Sync Your DashLane Profile To Google Drive, DropBox, FTP & More..

For anyone that hasn’t come across DashLane yet, It is an amazingly awesome password manager, form filler and digital wallet. You get access to the entire set of password tools absolutely free, with a nominal yearly fee to sync your data to their secure servers. And while I’m a huge fan of DashLane, I’ve always kind of steered clear of password managers that encourage(or force) you to sync your information with their servers. It’s not that I don’t trust the company.. I really do. I just prefer to keep my personal information, well… to myself. So with that, I started looking  for alternative sync methods…

Only problem was, I couldn’t find anything from my ol’ friend Mr. Google! No forum threads or blog posts or documentation from the company. So Here we are, several hours of research and testing later and I can now sync my profile anywhere I want! muhahaha… *Ahem*

Right… so First things first – Lets Install DashLane.

 

Installing DashLane



1.) Download  & Install Dashlane.

DashLane_Install

 

2.) After installing DashLane, You will be prompted to create an account.

DashLane_AccountPrompt

 

3.) Create your account and Make sure to pick a strong password that you will not forget!

***If you lose/forget your master password, There is no way to recover it.

 

4.) After you create your account & login, DashLane should automatically begin installing the DashLane browser extension.

DashLane_BrowserExtensions

***If for some reason you do not see the extension in your browser – HERE are  further instructions.

 

A Method To The Madness


 

1.) First you will want to disable sync in DashLane.

Tools > Preferences > Sync

DashLane_DisableSync

2.) Then you will want to take note of where the profile information is stored.

Windows 7

 

3.) Next you will need to decide on the software you are going to use when backing up your Profile.

Essentially all we are doing is backing up the DashLane User Profile using 3rd party Backup Software. The programs I’ve chosen below, have been chosen specifically for the following reasons.

  • Create Schedule to automate backup / Folder sync
  • Version control ( only keep up to X copies of the backup in target location )
  • Free software
  • Tons of options! (who doesn’t like options?!)

In any case, Let’s pick a program and ‘get our sync on’.
[pricing_table] [pricing price=”Free” currency=”” title=”BackupMaker” moretext=”Download” url=”http://www.backupmaker.com/” window=”new”] [feature] Run As Service (add-on) [/feature] [feature] Version Control [/feature] [feature] Schedule Backups [/feature] [feature] On Success/Failure Actions [/feature] [feature checkmark=”x”] Backup Directly to Cloud [/feature] [feature] Encrypt & Compress [/feature] [feature checkmark=”x”] 2-way Folder Sync [/feature] [/pricing] [pricing price=”Free” currency=”” title=”Comodo Backup” moretext=”Download” url=”http://backup.comodo.com/download-buy.php” window=”new”] [feature]Run As Service[/feature] [feature] Version Control [/feature] [feature] Schedule Backups [/feature] [feature] On Success/Failure Actions [/feature] [feature checkmark=”x”] Backup Directly to Cloud [/feature] [feature] Encrypt & Compress [/feature] [feature] 2-way Folder Sync [/feature] [/pricing] [pricing price=”Free” currency=”” title=”Duplicati” moretext=”Download” url=”http://www.duplicati.com/” window=”new”] [feature] Run As Service (v2.0) [/feature] [feature] Version Control [/feature] [feature] Schedule Backups [/feature] [feature checkmark=”x”] On Success/Failure Actions [/feature] [feature]  Backup Directly to Cloud [/feature] [feature] Encrypt & Compress [/feature] [feature checkmark=”x”] 2-way Folder Sync [/feature] [/pricing] [/pricing_table]

 

4.) For the sake of simplicity, I’ve decided to use BackupMaker to finish showcasing the rest of the process.

Rather than detail the 15 step process step-by-step…  I’ve decided to document it in a short video 🙂

Download Location for Cloud sync Programs:

 

 

Recovering Your Profile


 

1.) Download & Install DashLane.

2.) Download & Extract the latest copy of your DashLane Profile & profiles.ini to the following location.

DashLane_Profile Location

 

3.) Restart DashLane & Login.

 

 

A Quick Word of Advice…


As with any Backup and Disaster recovery plan – the most crucial part of the backup process is testing your recovery process! If you are uncomfortable with any part of this tutorial, Please consider paying the annual $39.99 bucks to have DashLane Premuim automatically sync and take care of your data.

That being said, If you have any questions/concerns – I’d be happy to address them in the comments below!

 

 

  • Navin

    Great..But since I have a Mac, can you guide to the steps involved in a Mac, thanks

    • Not entirely sure since I don’t own a mac…

      But I would start by just doing a search for the “Dashlane” folder and try to find your profile folder from there. Otherwise it should be the exact same process outlined here.

    • My guess is it would be under /Users//Library/Dashlane or /Users//Library/Application Support/Dashlane.

      I’ve enabled a number of programs to be “cloud synced” using dropbox and symbolic links on OSX. The general idea is (when the program isn’t running):

      1. Move existing configuration/data to Dropbox

      2. Link data in dropbox back to original location (and repeat this on any computers you want to share the data with.

      I did this with a program called MacDive (SCUBA Dive Log):

      1. Open Terminal.app

      2. mv ~/Library/Application Support/MacDive ~/Dropbox/Library/Application Support

      3. ln -s ~/Dropbox/Library/Application Support/MacDive ~/Library/Application Support

      Now whenever I need to enable a synced computer, I install the software and then run the command in #3, voila. Both computers now share a synced copy of their data. Of course running both at once can cause the application data become corrupt (especially if they use SQLite or Sleepycat file-based databases). However, text-based configuration for stuff like LimeChat, Steam, Adium etc, all work great with this method.

    • rt1966

      On a Mac, the Dashlane folder that needs to be the same across all your computers is located in your (hidden) User Library. The location is: Macintosh HD ▸ Users ▸ Your User Name ▸ Library ▸ Application Support ▸ Dashlane ▸ Profiles

      If you keep the Profiles folder the same on all of your Macs, e.g., with a good syncing application like ChronoSync, you should be able to run Dashlane from multiple Macs without using Dashlane’s sync service. You would not have to pay Dashlane’s annual fee and you would keep all of your password data on your your own computers, with no sync copy in Dashlane’s servers.

  • Not entirely sure since I don’t own a mac to test with…But the folder structure should be fairly similar.

    I would do a search for the “Dashlane” folder and see if you can’t find your profile folder from there. Otherwise it should be the exact same process.

  • Navin

    thanks guys

  • Steven Morehouse

    I’m a little confused. Is this for “syncing” (using multiple devices) or is it just a simple backing up of the database for recovery purposes? It seems the latter, but title suggests the former. What am I missing?

    • Intended for backup/recovery purposes. The term “syncing” refers to the autonomous nature of how the backup was configured.

      If you are seeking cross platform functionality/sync – Your best bet would be to pay for their premium service.

      • Steven Morehouse

        Well… yeah… but I’m pretty sure the majority of people finding this (and probably your intent with word choice) are people looking for some way to do that without paying for their premium service. Incidentally, you should update the price you say their premium service costs. They’ve – yet again – increased it significantly in a very short time. At this trend, in a few years it’ll cost thousands of dollars a month to use their service 🙂 From a marketing perspective – its a huge mistake for them to so frequently change their pricing.

        • I’ve updated the pricing information in the post – thanks for pointing that out.

          It wasn’t my intention to deceive anyone with the title of the post – It conveys exactly what I set out to accomplish with this post. Sync my local dashlane file to a cloud based service ‘as’ an alternative to not having any recovery options at all as a free member.

          • davidb

            Sorry Ryan. I agree with Steven. This to me is backup not sync. Why would I choose your complicated way to do this when I can truly sync easily and for free with, for example, keepass direct to dropbox?

  • Brendon Kozlowski

    It’s quite easy and simplistic to use Dropbox (or OneDrive since it wants to be included in all Windows 8 [or newer] systems) and create a junction (hard link to a directory) from the Dashlane profile in to your free offsite storage. Any changes in one will expand to the other instantly.

    • Brendon,
      Good call – that would definitely simplify things a bit. I’ll have to look into that.
      ~Cheers

  • Movm

    idk whay i feel it’s hard to do it !

  • Daniel Prewitt

    Anyone know how to duplicate this on an Android device? I am currently trying to locate the Profiles folder on my device but not having much luck as of yet.

  • SolarShane13

    Where’s the tutorial on how to sync between multiple devices? This is a tutorial on how to backup, NOT sync!

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