This guide will help you to Install and activate Bitdefender 2021 Product line in case you have purchased a license key for the same or just want to use the trial version.
Note: Bitdefender has officially removed the version number from the name. Hence, do not confuse if you see only the product name on the official website. Hence for reference, we will call it the 2021 release.
How to Identify the latest Bitdefender 2021 release?
Once the desktop application is installed, go to the system tray Bitdefender icon and right-click on it. On the menu, select "About". Check the Build number. The latest version release is Build 25.
Upgrading Bitdefender 2020 to 2021 release
- Bitdefender automatically upgrades you to the 2021 version, i.e., Build 25. In this case, you will not have to do anything. Bitdefender will perform the upgrade like a regular update and ask you to reboot your PC.
- In case you did not receive the automatic upgrade, you can manually do it.
- Clean uninstall the 2020 version using the Bitdefender Uninstaller Tool and reboot your PC.
- Visit your Bitdefender Central account and make a fresh installation.
That's it. The new installation will be for the latest version. Also, you can verify the same by checking the application build number.
Tips Before Activation (Click to expand)
- 1There is no difference between Bitdefender 2021 Trial and Purchased version. The trial version is a limited time (30 Days in this case) but fully functional application.
- 2All the features remain same in Trial version. Hence, take benefit of the trial period. Read Bitdefender Total Security Review to know all it's new features in details.
- 3Installation time Depends on your Internet connection speed. Web installer downloads updated data on the fly during the process. If you have a slow/unreliable connection, go for the Offline installation method.
- 4With Bitdefender 2021 version it is mandatory to use Bitdefender Central Account.
- 5The best way to get the installation and activation to go smooth is by going through this guide carefully.
- 6Never add two different licenses of the same Bitdefender 2021 product in same Central Account, they auto merge. For instance, If you have two licenses for Bitdefender Total Security 5 Devices/1 Year. Adding both of them to the same account will combine them automatically and make it a 5 Devices/2 Years subscription. Better Create a new Central Account account for same product line different licenses.
- 7In case you have merged the same, contact Bitdefender Support and tell them to rectify the issue according to your needs. Best option is to look for the "Chat" icon at the top right corner of Bitdefender Support page.
Install & Activate Bitdefender 2021 release
This section will cover all the steps needed to successfully install Bitdefender Products on your System. To avoid any errors during the installation, follow these steps very carefully.
If you have not yet purchased a subscription and just want to try it, do read our Bitdefender Total Security 2021 review.
Things To Do Before Installation
Removing Mcafee Antivirus
If Bitdefender is unable to install even after using Mcafee Removal, try solution below:
- Download Mcafee Registry Removal. The password for zip file is: 123
- You should now have the 'McAfee.reg' file.
- Double-click on the 'McAfee.reg' file and select 'Yes' if the User Account Control window pops-up and also 'Yes' when you need to confirm the action.
Installing Bitdefender 2021: Step-by-Step Guide
If you have multiple PCs and want to save bandwidth, you can download the Bitdefender Offline Installer.
If you have an unstable Internet connection, you can download the Bitdefender Offline Installer Kit.
Activating Bitdefender 2021 Subscription
The validity of Bitdefender subscription starts from the day of your purchase. Hence, use the license in your account as soon as possible in order to not lose days.
If you are using the trial version, upon installation from a new account, Bitdefender automatically activates a 30 Days fully functional Bitdefender 2021 trial for you. We recommend you to fully use the trial version and have the benefit of 30 Free days. Once the trial is over, login to your Bitdefender Central Account.
Installation for Antivirus Plus & Internet Security
Do you have a different product Bitdefender security subscription like Internet Security or Antivirus Plus ?
After the subscription is added to the Central account, Bitdefender automatically changes the desktop application to match the subscribed product in your account.
How to Merge and Extend validity of Bitdefender Subscriptions
You can only extend subscriptions if you have the exact subscription in your Bitdefender Central account as the new license supports: For example, you have a Bitdefender Total Security-> 5 Devices subscription. You can only extend it by purchasing a new Bitdefender Total Security-> 5 Devices license. The new license's validity does not matter as it can be a 1 /2/3-year validity that will be added to your existing days.
In total you can extend your Central account subscription upto 5 Years.
Steps to Activate / Merge subscriptions:
In this example, I am using an Internet Security 10 Device - 1 Year, and I will merge another Internet Security 10 devices license to the account.
1. You have to log in to your Bitdefender Central account. Go to "My Subscriptions." Use desktop browser for this purpose as many people have reported that they are not getting the merger option using their mobile app.
Please follow the steps as given below.
In the My Subscriptions section, click on the "+ Activate with code" link.
2. The above action will pop up the Registration box. Copy the license key that you have received and paste it in the section and click on Activate.
3. On completing the above step, Bitdefender will give you the following choices:
NOTE: You have to be careful here. If you add it as a new subscription, It will not merge with the existing license and be added as a separate subscription in your account.
If you do not see the extend option at all, that means you cannot extend your subscription and adding the license anyhow will just add it as a new subscription. In that case, you should not proceed and report it to the store you have purchased the license from.
Hence, you have to select the choice to extend your validity, as shown in the image.
4. On selecting the Extend validity option, Bitdefender will show you the outcome of the merge.
Review the data carefully and click on Activate.
That's all. The new subscription in your account will have the added days from your new license key.
Activating on other devices or re-installation
There can be a situation where you have to reinstall Bitdefender. All you need to do is login to your Central Account and install the application. Once it is installed you need to login it with Bitdefender Central account.
These steps also work in the same way for Mac and Android.
How to Install Bitdefender VPN?
There is no special method for the VPN installation.
On the Bitdefender main application, you will get the option to install the VPN. Once you click to install the VPN, Bitdefender will download and install it for you.
Activate Bitdefender VPN Premium
You have to activate the unlimited premium VPN separately. The process is exactly the same for the VPN activation. You have to visit the "My Subscriptions" section in Bitdefender Central account and add your license.
Incase you do not have a VPN subscription, you can check our Bitdefender VPN Premium coupon section.
How to Upgrade Bitdefender to the Latest Version
Normally the Bitdefender Application should automatically upgrade to the new version when the upgrade is available officially.
However, in case you do not see the new version or if your application did not upgrade automatically, you should try the steps below:
- Update the Bitdefender application manually and see if it initiates the upgrade process.
- Use the Uninstaller Tool and perform a clean removal. Reinstall the Bitdefender application from your Bitdefender Central Account. It ensures that the latest release is installed.
Installing Bitdefender 2021 version is easy. If you follow the steps carefully, there are very less chances that you will face any error.
If you face any difficulty in installing Bitdefender 2021 products, do let us know in the comment section below.
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