With LastPass kicking in tighter restrictions on free accounts this week, you might be looking to switch to either a different paid service or another free one. Luckily, it’s pretty easy to do exactly that. Here’s how to switch from LastPass and export all of your passwords.

What is changing with LastPass?

On March 16, 2021, LastPass is changing its free accounts by restricting a user’s passwords and data to just one type of device. That means a free user can only access their account from either a laptop/desktop computer or a smartphone/tablet. It’s hard to complain when the service is free, but it’s obviously a big deal for anyone using the service today. LastPass explains:

As a Free user, your first login on or after March 16 will set your active device type. You’ll have three opportunities to switch your active device type to explore what’s right for you. Please note, that all of your devices sync automatically, so you’ll never lose access to anything stored in your vault or be locked out of your account, regardless of whether you use computer or mobile devices to access LastPass.

Notably, too, support options for LastPass free accounts will be restricted starting in May. At that point, free users will only have self-help options, with email support only available to paid users.

How to export your LastPass passwords

To switch from LastPass to another password manager, you’ll need to export all your data. Luckily, LastPass makes this process a breeze, but notably you have to do it on a computer, it can’t easily be done from a mobile device or iPad/Android tablet.

First, log in to the LastPass website. On the sidebar, you’ll see Advanced Options. Under the “Manage Your Vault” section, you’ll then see an Export button. After you click that, you’ll be required to enter your master password to verify your identity, then LastPass will automatically download a CSV file with all of your exported passwords. Generally speaking, most other password managers that offer an import option will be able to use that file to pull in your passwords and data.

Alternatively, you can perform this same function through the LastPass browser extension; this process works whether you’re on Chrome, Firefox, or any other browsers. To do it, tap on the extension, hit Account Options and Advanced. From there, you can pick a CSV file, an encrypted file, or “Form Fills.”

Some of the best LastPass alternatives

If you’re looking to move away from LastPass, there are excellent options, both free and paid. Personally, I’m a 1Password user. The paid service costs just $2.99/month, or $4.99/month for family accounts. It works very well, but admittedly has a bit of a learning curve compared to LastPass. Alternatively, Bitwarden is one of the best free password managers. It’s open-source, which is good news for security and offers cross-device syncing even on free tier. To get additional features such as file attachments, “health” reports, and more, paid plans start at under $10/year.

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