How to Share Contacts from Your iPad

After you’ve entered contact information in the Contacts app on your iPad, you can share it with others via an email message. Make sure that you have Contacts open and then follow these steps:

  1. Tap a contact name to display its information.

  2. On the Info page, tap the Share Contact button.

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  3. In the popover that appears, tap Mail.

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    The New Message form appears.

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  4. Use the onscreen keyboard to enter the recipient’s email address.

    Note: With the person saved in Contacts, you just have to type his name here.

  5. Enter information in the Subject field.

  6. If you like, enter a message and then tap the Send button.

    The message goes to your recipient with the contact information attached as a .vcf file. (This vCard format is commonly used to transmit contact information.)

When somebody receives a vCard containing contact information, she needs only to click (or tap) the attached file to open it. At this point, depending on the recipient’s email or contact management program, she can perform various actions to save the content.

Other Mac, iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad users can easily import .vcf records into their own Contacts apps. Even PC and Android users can do this if their contact management programs support .vcf records.

In Step 2, with an iPad mini or iPad Air and later, you can select AirDrop and then tap the name of a device near to you to send the contact information to that device wirelessly. This works with other iPads, iPhones, and Macs that run OS X Yosemite or later.