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Get Started with Desktop Apps

The Bitwarden desktop app brings a full vault experience straight out of your browser and into your desktop. The desktop app supports up to 5 logged-in accounts at a time, making it easy to switch between personal and work accounts at any moment (learn more).

Using a 3-column layout, the desktop app is designed to help you quickly locate the vault item you want to use or edit:

Bitwarden Desktop App
Bitwarden Desktop App

First Steps

Let's start your desktop app journey by adding a new login item to your vault and making sure it's secure and easy to find:

Create a Folder

Folders are a great way to make sure you can always find vault items when you need to use them. To create a folder:

  1. In the first column of the desktop app, select Add next to Folders.

  2. Give you folder a name, for example Social Media, and select Save.

Add a Login

Now, let's add a login to your new folder. To create a new login item:

  1. In the middle column, select Add. An Add Item panel will be displayed in the third column.

  2. Choose which Type of item to create (in this case, select Login).

  3. Enter the basic information for this login. For now, give the item:

    1. A Name to help you easily recognize it (for example, Twitter Account).

    2. Your Username.

    3. Your current Password (we'll replace this with a strong one soon).

  4. Select the New URI button and enter the URL where you login to the account (for example, https://twitter.com/login).

  5. Select a folder from the Folder dropdown. If you're following our example, choose the Social Media folder we just created!

  6. Nice work! Select Save to finish.

Generate a Strong Password

Now that you've saved a new login, let's improve its security by replacing your password with a strong one:

  1. Open a web browser and login to the account with your existing username and password. In that account, find where you can Change your password.

  2. On the Change your password form, enter your Current password, which you can copy and paste from Bitwarden using the Copy icon.

  3. In Bitwarden, select Edit on your item.

  4. In the Password box, select Generate and confirm Yes to overwrite your old password.

    This will replace your password with a randomly-generated strong password. Moving from Fido1234 to X@Ln@x9J@&u@5n##B can stop a would-be hacker in their tracks.

  5. Select Save.

  6. Copy your new password with the Copy icon you used earlier, and paste your new password in the New Password and Confirm New Password fields back in your web browser.

  7. Once you're done, select Save in the web browser.

    Congratulations! Your login is now saved in Bitwarden for secure and easy use!

Add a Second Account

Do you have multiple Bitwarden accounts, like one for personal use and one for work? The desktop app can be logged in to 5 accounts at once!

To login to a second account, select the currently logged-in account from the top-right of the desktop app and select Add Account:

Bitwarden Desktop App
Bitwarden Desktop App

Once you log in to your second account, you can quickly swap between them from the same menu, which will also show the current status of each account's vault (locked or unlocked). If you log out of one of these accounts, it will be removed from this list.

Next Steps

Now that you've mastered the basics, you can customize your desktop app to work exactly the way you want it to:


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