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1 How to Import Passwords into a Password

Jack Wallen takes you through the process of importing passwords from CSV list to 1Password.

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At this point in our timeline, strong passwords are equivalent to security. The problem is that many people are stuck in the early 2000s and are using simple passwords that they can remember. Unfortunately, those simple passwords are easily hacked.

What do you do Start using complicated passwords and try to remember each one of them? That is a recipe for disaster. Instead, you need to use very complicated passwords and save them to the password manager. By doing this, you only need to remember a strong password to gain access to the vault filled with your passwords. Some password managers even allow you to add multi-factor authentication to further secure those arcs.

But what password manager should you use? The good news is that even if you start using any password manager, you can always migrate to the new one with more features and more security like 1Password.

With 1Password, you can easily import arcs from other password managers, so you can move from your old tool to the one tagged as best-in-class.

But how do you import your current password vault into 1 password? I’ll show you.

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What do you need

I’m going to demonstrate the process of importing a CSV (comma separated value) list of passwords, since almost all password managers can export vault to that type list and 1 password supports such import. This means that you need to export your password vault from your current manager to the CSV file. How this is done depends on the password manager you are using.

You need an active 1 password account to import the file.

How to import a CSV file into 1Password

If you are not sure how to export your current vault to a CSV file, you will want to contact the password manager’s documentation that you are currently using. For example, with Bitwarden, that export file | Export done by You choose CSV as the file format and then save the exported .csv file.

Once you’ve saved your CSV file on your computer, log into your 1 password account. One caveat is that the desktop client does not seem to have an import option, which means you have to perform the process through the web version of 1Password.

After logging in to your 1 password account, click the drop-down associated with your name in the upper right corner of the interface and click Import (Figure A)

Figure A

In the 1Password Account menu popup you’ll find the option to import.

In the result window (Image b), Click Other.

Image b

List of other password services you can import.

In the next window (Figure c), Drag or click your CSV file to a blue rectangle from your desktop file manager, or select the file from your computer.

Figure c

From here you can choose which vault to import the new file to.

After adding your file, click Continue. You will then see a mapping of entries. Look through the columns (Figure D) To make sure that each title matches the contents of the column.

For example, make sure that the contents of the Name column are actually the names of entries from the application we exported. You must add labels to each used column, otherwise the import fails.

Figure D

The mapping of the CSV file must be correct before proceeding.

Once you are satisfied with the mapping, click Continue and the import process will end. Depending on how many entries you have, this can take anywhere from 1-5 minutes.

When the import is complete, you will be presented with a report showing how many items have been added (Picture e)

Picture e

I have imported 557 items from 1 password manager to 1 password.

Congratulations, you have imported all your passwords from your old manager and 1Password. Those passwords should immediately sync with your desktop and mobile applications and web browser add-ons.

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