- A password manager is a tool that does the work of creating, remembering and filling in passwords. Simply log into an online account for the first time and LastPass will store your username and password so every time you go back your credentials will be filled in automatically. More than just passwords.
- Strike up a new password manager relationship and stay free. Stick with the familiar and pay for the LastPass that used to be free. Or do both—choose a new password manager and pay for it.
- Our award-winning password manager is rated 4.5 stars on the Chrome store with 24,000 reviews. We're all about eliminating the pain and frustration of passwords, so you have peace of mind about your online life and confidence in your digital security.
LastPass has gone rogue. All right, maybe that's a bit dramatic, but the company has all but ditched the free version of its password manager as of March 16. Now, LastPass users who want to avoid paying will have to choose whether they want to access their passwords on a mobile device, like your iPhone or Android phone, or on a computer. You can't access your login credentials on both platforms without paying the company $36 a year for a personal account, or $48 a year for a family account.
If your Master Password for LastPass is ever lost or forgotten, there are several account recovery methods to use to restore access to your Vault. If the recovery options below do not allow you to recover your Master Password, you will need to reset your LastPass account (to keep the same username) or create a brand new LastPass account and re-enter all of your data.© Screenshots by Jason Cipriani/CNET
Use the extension to export your information. It's easier.
If you thought you could survive with accessing your credentials on just your phone or computer, or the idea of paying for LastPass is too much for you, don't fret; you have options. It will take some effort, but you'll save yourself time and money by switching to a new password manager.
The easiest way to move from one password manager to another is to first export your LastPass information and then import it into your new tool. Below, I'll show you a couple of different ways you can get your information out of LastPass, and then walk you through importing it into another app. I've chosen Bitwarden for this example, a completely free password manager.
Read more: LastPass vs. 1Password: Which password manager should you use?
Exporting your passwords out of your LastPass account
After testing the LastPass export tool, I recommend using the browser extension and not the website. I'll include instructions for both, but trust me, the extension is faster and easier to use.
Open your browser and click on the LastPass extension. Enter your master password if prompted. Next, select Account Options from the drop-down followed by Advanced >Export >LastPass CSV File. Enter your master password when asked.© Provided by CNET Use the extension to export your information. It's 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 importing 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, you'll have to create one of your own. After signing into your account on LastPass.com, click on Advanced Options in the bottom left corner of the page. Click Export then enter your master password when asked.
LastPass will generate a CSV list with all of your info and display it in your browser tab. Depending on which password manager you're moving to, you can either leave that tab open and copy/paste the information into the import tool, or you'll need to create a CSV file of your own.
To do that, you'll need to copy the text that's 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. No matter the app you end up using, make sure you save or export the file as a CSV file. In Notepad, for example, that means you'll need to 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 like 'Lastpass_export.csv' that makes it easy to identify.
It's important to remember that this file now has all of your account logins in plain text. Don't share it with anyone, and I'd even go so far as to recommend deleting the file after you import and verify that all of your information is accurate in your new password manager account.© Provided by CNET Bitwarden makes it easy to bring your LastPass credentials with you. Screenshot by Jason Cipriani/CNET
Importing your information to another service
The import process will vary based on the new password manager you'll use. There are plenty of paid options available, and we have a roundup of the best password managers that break down the differences and details of each. It's in the process of being updated based on the LastPass news, but the information about services like 1Password will still be accurate.
Realizing that LastPass users are looking to jump ship, most of the password managers have published blog posts with instructions showing how to import your information. For example, 1Password has a guide, as does Dashlane and Keeper Security.
To stay with a free password manager, Bitwarden is the way to go. CNET Senior Editor Rick Broida explains his reasons for going with Bitwarden now that LastPass is moving to a paid service.
Bitwarden has also posted instructions for importing your LastPass account.
To get started, create an account at Bitwarden.com. Once you're logged in, click the Tools button at the top of the page and then select Import Data (image above).
Use the drop-down menu to select your file's format, which if you're coming from LastPass will be LastPass (csv). Next, select the file LastPass created and download to your computer, or you can copy and paste the text in the LastPass export tab if you used the website. Finally, click Import Data.
If you're not using a password manager, you really should start. It creates, stores and fills complex passwords in apps or websites without forcing you to remember or hand type them in. Another way to boost your account security is to enable two-factor authentication for any and all accounts that support it (most password managers support storing your one-time passwords and will even enter those, too.)
Making the leap to LastPass doesn’t have to be difficult. You’ve likely accumulated a lot of passwords over the years. That’s why you need to use a password manager! But when you move to a new password manager, it’s easier to get started when you can take your existing data with you. With LastPass, we offer several import options to make it as simple as possible.
Ditching the browser’s password autofill
Many people let their browser save and fill their passwords for them. While the browser autofill is certainly convenient, a password manager offers many features above and beyond autofill. You may want to take advantage of a password generator to make stronger passwords or need to share passwords with others.
Whatever your motivation, if you’re ready to make the move from the browser to LastPass, you can easily import your passwords from all major browsers, like Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. Once you’ve created your account and installed LastPass, look for the option to import from your browser in the extension menu under Account options > Advanced > Import.
Switching from another password manager
Maybe you’ve been using another password manager but have decided LastPass is a better fit for your needs. LastPass supports importing from most popular password managers, allowing you to easily transport your entire vault to LastPass.
Once you’ve created your account and installed the LastPass extension, open the LastPass extension menu to Account options > Advanced > Import. You’ll see a list of over 30 password managers to import from. Once you select the correct option, you can follow the prompt to import the data file.
Saying goodbye to a password notebook or Excel
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If you’re using an Excel file to keep track of your passwords – or even pen and paper – don’t worry, you can still move to LastPass as efficiently as possible.
For those using Excel, the easiest option might be to format your document according to our instructions in our support article. You can then import the records to LastPass as a .csv file.
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If you’re using pen and paper, the easiest option is to just start browsing with LastPass. After you’ve created your account and installed the extension in your browser, you can start browsing to each website and logging in with your existing username and password. LastPass will detect the new login, and prompt to store it in the vault. Once you’ve stored all your accounts, LastPass will automatically fill them in when you return to those sites.