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import vCard attachment

import vCard attachment

So, what’s the “import vCard attachment” Android app about?

Well, one day I received a vCard or vcf file from a friend who is using an iPhone. And I couldn’t believe it: Android was not able to import it!

Next I searched for a vCard or vcf app in the market. To shorten the story: I didn’t find any convenient app. Though there were some apps that could open vCard or vcf files, they were limitet to open such files from your SD card.

Yeah, great idea. Most notably is the fact, that Android can’t store email attachments on the SD card, too.

And the only remaining solution for a software engineer for a missing-app-problem is to create it himself! :)

How does the app work?

This nice piece of software registeres itself as a handler for vCard or vcf content, which is defined by the MIME type text/x-vcard.

So whenever you open such a file, e.g. by opening an attachment in the gmail or email app, Android will show you a dialog in which you can select “import vCard attachment” as the app which should handle your file.

The app now begins to parse your file. If it finishes successfully, it shows you a preview screen in which you can skim over the entries which have been found in the file you opened.

Now it’s up to you:

As soon as the import process finishes, the app will ask you a final question:

open contact dialog

open contact dialog

Now it’s up to you again:

Does this app support vcard files which contain more than one contact?

Yes, absolutly! As far as I know, this app is the only one available for android, which can do that!

Which vCard entries can be imported?

The app supports the following vCard entries right now:

This list is not finished by now. If you are missing certain entries, feel free to drop me a note about it. I will add the new feature as soon as possible.

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