How to import passwords into 1Password

Jack Wallen walks you through the process of importing passwords from a CSV list into 1Password.

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At this point in our timeline, strong passwords have become synonymous with security. The problem is that a lot of people are stuck in the early 2000s and use simple passwords that they can remember. Unfortunately, these simple passwords are easily hacked.

What are you doing? Start using complicated passwords and try to memorize each one? It’s a recipe for disaster. Instead, you should use very complicated passwords and save them in a password manager. By doing so, all you need to do is remember a strong password to gain access to a vault filled with your passwords. Some password managers even allow you to add multi-factor authentication to further secure these vaults.

But which password manager should you use? The good news is that no matter which password manager you start using, you can always upgrade to a new one with more features and more security, like 1Password.

With 1Password, you can easily import vaults from other password managers, so you can migrate from your old tool to one that’s often labeled best-in-class.

But how do you import your current password vault into 1Password? Let me show you.

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What you will need

I will demonstrate the process of importing a CSV (Comma Separated Value) password list, as almost any password manager can export vaults to this type of list and 1Password supports such imports. This means that you will need to have exported your password vault from your current manager to a CSV file. How this is done will depend on the password manager you are using.

You will also need an active 1Password account to import the file.

How to import the CSV file into 1Password

If you’re unsure how to export your current vault to a CSV file, you’ll want to consult the documentation for the password manager you’re currently using. For example, with Bitwarden, this export is done from File | Export. Be sure to select CSV as the file format, then save the exported .csv file.

Once your CSV file is saved to your computer, log in to your 1Password account. The only caveat is that the desktop client doesn’t seem to have an import option, which means you have to handle the process through the web version of 1Password.

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

Figure A

The 1Password account menu popup is where you will find the Import option.

In the resulting window (Figure B), click Other.

Figure B

The list of other password services you can import from.

In the next window (Figure C), drag your CSV file from your desktop file manager into the blue rectangle or click Or select a file from your computer.

Figure C

From here you can also select the vault where the new file will be imported.

After adding your file, click Continue. You will then see the input mapping. Look in the columns (Figure D) to make sure that each header matches the contents of the column.

For example, make sure the contents of the name column match the names of the entries in the app we exported from. You must add labels for each column used, otherwise the import will fail.

Figure D

The CSV file mapping must be correct before proceeding.

Once you are happy with the mapping, click Continue and the import process will complete. Depending on how many entries you have, this may take 1-5 minutes.

When the import is complete, a report showing the number of items added is displayed (Figure E).

Figure E

I imported 557 items from a password manager to 1Password.

Congratulations, you have just imported all your passwords from your old manager and into 1Password. These passwords should immediately sync with your desktop and mobile apps, as well as the web browser add-on.

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