How delete all account data ( passwords and notes etc ) and start again with a initial import

Ive searched for this but can not find instructions how to do.
I want to delete all data in my account.
I do NOT want to delete my account.

Because my initial import had several errors, and I re import as I fixed each error. now I have many duplicates in my password list. So I want to delete all my BitWarden data and start again with a fresh import …

How about this:
https: / / vault . bitwarden . com ( deliberately not entered as a link ) -> login in -> profile picture (in the top right) -> My Account -> scroll down to the “Danger Zone” -> Purge Vault

First make sure you export (backup). Go to and choose .json, just in case things don’t go the way you want. If everything’s fine, don’t forget to (safe-)delete the backup.

Why suggest .json over a .csv and how do you safe delete the backup?

“We recommend using .json for a more complete export, as .csv files won’t currently export Cards or Identities.”

Source: Export Vault Data | Bitwarden Help & Support

Perhaps save it directly to an encrypted USB device? If you want to keep on using your current account you could completely avoid this issue by creating your backup in an encrypted JSON file. This does not work if you would create a new account, as you would not be able to re-import that backup.

Vault data can be exported in an encrypted JSON file. These exports are encrypted using your account’s encryption key, which are generated on account creation and unique to each Bitwarden user account.

Source: Encrypted Exports | Bitwarden Help & Support

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same issue, bitwarden duplicated everything 3 times, and I now have thousands of dupes
If I purge, will it only purge my data that I imported?
It won;t purge data that my other family members have added and shared will it?

This means, that you imported your data 3 times. And if you keep importing your data Bitwarden will create new copies every time.

No, it will purge all data in your account.
If I were you I would export all data from within Bitwarden as CSV, then make a backup of that file. Next I would go through every single line to find the data your other family members added. By the way: It would have been much better if every single member of your family would have had their own account.

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yes that is correct I imported it 3 times, because it didn’t work the first 2 times, there was ZERO data after the import. So please don’t be condescending.

It would have been much better if every single member of your family would have had their own account.

Bitwarden sell family accounts, that’s the whole point in them.

Are you referring to the Family Plan, in which each family member has their own vault, along with shared collections belonging to the organization vault?

I believe you should be able to purge your own vault without affecting the others, but since this is not explicitly documented, I suggest checking with tech support first, to be safe.

I didn’t mean to be condescending. My apologies. But if you import things three times in Bitwarden, it will create everything in triplicate. That is the expected behaviour.

For the benefit of anyone else reading this thread, you have to wait a minute for everything to import and then refresh your browser. If you don’t see anything imported, then log out and login again to ensure the vault contents are refreshed.

yes that is what I am referring to.
I have an enterprise plan for myself, which includes a free family plan.
so when I login i see 3 vaults.
my vault
my organisation

the only thing in my vault is all the duplicated data.
however from my fault, I do also see the records from the family vault as well.

And for the record, if you export three times in Lastpass without closing the browser, it will export in triplicate. That is a documented bug.

Is this noted in the documentation or on the import screen?

As a standard end user I wouldn’t consider this expected behavior.

As a more technical user that is something I would try. Maybe bitwarden should put a pop up message about that too.

Yes, it is mentioned that if you perform repeated imports it will lead to duplicated items. I think it also just makes common sense that if you do something multiple times you will get multiple results.

You answered an affirmative to something that wasn’t even the question. The question wasn’t “if you do repetitive imports does it make duplicates”. The question was is it noted in the documentation or on the import screen, that you have to wait a minute for everything to import and then refresh your browser after an import?

If the product is causing an end user to do something multiple times, there is a UX experience issue, in which the product isn’t doing what the most basic user is intending. If I’m a basic user my expectation would be when importing i may see a spinning circle while the import is running or “taking that minute” you stated earlier. Then I’d expect the product to refresh the screen for me. I mean we’ve all experienced this behavior in other products, if you do a task and it needs a refresh there’s code that can make the screen refresh for you.

Feel free to put in a feature request or bug report if this is important to you, @Gerardv514. I believe that would be very constructive.

My purpose of adding my input here wasn’t that this is important to me, but rather I don’t like to see other community members chastised by always claiming/pointing a finger saying “you, you, you” messed it up. Maybe in more than typical cases it’s user error, we try and teach them, but in cases like this I would agree with the end user that hey this could be done a bit better and for those that have the ideas to make it better put in the feature request like you mentioned. I just didn’t see that kind of dialogue, that I typically see in other “assist the community” type forums.

I actually had to look this up. To be condescending was not my intention. I guess that this is a cultural thing. I am German. So instead of telling you things like “I am sorry to hear” I just state the facts. There are no emotions included.


ok fair enough…