Since LastPass announced that it was modifying its free tier to allow only a single category of device, mobile or computer, there has been a lot of interest in finding alternatives among LastPass users. Fortunately, once you find an alternative, it’s pretty easy to extract your data from LastPass and load it into another password manager.
What follows are instructions on how to download your data from LastPass and where to find instructions from various popular password managers to help you upload 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 to move that data to another service, CSV is the best option. Since CSV stands for Comma Separated Values and is a plain text file, it is a good idea not to save it once you have moved your data to another password manager, or to put that file in a safe place where it can’t be read easily by someone else.
Before you begin, you should note that the best (and really only) way to export your data from LastPass is from your browser extension on a desktop or laptop. (Technically, you can do it from the LastPass website, but as I’ll explain, it’s more of a problem than it’s worth.) If you haven’t downloaded the extension for your browser (links are at the bottom of the LastPass website), go ahead.
- Click on your extension icon and go to “Account Options”> “Advanced”> “Export”> “LastPass CSV File”
From your LastPass browser extension, click Advanced ….
… LastPass CSV file
- You will be asked to enter your master password to continue. If you think you may be interrupted at some point and you are working in a safe place (like a home office), feel free to ask that you not notify you again for up to 24 hours.
That’s it! LastPass will immediately download your CSV file.
If you really Really you don’t want to install the browser extension, this is how you can get your information from the LastPass website “
- Go to LastPass.com and log into 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 like mine, you should see a comma-delimited list of all your passwords on a separate web page. You can select all the content of the page by going to its top menu and selecting “Edit”> “Select all”. You can then copy the data and paste it onto a text page using a word processor or other text application.
Once you have downloaded your information, you can upload it to the password manager of your choice. There is a variety, 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, we assume that you will eventually want to remove your LastPass passwords. That is how.
Delete your LastPass account
Once you’ve chosen your new password manager (and we’re very successful that you live with it for at least a week or so), you can delete your LastPass account and data.
- Click the red “Delete” button.
- Where you go from here depends on whether you remember your master password. If you remember, click “Yes”. You will be given 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 Delete.
- If you do not 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. An email will be sent to you with a link allowing you to delete the account.
In any case, remember no rush to delete your account. Make sure you have a usable copy of your passwords and a new password manager that you are happy with first.
Alternative password managers
The following is a list of some alternative password managers and where you can find instructions for importing your data from LastPass.
- Free version? Yes
- Paid features start at $ 2.50 / month and include encrypted storage, additional password sharing, emergency access, live password tracker, and more.
- Instructions for importing from LastPass
- Free version? Yes
- Paid features start at $ 23.88 / year and include cross-device syncing, 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 applications are needed to export LastPass data, 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