DashLane Premium (for MacOS)
Installation and Account Creation
Dashlane is a password manager that helps you create strong, complex passwords, store them (and store any other sensitive information), and automatically use them on your browser and mobile devices.
It also syncs with multiple devices so you can store and access your passwords across your desktop, mobile device, and preferred browser (with the appropriate browser extension). To learn more about Dashlane and its features, check out our overview here.
This article will show you how to install and start using Dashlane on a MacOS device. You can also follow along with a video walkthrough below.
Downloading and Installing Dashlane Premium
To install Dashlane Premium on your Mac, follow these steps.
- Go to Dashlane.com and click the Get Dashlane button on the upper right-hand corner.
Note: Dashlane will automatically check if you have the browser extension installed. If you don’t, Dashlane will offer to get the browser extension. We’ll show you how to do that later in this guide.
- Click on the “download it here” text near the bottom of the page and Dashlane will automatically download the installer file.
- After the file is downloaded, go to your ‘Downloads’ folder or double-click on the newly downloaded file on the footer of your browser to open the folder. Double-click on the downloaded file. This will begin the installation process.Note: Depending on your computer’s privacy settings, you may have to confirm that you want to download it and you may have to enter your password.
- Once it’s installed, you’ll see an intro screen and you’ll be asked to approve Folder Access and Notifications. Approve both of these permissions. This will allow Dashlane to store your information and send you helpful notifications about the tool.
- Click on Get Started to continue.
Creating An Account
- After clicking on Get Started, enter an email address for your account and then enter a Master Password.
Note: The Master Password is incredibly important so don’t take making it lightly. This password is required to access Dashlane and it’s the one password you have to remember (Dashlane will remember the others for you). Make sure this password is completely unique and can’t be guessed easily (Dashlane also has some requirements for the password). We also recommend you store it safely somewhere, either physically or in another way that’s easily accessible. Don’t store it anywhere you’ll need a password remembered by Dashlane, if you can’t remember your Master Password, you’ll be locked out of your account.
- Confirm your Master Password by entering it again.
- Click “Next” to go through three informative screens that tell you about Dashlane’s features and security.
- Click on “Add Dashlane Now” to install the appropriate browser extension.
Note: Dashlane will open your default browser and check if its extension is installed. If it’s not, you’ll see a button you can click that will take you to the appropriate location to get the extension (the screenshot below is for a Chrome browser).
- Click on the “Go To Web Store” button near the bottom center of your browser.
Note: You’ll be taken to a new web page where you can download and install the Dashlane browser.
- Click the ‘Add to Chrome’ button.
- Confirm that you want to add the extension (you’ll see the permissions required by the extension).
Now you can start using Dashlane!
Testing out the Autofill Feature
If you’re new to Dashlane or other password managers, you may be unfamiliar with their autofill feature. Whenever you save a password, login details, payment data, or other information you may have to use when filling out a form (for an application, a payment, or just to log-in), Dashlane can automatically fill in the information for you. It makes using complicated passwords much easier (because you don’t have to type in all those characters) and it saves time whenever you have to add your name and billing address when online shopping.
After you install Dashlane and the browser extension, you have an option to test out Dashlane’s autofill feature with some of your information. If you’ve followed the steps earlier and added the Dashlane browser extension, you’ll see that a new web page has opened up.
- Click on “Start Set-up” in the bottom center of your browser to continue.
Note: This is an optional step and not required to use Dashlane. If you don’t want to test the autofill feature, you can click on “I’ll do this later”
- Enter in the information asked on the following page. Your first name, last name, date of birth, and phone number (the last two entries are optional).
Note: This information will be stored by Dashlane for future use. Whenever you need to enter this information on a site, Dashlane will detect it and offer to fill it in for you.
- After you’re done, click on ‘Save Details’ in the bottom center of your browser.
Note: Dashlane will save the information you provided and the page will refresh with the form fields left blank, ready for you to test the autofill feature.
- Click on an empty form field. You’ll see a drop down option labeled “Identity” with your information listed.Note: This screenshot has been redacted to protect personal information.
- Click on your name. The fields will automatically fill in with your details.
- Click on “Got it? Head to the app” to continue using Dashlane.
To learn more about Dashlane and how to use it, check out our guide for creating a new password/login on Dashlane LINK and importing saved passwords from your previous browsers.