How to Share an iPhone Contact with a Friend

  Matt Cone       January 4, 2013      Tutorials iPhone


The iOS Contacts application makes it easy to store contact information for friends and family members on your iPhone. But did you know that by tapping a button on your iPhone, you can share a contact’s information with a friend? This is a great way to share the phone numbers and email addresses of extended family members, friends of friends, and even contractors.

Here’s how to share an iPhone contact with a friend:

  1. From the iPhone’s home screen, tap Contacts, as shown below.

    iPhone home screen

  2. Tap the contact or person that you want to share. The window shown below appears.

    iPhone individual contact information

  3. Tap Share Contact. The window shown below appears.

    Sharing iPhone contact information

  4. There are two ways to share the contact’s information: Email or message. If you select Email, the person’s contact information will be emailed to your friend as an attachment, as shown below. Just enter your friend’s email address and then click Send to send the contact information.

    Sending iPhone contact as email attachment

  5. If you select Message, the person’s contact information will be sent as a message to your friend’s Mac or iOS device, as shown below. Just enter your friend’s name or email address and then click Send to send the contact information.

    Sending iPhone contact as message

Congratulations! You have sent a contact’s information to a friend. Read on to learn how your friend can add the person as a contact on their iPhone.

How to Add a Shared Contact to Your iPhone

After your friend receives the person’s contact information, he will need to tap a button to add the person as a contact on his iPhone. Here’s how your friend can add a shared contact to an iPhone:

  1. Open the message or email message, as shown below.

    Receiving iPhone contact as message

  2. Tap the blue arrow next to the contact. The window shown below appears.

    Adding sharing contact to iPhone

  3. Tap Create New Contact. The new contact is added to the Contacts app on your iPhone.

That’s it! Your friend has successfully added the person as a contact on his iPhone.

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