Ever since LastPass announced it was tweaking its free tier to allow only one category of devices – mobile or computer – there has been a lot of interest in finding alternatives among LastPass users. Fortunately, once you’ve found an alternative, it’s pretty easy to get your data out of LastPass and upload it to another password manager.
Below are instructions on how to download your LastPass data and where to find instructions from several popular password managers who will assist you in uploading that data to their services.
Export your LastPass data
LastPass allows you to export your data as a CSV or XML file. If you plan on moving that data to another service, CSV is the much better choice. Since CSV stands for comma separated values and is a plain text file, it̵
Before you begin, be aware that the best (and basically the only way) you can export your data from LastPass is from the browser extension on a desktop or laptop computer. (Technically you can do this from the LastPass website, but as I’ll explain, it’s more effort than it’s worth.) If you haven’t downloaded the extension for your browser (links are at the bottom of the LastPass webpage) , go ahead.
- Click on your extension icon and proceed to “Account Options”> “Advanced”> “Export”> “LastPass CSV File”
- You will be asked to enter your master password to continue. If you think you will be interrupted at some point and you work in a safe place (such as a home office), feel free to ask not to ask again within 24 hours.
That is it! LastPass immediately downloads your CSV file.
If you really, really don’t want to install the browser extension, here’s how to get your information from the LastPass website “
- Go to LastPass.com and log in to your account.
- Click on “Advanced Options” in the menu on the left.
- Click “Export” and enter your master password if prompted.
- If your experience is anything like mine, you should see a comma separated list of all your passwords on a separate web page. You can select all of the content on the page by going to your main menu and selecting ‘Edit’> ‘Select all’. You can then copy and paste the data into a text page using a word processor or other text app.
After you have downloaded your data, you can upload it to the password manager of your choice. There are a variety available, free and otherwise, and we’ve included a sample below, along with their starting prices (if applicable) and links to their instructions on how to import your data. But first, let’s assume you want to eventually delete your passwords from LastPass. Here’s how.
Delete your LastPass account
Once you’ve chosen your new password manager (and we have good luck living with it for about a week first), you can delete your account and data from LastPass.
- Click on the red “Delete” button.
- Where you go from here depends on whether you remember your master password. If you remember, click “Yes”. You will have one last chance to download your data, you will be asked to enter your master password, and you will be asked why you are deleting your account. Then click on Delete.
- If you don’t remember your Master Password, click “No”. You will be given the opportunity to download your data and you will be asked for your email address. You will receive an email with a link to delete the account.
Remember in both cases there is no rush to delete your accountMake sure you have a usable copy of your passwords and a new password manager that you are happy with first.
Alternative password managers
What follows is a list of some alternative password managers and where to find instructions on how to import your LastPass data.
- Free version? Yes
- Paid features start at $ 2.50 / month and include encrypted storage, additional password sharing, emergency access, live password tracker, and others.
- Instructions for importing from LastPass
- Free version? Yes
- Paid features start at $ 23.88 / year and include cross-device sync, cloud backup, two-factor authorization, shared folder and more.
Instructions for importing CSV files. (Note: RoboForm has specific instructions for importing LastPass files to Windows and Mac systems; however, they include statements that separate apps are required to export data from LastPass, which is no longer the case.)
- Free version? Yes
- Paid features start at $ 10.80 / year and include secure password sharing, password expiration alerts, cloud backup and more.
- Instructions for importing CSV files