AirDrop, Apple’s recently released file sharing feature, works really great on Mac as well as iOS devices. Now, you can easily transfer all your files without having to worry about connectivity issues.
Apart from Photos, Videos and other media files, it can also be used to send contacts on different devices. Yes! You can simply AirDrop your contacts on desired devices, which also helps in automatically updating the ‘Contacts’ app with new information.
For new iPhone users, these contacts can be very helpful in creating a completely new database of contacts. And most importantly, it doesn’t take much time to do this job with AirDrop feature.
So, if you’re looking for any contacts sharing an app or third party service, I’d suggest you go for preinstalled AirDrop functionality on iPhone or Mac. It will keep you safe from unreliable tools that are designed to collect the data right under your nose.
And once you share the details with such apps, there is no way back. You can’t really do much about it. So, better safe than sorry!
Anyway, let’s see how you can make use of AirDrop feature and send contacts on your new iDevice in quick time.
How to AirDrop Contacts on iPhone
This is fairly easy to do and can be performed by any novice iOS user. Please follow the guidelines below.
Steps to follow:
1. Turn on the ‘AirDrop’ feature from Control Centre menu of your new iPhone. To open this menu, you will have to Swipe Up on your iPhone’s screen.
2. Please select ‘Everyone’ option from the popup menu as displayed below. It should allow you to receive files from all the devices near you.
This step is also important because your new iPhone will not have any contacts. Hence, it may not be discoverable on the sender’s device.
Note – Both these steps are necessary to receive Contacts on your iPhone. So, please follow them as mentioned above.
3. On sender’s iPhone, go to ‘Phone’ app and select ‘Contacts’ from the bottom options.
You may also use ‘Contacts’ app to perform the transfer of files.
4. Tap on any contact name you want to send to new iPhone and select ‘Share Contact’ option from the available options.
5. Tap on the AirDrop icon on your screen and wait for it to receive signals from the new device.
Note – In order to share files via AirDrop, you will also need to make sure that your Wi-Fi and BlueTooth connectivities are enabled.
6. When it finds receiver’s signal, it will appear as a new device icon. Tap on it to select the device.
This step will send a request to accept the file on your new iPhone.
7. Accept the Contact file and wait till it gets transferred. It shouldn’t take more than a few seconds.
Similarly, you can follow these steps to send contact details from Mac OS to iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. There isn’t much difference in it.
How to verify AirDrop Contacts on new iPhone –
Now that you’ve managed to send contacts on iPhone, it’s time to verify them.
To do this, you should go to the ‘Phone’ app and select ‘Contacts’ as performed earlier on sender’s device.
If the transfer is successful, you will be able to see all your Contacts in this app. Please tap on them and check phone no., name and other such fields for your confirmation. You may also edit these contacts as per your requirement.
If the transfer is not so successful, you can try sending them again on your new iPhone. Do check the network connectivities for smooth transfer of files.
That’s pretty much about it!
Unfortunately, Apple doesn’t allow you to send multiple contacts from iPhone. You will have to select each name from the list and share it on new iPhone.
However, there are some workarounds (for ex. iCloud Backup method) that can save your time and get the job done in few minutes. And if you’ve got a few contacts in the list, you can definitely enjoy sharing them over AirDrop, WhatsApp, Messages or any other sharing feature.
These features are surely far safer and secure than unknown apps and services. So, make your choice accordingly while sharing your personal information.
After receiving and verifying new contacts on your iPhone, don’t forget to backup them immediately on iCloud or similar backup service.
It will help in getting them back again when you want to perform Restore option in iTunes. These backup services will automatically create a VCF file that can also be used to transfer these contacts to any no. of devices irrespective of the OS platform.
Also Read: How to Transfer Android Contacts to iPhone
So, what’s your preferred iOS service to transfer the contact details? Do let me know in the comments below.