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Goodbye, LastPass. Here’s how to export your data and switch to a new password manager



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LastPass, why do you have to do this to us?

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If you used the LastPass password manager, you have certainly seen the news that starting March 16, if you want to sync your passwords and access multiple device types, you’ll have to start paying for the service. That’s right, it’s no longer completely free to use LastPass on your computer as well as your phone – you just have to choose one device. I can’t tell you how many devices are synced with my password manager of choice – it’s an indispensable feature for any password manager. After the announcement, LastPass found itself in the hot chair after web trackers are found in the app, which may give you another reason to discontinue service.

Read more: LastPass vs. 1Password: Which Password Manager Should You Use?

If you don’t feel like paying LastPass the $ 36 a year for a personal account, or $ 48 a year for a family account, then you need to either address the new restriction or get a different password manager

The easiest way to move from one password manager to another is to export your LastPass data and then import it into your new software package.

Below I’ll show you some different ways you can get your information from LastPass, then help you import it into another app. I have chosen Bitwarden for this example a completely free password manager.

Export your passwords from your LastPass accounting

The easiest way to export your login information from LastPass is to use the browser extension and not the website. I’ll include instructions for both, but trust me the extension is the way to go.

Open your web browser of choice and click on the LastPass extension. Enter your master password if prompted. Then select Account options from the drop-down list followed by Advanced Export LastPass CSV fileEnter your master password when prompted.

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Use the extension to export your information. It is easier.

Screenshots by Jason Cipriani / CNET

Your browser will download a file called lastpass_export.csv. I suggest moving the file from your Downloads folder to your desktop so it’s easier to find when you import it to a new service.

If you’d rather use the website to export all of your information from LastPass, the process is similar, but instead of downloading a CSV file, create your own. After you have logged into your account at LastPass.com, Click on Advanced options in the lower left corner of the page. Click Export then enter your master password when prompted.

LastPass generates a CSV list of all your data and displays it in your browser tab. Depending on which password manager you’re moving to, you can leave that tab open and copy / paste the information into the import tool, or you may need to create a CSV file yourself.

To do that, you need to copy the text displayed in the browser and then paste it into an app like Numbers on a Mac or Excel on a PC (or Mac). If you don’t have access to Excel on a PC, you can use the Notepad app. Regardless of the app you end up using, make sure to save or export the file as a CSV file. For example, in Notepad this means that you can go to File Save as and add “.csv” to the end of the file name. Save the new CSV file to your desktop and give it a name such as “Lastpass_export.csv” for easy identification.

It’s important to remember that this file now has all of your account logins in plain text. Do not share it with anyone, and I would go so far as to recommend deleting the file after importing it and verifying that all your information is correct in your new password manager account.

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Bitwarden makes it easy to bring your LastPass credentials with you.

Screenshot by Jason Cipriani / CNET

Import your data to another service

The import process depends on the password manager you are switching to. There are plenty of paid options available, and we have one collection of the best password managers breaking down the differences and details of each. It is currently being updated based on the LastPass news, but the information on services like 1Password will still be accurate.

Realizing that LastPass users want to jump, most password managers have published blog posts with instructions showing how to import your information. For example, 1Password has a manual, just like Dashlane and Keeper Security.

If you want to keep a free password manager, Bitwarden is the way to go. CNET Senior Editor Rick Broida explains his reasoning to start working with Bitwarden now that LastPass is moving to a paid service.

Bitwarden has also posted instructions on how to import your LastPass account.

Create an account at Bitwarden.com to get started. After you have logged in, click on it Tools button at the top of the page, then select Import data

Use the drop-down menu to select the format of your file, which will be if you come from LastPass LastPass (csv)Then select the file LastPass created and download it to your computer, or you can copy and paste the text into the LastPass Export tab if you used the website. Finally, click Import data

If you’re not using a password manager, you really should startIt creates, stores and fills complex passwords in apps or websites without having to remember or type them in by hand. Another way to improve your account security is through enable two-factor authentication for all accounts that support it (Most password managers support saving your one-time passwords and will even enter them.)


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