Digital Sharing for Apple Users: A Take Control Crash Course
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Send Contacts to Others

Let’s say I’ve told you about a friend or business colleague and I want you to have that person’s contact information. I could, of course, copy the address, phone number, and other details into an email message or instant messaging app, but if that data is already in Contacts for OS X or iOS, I can send it all to you much more easily in a special format called a vCard, which the app will happily generate for me. (A vCard can hold information for one or more contacts.)

In this chapter, I talk about contact sending. That means any changes I make to the contact’s record won’t sync with you later on (if you want to do that, see Sync Contacts with Others), but either one of us could independently make changes to the record that would sync across our own devices (see Sync Contacts across Devices).

Export a vCard in OS X

The OS X Contacts app lets you create a vCard containing any number of contacts—for example, to share the details for everyone involved in a project.

Once you have the vCard, you can manually email it, send it as a Messages attachment, share a Dropbox link, or send it in any other way of your choosing.

If your goal is to send multiple contacts in a single vCard, this is the best way to do it:

  1. In Contacts, select one or more contacts.
  2. Chose File > Export > Export vCard.
  3. Choose a name and location for the exported card and click Save.

You can now send that file to someone else the same way you’d send any other file—see Send Files to Others. The recipient can open Contacts and choose File > Import to import the contacts.

Send a vCard in OS X

To send any individual contact entry as a vCard, first select the entry in Contacts and click the Share button in the lower-right corner. From the pop-up menu , choose one of these:

**①** In Contacts for OS X, click the Share button and choose an option from the pop-up menu.
In Contacts for OS X, click the Share button and choose an option from the pop-up menu.

Send a vCard in iOS

Sending contacts from Contacts in iOS is almost the same as on the Mac, except that iOS lets you send only one contact at a time:

  1. In the iOS Contacts app, navigate to a contact record.
  2. Tap Share Contact to open a sheet .
    **②** In Contacts for iOS, this is a portion of what you see after you tap Share Contact. The AirDrop area at the top shows any nearby devices with AirDrop enabled. Third-party apps can add new icons to the bottom.
    In Contacts for iOS, this is a portion of what you see after you tap Share Contact. The AirDrop area at the top shows any nearby devices with AirDrop enabled. Third-party apps can add new icons to the bottom.
  3. Tap:
    • Message: A new message appears with the vCard attached—just enter the recipient’s name and tap Send.
    • Mail: A Mail message opens in an overlay with the vCard attached.
    • AirDrop area: Tap a user/device displayed in this area to send the vCard. (Not available on older iOS devices.)
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