To use Acronis True Image on a Windows computer or a Mac, you need to activate it via the Internet. Without activation the fully functional product works for 30 days. If you do not activate it during that period, all the program functions become unavailable except the recovery.
You can activate Acronis True Image either on your computer or from another computer, if your computer is not connected to the Internet.
- Online activation
- Offline activation
- Upgrade from an earlier paid version
- Upgrade from a free OEM version
Online activation method
If your computer is connected to the Internet, the product will be activated automatically when you sign in to your Acronis account.
- Acronis True Image Subscriptions are registered in the account automatically upon purchase. The account used for registration is tied to the email specified during purchase. Sign in to your account in Acronis True Image interface and the product will be activated automatically.
(!) Please note that Acronis True Image subscriptions (Essential, Advanced and Premium edition) cannot be activated without internet connection.
- Acronis True Image 1-Time Purchase Licenses (perpetual licenses) can be registered in the account or in the product interface, as described below.
If your serial number is not registered yet, you will be prompted to enter the serial number manually. Click Enter serial number, type in or paste the serial number, and click Activate.
Provide serial number
After installation, Acronis True Image will ask you to provide a serial number:
If you have an upgrade serial number, Acronis True Image will prompt you to enter serial number for earlier version of the product in the second field:
Offline activation method
If perpetual license cannot be activated online for any reason, follow instructions below to activate the license using the offline method.
Upgrade from an earlier paid version
If you purchased an upgrade version of Acronis True Image 2021, after you specify the license key for the upgrade version, the product will prompt you to enter another serial number. In the second field please enter a serial number for an earlier version of Acronis True Image. After providing both keys, follow the usual online or offline activation procedure.
If an earlier version of Acronis product is already installed in your system, installation assistant will recognize serial number from the earlier version automatically and will not prompt you to enter a second serial number.
Upgrade from a free OEM version
If you have bought an upgrade from a free OEM version of Acronis True Image, you need to install Acronis True Image 2021 on top of the free version. Otherwise you will be prompted to enter the serial number for the earlier/older version to activate the upgrade. Learn more at https://kb.acronis.com/content/1836
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