If you’re using the free version of LastPass password manager, you should be prepared for some unpleasant changes in the near future. Starting March 16, 2021, you’ll be able to use this service only on a single type of device: mobile devices or computers.
For this reason, many people are on the lookout for alternatives to LastPass, and we’re here to make this search easier by providing a list of the best choices for both mobile and desktop devices.
Best alternatives to LastPass – quick list
- NordPass – the most secure free password manager
- Zoho Vault – feature-rich service for all your devices
- KeePass – a truly free DIY password manager
Best alternatives to LastPass free
Below, you can see three best alternatives to LastPass after the new changes. The best thing? You can easily export your LastPass passwords and data to any of these services.
NordPass – when security is your primary concern
The free version of NordPass has everything you need to keep your credentials safe across multiple devices.
Unlike many other free password managers, NordPass lets you keep unlimited passwords and syncs your account across all your devices, be it mobile phones or computers. It also lets you save credit card information and keep secure notes.
You can use NordPass for free on your Windows, Linux, macOS, Android, and iOS devices, as well as a few browser extensions. Just keep in mind that it only lets you keep one account active at the same time. If you want more out of your password manager, you might think about the paid subscription of NordPass.
Zoho Vault – for those who need a lot of features
Zoho Vault is one of the most feature-rich password managers you can find. Its free version is not only indefinite, but it also lets you store unlimited passwords and secure notes, generate strong passwords, track password access, and use the service on an unlimited number of devices.
In addition, the free version of Zoho Vault allows you to access your data offline and lets you use 2FA authentication. However, keep in mind that this service offers only mobile apps (for Android, iOS, and Windows) – desktop users will have to install its browser extensions.
KeePass – perfect for users with an IT background
KeePass is the ultimate free password manager, as it doesn’t even have a paid version at all. It’s a highly-customizable open-source project dedicated to online safety.
However, its DIY approach might be intimidating for some users. That’s because you have to possess some IT knowledge for setting KeePass up. To use the service, you must configure it on a third-party storage solution, choose your preferred security measures (like the type of encryption), and add various plugins for additional features (like 2FA authentication).
The default version of KeePass only has a password generator and the tools for password import and export. So, if you want a ready-to-use application, KeePass is a no-go. But if you’re proud of your IT knowledge, setting up the KeePass service will be easy.
How to export passwords from LastPass?
If you’re worried about the LastPass migration process, don’t be. Exporting passwords to another password manager is not that difficult – simply follow the instructions and you’ll be using your new service in no time.
Keep in mind that the very first step will always be the same – you have to export your data from your LastPass account as a CSV file. To do this, simply:
- Log into your LastPass account and go to your Vault
- Click on Advanced Options and select Export
- Type in your Master Password (if needed) and click Continue
- Name your file and save it as a CSV document
That’s it – now you can use this file to migrate your passwords to LastPass alternatives.
Export LastPass to NordPass
Once you have your LastPass passwords as a CSV file, it will be a piece of cake to change LastPass into NordPass:
- Log into your NordPass application
- Go to Settings and select Import/Export
- From the list, select LastPass
- Upload the CSV file
You may be asked which items you want to import (passwords, secure notes, and credit card credentials). Select the items, and your data will be instantly migrated to your NordPass account.
Export LastPass to Zoho Vault
LastPass migration to Zoho Vault is an easy process. All you need is a Zoho Vault account and the CSV file of your LastPass passwords:
- Log into your Zoho Vault account
- Go to Tools and click on Import
- Select the LastPass CSV file
That’s it! Now you can use your new password manager without the need of re-entering passwords manually.
Export LastPass to KeePass
As KeePass is one of the more technologically advanced LastPass alternatives, the migration process is also a bit more complicated.
So, this is what you have to do once you have your LastPass CSV file:
- Login to KeePass and create a new database file
- Select File and click on Import
- From the list, select Generic CSV Importer and load your file
- In the CSV importer wizard, click on Structure
- Create the following layout: URL, User Name, Password, (Ignore), Title, and Group
- Click on Finish
Of course, don’t forget to delete the LastPass CSV file once you’re done importing.
What happened to LastPass free?
The upcoming changes to the free version of LastPass have caused a lot of confusion among its users, so let’s make things clear.
It will still be possible to use LastPass for free on an unlimited number of devices. However, you’ll need to choose whether you want to protect your passwords across all of your mobile devices or computers.
In other words, if you desperately need to use LastPass free on your iPhone, you won’t be able to use it on your laptop anymore. However, you’ll be allowed to add more mobile devices to your free LastPass account.
For some people, this won’t cause any inconvenience. However, those who actively use lots of different devices will have to choose between two options:
- Change LastPass to another free password manager
- Buy the subscription of LastPass for $3 a month (or $36 a year)
If you’re on a tight budget and are not ready to spend money on a password manager, you can simply migrate LastPass to another service.