If you’re switching from LastPass (or any other password manager you’re not happy with), you may be tempted to just go for the password manager that comes with your browser or operating system. It is certainly an easy and reasonable solution depending on your point of view. Until recently, third-party password managers were known to be more secure, but Apple and Google have been working to make their built-in password managers more secure, while Microsoft is adding one to its authenticator app. So it could be a viable choice.
However, one way these built-in password managers cannot withstand their independent competitors is how difficult it can be to get pre-existing passwords into their systems.
If you tend to hang out in the Google ecosystem and / or have an Android mobile device, that means you can use Google Password Manager to store and sync your passwords through the Chrome browser. Unfortunately, like Apple̵
The only way to do it I could find was to try to enable a disabled Chrome feature that allows you to import passwords. After searching online, I found different methods to enable it depending on the version of Chrome you are using. I am currently using version 88 and although I could use the following method to add the import command to Chrome (thanks to Leading Tech since I pointed to this possible solution), my copy of Chrome was never able to import the CSV file I downloaded from LastPass.
Be that as it may, here’s the process I used. You may have better luck. I’ll let you know how I finally managed to get my passwords into Chrome right after.
- Type chrome: // flags in Chrome’s top address bar. This will take you to the Experiments page.
- In the ‘Search flags’ box at the top, type ‘import password’. (It is probably enough to enter the password.)
- Locate “Import Password” and click the drop-down menu on the left (it will likely be called “Standard”). Select ‘Enabled’.
- Select ‘Restart’.
- Now that you’ve added the import feature, go to your Chrome settings (by selecting the three dots in the top right corner and choosing “Settings”).
- Locate “Passwords” (located in the “Autofill” category) and click the arrow on the right.
- Look for “Saved Passwords” and click on the three dots on the right. You should see a dropdown menu with the selection ‘Import’.
- Click on ‘Import’. You can select a CSV file in your file manager and hopefully import your passwords.
If that works for you – great! If not, there is one last ditch way to get your passwords into Chrome, and that’s the one that finally worked for me.
- Download Firefox (if you don’t already have it) and launch it.
- Click on the three lines in the top right corner and select ‘Logins & Passwords’.
- Click on the three dots in the top right corner and select ‘Import from file’.
- Select your CSV file and import it.
Now that your passwords are in Firefox, you can easily transfer them to Chrome:
- In Chrome, click the three dots in the top right corner and go to Bookmarks> Import Bookmarks & Settings.
- Select Mozilla Firefox from the drop-down menu, select ‘Passwords’ (and ‘Autofill form data’ if you had one) and click ‘Import’.
That (phew!) Should do it! But if you don’t want to experience all that, there are always free alternative password managers you can try.