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3 Easy Tips to Import VCF to iPhone

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Whats Is a VCF File

According to Wikipedia, "vCard, also known as VCF, is a file format standard for electronic business cards." To be more specific, a vCard is saved as a .vcf file and is widely used among email programs to share contacts.

Thus, when you need to import contacts from Gmail, Outlook, or other mail services to your iDevice, you can first export contacts from Gmail/Outlook to VCF and then import VCF to iPhone or iPod. 

Most of the email programs provide an "Export vCard" option that you can easily find. But when it comes to importing VCF to iPhone, there is no direct way for you. If you are wondering how to do it, don't worry. Keep reading and you will learn there proven and easy ways to import VCF to iPhone. These include using an email, iPhone transfer software, and iCloud.

Import VCF to iPhone via Email
Import vCard to iPhone with iPhone Transfer Software
Import VCF to iPhone Using iCloud
FAQ about Importing VCF Files

Method 1. Import VCF to iPhone via Email

Lable: Easy

The easiest way to import contacts from VCF to iPhone is to use an email. By attaching the VCF files to an email and sending the mail to your iPhone, you can access the VCF files and then import contacts to iPhone directly within the Mail app.

To import VCF to iPhone via an email:

Step 1. Create an email, add the VCF file to it as an attachment, and send the email to your iPhone.

Step 2. Check the mail on the iPhone and tap the VCF file.

Step 3. Tap "Share" > "More" > "Contacts".

Step 4. Click "Create New Contacts" to import contacts from the VCF file to your iPhone.

Import VCF to iPhone via Email

Method 2. Import vCard to iPhone with iPhone Transfer Software

Lable: Versatile

Whether you want to import VCF or CSV to your iPhone, you can apply the iOS data transfer tool - EaseUS MobiMover to get it done. As a versatile iOS content manager, it allows you to:

  • Transfer data between an iPhone/iPad/iPod and a computer
  • Share data from one iDevice to another
  • Back up and restore iPhone/iPad
  • Download online videos to a computer or iDevice

Thus, it will not only help to import VCF to iPhone but also work in many other situations in which you need to transfer data to or from your iPhone.

To import VCF to iPhone:

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to your PC with a USB cable and start EaseUS MobiMover. Unlock your iOS device and click "Trust". Then go to "PC to Phone" > "Select Files".

Select PC to Phone

Step 2. Select the contacts (.vcf, .csv, or .html) you want to transfer and click "Open".

Choose the files you want to transfer

Step 3. Click "Transfer" to start transferring contacts from your PC to your iPhone.

Start transferring files

Method 3. Import VCF to iPhone Using iCloud

Lable: Wireless

To import contacts from Gmail, Outlook, Yahoo, or other mail services to your iPhone, a frequently used solution is to use iCloud. 

As you may know, iCloud enables you to import vCard to cloud storage and sync contacts across your devices that use the same iCloud account by enabling iCloud contacts. Therefore, with the help of iCloud, you can also import vCard to iPhone. (iCloud is also a solution to export iPhone contacts to Gmail.)

To import contacts to iPhone via iCloud:

Step 1. On the computer, open a browser and visit

Step 2. Sign in with the Apple ID you use on your iPhone and choose "Contacts".

Step 3. Click "Settings" and choose "Import vCard".

Step 4. Choose the VCF file and upload it to iCloud.

Step 5. On the iPhone, go to "Settings" > [your name] > "iCloud" and turn on "Contacts".

Step 6. After syncing, go to the "Contacts" app the check the contacts imported from the VCF file.

Import vCard to iPhone using iCloud

To use any cloud-based service, you need to make sure there is enough storage and a stable network connection available.

FAQ about Importing VCF Files

Here are some frequently asked questions and answers related to VCF files. If you run into any similar problems we list below, try the solutions we give.

1. How to create a VCF file?

There is no direct way to create a VCF file on your iPhone. But you can do the same thing by exporting contacts using iCloud or EaseUS MobiMover. For more details, you can check this guide

2. How to change a VCF from 2.0 to 3.1 version?

To change a VCF from 2.1 version to 3.1, the best solution is to transfer it to your PC or Mac, then open it using a text editor, such as Notepad on Windows PC, to change the version to 3.0 manually.

3. Why can't l open the VCF file?

There are two reasons that may result in this problem. The first reason is that the version of the VCF file is not updated. Currently, iCloud only supports vCard of version 3.0 and4.0. The second reason might be due to the absence of the "FN"and"N" attributes. To solve this problem, you can:

  • On your computer, open the path where the vCard file is saved.
  • Right-click upon it and select "Open with," then choose "Notepad.
  • Check the value of the Version parameter, which shows the current .vcf file. edition
  • Manually change the current version with 3.0 and check whether"FN"&"N" parameters are present or not. If they're there, ignore the next step.

Fix cannot open VCF files

If not, you'll need to enter FN: and N: in the same coding part and save notepad by pressing Ctrl + S.

The Bottom Line

As you can see, each method has its own advantages. You can import VCF to iPhone with one of the tips above for sure. If you also need to import CSV to iPhone, using EaseUS MobiMover is advisable. Plus, if you run into any problems while importing VCF files, the solutions listed in FAQ will be helpful. 

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