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Leaving LastPass? Here's how to get your passwords out

Moving your passwords out of LastPass? Here's what you need to know.
Written by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, Senior Contributing Editor
Reviewed by Alyson Windsor
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Between LastPass making big changes to its free offering, and the hack attacks on the company, some are looking for a new home for their passwords

But how do you get your passwords and other data out of LastPass?

Must read: Ditching LastPass? Here are some alternatives to try

Here's how.

There are a few different ways to get your data out of LastPass, but the easiest, most reliable way I've found is to log into your account through a browser on a computer.

You can then export a file of your data that's CSV (Commas Separated Variable) compatible, which most password applications and services will accept (this is a whole other topic, and I suggest you test things and take your time, because there's always the risk of messing things up and losing your password data).

How to get your data out of LastPass

1. Log into your LastPass account

First, go to lastpass.com and log into your account. If you use two-factor authentication, you'll need to enter those details.

LastPass login screen

Log in to your LastPass account

2. Look in the left menu column

You're in. Now click on Advanced Options.

Find Advanced Options in menu

You're in!

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3. Click Export

You will be prompted to re-enter your credentials.

Find export in menu


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LastPass login screen

Re-enter your credentials

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6. Copy your data

Now you need to select this data, copy it, paste it into a text file and give it a .CSV extension. 

I don't recommend keeping all your passwords laying around unencrypted, so you either need to encrypt this file in the interim, or put it into whatever service you are going to use next. 

Pro tip: Also, don't kill your LastPass account until you are sure that your new service is set up and your passwords are accessible. 

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There's your data!

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