You may want to consider exporting your Firefox passwords and switching to a third-party password manager. Learn how to export Firefox passwords here.
Do you have a lot of passwords saved in Firefox? You have a problem if you ever decide to switch to another browser (or if you want to move between devices without syncing your accounts).
In this situation, you might consider exporting your passwords from Firefox. You can save them as a CSV file that you can store offline or import into another password manager. You can also remove them from Firefox if you no longer need them.
In this article, we will show you how to export passwords in Firefox using the built-in password export tool. We’ll also show you how to use the exported file to switch to a third-party tool like 1Password.
Why should you export your passwords from Firefox?
There are several reasons why you might want to export your passwords from Firefox. For example, you may be looking for:
- Back up your passwords if you lose access to your browser or device.
- Switch to another browser or password manager and import your passwords there.
- Print your passwords for your offline records.
- Remove your passwords from your browser for security reasons.
Exporting passwords can help you manage your online accounts without relying on a browser that you don’t always want to use. However, you should also be careful with the exported file. CSV files are not encrypted and can be read by anyone.
You must store the file securely if you export passwords without later importing them into a password manager. Better yet, we recommend safely deleting the exported file (on Windows or Mac) after using it.
How to export passwords from Firefox
The easiest way to export passwords in Firefox is to use Firefox’s built-in export feature. This allows you to manage your saved logins and passwords in a single CSV output file that you can use anywhere else.
To export passwords using Firefox, follow these steps:
- Open Firefox and click on the menu in the upper right corner (the icon with three horizontal lines).
- In the menu, select passwords.
- The Firefox menu page for your logins will open in a new tab. Click on the three dots menu icon, then click Export logins.
- Firefox will warn you that your passwords will not be encrypted in the exported CSV file. If you want to continue, click Export.
- Choose a location and name for your CSV file and click Save.
You should now have a CSV file with all your passwords saved on your PC or Mac. You should move or use the file as quickly as possible, don’t leave it in your downloads folder!
How to remove exported passwords from Firefox
It might be worth considering removing your passwords from Firefox after this process, but just after you are sure that you have exported them safely from your browser.
To remove all passwords in your Firefox password vault:
- Open a new Firefox window.
- Click on the menu icon and select passwords.
- In the Firefox password menu, click the menu icon in the upper right corner.
- From the drop down menu, select Delete all logins.
From there, follow the additional instructions on the screen to complete the process.
Import Firefox passwords using 1Password
Once you’ve exported your Firefox passwords, it’s a good idea to move them from the CSV file to a more secure location. A good way to do this is to use a password manager like 1 Password.
1Password is a password manager that allows you to sync your logins and passwords across all your devices. Using 1Password is a secure and effective way to manage your passwords outside of your web browser. Passwords are encrypted, with access unlocked using a master password or using biometric data (such as your fingerprint).
You also don’t need to lose access to your passwords in Firefox. You can use your saved logins in Firefox through the 1Password Firefox extension.
To import Firefox passwords to 1Password, follow these steps:
- First, you need to install the 1Password browser extension for Firefox. To do this, open the page for the Firefox extension for 1Password.
- Click Add to Firefox to add the extension.
- Once the plugin is installed, press the button extensions at the top right (the puzzle icon) and select 1 Password.
- Sign in with your 1Password credentials (or create a new account now).
- Next, open the 1Password website, sign in with your new account details, and then select your vault.
- Click on your name in the upper right corner and choose Matter.
- When prompted, choose Firefox either Other.
- Click Select a file from your computer and select the CSV file you saved from Firefox earlier.
- Review the data to be imported and make any necessary changes.
- When you’re ready, click Matter.
At this point, your Firefox passwords will now be imported into 1Password. You can access them at any time using the 1Password extension. The extension will also automatically prompt you for potential logins when you’re on pages it recognizes from your password vault.
Manage your Firefox passwords
Exporting passwords in Firefox can help you keep your online accounts secure and close at hand. You can use Firefox to export them from your user profile, then import them into a password manager like 1Password for safekeeping.
Do you use LastPass instead of 1Password? It’s time to get rid of it: your vault may have already been compromised after a series of embarrassing (and dangerous) security breaches. If you use 1Password, you can use it for other security enhancements. For example, you can use 1Password for two-factor authentication.
If you decide to stick with Firefox for your password management, there’s a big improvement you can make. You need to add a master password to your Firefox password vault to stop unlimited access without the necessary permissions.