Ever since LastPass announced that it was adjusting its free level to allow only a single category of devices – 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 retrieve your data from LastPass and upload it to another password manager.
The following are instructions on how to download your LastPass data, and where to find instructions from several popular password managers that will help you upload the data to their services.
Export your LastPass data
LastPass allows you to export your data as a CSV or XML file. If you are planning to move your data to another service, CSV is the far better choice. Since CSV stands for comma-separated values and is a plain text file, it is a good idea not to keep it after you have moved your data to another password manager ̵
Before you begin, keep in mind that the best (and really only) way you can export your data from LastPass is from the browser extension on a desktop or laptop computer. (You can technically do it from the LastPass website, but as I will explain, there are more issues than it is worth.) If you have not downloaded the extension to your browser (links at the bottom of the LastPass website), go further.
- Click on the extension icon and proceed to “Account Options”> “Advanced”> “Export”> “Load Pass CSV File”
- You will be prompted to enter your master password to continue. If you think you may be interrupted at some point and you work in a safe place (such as a home office), you can ask it not to ask you again for up to 24 hours.
That’s it! LastPass immediately downloads your CSV file.
If you really actually will not install the browser extension, so you can get your information from the LastPass website. ”
- Go to LastPass.com and log in to 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 something like mine, you should see a comma-separated list of all your passwords on a separate web page. You can select all the content on the page by going to the top menu and choosing “Edit”> “Select All.” You can then copy the data and paste it into a text page using a word processor or other text app.
Once you have downloaded your information, you can upload it to the password manager you want. There are a number out there, free and otherwise, and we’ve included a selection below, along with starting prices (if any) and links to their instructions on how to import your data. But first we assume that you will eventually delete your passwords from LastPass. This is how.
Delete your LastPass account
Once you have chosen your new password manager (and we succeed in living with it for at least a week or so first), you can delete your account and data from LastPass.
- 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 have one last chance to download your data, be asked to enter your master password and be asked why you are deleting your account. Then click Delete.
- If you do not remember your master password, click “No”. You will have a chance to download your data and will be asked for your email address. You will receive an email with a link that allows you to delete the account.
In either case, remember there is no hurry 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.
Alternate password managers
The following is a list of some alternative password processors and where you can find instructions for importing LastPass data.
- Free version? Yes
- Paid features start at $ 2.50 per month and include encrypted storage, additional password sharing, emergency access, live password tracking, and more.
- Instructions for importing from LastPass
- Free version? Yes
- Paid features start at $ 23.88 / year and include cross-device synchronization, 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 apps are needed to export data from LastPass, which is no longer the case.)
- Free version? Yes
- Paid features start at $ 10.80 / year and include secure password sharing, password expiration alerts, skybackup and more.
- Instructions for importing CSV files