How to Migrate From LastPass to an Alternative Password Manager

Dann Albright 17-07-2017

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 5 Best LastPass Alternatives to Manage Your Passwords Many people consider LastPass to be the king of password managers; it's packed with features and boasts more users than any of its competitors -- but it's far from being the only option! Read More  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 Click More Options in the bottom-left corner and select Advanced > Export.

export lastpass


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 Quickly Edit CSV Files With Advanced Find & Replace Tools in Notepad++ Notepad++ is an extremely powerful (and free!) text editor. Its find and replace tools can do everything from a simple search and replace in a single file to a regular expression-based search and replace across... Read More ). 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 How to Password Protect a Folder in Windows Need to keep a Windows folder private? Here are a few methods you can use to password protect your files on a Windows 10 PC. Read More 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.

laspass 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 import


1Password will give you the option of importing 1Password, LastPass, and Dashlane information. Select LastPass.

1password import csv

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.


1password passwords

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.

dashlane import

Then hit Next and select your saved CSV file (Dashlane doesn’t give you the option of copying and pasting your information).

dashlane import notification

You’ll see a confirmation message, and you’ll be set to go.

dashlane passwords

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 KeePass Password Safe – The Ultimate Encrypted Password System [Windows, Portable] Securely store your passwords. Complete with encryption and a decent password generator – not to mention plugins for Chrome and Firefox – KeePass just might be the best password management system out there. If you... Read More . 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.

keepass version

If it starts with a 1, head to 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.

keepass import menu

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).

keepass preview

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.

keepass structure

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.

keepass title field

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!

keepass passwords

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 LastPass Is Breached: Do You Need To Change Your Master Password? If you're a LastPass users you may feel less secure knowing that on June 15th, the company announced they detected an intrusion into their servers. Is it time to change your master password? Read More  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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  1. Cliff
    July 25, 2017 at 10:35 pm

    c'mon guys nothing was implied in this article. If you want to use another password manager then this is how you change to another one. Nothing more nothing less. Take you're tinfoil hats off.

    • Bruno
      August 12, 2017 at 11:14 pm

      People are criticizing the old title of the article: "It’s Time to Drop LastPass: How to Migrate to a Better Password Manager "

    • Helba
      August 14, 2017 at 2:21 pm

      I think the original article was titled, "It’s Time to Drop LastPass: How to Migrate to a Better Password Manager" which is what most people are complaining about. They've adjusted the title it looks like. Had MakeUseOf put in a bit that pricing was increasing and some people might want to jump ship, that probably would have been fine. But it's more there's no reason at all (at least in the current article text).

  2. Doug
    July 24, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    Come on people, lighten up! The article was only explaining -how to- migrate the data if you choose to for whatever reason. The author doesn't have to provide a reason, and I found it helpful, if I ever choose to move on, maybe I am cheap and want to use the free Keypass.
    Thanks for the tips Dann!

  3. Henrik Schack
    July 21, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    Dashlane has catastrofic bad email security, wouldn't for 1 second consider it an alternative to Lastpass.
    Lastpass on the other hand protect their customers against fake email.

  4. Dariusz
    July 20, 2017 at 6:20 am

    Whats the real reason to ditch LastPass, considering that 1Password recently screwing users on licences?

  5. Kelsey Tidwell
    July 19, 2017 at 11:55 am

    Hmmm. Lots of vitriol over a simple 5 minute article. I see a headline, read the article. If it's useful I either do what it suggests right then or archive it for later. I usually read the comments too. If I don't find the article useful I...move on to the next one.

    Comments can be click-baity too, and I have succumbed.

  6. ReadandSharre
    July 18, 2017 at 11:27 pm


    Why should we dump LastPass? Why are the alternatives you listed better? What I got from your article? Nothing!

    Write 100 times: "I will not write any more half-baked articles just to get clicks". Do it now!!

  7. Michal
    July 18, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    Hey Dann,

    like others pointed out already, would be awesome if you would update the article with reasons for leaving LastPass

    • Tony
      July 18, 2017 at 10:14 pm

      Agree! I was looking through this article wondering why I would need to switch. I see no reason to!

  8. TechGuy77
    July 18, 2017 at 11:49 am

    Absolutely horrible article as the others have said. A misleading title and you gave no real reasons why it's time to leave LastPass as expected by the title. This is a real click bait article. Unfollowing all future articles!

    • dani
      July 18, 2017 at 5:52 pm

      100% agrre!!!
      will do the same

    • Tony
      July 18, 2017 at 6:40 pm

      I was just about to write the same damn thing.

  9. tao less on
    July 18, 2017 at 3:01 am

    High vapidity factor. More like Fake Use Of, amirite?

  10. rssra
    July 18, 2017 at 1:57 am

    If you trust your bank with your stuff why would you change it? No you won't.
    If you're happy and your children secure with one wife why would you change her? No you won't.
    The author needs to edit the article, specially the title, because it's misleading.

  11. Doug
    July 17, 2017 at 11:13 pm

    The article has a poor title and gives no information why LastPass is bad. Both 1Password and DashLane have had serious security flaws. LastPass is great, and they are open about their security. KeePass is a great solution if you don't need to share passwords with other devices.

  12. Lucas
    July 17, 2017 at 11:09 pm

    this article is embarrassing

  13. David Gil
    July 17, 2017 at 10:23 pm

    “There are plenty of other password managers that have different features, price plans, or other characteristics that make them more attractive”... LOL! Do you have anything personal against LastPass, Dann? :-D

  14. Nick
    July 17, 2017 at 10:19 pm

    I agree with the other comments, you haven't told us why it's time to leave LastPass.

    • Tait
      July 18, 2017 at 12:03 pm

      I believe it's because LP has been publicly targeted/hacked multiple times and was found by security experts to have the most egregious security flaws, including:

      Hardcoded Master Key in LastPass Password Manager
      Privacy, Data leakage in LastPass Browser Search
      Read Private Data (Stored Master password) from LastPass Password Manager

      The other password managers had very minor flaws which were easily fixed and didn't divulge much had it been a real attack.

      That said, using any password manager is better than not using one. Security aside, the convenience alone is well worth it. Dashlane's semantic engine for instance, is top notch and results in the most accurate & seamless form auto-fills and auto-logins of any PM on the market. I believe they're the only PM to have a legit automatic password changer - works on hundreds of top sites.

      Agreed though, despite the security flaws, there's nothing seriously wrong w/ LP.

      • Helba
        August 14, 2017 at 2:17 pm

        I always review my password manager every couple of months and look for any security breaches, so I was worried about this. I actually had to search pretty hard to find these. They were discovered in August 2016 and were fixed a little over 2 weeks later. I'm actually impressed that they fixed it so soon. The (assumed) original article had several password manager with security issues. It can be found here:

        So I don't think there's really a 'reason' as much as it's implied pricing be the reason since this article came out when LastPass was increasing premium pricing.

  15. Rich
    July 17, 2017 at 10:08 pm

    It's time to leave MakeUseOf.

  16. fcd76218
    July 17, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    As others have pointed out, Dann, you have not substantiated your statement in the title. You gave no concrete reason for users to abandon LastPass. Personally, I do not use LastPass but I don't use or plan to use any of the password managers you suggest. I feel rather uneasy storing MY most private data on somebody else's servers. When you store your data on somebody else's server, you give up any and all control over it. You don't know what might happen to it.

    • wjbinokc
      July 18, 2017 at 2:37 am


      Not storing your data is the opposite of a strategy. It is giving up.

      Try this. Use Lastpass to manage your passwords and other private information. (Don't want Lastpass. Use anything you like). Then, after you are finished each computer session save your Lastpass (or whatever) export data file to an encrypted drive. You might want to keep a week of these records. Yet, you will have total control.

      If there is a problem, just import the most recent export data file.


    • steve
      July 18, 2017 at 9:09 am

      FWIW - KeePass is stored locally not remotely.

  17. Druuge
    July 17, 2017 at 9:09 pm

    C'mon MUO, don't devolve into click bait headlines. One of the reasons I subscribed in the first place was the fact that you never used hyperbole or misleading titles like most other tech blogs. Always thought it gave your articles more integrity than the rest. Obviously when someone reads "Its time to drop Lastpass" they click it thinking there has been a breach or some other calamity. Not an article how to import your passwords to another manager.

    I know you're in the business of adclicks and views but remember your roots and what made you popular with the geeks to begin with. "How to migrate from Lastpass to Keepass, Dashlane, or 1pass" is a fine title.

    You may think these comments are overreacting (some may be) but stuff like this is all over the internet and it's exhausting.

  18. Tom Tianich
    July 17, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    Finally a good use for a MUTE FILTER!

    Remove stories that contain a keyword from your feeds

    Keyword: by Dann Albright

  19. Dan
    July 17, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    Dude...Dan is spelled with 1 "N" My name is Dan too and once considered spelling my name with 2 "N"s but I was like 10 or 11. Little pretentious?

    ? I've tried the other password managers and in my opinion, LastPass is far better than anything else on the market for the price. Many of the others are a basically a new GUI wrapper on a password protected spreadsheet. Just because something has shiny exterior doesn't make it a more it any more secure or functional.

    LastPass has been "hacked" several times and still been going strong sans issues. A simple master password change and it's all better.


  20. SteveB
    July 17, 2017 at 6:17 pm

    It does seem that the quality of articles has really dropped now to the point where they do not provide anything of value and just act as 'clickbait' . Time to go elsewhere.

  21. Mac
    July 17, 2017 at 6:05 pm

    I'm sorry, but what a poor article. All it is is how to migrate data from LastPass to another password manager. That's it. The title claimed, "t’s Time to Drop LastPass: How to Migrate to a Better Password Manager". Why exactly are any of these alternative options better? As a longtime LastPass user I was interested in learning if there is something better out there but not one word was mentioned as to why I should even consider switching.

  22. Ashok
    July 17, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    And why should i migrate ?? isn't that what you should be explaining ??

  23. Nathan
    July 17, 2017 at 5:41 pm

    Hmm... NO!

  24. Alan
    July 17, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    I have used LastPass for a number of years now and having tried others as a comparison feel it offers me all I need.
    You say "Its time to change" is this a personal thing or do you have hard facts as to why I should change?

  25. Anthony
    July 17, 2017 at 5:32 pm

    I agree with the other comments, when i read the headline I was concerned, than upon reading, it was just clickbait. To my knowledge there is nothing wrong with LastPass.

  26. Fred
    July 17, 2017 at 5:27 pm

    One question. What's wrong with LatsPass?

  27. steve
    July 17, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    Whilst you point out Lastpass detected an intrusion you didn't elaborate on the impact of that - were people's passwords compromised ?

    Also, although you identify other solutions, is there any evidence that they are any more secure than Lastpass ?

    Finally, although KeePass is very useful, it doesn't do auto entry of logins / passwords etc into web forms, so it's hardly a replacement, though it does provide a great backup capability for storing such as software licences etc.

    • Andrew Raisbeck
      July 17, 2017 at 8:07 pm

      When, on two occasions, 'unusual activity' had been detected by Last Pass itself, they alerted all users, at no time, as far as I'm aware has any information been compromised, which , bearing in mind the value of the data being protected is quite stagggeringly good.
      Also, I have tried a couple of alternative password managers, just to see how they stacked up, and none had the same intuitive feel, or come to it, the knowledge that even as a free Last Pass user my data was being carefully looked after.
      My vote is for Last Pass.
      Weidly scaremongering article too

  28. mekuria
    July 17, 2017 at 5:20 pm

    Why is there a need to leave/drop Lastpass? I only see you referencing an article from 2 years ago.

    • Mandy
      July 17, 2017 at 8:12 pm

      Lastpass was king once and was very good at what it did but now it is slacking. Lastpass upgrade recently for Firefox is a disaster. Over the years, it has become painfully slow and does not detect autofill on many websites. There are just too many issues.

      I would strongly recommend moving to 1Password or Dashlane.

      • norbiq
        July 20, 2017 at 1:39 pm

        I can't agree with you. LP for both desktop and mobile are still evolving. The LP app for android is rockin' to say the least and it keeps getting better. Maybe lastpass for Firefox isn't perfect but for Chrome it's still amazing.

        @article author, I'll just ask like others...... but why leave LP?!