Enabling Anti-Theft in Avast Mobile Security

Anti-Theft included in Avast Mobile Security requires an initial setup to track and control your device remotely in case of loss or theft. When you upgrade the paid Avast Mobile Security Premium, you can also use advanced Anti-Theft options that allow you to capture a photo of the thief when an incorrect PIN is entered, lock your device when the SIM card is changed, and secretly record the phone's surroundings at any time.

Run Anti-Theft setup

  1. Tap the Avast Mobile Security icon on your device.
  2. Click the menu icon in the top-left corner.
  3. Select Anti-Theft.
  4. Tap Set up now to start the Anti-Theft activation process.

Create your PIN

  1. Tap Set PIN.
  2. Select an email account for PIN reset and tap OK to confirm.
  3. Enter a PIN and type it again to confirm.
  4. Tap Continue to complete the PIN setup.

Set up Web control

  1. Tap Web control.
  2. Tap Set up Web control.
  3. Log into your Avast Account.
If you are also using another Avast app on this device and you are logged in to your Avast Account there, Anti-Theft detects this automatically and offers to use the same account. In this case, tap I understand to confirm that you want to log in to the suggested account.

Grant permissions

The following steps may differ depending on the version of your Android system.
  1. Tap Allow permissions.
  2. Tap Go to Settings to grant the System overlay permission.
  3. Move the slider under Avast Mobile Security from OFF to ON.
  4. Tap Go to Settings to grant the Device administrator permission.
  5. Read the information about this permission and tap Activate to set up Avast Mobile Security as the Device Administrator.
  6. Tap Go to Settings to grant the Usage stats permission.
  7. Tap Avast Mobile Security.
  8. Move the slider under Avast Mobile Security from OFF to ON.
  9. Tap Go to Settings to grant the Write settings permission.
  10. Move the slider under Avast Mobile Security from OFF to ON.
  11. Tap Request permissions to grant basic permissions.
  12. Tap Allow on each screen.
  13. Go back to the app and tap Finish to complete the activation.
  14. Enter your PIN code to unlock Avast Mobile Security.
  15. Anti-Theft is now enabled and you can start using it.
  • Avast Anti-Theft for Android
  • Avast Mobile Security 6.x
  • Google Android 5.0 (Lollipop, API 21) or higher

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