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How to Open VCF File

Date Last updated on October 22, 2020

What is a VCF file?

VCF (Virtual Contact File) is a standard file format for storing contact information for a person or business. A VCF file is an electronic business card that automates the exchange of personal information typically found on a traditional business card. It typically includes a name, address, phone number, email address, and other contact information. VCF files are also known as vCards.

How to Convert VCF File?

CSV is a common format to convert VCF files into since it's supported by Excel and other applications that would prefer to import contacts from CSV. You can download and install VCF to CSV, VCF to Excel, VCF to TXT or CSV to VCF conversion apps for converting VCF files easily.

CSV to VCF Converter IconCSV to VCF Converter

Excel to VCF converter.

VCF to XLS Converter IconVCF to XLS Converter

Convert VCF to Excel.

VCF to CSV Converter IconVCF to CSV Converter

Convert VCF vCard files to CSV.

VCF to TXT Converter IconVCF to TXT Converter

Convert VCF vCard files to TXT file.

How to Open VCF File?

Windows users can open vCards using the included Windows Contacts program. Here are some of the programs that can open VCF files:

How to Edit VCF File?

Email and messaging apps can edit VCF files however if you want to edit a VCF file without an email or messaging app, you can do so with some limitations. You can use almost any text editor to edit a VCF file. To open the file on Windows 10, right-click it and select the Open With option. Select Notepad from the list of apps, or if  you prefer a much cleaner interface for editing the VCF file, you can use Text Edit Plus instead.

If you need to change the phone number, name, or email you can easily find those fields in the file. There is some information you won’t be able to edit for example, a field called ‘X-Activity-Alert’ which is for a custom alert that was set up for the contact on an iPhone. This field can’t be edited and it won’t be present in the VCF file for a contact that was exported from Gmail.

After you edit the file, you can just save the change with the Ctrl+S keyboard shortcut. This only works for text based information e.g., names, and phone numbers etc. VCF files also contain images i.e., profile pictures and that isn’t something you can edit with any text editor. If what you essentially want to edit is the image saved for a contact, you’re going to have to go through an email app like Outlook or a service like Gmail Contacts that has an interface for editing that particular field. Both mobile and desktop apps/services will do but since you’re dealing with a VCF file, it’s easiest to import it on your desktop.

If you are editing a VCF file, you should be careful about the information you changed.

vCard Properties

All vCards begin with BEGIN:VCARD and end with END:VCARD. All vCards must contain the VERSION property, which specifies the vCard version. VERSION must come immediately after BEGIN, except in the vCard 2.1 standard, which allows it to be anywhere in the vCard. Otherwise, properties can be defined in any order.

 


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