How to send and receive virtual business cards (vCards) in Mail on a Mac


Need to exchange contact details with a business partner or customer? Sending vCards using Mail on your Mac is one of the easiest ways to do this.

Person holding a business card with vCard logo

For decades, business cards have been one of the primary means of networking with business partners and potential customers. Are they obsolete in today’s technological age? No. They have retained their importance in the digital world, except that business cards are now virtual.

Mac’s Mail app has all the features you need to create, send, and receive these digital business cards, called vCards.

What is a vCard?

vCard, short for virtual business card, is the electronic counterpart of a business card. This is often a file attached to an email instead of an email signature. It is also called a virtual contact file or VCF.

Because the file type is supported by almost all email providers and mobile devices, vCards allow users to quickly add you to their contact lists. You can also use vCards to quickly import multiple contacts through a single file.

Related: Need a Virtual Business Card? Create your own vCard for free on your Mac

How to send vCards in Mail

Before you start sending vCards, make sure your vCard is configured in the Contacts application. If you plan to send other people’s vCards, make sure their contact details are saved in the People app.

To send vCards with Mail:

  1. Open the Contacts app on your Mac.
  2. Open To post on your Mac and start a new message.
  3. From Contacts, drag your card or someone else’s card to your message in Mail. The vCard will appear as an attachment in VCF format.


Add a vCard to Mail

You can also send multiple vCards at the same time. Just select all the contacts you want to send, then drag them to your message in Mail.

Adding multiple vCards to Mil

Related: Ways to Send and Receive Business Cards on iPhone

How to receive vCards in Mail

If someone sent you a vCard in Mail, here’s how you can save it in your Contacts app:

  1. Open the email with the vCard in Mail.
  2. Double click on the vCard. You’ll be taken to the Contacts app, with a prompt asking if you want to import the contact.
  3. Click on Import.

Import to contacts prompt after clicking vCard in Mail

An easy way to send business cards

Sending virtual contact information is invaluable in this digital age. Mail makes it easy to send and receive vCards, letting you immediately import a person’s details into your contact list with just a tap of your finger.

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