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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 maybe the number for a hotel you'll be staying at. You can easily send contact information from your iPhone or other iOS device to another phone or computer. First find the contact you want to send. At the bottom of each contact you'll find Share Contact. That gives you the choice to send this contact information via email or message. You may also have AirDrop as an option which allows you to share files with other AirDrop capable iOS devices nearby, but we'll talk about that in its own movie.
Now what your going to send is referred to as a V card. A V card is a small file containing all the info from you contact, formatted so that anyone who opens the V card on a 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 your sending can use the V card, is going to depend on whether their using a device or computer software that can understand the V card format. For this example, I'll tap Messages and that allows you to send the V card as a text message. I'll tap the Plus button to find the person I want to send this V card to. Now if I want to type an additional message, I can just tap in the message box maybe hit Return and type my message.
And then I'll hit Send. Again, you don't have to have an iPhone to receive contact info from an iPhone. You just need a phone that understands V cards. Okay. And I can see I just received a text message, so I'm going to tap that. And you can see that Scott has sent me a V card in return for lynda.com east. And 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, or add to an existing contact on my phone. Now this is not exactly how it will look or work on other phones that aren't iphones, but that's the gist of how it will work, regardless of whether you're sending the v card by text message or over email.
Now what if the friend you're sending this info to doesn't have a phone that understands V cards? In that case, go back to the contact with the info you want to send. And maybe, in this case, my friend just wants the phone number from this contact. I'm going to hold down on that number until I see copy appear. Now, you want to be careful not to tap the number, or else you'll call it. But I'll just tap Copy, in this case. And now, I can create a new email message, or I create a new text message. Just go back to Messages here. I'll tap in the message box. Tap in there to paste. There's the number, and I can send it off. Now 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 email address to someone without having to manually type it in yourself.
>> So that's how to send out contact information both in V card form and by copying and pasting on your iOS device.
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