How to AirDrop Contacts from iPhone to iPhone in 2024

Read this guide to see how to AirDrop contacts from iPhone to iPhone. An easy way to transfer multiple iPhone contacts is also included in this article.


By Lena / Updated on June 19, 2024

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For people who get a new iPhone or need to transfer contacts to their friends, the AirDrop feature may help a lot during the process. Now you can continue reading to learn how to make it, whether you want to AirDrop a single contact or multiple ones at once.

  • If you want to transfer contacts,call history, text messages, photos, memos, calendars, Safari (history, bookmarks), and more with one click, the iPhone-to-iPhone transfer tool is the way to go.

Preparation: Turn on the AirDrop feature on iPhone

1. Open the Control Center by swiping up from the bottom of the iPhone screen.

2. Turn on AirDrop: Press and hold on the wireless control box > Tap AirDrop and choose Contacts Only, or Everyone.

Access Airdrop

  • If you choose Contacts Only, only your contacts can see your device. If you choose Everyone, all nearby Apple devices using AirDrop can see your device.

How to Airdrop A Contact from iPhone to iPhone

Now let’s start to see how to transfer single contact from iPhone to iPhone via AirDrop. If you need to send multiple contacts via AirDrop, just skip to the next section to finish the process.

Turn on the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on both two devices. If either of the devices has a Personal Hotspot on, please turn it off.

1. Go to the Contacts app on the source iPhone > Find and tap the contact you want to share.

2. Tap the Share Contact option > Tap AirDrop > Choose the target iPhone.

Airdrop Contacts From Iphone To Iphone

3. Hit the Accept option on the target iPhone to receive the contact > Go to the Contacts app to check the shared contact.

  • If you AirDrop something to yourself (using the same Apple ID), you won't see an option to Accept or Decline and it will automatically get sent to your device.

How to Send Multiple Contacts from iPhone to iPhone with AirDrop

As described in the outlined steps, there's no direct method to collectively select and transfer multiple contacts via AirDrop to your new iPhone.

To send a batch of contacts simultaneously, you'll have to share an existing contact list (or craft a new list encompassing solely the contacts you wish to transfer).

  • If you need an easy way to send a large number of contacts from iPhone to iPhone without a Wi-Fi connection, you can skip to the next part to make it.

To access your iPhone's contact lists, launch the Contacts app, and tap on 'Lists' located at the top of the screen. Here, you'll find any existing lists.

Tap on 'Add List', provide a name for your list, then select the new list and tap 'Add Contacts'. Proceed to select the desired contacts, and finally tap 'Done'.

Now you can use AirDrop to send them.

Step 1. Launch the Contacts app on your iPhone and tap on Lists > Tap and hold the list you need to share.

Step 2. Select Export > Choose the files you want to include, then tap Done.

export contacts

Step 3. Tap AirDrop and select the device you want to send the contact list to.

Step 4. On the target iPhone, accept the contacts and choose to add them to the device.

The Best Way to Transfer All Contacts from iPhone to iPhone

If you want to transfer multiple or all contacts from iPhone to iPhone, using AirDrop might be a tough process. So here comes another useful app - FoneTool to help you transfer all contacts just in one click. 

With this professional iPhone data management tool, you can first transfer contacts from the source iPhone to the computer and then transfer the contacts to the target iPhone via a USB cable. 

yes Preview and select contacts to share as you like.
yes Fast transfer speed allows you to move 1000 contacts within minutes.
yes It doesn't need a Wi-Fi connection or consume any cellular data.
yes It doesn't overwrite any data on your source and target iPhones.
yesFoneTool supports all models of iPhone from iPhone 4 to iPhone 15, as well as the latest iOS 17.

Download the tool on your PC and follow the steps below to transfer all contacts from iPhone to iPhone.

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Part 1. Export Contacts from Source iPhone

1. Launch FoneTool > Connect the source iPhone to computer.

2. Click the Phone Transfer option. Then select iPhone to PC transfer mode by clicking Get Started.

Transfer to Computer

3. Choose Contacts > Preview and select the contacts you want to transfer > Click OK to confirm.

Select Contacts

4. Tap on Transfer Settings to choose the storage path and the format (If you want to view contacts via Excel, choose CSV format.) > Click the Start Transfer button to transfer contacts to the computer.

Transfer Contacts to PC

Part 2. Transfer Contacts to Target iPhone

1. Unplug the source iPhone and connect the target iPhone to the computer.

2. Click Phone Transfer > Choose the PC to iPhone option > Click Get Started to continue.

3. Choose the contacts you have exported before > Click Start Transfer to send contacts to the target iPhone.

transfer from pc to iphone

Once the process is finished, you can go to your iPhone to check the moved contacts. You can also let FoneTool help you transfer music, photos, videos, and more, the steps are the same.

iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, and later series support eSIM. If you plan to convert SIM card to eSIM, it is recommended to back up iPhone contacts with FoneTool in advance. Just in case unexpected errors happen during the conversion.


That’s all about how to AirDrop contacts from iPhone to iPhone. If you only want to share one or two contacts, AiDrop is a good choice to make it. If you want to send multiple or all contacts from iPhone to iPhone, you can try FoneTool to finish the job.

As a powerful backup manager, FoneTool provides an easy way to backup iPhone data to computer and lets you restore the backup files to any iPhone/iPad with no effort. Download FoneTool and it now!

Lena · Editor
Lena is an editor of FoneTool, she covers backup & restore, and phone data management and so on. She enjoys helping people find solutions to their problems. She loves traveling, eating, reading and so on. She takes most of time with her family when she is not working.