Get Started with the Web Vault

The Bitwarden web vault provides the richest Bitwarden experience for personal users and organizations. Many important functions such as setting up two-step login or administering an organization must be done from the web vault.

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The web vault is accessible from any modern web browser at vault.bitwarden.com. If you are self-hosting Bitwarden, access to the web vault will be located at your configured domain, for example https://my.bitwarden.server.com.

The Bitwarden Web Vault
The Bitwarden Web Vault

When you first log in to your web vault, you'll land on the Vaults view. This space will list all vault items, including logins, cards, identities, and secure notes.

First steps

In the previous screenshot, the Vaults view is displaying All Items in My Vault. Users of organizations will have other vaults listed here. Using the Filters column, you can organize your vault into Favorites and Folders.

Let's start by setting up a new folder and adding a new login to it:

Create a folder

To create a folder:

  1. Select the Add icon next to the Folders section in your Filters column.

  2. Enter a name (for example, Social Media Logins) for your folder and select Save.

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    For a cleaner vault, you can nest folders inside other folders.

Add a login

To add a new login item:

  1. Select the Add Item button.

  2. Select Login from the dropdown (if you are adding a card, identity, or secure note instead, select that option instead).

  3. Enter a Name for the item. Names will help you easily identify items in your vault, so give this item a recognizable one (for example, My Twitter Account).

  4. Enter your Username and Password. For now, enter your existing password. We will help you replace it with a stronger password later.

  5. In the URI 1 field, enter the URL of the website (for example, https://twitter.com/login). If you don't know what URL to use, navigate to the website's login screen and copy it from your address bar.

    Finding a URI
    Finding a URI
  6. From the Folder dropdown, select the name of the folder you want to add this item to (for example, the Social Media Logins folder we created earlier).

    Select the Favorite icon to add this item to your favorites. The icon will fill-in () when it is a favorite.

  7. Nice work! Select the Save button to finish adding this item.

Generate a strong password

Now that a new login is saved in your vault, improve its security by replacing the existing password with a stronger one:

  1. In your vault, select the item you want to secure.

  2. In a new tab or window, open the corresponding website and login to your account.

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    If you entered something in the URI 1 field, click the Launch icon to open it directly from your vault.

  3. On that website, navigate to the area where you can Change your password.

    Typically, you can find this in a Your Account, Security, Sign in Settings, or Login Settings section.

  4. Most websites require you to enter your Current password first. Return to your vault and select the Copy icon next to the Password field. Then, return to the website and paste it into the Current password field.

    You might have the old password memorized, but it's a good idea to get in the habit of copying and pasting your password. This is how you will be logging in once your password is replaced with a stronger one.

  5. Return to your vault and click the Generate icon next to the Password field. You will be asked whether you want to overwrite the current password, so select Yes to proceed.

    This will replace your Password with a randomly generated strong password. Moving from a password like Fido1234 to X@Ln@x9J@&u@5n##B can stop a hacker.

  6. Copy your new password with the same Copy icon you used earlier, and select the Save button.

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    Don't worry about overwriting your existing password! If something goes wrong, Bitwarden maintains a Password History of the last five passwords for every login:

    View Password History
    View Password History

  7. Return to the other website and paste your strong password in the New Password and Confirm new password fields.

  8. Once you Save the password change, you are finished!

Import your data

Good news! You don't need to repeat this process for every login if you have usernames and passwords saved in a web browser or other password manager. Use one of our specialized import guides for help transferring your data from:

Secure your vault

Now that your vault is full of data, let's take some steps to protect it by setting up two-step login. Two-step login requires you to verify your identity when logging in using an additional token, usually retrieved from a different device.

There are many available methods for two-step login, but the recommended method for a free Bitwarden account is using a mobile device authenticator app such as Authy:

  1. Download Authy on your mobile device.

  2. In your web vault, select the profile icon and choose Account Settings from the dropdown menu:

    Account Settings
    Account Settings

  3. From the Account Settings menu, select the Security page and the Two-step Login tab.

  4. Locate the Authenticator App option and select Manage:

    Manage Authenticator App
    Manage Authenticator App

    You'll be prompted to enter your master password to continue.

  5. On your mobile device, open Authy and tap the Add Account button.

  6. Scan the QR code located in your web vault using Authy. Once scanned, Authy will display a six-digit verification code.

  7. Enter the six-digit verification code into the dialog box in your web vault, and select the Enable button.

  8. Select the Close button to return to the Two-step Login screen, and select the View Recovery Code button.

    Your recovery code can be used in the event that you lose your mobile device. This is a critical step to ensure you don't ever get locked out of your vault, so don't skip it!

  9. Enter your master password and select the Continue button to get your recovery code.

    Example Recovery Code
    Example Recovery Code

Save your recovery code in the way that makes the most sense for you. Believe it or not, printing your recovery code and keeping it somewhere safe is one of the best ways to make sure that the code is not vulnerable to theft or inadvertent deletion.

Next steps

Congratulations on mastering the basics of Bitwarden! We want everyone to be safe online, so we are proud to offer everything you have learned about here for free.

Signup for premium

For personal users, we offer a premium subscription for $10 / year that unlocks advanced capabilities including:

To start a premium subscription, select the Go Premium button from your Vaults view!

Start an organization

Do you need to share passwords or other vault items with your friends, family, team, or entire business?

Bitwarden organizations let you do just that. We recommend trying out the functionality of password-sharing from organizations by starting a free two-person organization.

Once you have tested an organization, check out our Bitwarden pricing page to learn about the different organization types you might consider.


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