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Few -if any- password managers have gained a following quite like LastPass. It's secure, extensively cross-platform, and easy to use. When up-and-coming competitor PasswordBox hit the scene last month with the ability to insert login credentials directly into native apps, it left many LastPass users anxiously requesting the same feature. The wait is finally over as LastPass for Android has been updated to enable automatic fill-in for apps and Chrome.

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LastPass blocks screenshots within the app, thus the photos

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Like PasswordBox, LastPass is using the Accessibility Services API in Android to enable automatic fill-in. Each app gets a mapping between your data and the text fields to ensure account names and passwords go into the right places. Most popular apps already have mappings that are automatically downloaded to match vault entries, but it's easy to create custom mappings for lesser known apps.

The new feature still seems to be a bit unreliable, particularly on some Samsung devices, which seem to block pasting into password fields. Others have reported that Google Chrome sometimes freezes and the URL field will be filled in with Javascript code while the text fields are left empty. Of course, this is still the first iteration for LastPass, so many of these bugs will surely be worked out in the future.

Among the other small bug fixes and improvements, this version also expands the maximum PIN length to 12 digits.

If you're already a LastPass user, just update the app and you're ready to go. If you've never tried LastPass, it's $12/year for a premium subscription and there is a 14-day free trial.

Full Changelog:

v3.2.0

New: Fill into apps (Android 4.1+) and Chrome (Android 4.3+).

New: App associations automatically downloaded, to help match apps to vault entries.

Updated: Input method now uses app associations to improve matching with vault entries.

Updated: You can now use a PIN up to 12 digits long.

Fixed: Closed tabs getting reopened in browser.

Fixed: Stability and usability improvements.

Cody Toombs
Cody is a Software Engineer and Writer with a mildly overwhelming obsession with smartphones and the mobile world. If he’s been pulled away from the computer for any length of time, you might find him talking about cocktails and movies, sometimes resulting in the consumption of both.

  • Matt McNair

    Is it sad that this was the exciting part of my day?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

      What, did you blink? (I'm sorry, couldn't resist)

  • Jaymoon

    So long Dolphin!

    • Angry_Badger

      Dolphins integration is still miles ahead

  • Tentoe

    You're not going to give Droid Life credit for finding this? They put this up before you guys...

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

      It was on our list hours ago, we just didn't get to it until now. Being first to post doesn't mean everybody else copied it.

    • andy_o

      Droid Life copied me. I got the update before them, therefore I knew about it before them, therefore they copied me.

      Because logic.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Does Droid Life own rights to posting changelogs to popular apps or something?

      I posted it on my Google+ before DL https://plus.google.com/107797272029781254158/posts/cqNs1wVeZS7. Does that suddenly mean they have to credit me?

      • Amit

        Agree with AP staff on this completely. Since when does a website need to credit another for changelogs of all things. Seriously medieval mindset!

    • xnadax

      "Finding this"? It's not like it was a secret release. LastPass wrote about it in their blog, long before Droid Life wrote anything about it.

  • Kalpik Nigam

    Am I the only one with scrolling lag in apps if I enable the overlay?

    • xnadax

      I just tried disabling and enabling it a few times and yes, you are right. Darn! I so want to use this feature, but it severely affects scrolling performance in all other apps.

      • Kalpik Nigam

        Thanks for confirming that I'm not alone. I raised a premium support ticket for this with LastPass.

        • Matthew Fry

          Please keep us up to date on their response and I'd love it if AP kept an eye on when this issue is resolved as it seems like a deal breaker.

          • Kalpik Nigam

            This is the reply I got on the ticket:

            "I did not realize this was on the phone. I apologize. There is nothing we can do about this at the moment. My guess is that the accessibility access is what's causing the slow down and lag. You can try uninstalling and reinstalling the app, but I have no work around for this on the Android. I apologize."

            :(

          • Matthew Fry

            Sad. :( maybe I'll get a refund for the premium then.

            Thanks for following up.

  • dadeo

    Don't use this garbage. Their wonderful update erased all my sites and the vault shuts down IE. Now Im stuck with lost passwords and no access to anything. Yep it's the LAST time I use this PASS POS!

    • xnadax

      I'm pretty sure you will solve this easily, but somehow not come back here and tell us about it.

  • http://www.lazyrivr.com/ Andy Bell

    Like they mentioned, there are bugs, but overall this update is great! I can finally switch from Dolphin to Chrome as my primary browser, since I've gone all in with LastPass, passwords wise.

    • dadeo

      other than that how was the play Mrs Lincoln..............................

  • Rami

    I already have a Premium account, now I want to pay them a second premium account for this feature !!!!

    • Crafty Business

      No its free with the Premium account - just visit google play and update your app.
      You don't have to pay twice

      • xnadax

        That's not what he meant, i think.

        • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

          what else could he mean. I'm a prem. user and I use just one account it's as simple as what @craftybusiness:disqus said

          • Lexster

            I think he was just saying he wanted it so bad, he'd be willing to pay twice.

          • Rami

            And you won, that's exactly what I meant.

          • OhYeah!

            He is saying it's so good he would pay twice, he isn't being serious about needing to pay twice or anything.

        • Crafty Business

          now you mention it I can see both ways -perception is a strange thing :)

  • Nvrhde

    I dont have a android phone to enjoy all this gread apps

    P.s
    I am using iphone becouse it has the cheapest data plan in Japan.

  • Pedro

    Don't forget about Sticky Passwords' floating button which does pretty much the same :) http://www.stickypassword.com

    • Matthew Fry

      Which also appears to be $12/yr. Their video was completely unhelpful. I assume you have personal experience with it? How does it work?

      • Pedro

        Yes, I use it for couple years now. The floating button works like that it takes the credentials to the floating window and then it "floats" on top of any application or browser you have and you can paste the credentials from it whenever you want.

      • Pedro

        Oops, sorry for the late reply, yes I use it for many years. I like it a lot. The video with manatees is just a commercial overview, from my experience the best is to try it out and you will see. I like the way it is designed and the way it works on mobile phones. It has a nice user interface as well. The floating button works like that you just pop it up and it flows on top of everything - all the apps. And you can use it whenever you want to copy and paste the info in it.

  • http://www.allankintz.com ack154

    I realize that it is only a $1/mo... but the one thing keeping me from this is the yearly subscription model. If I don't renew, do I lose all the access to my accounts? Or can I no longer update/add new ones? I have no problem paying money but I'd so much rather just buy an app and not worry about it.

    • xnadax

      The account and service itself is free, so no, you don't lose access to any of your data. The only thing you lose access to is the Android app and other premium-only features, none of which affect your data.

      • http://www.allankintz.com ack154

        Understood, but in a sense, I do at least lose access to the data on my phone then - and that's really where I'd want it all anyway. I don't have a need for the desktop installed version, so paying a subscription just for an app seems odd to me.

        • duse

          It makes sense, LastPass has to maintain servers to give you these abilities. $12 is about the cost of a couple packs of candy bars....more than worth it for what the service gives you. It's easy to move your data to another service if you ever decide to switch. I mentioned the encrypted file above for safe-keeping, but you can also export a plain old CSV and use that to import to another service. Cheap price and easy ownership and transferring of your data....can't ask for much more than that.

          • Devon Warren

            Yeah I will gladly pay them to keep their servers secure, maintain functionality across all new platforms, and keep providing awesome features like this new integration. Good job team!

        • Grammy Winner Taylor Swift

          You really can't afford $1 a month? Embarassing.

          • inzandity

            What's embarrassing is that he didn't even mention that he "couldn't afford it". I am sure that just about everybody could afford it, but I will choose not to. And it's nothing personal against LastPass, I just disagree with the subscription model companies are starting to come out with. My reoccurring mortgage payments, car payments and other misc. bills are enough for me.

          • http://www.allankintz.com ack154

            More embarassing that you're not actually reading what I said. I'd be happy to pay $12 or $15 or whatever to just buy the app. I don't want an annual subscription for an app. Any app.

          • duse

            How do you expect LastPass to maintain their servers for you for years on that single-time $12 investment. It just doesn't make sense.

        • Matthew Fry

          If you already have a solution for your desktop/browser and aren't willing to switch then maybe LastPass isn't for you. If it helps justify the cost, the premium account also gives you access to the desktop app (which I've not had a lot of success with personally) that autofills windows dialogs.

        • Matthew Fry

          Also, it looks like there is a 60-day refund period so you can try it out. I'm going to give them the benefit of the doubt and sign up for premium now hoping that within the next 60 days they'll fix the lag issue others are reporting.

    • duse

      You wouldn't lose your data if you stopped paying. One great thing about LastPass is that like Google they believe you own your data and they let you keep your own copy. You can download an encrypted file that contains your entire vault, as well as an application that works offline that will decrypt that file and show you its contents. So as long as you have that file, the offline app, and your master password, you can access your passwords forever, even if you stopped paying or the service went down.

  • Mike Newman

    If you want a really, really, really in-depth look at LastPass, you can check out Security Now episode 256 on TWiT. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9Q_anb7pwg

  • A2theC

    Somebody hasn't updated their FW! I see a little green icon. :D (Good for you, fight the power that takes your sdcard write privileges)

    • Matthew Fry

      What are you talking about? Samsung always has that ugly ass green battery. It's right here on my KK Note 3.

      • A2theC

        Well, according to what I've seen on my wife's phone and all other TouchWiz phones, it always changes all icons to white on update to KK.

        • Matthew Fry

          So weird. My battery showed yellow and I plugged it in and now it's white. This is the first time I've seen the white battery.

          • A2theC

            Yellow means your battery is low.

          • Matthew Fry

            I understand that. I swear I saw the battery green many times since I've updated but obviously I'm mistaken. I rescind my claim.

  • Evan

    Dashlane had an update a few weeks ago that covered this by rolling out thier own keyboard. So when you log in you just switch to their keyboard, tap your account you want to use, and it pastes in your U/P information.

    • xnadax

      That's exactly how LastPass has been doing it until now.

      • Evan

        Ahh, good to know.

        I had been using 1Password before Dashlanes, but the languishing app made me switch. Now, of course, 1PW is emailing me about their new beta, but moving all my data back is more work than I really want to dedicate.

        If Dashlanes fails me though, it is good to know LastPass is a solid choice.

  • http://www.twitter.com/ninjustin ninjustin

    Damn this is awesome. Copying and pasting to my bank apps constantly was annoying. Now it's practically automatic.

  • duse

    FYI, you can disable the feature that prevents taking screenshots of the app.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

      I'm not a LP user, those photos were from a team member. But I'll pass that on. Thanks

  • http://www.fullmoonblog.com/ Flatlinebb

    There is a checkbox in LastPass app settings to disable the screenshot blocking.

  • Trenton Seagoe

    Any idea on how to use this with Firefox Mobile?

    • Cuvis

      They actually have an extension for Firefox Mobile. Unfortunately, IME at least, it's buggy as hell and constantly causes the browser to lock up.

  • c00ller

    Alright, now for a head-to-head comparison between this and Password Box :)

  • Jeremy David Sandock

    About F**king time! Awesome!

  • Eduardo

    How the LastPass software have sure that it's a legit software (or website), when it's pasting my passwords?

    Or I'm only a Paranoiac Man?

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii
  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii