The device is locked and you forgot your Mobile Security or WaveSecure six-digit PIN


Affected Products:
McAfee Mobile Security
McAfee WaveSecure

Affected Platforms:
Google Android (Smartphone and Tablet)



The device is locked and you have forgotten your Mobile Security or WaveSecure six-digit PIN.


If you have typed your PIN too many times and see a message that your device is locked, see TS101795.

If you have not typed your PIN too many times, and require assistance recovering a forgotten PIN, do the following:

To recover your PIN from the web portal

  1. Go to for Mobile Security, or for WaveSecure.
  2. Click Forgot your PIN?
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions.

    If your device is locked, you receive a Support PIN to unlock your phone at your registered email address. 
NOTE: You can only use your Support PIN to unlock your device. You cannot use it to log in to your web account.

To recover your PIN from your device
On the Mobile Security or WaveSecure lock screen of your device, select Forgot PIN.
  • If you have pre-selected buddies, a temporary PIN is sent to them. Get the PIN from your buddies and use it to unlock your device (only applicable for smartphone users).
  • If you do not have pre-selected buddies, an email with PIN reset instructions is sent to your registered email address (applicable for tablet and smartphone users who do not have pre-selected buddies). 
  • For Mobile Security 2.3 on Android devices, you can select the Send me an email option to request a reset link. The link is sent to the registered email address.
NOTE: You can only use a temporary PIN sent to pre-selected buddies to unlock the device. You cannot use it to log in to your web account.

To recover your PIN using your McAfee account
  1. Go to for Mobile Security, or for WaveSecure.
  2. Type your McAfee account email address and password (the same credentials that you use to log in at
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions to access your Mobile Security or WaveSecure accounts. If you have more than one account, select the appropriate account. 
  4. Select Settings.
  5. Select Change PIN and follow the on-screen instructions. 
NOTE: If you cannot recover your PIN, you can unlock your device by accessing your account online and sending the Unlock command. This function is available only for accounts whose subscription has not expired. Ensure that the device is switched on and connected to a network. 

If you still cannot retrieve your PIN, contact McAfee Support at (using the chat or phone options) and provide the following information:
  • Name of the McAfee application (Mobile Security or WaveSecure)
  • Your user name (phone number for smartphone and email address for tablet)
  • Your registered email address or McAfee Account
  • The IMEI/MEID number of your device (Android ID for tablets)
  • Your registered buddy's name and email address for verification

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