If recent security breaches are making you think twice about using LastPass, you might be wondering how to export your LastPass passwords to Dashlane. Also, since LastPass has stripped its free version (free users can only use it on one device), some users have started looking for less restrictive alternatives.
If you’re one of those, switching to Dashlane won’t do you much good because the free version has the same limit. However, since Dashlane was never hacked and had no serious security issues, transferring your sensitive data is a more sensible option than sticking with LastPass.
While these two secret numbers (Opens in a new tab) The managers are similar in terms of features and functionality, in light of recent developments – Dashlane seems like a safer option. Plus, if you upgrade to one of the premium plans, you get some great features like a Virtual Private Network (VPN (Opens in a new tab)) and monitor the dark web and store files securely.
So, if you want to upgrade your password manager from LastPass to Dashlane and securely transfer your passwords from the former to the latter, here is a step-by-step guide.
Export your passwords from LastPass
Before you take the first steps, you’ll want to make sure of a few things first. For your safety on the Internet, do not use anything other than a secure personal computer. After all, you will be exporting/importing your sensitive data via a CSV file, and doing so via an insecure device may leave all your data vulnerable to cyberattacks.
To be safer, if you are currently using any backup software, turn it off during the export process – you won’t want to back up the unencrypted export file.
Another thing you’ll want to do before you start cracking is to install Dashlane and make sure you have the LastPass app on hand.
You can export your passwords from LastPass via its browser (Opens in a new tab) or its official website. While the process is pretty much the same, we recommend using the official website as it is more straightforward.
Now, let’s start with the first step.
1. Sign in to your LastPass account
To sign in to your LastPass account, you will be asked to enter your email address and master password. So, do that and then hit the “Sign In” button – well, just like you’ve done so many times before.
At the same time, if you want to do this via the LastPass browser extension, go to your browser and click the “Extensions” button at the top right, which looks like a puzzle piece. This will bring up a drop down menu, so select LastPass on it.
Also, if you have enabled multi-factor authentication (MFA) on your account, you will have to verify your identity first.
Once you’re in the LastPass dashboard, you’ll want to look at the left sidebar and select “Advanced” on it. Then, click the Export button on the right and wait for another page to appear.
3. Enter your master password and download a new CSV file to your computer
Once there, you will be asked to enter your master password, so do so. After that, click on the Continue button and hold for a few seconds.
A new CSV file titled “lastpass_export.csv” will be automatically saved to your computer – however, double check that the CSV extension is included. This file should contain all of your vault data, including all passwords, secure notes, credit card details, etc.
Once the download is complete, check the location of the CSV file – you should be using it soon enough. And that’s it, you have successfully exported passwords and other data from LastPass.
Import your passwords into Dashlane
Now that you have your precious LastPass passwords exported, it’s time to transfer them to your new password manager, Dashlane.
1. Sign in / sign in to your Dashlane account
For starters, if you’re not logged into your Dashlane account, do so right away. As with other password managers, you will be asked to provide your email address and master password. Then press the “Login” button.
While Dashlane users can choose to stay logged in for 14 days in a row, don’t do this if you’re not using a secure computer.
2. Open the Dashlane app and tap on “Logins”
Once in the Dashlane dashboard, click on “Logins” in the left sidebar menu and then on “Import Data” in the center of the dashboard. This is the easiest, fastest, and most secure way to start adding login information to your Dashlane vault.
3. Go to “Select Source” and choose LastPass from the list
Next, you will be asked to select the source from which you will import passwords and other data. You’ll see LastPass among the other platforms in the list, so go ahead and select it. To proceed to the next step, click the Get Started button.
4. Select the CSV file you wish to import, first click “Next” and then “Import Items”
Now you’ll want to upload the CSV file that you exported a few steps ago. Once done, click on the Next button and preview the items before importing them.
Here, you can choose to import specific items as logins, secure notes, or skip importing them altogether. Once you have organized each item, hit the “Import Items” button below.
If the import was successful (and it should be if you completed all of the above steps), you’ll get this message. And that’s it, you’ve exported your LastPass passwords to your new password manager.
Get rid of the old, use the new: It’s time to ditch your LastPass account
Before you say your final goodbyes to LastPass, it’s smart to delete the unencrypted CSV file from your computer.
Now say goodbye to your old LastPass account, and don’t look back. To do this, go back to your LastPass dashboard and click on “Account Settings” – it’s above the “Advanced options” you visited before. Once a new window appears, select “My Account” and then select the “Delete or Reset Account” option.
After that, confirm your choice by clicking on another “Delete account” button. Finally, enter your master password and watch your LastPass account go into limbo.
Also, don’t forget to get rid of any LastPass apps you have installed, whether it’s a desktop app or a web browser extension.