How to Transfer Passwords from LastPass to Bitwarden

In case you didn’t get the memo, LastPass will be implementing changes to their service on March 16, 2021 that will have ramifications on their Free-tier users.  The most notable of these changes is the requirement for users to choose whether they are a Computers or Mobile Devices user.  If you would like to continue to use LastPass across a variety of devices, such as a phone and a laptop, you will either need to upgrade to a paid tier or select which device type to limit your LastPass access to.

Alternatively, if you walk the line of valuing information security while also being an irredeemable cheapskate, there may be no better time to evaluate alternative password managers.  After a little bit of research, Bitwarden seemed like the best candidate to try.

If you’d like to try out Bitwarden but would rather not rebuild your entire collection of passwords, follow the steps below to transfer over your passwords from LastPass.

Exporting Passwords from LastPass

Using the LastPass Site

Note: At the time of writing, this method did not work for the author.  If you encounter any issues, try using the browser extension method.

  1. Log onto your account at https://lastpass.com/
  2. On the sidebar, go to Advanced Options > Export
  3. Enter your account credentials and click Submit.
  4. This will export a CSV file to your computer.  Please move this file to a secure location or delete it immediately after importing it to Bitwarden.  It contains your accounts and passwords in plaintext.

Using the LastPass Browser Extension

  1. Expand the LastPass menu in your browser and select Account Options.
  2. Select Advanced.
  3. Select Export.
  4. Select LastPass CSV File.
  5. Enter your credentials as required and click Continue.
  6. This will export a CSV file to your computer.  Please move this file to a secure location or delete it immediately after importing it to Bitwarden.  It contains your accounts and passwords in plaintext.

Importing Your LastPass Passwords into Bitwarden

  1. If you haven’t already, navigate to https://bitwarden.com/ and create a free account.
  2. Sign into Bitwarden and select Tools.
  3. Choose Import Data > LastPass (csv) > Choose the CSV file exported from LastPass > Import Data.
  4. That should do it!  Check your Bitwarden Vault to make sure that the passwords have imported properly and remember to either securely store or delete that CSV file.
  5. Head to the Bitwarden Downloads page to grab any apps / extensions you may need.

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