Make Password Management Easier on Android with These Tips

By May 17, 2013 Mobile 44 Comments
In the inaugural post for our series featuring questions asked by LastPass users, this week’s question is:
I would like a lot more detail on how to make the LastPass Android app work with apps that require logons and passwords. I love how LastPass works on my laptop and desktop machines; using it here has been second nature to me. But I find myself logging onto my phone’s LastPass app and cutting and pasting. Surely there’s a better way?” – Keith K.

A great question, since the mobile experience is inherently different than the desktop experience. Because the mobile platforms are more closed, we can’t integrate into the mobile browsers and apps as easily. This means that LastPass can’t “see” into those other browsers and apps in order to fill your data there, unless you’re using Dolphin Browser or Firefox Mobile on Android, for which we do offer addons. The LastPass app does allow you to login, view your stored data, and tap an entry to launch it within the LastPass app, where LastPass can fill the data and you can login to your sites.

Copy-paste is one option for logging in on other apps or browsers. On Android, if you long-tap on a site entry in your LastPass app vault, you can choose the “copy username” or “copy password” options to then multitask back to another browser or app and paste there.There are, however, a few other alternatives on Android that may be more useful for your workflow.

LastPass Copy Notifications

There are two ways to activate the copy notifications:

  1. In the LastPass app, tap and hold on a site entry and select “copy notifications”
  2. The username and password fields will appear as notifications in your phone’s notification bar
  3. Drag down the bar to tap the “copy username” notification
  4. Paste your username in the browser or app where you want to fill your data
  5. Repeat those copy-paste steps with the password

You can also set the “copy notifications” feature to be the default action for tapping your site entries in the LastPass app vault. In the vault, tap your device’s “menu” button, select the “More” menu, then open the “Preferences”, and set the “Default site action” to “Copy Notifications”.

LastPass Input Method

The LastPass input method allows you to switch to a LastPass keyboard that has a special button for autofilling your passwords in other apps or browsers. To get started:

  1. Enable the LastPass Input method in your LastPass app Preferences menu
  2. Multitask to the app where you want to login
  3. Long-tap in the app field, and select “Input”
  4. Tap the LastPass option to switch your keyboard
  5. Tap the asterisk button in the keyboard to display any matching logins
  6. Select the entry you want to use, and submit the login for the app

You can then switch your keyboard back at any time by long-tapping in a field, selecting the Input option, and switching to the default or another keyboard.

We continue to look at ways to expand the feature set on mobile, and to expand integration with other browsers and keyboards (for example, we’re waiting on Google to provide support for addons in Chrome mobile). Hopefully these tips will help improve your workflow on Android!

Have a question for the LastPass team? Let us know in comments or send us a note at marketing[at]lastpass.com. If we choose your question, you’ll get a Tshirt!

44 Comments

  • Never understood the input method. Tried to use it in chrome. Is it me, or is it just utter useless at matching sites? It never finds a match.

  • Samir says:

    I’ve been using Copy Notifications for awhile. I can’t seem to get the Input Method to work. For example, I pulled up my Amazon app. When it asked for password, I tried holding down for a long tap. It just offered to paste. I had previously enabled Lastpass input method, to which it took me to a system setting when checked the box. Both Google Voice typing and LastPass are checked (not Android AOSP). Is there something I’m doing wrong?

  • Anonymous says:

    by far the best experience I have had can be had with Firefox.

    Install Firefox for android

    Install Lastpass addon in Firefox.

    No more copy pasting.

  • Anonymous says:

    Have you considered providing password filling functionality via a jailbroken app on iOS or a root-required app on Android? Obviously this is a last-ditch resort, but the mobile vendors are forcing the issue.

  • Martyn says:

    The second suggestion never works for me – for example, I tried this with the box.com app but when I open up the suggestions from the lastpass input box it says there are no matches even though I have an entry titled ‘box.com’. Very frustrating.

  • SounDSpoT says:

    Android users are last one that LP take care of. We are in middle of 2013 and not even a holo dark theme have been added! How can you not think that this ugly grey keyboard is outdated ? Comparing with LP for Iphone or Win8 make me think that you really don’t give a damn about android user who pay 12euro a year!