If you’ve ever tried to send a group of contacts to someone from your iPhone before, then you’ve probably noticed there’s no easy way to do it out of the box.

While sending a group of contacts all at once requires the help of a third-party app, it’s certainly possible to do. We’ll show you how to do it in this tutorial.

Why share a contact group

There are a few reasons why you might want to send a group of contacts in the first place. To start, you have to understand what a contact group is.

Apple lets you group your contacts based on how you identify with them. For example, you might have a group of contacts that are primarily people from work, as well as another group of contacts that are primarily people from school, etc.

Hypothetically, if someone you work with is new to the job and asks you for the contact information of your fellow employees, then it will be more convenient to send them an entire contact group containing all of your work contacts rather than it would be to send each contact one by one.

Similar scenarios can be considered when:

  • A school project partner asks you for contact information for other students in your group
  • A family member asks for contact information for other family members
  • And so on…

To sum it all up, the reason you would want to send a contact group is because it’s quicker, easier, and less cumbersome than going down the list of your contacts and sending each one individually. With that in mind, knowing how to send a group of contacts all at once is a good skill to have.

How to share a group of contacts

To send a group of contacts from your iPhone or iPad, you will need to use a third-party app. We recommend Contact Groups, a contact manager for iOS that can be downloaded for free from the App Store.

Adding contacts to groups

If you haven’t already set up a contact group for the group of contacts you wish to share, then the first thing you will have to do is set one up. To do that from the Contact Groups app, follow these steps:

1) Launch the Contact Groups app from your Home screen and grant the app Contacts access if you haven’t already.

2) Tap on the + sign at the top of the app. Name your group and add contacts to it.

create contact group

3) Name your group and add contacts to it.

Add contacts to the group

4) Tap the Save button.

How to share a contact group on iPhone or iPad

After setting up a new contact group or modifying an existing one, you’re ready to share it. To do that, follow these steps:

1) Launch the Contact Groups app from your Home screen if you’re not already in it from the previous steps.

2) Select the group of contact you want to share.

List of contact groups

3) Tap on the grey Share icon, which will open the Share sheet.

Share a contact group

4) Select how you want to share the group of contacts. We will choose to send it via email.

Choose how to send the contact group

5) Write your message and send the group.

Send group via email

The recipient will get a message with the contact group attachment.

Wrapping up

Unfortunately, iOS doesn’t support sending groups of contacts to people out of the box. Nevertheless, using the Connect app is a quick and convenient workaround until Apple actually wakes up and smells the roses.

Over the years, we’ve covered many topics related to contact management on both iOS and Mac. For those interested in learning more about this particular topic, make sure to check our tutorials on finding, merging, and deleting duplicate contactstransferring iPhone contacts to computer, or disabling suggested contacts. We also have tips showing you how to import Google contacts to an iPhone or how to delete several contacts at once.

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