone

1. Open your phone's settings.

Samsung Galaxy settings Android 9

2. Open Device maintenance or Device care or Battery and device care.

Samsung Galaxy Device care Android 9

3. Tap on Device security or Security or Device protection.

Samsung Galaxy Security Android 9

4. Tap on Activate or Turn on.

Activate antivirus Samsung Galaxy

The antivirus is now activated.