Why is Anti-Theft being removed from AVG AntiVirus?
Our comprehensive research showed that AVG Anti-Theft does not offer enough value compared to Android’s built-in Find My Device feature. Due to its direct integration with the system, Find My Device provides better functionality and user experience. Therefore, we decided to decommission AVG Anti-Theft and focus on other advanced protection features.
When does Anti-Theft become unavailable?
Anti-Theft will be fully removed from AVG AntiVirus by September 30, 2023.
Will I lose access to Anti-Theft if I am already using it?
If Anti-Theft is already active on your device and if you are using AVG AntiVirus for Android version 6.56 or older, then Anti-Theft will continue to work until September 30, 2023
How do I deactivate Anti-Theft?
To deactivate Anti-Theft:
- Open AVG AntiVirus and go to
☰Menu (three lines) ▸ Anti-Theft.
- Enter your Anti-Theft PIN.
If you forgot your PIN, refer to the following article for instructions on how to reset it: Resetting the AVG PIN for Anti-Theft in AVG AntiVirus
- At the top of the screen, tap the (ON) slider so it changes to (OFF).
Anti-Theft is now deactivated.
Which services can I use instead of AVG Anti-Theft?
Google provides Find My Device, a solution for remotely controlling your device when lost or stolen. This service is available for free and it allows you to see the last known location, sound a siren, lock, or erase the data from your device remotely. For more information about Find My Device, refer to the following Android Help articles:
- Android Help ▸ Be ready to find a lost Android device
- Android Help ▸ Find, lock, or erase a lost Android device
For Huawei devices that do not support Google Play services, you can use HUAWEI Cloud. For more information, refer to the following Huawei Support article:
AVG AntiVirus continues to offer a variety of free and premium features (such as App Lock, Automatic Scan, Scam Protection, Web Shield, Network Inspector, and Photo Vault) that protect against digital threats and provide advanced security and privacy protection.
- AVG AntiVirus Pro 6.x for Android
- AVG AntiVirus 6.x for Android
- Google Android 6.0 (Marshmallow, API 23) or later