can't unlock existing 1Password desktop after migrating to family plan

After happily using 1Password (stand alone including 1Password7) for many years I decided to migrate to the family plan and thus benefit from secure syncing via 1Password cloud. The migration went smoothly (I can see all my passwords in the browser).

However, I now want to unlock my 1Password7 desktop app again but it refuses my password (on purpose I kept the password for the new family scheme and my existing master password for 1Password app the same). If I enter Preferences/Accounts I can see I'm subscribed but when I click on "subscribed" I get the message "Account Credentials Missing".

What do I need to do? I have reinstalled 1Password7 several times by following the the instructions in I also can't follow the instructions on How to add your 1Password account to the apps since the first step is to unlock 1Password.

1Password Version: 7.2.5
Extension Version: Not Provided
OS Version: 10.14.4
Sync Type: Not Provided
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  • ag_anaag_ana

    Team Member

    Hi @Erik1P! Welcome to the forum!

    Just to clarify: without sharing any account information here, what is the field behind the error message in the screenshot that is missing? Is it the email address or the Secret Key?

    And the first time you added your 1Password account to the app, were you able to do it without problems?

  • From top to bottom I can see:
    1. The family name I created when I registered/created my family plan
    2. "Subscribed"
    3. My email address
    4. Start of my secret key

    At the moment I can only login to my vault via I can't unlock the browser extension nor the 1Password menu bar item nor the 1Password desktop app.

    I did not encounter a problem converting 1Password on my wife's laptop (we used to share a vault via Dropbox). On her laptop I can open the 1Password desktop app, unlock the browser extension and login to I see the same vaults/password items in all cases.

  • ag_anaag_ana

    Team Member

    Hi @Erik1P,

    It's possible that something went wrong when you tried to add your 1Password account to this app. You said that you see all your items on, but does this 1Password app on the Mac contain other items that you don't see on the website?

    I ask this because, if there is nothing else that you need inside the desktop app, you could reset it and start over with a fresh app. This way, you can then add your 1Password account and see if you are able to add it without problems this time.

  • Thanks again for the response.

    It's difficult to check whether all items are included since the are not counted by category in However, I can see the ballpark figure is correct (1,000+ items). And fortunately I exported all my items to a .1pif file before I started. So I suspect I will be covered.

    I also saw I can deauthorize a device in My Profile. Would that be of any help?

    If not, what is the correct way to remove and restart 1Password. Removing 1Password completely from my desktop using a tool like AppCleaner or AppZapper?

  • ag_anaag_ana

    Team Member


    I also saw I can deauthorize a device in My Profile. Would that be of any help?

    I am honestly not sure: it's the first time I see this error message. But in this case, I think that the app itself might be the problem, rather than the account, so it's possible that just deauthorizing your account won't fix the issue if it indeed lies within the app.

    I would like to help you make sure that we are not missing anything before we restore the app to a fresh state (and you don't need any external tools for this, there is actually a built-in feature in 1Password that allows you to do this). Before we do that, I'd like to ask you to create a diagnostics report from your Mac:

    Please email this report to [email protected] Once you have emailed it, please post here the ticket number you received so I can locate your message in the system and get back to you over there.

    Thank you!

  • For your reference, this is the support ID:


  • ag_anaag_ana

    Team Member

    Thank you @Erik1P! I confirm that we have received your report, we will get back to you via email as soon as possible.

    ref: EJN-96384-416

  • To wrap up this issue: there was an additional (older) family account in play on my desktop 1Password. After I had converted my current single user account to a family account, the 1Password desktop application expected the master password of the older family account. Once I used that everything opened fine :blush:

  • LarsLars Junior Member

    Team Member

    @Erik1P - thanks for the follow-up, and glad to hear we were able to help you resolve the issue! :)

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