Offline Access to Your LastPass Vault

Offline access to your LastPass Account can be an important component to using LastPass.  You may find yourself in a situation where you need access to your secure information, but do not have an internet connection readily available. You can gain offline access to your data using almost any browser extension or application you would normally use to access LastPass.  We also offer LastPass Pocket, a standalone app dedicated to providing secure offline access to your data.

 

How to Utilize Offline Access in Your Browser Extension or Mobile Application

The key to gaining offline access in your LastPass browser extension or mobile app is to have logged into the extension or app at least one time while you have had an internet connection.   This ensures that your computer or device has cached a local version of your encrypted data to the local drive. This is the data that LastPass loads when you login to LastPass while offline.   Any LastPass browser extension or mobile application can be logged into without an internet connection, and will default to this mode when no connection is present.

Please note these special options and conditions:

  • In each browser extension, if you clear your LastPass Local Cache (LastPass Toolbar Icon > Tools > Clear Local Cache), you will have to log in online once more to recreate your cache before you can log in using offline mode again.

 

LastPass Pocket

LastPass Pocket is a stand-alone application (available for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux) that can be installed on a USB memory device, allowing you to carry your LastPass data around with you. Pocket essentially provides backup capability and offline access for your Vault. LastPass Pocket can access your data through two main methods:

1 .  LastPass Pocket can access the locally cached version of your data from your LastPass browser extension by choosing the appropriate path to the cached data. This is the same data that the LastPass browser plugin uses for offline access. LastPass Pocket can access this cache from Firefox, Internet Explorer, Chrome, Safari and Opera.

2.   LastPass Pocket can access your data from a LastPass Encrypted File that you have exported from your LastPass Local Vault. You can export this file by going to your LastPass Browser Extension Icon > Tools > Export to > LastPass Encrypted File.  You can then open this file using Pocket:

 

For more information on LastPass Pocket, check out our LastPass Pocket page.

 

Testing Offline Access

You can test Offline Access to your LastPass Vault by disconnecting your computer or device from its internet connection and logging in to LastPass or LastPass Pocket.

If you are using a computer, you can easily disconnect from the internet by unplugging the Ethernet cable from your computer’s Ethernet port. You will also want to temporarily disable all wireless connections you use for Wi-Fi. After this, try logging in to your LastPass browser extension or LastPass Pocket.

On your smartphone or tablet, disable all mobile data or Wi-Fi connections (setting your phone or tablet to Airplane mode can accomplish this on most devices) and log in to the LastPass app via your data in offline mode.

 

Using Offline Access with Multi-Factor Authentication

If you are using any form of Multi-Factor Authentication, you need to make sure that you have Enabled Offline Access in the settings for your particular authentication device.  Without allowing offline access, you will not store a local cache for LastPass to access when there is no connection present.

Please note, if you Enable Offline Access while using Google Authenticator, you will be able to log in without using your Google Authenticator code in case of a connectivity issue.  LastPass may log in offline first, before establishing connectivity to your Online Vault and prompting for your authenticator code.  This may cause LastPass to autofill any login credentials you have saved in LastPass for the current page you are on.