How to Migrate From LastPass to an Alternative Password Manager
LastPass is one of the most popular password managers out there, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best choice for you! There are plenty of other password managers that have different features, price plans, or other characteristics that make them more attractive.
But switching between one password manager and another can be intimidating. That’s a lot of sensitive data — what if the transfer doesn’t go smoothly? The possibility is enough to keep many people from seriously considering changing. Sometimes the process isn’t exactly straightforward, but if you want to switch, that shouldn’t hold you back!
We’ve done the hard work for you and figured out how to migrate from LastPass to three other popular password managers. If you’re considering 1Password, Dashlane, or KeePass, we’ll show you exactly what you need to do.
Exporting Your LastPass Data
The first thing you need to do is get your current data out of LastPass so you can import it to your new manager. Fortunately, LastPass makes this very simple.
Log into your vault, either through the extension or from LastPass.com. Click More Options in the bottom-left corner and select Advanced > Export.
Once you’ve done that, you’ll get a screen full of text. Copy all of it, paste it into a text editor, and save it as a CSV file (this is a sort of quick and easy database, ideal for exporting and editing data ). Now you have all of your LastPass information saved on your computer.
This is important: keep this file in a secure location. Delete it as soon as you’re done with it, and store it in a secure folder while you still need it.
You can also export your form fill data, which will include your credit card information. Some apps can import this data, while others can’t. To export it, open the LastPass browser extension, and click More Options > Advanced > Export > Form Fills.
You’ll get the same type of information as you did with the previous export. Save it as a different file.
Once you have this information, you’re ready to put it into a new password manager!
Importing LastPass Data Into 1Password
Getting your site information into 1Password is super easy. Once you have your account set up, click on the name of your 1Password account in the top-right corner, and select Import.
1Password will give you the option of importing 1Password, LastPass, and Dashlane information. Select LastPass.
You can either copy and paste the text data from the LastPass export or use the uploader to add the CSV file.
That’s all there is to it! All of your LastPass sites and passwords will now be in 1Password.
It should also be able to grab your secure notes, as well. Unfortunately, 1Password doesn’t support form fill import at this time.
Importing LastPass Data Into Dashlane
Like 1Password, Dashlane has built-in LastPass import capabilities. Unlike 1Password, however, it also supports form fill import, so you don’t have to retype your personal information and credit cards.
To get started, open the Dashlane app and click File > Import passwords > LastPass.
Then hit Next and select your saved CSV file (Dashlane doesn’t give you the option of copying and pasting your information).
You’ll see a confirmation message, and you’ll be set to go.
Use the same process for importing your form fills: go to File > Import passwords > LastPass, and upload the form fill export.
Interestingly, Dashlane reports that some users have trouble importing LastPass information that was exported from Chrome. They recommend Firefox instead.
Importing LastPass Data Into KeePass
In general, KeePass isn’t quite as intuitive as other options — but it is quite powerful . The same is true of password import. But with just a few extra steps, you can make it happen.
First, make sure you’re using version 2 of the KeePass desktop app. Go to Help > About KeePass… and make sure the version number starts with a 2.
If it starts with a 1, head to KeePass.info and download the Professional Edition.
Once you’ve gotten your database set up (hit File > New and follow the prompts), you’re ready to import. Save your LastPass export document, as KeePass doesn’t give you the copy-paste option.
Open up the desktop app, and go to File > Import… Select Generic CSV Importer and choose your file.
Click OK and you’ll see a preview of your data. Click Next twice to get to the Preview screen (you can also select it from the tabs at the top of the window).
In my LastPass import, KeePass has identified two User Name fields. That’s not right, so we’ll need to fix it. Head back to the Structure pane.
From here, you can move, add, and delete fields until the Semantics section matches the structure of your CSV file. To fix my issue, I deleted the second User Name field by selecting it and clicking the Delete button. I then added a Title field by selecting Title in the Add field dropdown. After clicking Add, I used the arrows to move it to the correct location.
Once you’ve finished tweaking the fields, check everything again the preview pane, and click Finish. After that, you’ll see your passwords imported into KeePass!
This seems like a lot of work, but KeePass gives you the most customizability for importing your passwords from LastPass.
Switching From LastPass Isn’t as Hard as It Seems!
When you get started, it might seem like exporting your data from LastPass and importing it into another password manager is more trouble than it’s worth. But with increasingly advanced import capabilities, the process is getting easier all the time. In most cases, it just takes a few minutes and very little technical know-how.
Whether you’re worried about a LastPass breach or you just want to try something new, it’s not hard to get all of your information from one password manager to another.
Have you migrated your data from LastPass to another password manager? Did it work well? If you have any tips for making the process go more smoothly, share them in the comments below!
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