How To Import vCard and VCF File to iPhone?

If you’re wondering how, you can import vCard and VCF File to iPhone, the easiest method to follow would be to use iCloud. However, you can also use the Mail app or a special VCF File transfer tool.

Like most Apple users, I like upgrading to new iPhones whenever they release. So, I’ve had to export and import VCF Files/vCards a couple of times. I’ve discussed everything you need to know below. Keep reading as there are many workarounds for iPhones.

Method 1: Use the Mail App

I am going to start with the easiest fix: importing the VCF file to your iPhone via email.

Here’s what you need to do:

  • Open the Mail app
  • Create a new mail
  • Add your file to the mail as an attachment
  • Send the mail to your iPhone
  • Open what you sent and then download the attachment
  • Click Share > More > Contacts
  • Click Create New Contacts

Method 2: Use iPhone Transfer Software

Not a fan of the above method? You can download one of the many IOS transfer tools instead. Most of these tools are not free but a personal favorite of mine happens to be the Ease US Transfer program.

All you need to do is:

  • Download and launch the software
  • Connect your iPhone to your PC/Mac’s USB port
  • Quit any programs running (they can interrupt the transfer)
  • Unlock your iPhone
  • You will see a prompt asking you to trust your desktop. Confirm this
  • Open the Transfer tool and then select PC to Phone > Select Files
  • Choose the contents that you want to transfer (they can be .vcf, .csv, or .html
  • Click Open
  • Select Transfer to begin the process

The transfer might take a while if you’re sending many contacts. Also, your internet connection will affect how long it will take, so make sure that it’s fast.

Method 3: Import Via iCloud

Many people use iCloud to import VCF files. Although I mostly use the first method, I’ve tried this one a couple of times.

You will first have to import and sync your VCard to your iCloud account. All the devices that are logged into your iCloud account will then have access to your contacts.

Step 1:

  • Visit the iCloud website on your computer
  • Sign in to your Apple ID account (the specific account on your iPhone)
  • Click Contacts
  • Choose Settings > Import vCard
  • Find your VCF file and then upload it to iCloud

Step 2:

  • Open your iPhone
  • Go to Settings > Apple Account > iCloud
  • Turn on Contacts
  • Syncing your contacts may take a while. Be patient

As mentioned earlier, your internet connection plays a major role in how long the process will take.


Below are answers to some popular questions.

How Do You Create a VCF file?

It’s simple:

  • Go to iCloud
  • Go to the Contacts section
  • Select each Contact one by one (or you can select them all by going to the Gear icon and clicking Select all)
  • Click the Gear icon again > Export vCard
  1. How to change a VCF from 2.0 to 3.1 version?

Although this sounds too easy, you can transfer the VCF file to your computer and then just open a text editor (like NotePad) and manually change the version to ‘3.0’. You can do this on both Windows and Mac computers – the OS version does not matter.

Why can’t l open the VCF file?

I’ve faced this error a couple of times. There are two main reasons as to why it pops up. First, your file may be outdated. Apple’s systems only support vCards that are version 3.0 or 4.0.

Secondly, there may be no FN or N attributes to your file. This sounds complicated to fix, but it’s not.


  • Right-click your file
  • Select Open With > Notepad
  • Check the version parameter value (it will show the vcf. file edition)
  • Change the version to 3.0
  • Check whether the FN and N parameters are there now

Final Thoughts

The steps outlined above are not difficult to follow. There are some easy ways to download your contacts. The easiest would be to email yourself your vCard. Or else, you can even import the file via email.

You can also use special transfer software. However, many of them are not free.

Many people have trouble opening VCF files, and this can be a major issue that pops up often. However, it is relatively easy to fix. All you have to do is change the file version or adjust its FN and N attributes. You can do both through regular text editing software, like Notepad.