How to Import VCF to an iPhone

You ask a friend to text to you her phone number, and you soon receive a text on your iPhone with a VCF file attached. You wonder if your friend misheard you. The truth is your friend simply knows the easiest way to send contact information: in a vCard. IOS 8 makes it easy to import vCards into your Contacts on your iPhone.

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CSV files can be used to send contact info but can only contain textual data, no photos or audio.
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A vCard -- or VCF file -- is a file containing contact information, such as phone numbers, contact photos, emails and addresses -- it could even have a link to Google Maps for directions. All this information can be nestled nicely into your iPhone's Contacts in just a few taps. The vCard is now the standard for sharing such information.

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Tap on the VCF file attachment to open it. You may have received it in an instant message as displayed here, but the procedure in iOS 8 is the same if you receive the vCard by email or access it on someone's website.

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Tap the vCard attachment to open it.
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Select "Create New Contact."
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Select "Create New Contact." If you already have this person in your contacts but are adding new information, select "Add to Existing Contact" instead.

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Tap "Done" to finish importing.
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Tap "Done" to finish importing the vCard information into your iPhone Contacts.