LastPass was and still is one of the best password managers out there. While LastPass continues to be excellent, it made some sweeping changes to its free tier, adding more limitations. The new modifications limit cross-platform sync, essential functionality that makes the free version practically unusable.
If you’re looking for LastPass alternatives, Bitwarden is one of our top recommendations. Bitwarden is essentially free to use, open-source supports unlimited cross-device syncing, and offers comprehensive security features.
While Bitwarden also has a paid tier, you almost will never need to upgrade to use basic functionality that every other password manager needs to offer. And even if you want, it’s only $10 per year($1 per month). LastPass, on the other hand, is quite expensive: $36.00 per year.
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Before we show you how to export data from LastPass and import it to Bitwarden, you need to be aware of a couple of things.
Some users have experienced issues while exporting data from LastPass. It appears to a bug that changes special characters like & to their HTML-encoded equivalents. & for this case will be exported as &. If you notice this, the best way is to use a text editor to hunt down and replace these errors.
Additionally, we’ll use CSV to export data from LastPass, which means your passwords and other data in your Vault will be unencrypted. CSVs are plain text files. Handle your export file with care. And once you’ve imported your data to Bitwarden, don’t forget to delete the file permanently.
How to Export Passwords from LastPass
LastPass has built-in functionality that allows users to export or import data. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to export data from LastPass to Bitwarden. To do so, you’ll need to use LastPass’s Web Vault or LastPass Browser Extension. If you’re on mobile, you will have to use LastPass from a web browser.
Using LastPass Web Vault
- Login your password Vault
- Select “Advanced Options” on the left sidebar
- Select the “Export” option under “Manage Your Vault”.
- Enter your Master Password when prompted and click “Submit”
- Your LastPass data will then be automatically saved on your device as a CSV file. Some browsers may not save the file in your browser. Instead, the browser will open the CSV file directly.
If this is the case, just copy everything and save it in .csv file format. On Windows, use NotePad. On macOS, use TextEdit. Ensure you save the file in .csv format. In NotePad, tap the File menu > Save As > Name your file and add .csv extension. On macOS, enter the file name then add .csv extension. Ensure everything is in plain text
- Finally, import data to Bitwarden(scroll down)
Using LastPass Browser Extension
- Tap the LastPass extension icon in your browser
- Login if you’re prompted to enter your Master Password
- Then, select Account Options
- Select LastPass CSV File to export your LastPass data.
- Enter your LastPass Master Password and tap Continue
- Your browser will save the data directly on your device as a CSV file. If data is printed on the screen, highlight everything, copy the text and paste it into a new export.csv file.
📌In case you faced some issues exporting data from LastPass check a troubleshooting guide below.
- Import data to Bitwarden using the steps below.
How to Import LastPass Data to Bitwarden
- Select the “Tools” bar from the top navigation bar.
- Under “Select the format of the import file,” select LastPass (CSV) from the file format drop-down menu
- Upload your saved CSV file by tapping choose under step 2: Select the import file
- Alternatively, copy then paste the contents of the LastPass CSV file.
Congrats! Bitwarden is now your new home. Download mobile apps to sync your data across unlimited devices at no extra cost.
LastPass Export CSV Troubleshooting Guide
If you run into unexpected errors while exporting your LastPass data, don’t fret. This troubleshooting guide should help.
Fix LastPass export to CSV is not working.
This happens when you can export your data but not in recommended CSV format. If this is the case, you’ll have to use the LastPass browser extension. Log in to your Vault using the extension, then Account Options → Advanced → Export and select LastPass CSV File.
Problems Exporting shared Folder Items in LastPass
To export shared folder items in LastPass, you have to either clone or move the items.
The standard export procedure cannot work with shared folders in LastPass. LastPass only exports your items.
Consequently, do the following:
- Log in to your LastPass Vault
- Navigate to the Shared folder
- Select item(s) you’d like to save in your personal Vault
- Tap Actions and select “Move to Folder” from the options
- Select a folder that is not shared. The item(s) selected will be moved to the folder.
- If you want to copy, select “Clone” from the pop-up menu.
- Select the folder you want a copy of the item(s) that isn’t shared, and select Save.