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Occasionally, you may need to share the contact information in your address book with someone else. Maybe you want to send a friend the number and email address of a contractor you used for home repair or the number of the hotel you'll be staying at. You can easily send contact information from your iPhone to another phone or computer. First, find the contact you want to send. At the bottom of each contact, you'll find the button labeled Share Contact. You have the choice to send this contact information via email or message. Now, what you are going to send here is referred to as a vCard.
A vCard is a small file containing all the info from your contact formatted, so that anyone who opens the vCard on the device that understands that format, will be able to instantly add that contact to their own address book. So, whether or not the person receiving the info you're sending can use the vCard is going to depend on whether they're using a phone or a computer software that can understand the vCard format. For this example, I'll tap Message, and that allows me to send the vCard as a text message. I'll tap the plus symbol to find the person I want to send this card to. If I want to add an additional message, I can type it below, but for now I'll just tap Send, and that's all there is to it.
Now let's see what this looks like when you're on the receiving end. Again, you don't have to have an iPhone to receive contact info from an iPhone. You just need a phone that understands vCards. So here I see a notification that I just received a text message. There it is. Now here you can see the address I sent and below that is the one I just received. All I have to do is tap it to view its contents, and if I want to keep it, I can either create a new contact for this information or add it to an existing contact on my phone.
Now, this isn't exactly how it will look on other phones that aren't iPhones, but that's the gist of how it will work, regardless of whether you're sending the vCard by text message or over email. Now, what if the friend you want to send info to doesn't have a phone that understands vCards. In that case, go back to the contact with the info you want send. Maybe in this case, my friend just wants the phone number from this contact. I'll hold down on the number and you want to be careful not to tap the number or else you'll call it. But you can see after holding down for a second, I get the Copy button.
I'll tap that and now I can create a new email message or create a text message. I'll go to my Messages and I'll tap to bring up the Paste button and paste that number in. Now I can just tap Send to send that information off. Of course, this doesn't give your friend the ability to instantly add this contact info to his or her address book, but this does let you send a number or an email address to someone without having to manually type it in yourself.
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