What is the difference between a serial number and an activation code?

Serial numbers are licenses issued when you purchase the one-time purchase version of Clip Studio Paint.


Activation codes allow you to use Clip Studio Paint for a set period of time.



What is a serial number?

Serial numbers are issued when you purchase the one-time purchase version of Clip Studio Paint via One-time purchase > Buy Now.



What do they look like?

They are 30-character alphanumeric codes starting with SP.


What devices can you use them with?

They are only available to use with Windows and macOS computers.

iPad, iPhone, Galaxy, Android, and Chromebook devices are not eligible.


Where do I register my serial number?

Enter the serial number when you launch Clip Studio Paint.



Please check the following page for a step-by-step guide.



Do they expire?

No. Once you have purchased a serial number, you can use them forever.



What is an activation code?

Activation codes allow you to use the app as part of a monthly or annual usage plan.

These codes can be obtained during promotions and as part of special offers that come with certain graphics tablets and computers.


There are also codes that allow you to extend your current plan by a set amount of time.

The amount of time varies by the code used.


What do they look like?

They are 12-character alphanumeric codes.


What devices can you use them with?

They are available for Windows, macOS, iPad, iPhone, Galaxy, Android, and Chromebook devices.


Where do I register my activation code?

Go to the page below to register your activation code and start your plan.



By registering the code, your account will be granted a license to use Clip Studio Paint, which will be authenticated when you next launch the app.

For detailed instructions on the process from code registration to authentication, please refer to the article below.



Do they expire?

Registration deadline for activation codes

Some activation codes have a set registration deadline.

Please check the information provided when you receive your activation codes.


Expiration dates for issued licenses

Once you have registered your code and are granted a license, you may use Clip Studio Paint for the period of time specified by your code.


Do I need an activation code to use a monthly usage plan?

No, you do not.

Regular monthly usage plans grant licenses directly to your account when you sign up and pay the usage fee.






People who read this FAQ also viewed FAQ like this.