LastPass offers a free version of its password manager, but it is limited to only one device type at a time. If you want to switch password managers, Bitwarden offers a free, open-source service without limits. Here̵
Why switch from LastPass to Bitwarden
Starting March 16, 2021, LastPass will change the way its free plan works. You can no longer use the desktop and mobile apps at the same time. To use LastPass on your smartphone and computer, you have to pay for the company’s $ 3 / month plan.
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Alternatively, you can switch to Bitwarden. Bitwarden is a secure, open-source password manager that offers free sync between devices and unlimited password entry.
Bitwarden’s Premium plan is just $ 10 / year and gives you access to the two-factor authentication feature (including hardware key support), emergency access, and 1GB of encrypted storage. Bitwarden is available for any platform you can think of. You can use the desktop app, browser extensions, mobile apps, web client and even command line tools.
Switching from LastPass to Bitwarden is actually quite easy. All you need to do is generate a CSV file from your LastPass account that you can then import directly into Bitwarden.
Note: The CSV file we generate in this guide is not encrypted and contains all your usernames and passwords in plain text. Make sure to run this process on a trusted and protected computer, and to completely delete the CSV file from your computer once this process is complete.
Export passwords from LastPass
We start the process by exporting all your usernames and passwords to a CSV file from LastPass.
This process can only be performed with the LastPass browser extension. If you are not already using it, you can install the LastPass extension.
Once the extension is installed and you have signed into your LastPass account, click on it in the extension toolbar. If you don’t see it in the extensions toolbar in Chrome, click the Extensions button (Jigsaw icon) and choose the LastPass extension.
Click here on the “Account Options” button.
Then go to the “Advanced” section.
You can now start the export process with the “Export” button.
Click the “LastPass CSV File” option to download the unencrypted CSV file containing your usernames and passwords.
On the next page, enter your master password and click the “Continue” button.
LastPass will now download the CSV file to your computer’s local storage. You will find it in your default download location.
How to import passwords into Bitwarden
You can start the import process by logging into Bitwarden. First, open the Bitwarden website in your desktop web browser.
If you are new to Bitwarden, you can create a new account, or you can log in with your existing account. From your Bitwarden Vault, go to the “Tools” section from the top.
Here choose the option “Import data” in the sidebar. Click on the drop-down menu under the first step and choose the option “LastPass (CSV)”.
Then click on the “Choose file” option from the second step.
In the file picker, choose the CSV file you downloaded from LastPass and click the “Open” button.
Once added, click on the “Import data” button at the bottom of the page.
Within a few seconds, the data is imported. You will see the LastPass data appear in your Bitwarden vault.
Now that your LastPass data is available in Bitwarden, you can find it on all your installed devices and browsers.
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