Quickly Send An Address Book Contact From Your iPhone Or iPad

Have you ever wanted to share a contact from your iPhone or iPad address book with a friend? iOS has a built-in feature that makes this very easy to do.

Here are step-by-step instructions for sharing a contact from your iPhone or iPad:

  • Open your Contacts app.
  • Select the record for the person whose information you want Share Contactto share.
  • Scroll down and tap the Share Contact button, as shown to the right.
  • You’ll then see the various sharing options including Message and Mail. Both of these options will send the selected person’s information as a vCard. A vCard is special type of file that is used to exchange personal information between address books. Most smartphones and email applications can handle vCards.
  • For this example, tap the Message button.
  • Type in your friend’s name or phone number.
  • Tap Send.
  • If your friend uses an iPhone he or she will receive a text message that looks like the one shown below in the grey balloon.
  • Your friend should then tap on the arrow. Doing so will reveal the shared contact’s information listed in the vCard.
  • Then your friend can scroll down and tap the Create New Contact button to save this information permanently into his or her iPhone or iPad Contacts app.

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