Skip to main content

Leaving LastPass? Here’s how to take all your passwords with you

If you, like many of us, have been happily using LastPass’s excellent free tier for the last few years, you’re probably dismayed that LastPass is moving to change the way its free access works. From March 16, you’ll only be able to sync your LastPass database between mobile devices or computers — but not both. So if you want to keep accessing the same passwords on your phone and laptop, you’ll have to pay up and join LastPass’s premium subscription for $3 a month.

Of course, not everyone is wild to pay a subscription fee — or has the free cash to do so. If that’s you, you’re probably looking for a password manager to replace LastPass. But you won’t want to leave all your collected passwords and logins behind. Thankfully, you can quickly and easily export your LastPass passwords and login information and import them into your new password manager of choice. So go check out our list of the best password managers, then dive into our guide on how to leave LastPass and take your passwords with you.

Export your LastPass database

Now that you know you’re moving from LastPass, the first step is to make sure you take everything with you. Thankfully, exporting your database from LastPass is simple. Unfortunately, there’s no way to export your passwords from the mobile app, so you’ll have to use a PC or Mac to complete this action.

Step 1: Head to your LastPass Vault and select Advanced Options > Export.

Step 2: Reenter your password, press Submit, and you’ll either be prompted to download your database or be treated to a full-screen plain text display of your entire database.

Step 3: If you have a full-screen plain text document, copy and paste your data into a program like Notepad and save it as a “.csv” file. Name it something memorable like “passwords.csv” or “export.csv”.

Please note: Some special characters can be altered by the exporting process, especially ampersands (&), so take a moment to look through your data to make sure nothing like this has happened to you.

Explore the alternatives

You have your passwords, so it’s time to start exploring the alternatives available to you. As mentioned earlier, you can find a list of the best password managers we recommend, and we’ll walk you through importing your passwords into two of the more popular alternatives.

Changing to Bitwarden

Bitwarden
Image used with permission by copyright holder

Bitwarden is probably the next big password manager to try if you’re bouncing from LastPass due to the free tier changes. Unlike many competitors, it has a solid free option, and if you do decide to upgrade, it’s only $10 per year. Not per month — per year. That’s pretty great value, and it helps to sugar any subscription-based pill. Importing your passwords into Bitwarden is very simple and can be done in a few moments.

Step 1: Log in to your Bitwarden vault and click Tools > Import Data > LastPass (csv), and select your .csv file.

Step 2: Click Import Data, and you’re done.

Changing to Dashlane

Image used with permission by copyright holder

Dashlane offers a good service if you’re looking for a simple password manager that doesn’t cost a penny if you’re a small-time, individual user. However, the free tier gives you space for only 50 passwords and a single device, which makes it much less desirable if you’re jumping ship from LastPass because of the new limits on the free tier. Still, you can swap if you really want to, and it’s easy to import your passwords.

Step 1: Open the Dashlane app on your PC or Mac and select File Import Passwords LastPass.

Step 2: Click Next and select the .csv file with your passwords. Click Import.

Step 3: Select the passwords you want to import, and click Import again.

Delete your LastPass account and data

The final step is to delete your LastPass account and the data associated with it. Passwords are precious resources, and you don’t want to leave them strewn around the internet for anyone to find. Therefore, it’s good practice to clear out your LastPass account once you’re done with it.

Step 1: Head to the LastPass Delete Account website. This is your one stop for clearing and deleting your account.

Step 2: The option you want is Delete. Click it, then click Yes to indicate you know your master password.

Step 3: Enter your master password, then click Delete to confirm your deletion.

That’s it — just remember to delete your unsecured text files containing all your passwords, and you’re done.

Editors' Recommendations

Mark Jansen
Mark Jansen is an avid follower of everything that beeps, bloops, or makes pretty lights. He has a degree in Ancient &…
Should you leave your smartphone plugged into the charger overnight?
expert advice on how to avoid destroying your phones battery charging galaxy s10

It's an issue that has plagued humanity since the dawn of the mobile phone. We rely on our phones so much that they rarely get through a day with any power left. Many of us plug them in at night and fall asleep, content in the knowledge that we'll wake up to a fully charged device.

But is it really safe to leave our phones plugged into the charger once they're fully charged? Is it damaging the battery -- or shortening its lifespan? How can we ensure that our smartphone batteries last as long as possible? There are lots of myths and questionable ideas on this topic. You'll find the internet awash with opinions masquerading as facts. What's the truth? We've spoken to some experts and got some answers for you.
How does a smartphone battery work?
Smartphones rely on lithium-ion batteries. Battery cells have two electrodes, one electrode is graphite and the other is lithium cobalt oxide, and there's a liquid electrolyte in between which allows the lithium ions to move between the electrodes. When you charge they go from positive (lithium cobalt oxide) to negative (graphite), and when you discharge they move in the opposite direction.

Read more
Here’s one thing you need to do before giving your child a smartphone or tablet
Qustodio

In today’s high-tech world, it’s hard enough as adults to fully monitor our own internet consumption — juggling multiple social media accounts, dodging scams and threats to our personal information, and so on can quickly become a digital headache. But all that pales in comparison to the need to keep tabs on your kids' daily internet activities and online habits. That's a different battle altogether, and the ubiquity of internet-connected Android and iOS smartphones doesn’t make it any easier.

Yet with each new problem that rears its head, there’s a new solution that arises to tackle it, and the ready availability of great parental control software like Qustodio gives parents a much-needed leg up. With free options as well as premium monthly plans starting at just $3.75 a month or $45 per year, Qustodio is an excellent option for any security-conscious parent raising kids in the digital age.

Read more
Best Samsung Galaxy S22 deals: Save big on unlocked models
The back of the Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22 Plus.

For a couple of years now the Samsung Galaxy S22 has made for some of the best phone deals you can shop. This includes both the Galaxy S22 and its big brother in the lineup, the Samsung Galaxy S22+. These phones have been out for a little while now, and they’re getting more and more difficult to find brand new. We’ve managed to find a few deals available on both the Galaxy S22 and the Galaxy S22+, however, and there are several ways to save on refurbished models out there. We’ve rounded up all of the best Samsung Galaxy S22 deals taking place at a number of different retailers, but if you're looking for a newer model, be sure to check out other Samsung Galaxy deals, such as Samsung Galaxy S23 deals and Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra deals.
Samsung Galaxy S22 deals at Samsung

Samsung isn’t currently carrying very many older models of the Samsung Galaxy S phone. You’ll find some newer models like the recently released Samsung Galaxy S24 there, but if you’re looking for something from the S22 model lineup all you’ll find is a Galaxy S22 renewed model. It’s offering some great savings, however, as you can claim it for just $679 with up to $300 in trade-in savings.

Read more