If you found your LastPass alternative in the good old RoboForm and left you wondering how to export all your passwords and other data from your current password manager and import them into the new solution – stay tuned.
With a solid security record of more than two decades, RoboForm is not only one of the oldest password managers on the market, but also one of the most reliable. So, if you use a password (Opens in a new tab) The manager before was cool, it was probably RoboForm.
While RoboForm has been updated to keep up with today’s trends, it has never been as feature-rich as most of its competitors.
However, it makes up for it with pocket-friendly pricing, an intuitive user interface (UI), and a solid security infrastructure that includes 256-bit AES encryption, and two-factor authentication. (Opens in a new tab) (2FA) and password auditing service.
There is also a free version, but as with most similar solutions, you can only use it on one device. However, given that the next most budget-friendly thing costs $1.99 (£1.63) a month and gets you out of that limitation, it’s definitely worth checking out.
So, if you want to give RoboForm a try, here’s how you can securely export your LastPass passwords and other data to it.
Export your passwords from LastPass
To transfer your passwords from LastPass to your new password manager, you’ll have to export them first. Fortunately, LastPass makes this process as simple as possible — that is, if you’re on a computer. Doing it via smartphone or tablet is not so simple, but still very practical.
Either way, be sure to use a secure PC or mobile device. You will be exporting and importing your sensitive data via a CSV file and you don’t want to compromise your online security and leave your sensitive data exposed.
To stay safer, if you are using any backup software, turn it off until this process is complete. If you don’t, the unencrypted export file may be backed up.
We should also note that LastPass does not support exporting Time-Based Password (TOTP) codes.
1. Sign in to your LastPass account
To sign in to your LastPass account via the official website, you will be asked to provide your email address and master password. Once done, hit the “Login” button and that’s it.
However, if you want to do this via a browser extension, go back to your browser and click the “Extensions” button at the top right – the button that looks like a puzzle piece. This will launch the drop down menu, so choose LastPass from the list.
If you allow Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) for your account, you will have to verify your identity before moving forward.
Once you’re signed in, you should find yourself on your LastPass dashboard within seconds. So, take a look at the left sidebar and select “Advanced” on it.
Then move your gaze to the “Export” button on the right, and right-click on it.
3. Enter your master password and download a CSV file with your data to your computer
After clicking the “Export” button, you will be asked to enter your master password. Do so, and then click the Continue button.
The CSV file called “lastpass_export.csv” containing all store data will be automatically saved to your computer, so go ahead and check where it is. You’ll want to use it soon.
Also, make sure the file has a CSV extension because you can’t use it without one.
Import your passwords into RoboForm
Before importing your passwords from a CSV file, you will first need to make sure that you have downloaded and installed the updated version of RoboForm on your computer.
1. Sign in to your RoboForm account
Like other password managers, RoboForm will require you to provide your email address and master password to log in. Once done, click on the “Login” button.
To get things started, find your account email in the top-right corner, click on it, and then choose the “Import” option. This will open another window.
3. Choose LastPass from the list of supported imports
After selecting the Import option, you will be able to select where you want to import your data from, so choose LastPass from the list.
4. Click the “Import from File” button, then open the CSV file
Now, RoboForm will provide you with a brief step-by-step guide on exporting and importing CSV files – you can skip it since you’re using a superior, more detailed guide. For that, you just need to click on the “Import from file” button. Next, select the CSV file that you saved earlier on your computer and hit “Open”.
In an instant, RoboForm will import all of your passwords (and other data) and let you easily check everything on your dashboard. If you received the message above – well done – your passwords are now stored with RoboForm.
In the end, don’t forget to delete the CSV file – it contains unencrypted data that you don’t want to see fall into the wrong hands. Also, don’t send your CSV file to anyone, and don’t upload it to the Internet for any reason.
Finally, let’s delete your LastPass account and any installed apps
To delete your LastPass account, go back to your LastPass dashboard, and select Account Settings. Once a new window appears, select “My Account” and then choose the “Delete or Reset Account” option.
Then, click another “Delete account” button, enter your master password, confirm your choice, and part ways with your old LastPass account. Next, locate all the LastPass apps you have installed, and do the same with them.
Now that nothing binds you to LastPass anymore, you can extend a warm welcome to our new password manager – RoboForm.