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Manage LastPass Families Shared Folders

With LastPass Families, you can share items from your Vault (passwords, payment cards, secure notes, etc.) by creating shared folders so they can easily be shared with family members – all while keeping personal items separate in your private Vault. Items can be moved into a shared folder or moved out, manage family members that can access your shared folders, convert a standard folder to shared, delete and/or purge a shared folder, and learn more about hidden passwords for items within shared folders.

Shared folders are also supported in LastPass Teams and Enterprise accounts. To learn more about sharing individual items, please see Use the Sharing Center.

Create a shared folder

To create a new shared folder within your LastPass Vault, do the following:

  1. Log in to LastPass and access your Vault by doing either of the following:
    • Go to https://lastpass.com/?ac=1 and log in with your username and Master Password.
    • In your web browser toolbar, click the LastPass icon LastPass then click Open My Vault.
  2. Click on Sharing Center in the left navigation.
  3. Click the Manage Shared Folders tab at the top, then click the Add icon for Add Shared Folder.

  1. Create a name for your shared folder, then use the drop-down menu to select specific permissions for each family member on your LastPass Families account. If desired, check the box to enable the "Email invited family members" option so that those members (who have not yet activated their account) will be notified of their permissions once activated.
  2. Click Add when finished.
  3. Your new shared folder now appears within the Manage Shared Folders tab in the Sharing Center, as well as within Sites and Secure Notes.

Shared folder permissions

Move items into a shared folder

You can move items from your Vault into a shared folder, or transfer items from one folder into a shared folder in various ways.

Note: You are unable to move items that have been individually shared with you to your own shared folder.

Drag-and-drop

  1. In your LastPass Vault, click your item type in the left navigation.
  2. Locate your desired item, then click on it and drag it to your desired folder. If you want to move multiple items at once, enable the checkbox in the upper-right corner of each, then click on 1 of the selected items and drag to your desired folder, which will move all selected items.
  3. When prompted, click Yes to confirm that you want to move the item(s).

Right-click

  1. In your LastPass Vault, click your desired item type in the left navigation.
  2. Locate your desired item, then right-click on it and select Move to folder then select your desired shared folder. If you want to move multiple items at once, enable the checkbox in the upper-right corner of each, then right-click on 1 of the selected items and select Move to folder, then select your desired shared folder.
  3. When prompted, click Yes to confirm that you want to move the item(s).

Action menu

  1. In your LastPass Vault, click your desired item type in the left navigation.
  2. Locate your desired item(s), then enable the checkbox(es) in the upper-right corner.
  3. Click the Actions drop-down menu and select Organize or Move to Folder, then select your desired shared folder.
  4. When prompted, click Yes confirm that you want to move the item(s).

Edit an item entry

You can also move an item to a shared folder when you are editing it. For more information, please see Manage Your Sites or Manage Your Secure Notes.

Move items out of a shared folder

If you move items out of a shared folder (and into a standard folder or your Vault), any user with whom those items have been shared will no longer have access to them.

Note: If you are deleting your LastPass Families account, you are required to move all items out of your shared folders before your account can be closed.

  1. In your LastPass Vault, click your desired item type in the left navigation.
  2. Select and move your desired item(s) using the drag-and-drop, right-click, Action menu, or edit method listed above in the previous section.
  3. Select your desired standard folder (the folder name will not begin with "Shared") or select (none) to send the item(s) to your Vault.
  4. When prompted with a message that others will lose access to these shared items, click Yes to proceed.

Manage family members on a shared folder

Once you have created a shared folder, hover over it and click Manage. You can see each family member in your account, and set their permissions for that shared folder. You can choose from the following access permissions:

  • Administrator: Family members can edit sites in shared folder and invite others to the folder.
  • Read only access: Family members can view items in the shared folder, but are unable to edit or invite others.
  • No access: Family members do not have access to any items in this shared folder.

Delete a shared folder

  1. Move all items out of your shared folder into a standard (non-shared) folder (learn how above).
  2. Remove all assigned users from the shared folder (learn how above).
  3. Delete the (now empty) shared folder (go to Sharing Center in the left navigation > Manage Shared Folders > click the Delete icon Yes to confirm).

Purge a deleted shared folder

  1. From within your Vault, select Sharing Center in the left navigation.
  2. Go to Manage Shared Folders > check the box to enable the "View Deleted Shared Folders" option > click the Purge icon > Yes to confirm.

Convert a folder to a shared folder

Note: This feature is for LastPass Families users only.

If you have organized your Sites and/or Secure Notes by using standard folders, you can easily convert any folder to a shared folder as follows:

  1. In your LastPass Vault, click your desired item type in the left navigation.
  2. Right-click on your desired folder, then select Share.

  1. Create a name for your shared folder, then use the drop-down menu to select specific permissions for each family member on your LastPass Families account. Optionally, you can check the box to enable the "Email invited family members" option so that those members (who have not yet activated their account) will be notified of their permissions once their account is activated.
  2. Click Add when finished, and your new shared folder will appear within your Manage Shared Folders tab within the Sharing Center, as well as your Sites tab.

Shared folder permissions

About hidden passwords for items within shared folders

When you share an item, regardless of whether you enable the "Allow Recipient to View Password" option, you should be aware of the following:

  • Savvy end users could potentially access the password if they capture it using advanced techniques, but LastPass will never be able to access this data because it has been encrypted using their public key.
  • It is also possible to obtain shared passwords using another password manager.

For these reasons, LastPass recommends that you generate a secure password specific to the Site that you’re sharing in order to avoid sharing any passwords that you’re uncomfortable with the recipient obtaining.

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