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Import through an email account configured on device

The simple way to do this is send an email with VCard file as an attachment to the mail account configured on your iPhone.

Then, tap to select the attachment. Application displays a list of contacts.

Tap Add All <Total number of contacts> Contacts to import into your iPhone.

Importing through iCloud account

Step 1: Sync Contacts on iCloud

  • On your iPhone, go to Settings > iCloud and make sure Contacts is listed as ON.
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Step 2: Go to Contacts on iCloud interface

  • Click Contacts
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Step 3: Import vCrad file

  • Click the Settings icon from iCloud Contacts pane
  • Then, select the Import vCard file option.
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  • On your PC/machine, browse to locate the VCard file to be imported.
  • Click Ok to import the file.
  • Refresh the Contacts application to view imported contacts.
Figure: iCloud Application Window

Troubleshooting: Recent changes made to Contacts using iCloud interface do not appear on the iOS device

Refresh Contacts

  • If recent changes don't appear in Contacts on your iOS device, try refreshing:
** In iOS 7, tap Groups in the upper-left corner of Contacts, then pull down on the list of groups to refresh.
** In iOS 6 and iOS 5, tap Groups in the top-left corner of Contacts, and then tap the Refresh button in the upper-left corner of the Groups window.

Set iCloud as the default account for Contacts

  • If recent changes to Contacts on your iOS device don't appear on your other devices, and you are syncing contacts with multiple accounts on your device (iCloud, Gmail, Yahoo), make sure that iCloud is your default account for Contacts:
** Tap Settings > Mail, Contacts and Calendars.
** In the Contacts section, tap Default Account, then tap iCloud.

Restart the Contacts application

  • If you're using iOS 7, quit and restart the Contacts app on your iOS device:
** Press the Home button twice to see preview screens of the apps you have open.
** Find the Contacts preview screen and swipe it up and out of preview to quit the application.
** Tap the Home button to return to your Home screen.
** Wait a minute before reopening the Contacts app.
  • If you're using iOS 6 or iOS 5, quit and restart the Contacts app on your iOS device:
** Press the Home button twice to open the multitasking menu.
** Touch and hold the Contacts icon until it jiggles.
** Tap the "X" to remove it from the list.
** Press the Home button to get back to your Home screen. Wait a minute before reopening the Contacts app.

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