How to import and export passwords to and from a CSV file, in LastPass
LastPass helps your security by making all of your passwords different. Keeping up with that data might become essential to your ability to quickly login to many of your accounts. Ideally, you would have all your passwords stored in LastPass. However, there may be situations in which you also have some of your passwords stored in a CSV file. If you find yourself in such a situation, you might want to import those passwords to LastPass. There is also the possibility that you want the exact opposite: export all your passwords from LastPass to a CSV file that you can then import in a browser or, why not, even print them on paper. Here is how to import and export passwords to and from LastPass:
NOTE: Before we continue, we would like to note that the importing and exporting procedure is the same in Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, and Microsoft Edge. The steps you have to make and the visuals are the same in all these browsers. For these web browsers, we use screenshots from Google Chrome, just because it is the most popular browser. In Internet Explorer, you have to follow a slightly different path to, so we cover it in separate sections.
How to import passwords in LastPass, using Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, or Microsoft Edge
If you want to import the passwords you have stored inside a CSV file to LastPass, first open your web browser. If you do not know how to export passwords from your web browser, read this guide: Export passwords from your web browser: Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Edge, and Internet Explorer.
In your browser of choice, click or tap the LastPass button. It is usually found on the right side of the address bar.
If you did not already log in to LastPass, do it now by entering your email and master password.
Once you have logged in to LastPass, click or tap on its button and, in the menu that appears, click or tap on More Options.
Next, click or tap Advanced.
Now click or tap Import.
On the next page, click or tap Other.
Then a new tab opens, called Import. Here, click or tap on Source and select Generic CSV File.
In the next field, called Content, you have to paste the entire contents of the CSV file that holds your passwords. To do that, open the CSV file using a text editor such as Notepad, copy all its contents and paste it in the Content field from the Import tab in your web browser.
Click or tap on the Upload button and LastPass should immediately show you all the valid passwords it found inside the CSV file. If you want, you can select which passwords are going to be imported, or you can import them all.
After a short while, LastPass finishes importing everything you have told it. When the process is finished, you can click or tap the Go to my vault button and see your LastPass Vault in a new browser tab.
That was all!
How to import passwords in LastPass, using Internet Explorer
In Internet Explorer, the steps for importing your passwords from a CSV file are slightly different from the other web browsers. Open Internet Explorer and click the LastPass button, which should be found beneath the address bar, on the left side.
If you did not already log in to LastPass, do it now. Then, navigate through its menu following this path: Tools -> Import From -> Generic CSV File -> Import.
Internet Explorer now opens a new window in which you have to navigate through your computer and select the CSV file that holds the passwords you want to import. Select it and press Open.
LastPass shows you what passwords it found in that file. You can select the ones you want to import or import them all.
After you make your choice, LastPass needs a moment or two to import your passwords. Then, it tells you that the import is done and you can click on Go to my vault to open your LastPass Vault in a new tab.
That is it!
How to export passwords from LastPass, using Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, and Microsoft Edge
To export your passwords from LastPass to a file, open your web browser, click or tap the LastPass button, and go to More options.
Then, go to Advanced.
Now click or tap Export.
Select LastPass CSV File.
Confirm your LastPass password once more, and then click or tap Continue.
Now your web browser can do one of two things: show you all your passwords, or ask you where to save the CSV file containing your passwords.
In our tests, Google Chrome and Opera show all the passwords in a tab. In this case, copy everything you see in that tab using the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + C. Then create a new text file somewhere on your computer, using Notepad or any other text editor, and paste everything in it. In the end, make sure you save that text file using the file extension CSV.
If you are using Mozilla Firefox, things are more straightforward: LastPass asks where you want to save the CSV file with all your exported passwords.
That is it! Now you have a CSV file with all your passwords from LastPass.
How to export passwords from LastPass, using Internet Explorer
To make a backup copy of your LastPass passwords from Internet Explorer, click on the LastPass button on the LastPass toolbar, go to Tools, and then to Advanced Tools -> Export To -> LastPass CSV File.
You are then prompted to enter your LastPass master password. Enter it and click on Login.
Then, LastPass asks you where you want to save the CSV file with all your exported passwords. Choose the location you prefer and click Save.
Now you have a CSV file with all the passwords you exported from LastPass.
Did you succeed in importing or exporting your passwords?
The steps involved in both processes are generally straightforward and work well in all web browsers. However, if you had errors or problems, do not hesitate to comment below.