With LastPass imposing new limits on free accounts this week, you might be considering switching to a different paid or free service. Fortunately, doing so is relatively easy. Here's how to migrate away from LastPass and export the entire login database.

How to export the LastPass passwords and use a different password manager

What is different with LastPass now?

LastPass is updating its free accounts on March 16, 2021, by limiting a user's credentials and data to just one kind of computer. A free user may only access their account through a laptop or desktop computer or a smartphone or tablet. It's difficult to lament when the service is open, so it's clearly a big deal for today's users. According to LastPass,

If you're a Free account, the working computer form will be set when you log in for the first time on or after March 16. You'll have three chances to change the active computer form to see what works best for you. Please keep in mind that all of your devices sync together, so you'll never lose access to anything in your vault or be shut out of your account, whether you access LastPass from a computer or a mobile device.

In addition, beginning in May, service opportunities for LastPass free accounts will be restricted. Free users would only have self-help solutions at that stage, with email support reserved for paying users.

How do you export the passwords you've saved in LastPass?

You'll need to export all of your data from LastPass before switching to another password manager. Fortunately, LastPass makes this method simple, but you must complete it on a computer; it is not possible to complete it on a handheld device or an iPad/Android tablet.

To begin, go to the LastPass website and log in. Advanced Options can be found in the sidebar. You'll find an Export button under the "Manage Your Vault" line. After you press that, you'll be prompted to enter your master password to confirm your identity, after which LastPass will import a CSV file containing all of your exported passwords. In general, any other password managers with an upload function would be able to import the passwords and data using that file.

How to export the LastPass passwords and use a different password manager

Alternatively, you can use the LastPass browser plugin to do the same task; this method operates in Chrome, Firefox, and other browsers. To do so, press on the extension and select Account Options and Advanced from the drop-down menu. You can then choose between a CSV file, an encrypted file, or "Form Fills."

Alternatives to LastPass that are worth considering

If you want to get away from LastPass, there are plenty of free and paid alternatives. Personally, I choose 1Password. The paid plan is just $2.99 a month for individual accounts and $4.99 a month for family accounts. It performs admirably, but there is a slight learning curve as compared to LastPass. Bitwarden, on the other hand, is one of the best free password managers. It's open-source, which is good for stability, and it also has a free tier for cross-device syncing. Paid plans start at under $10/year and provide items like file attachments, "health" reports, and more.

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