How to Remove VCF Attachment [Business Card Profile Photo]?

Rollins Duke   
Published: February 6th, 2024 • 5 Min Read

Sometimes business professionals and home users prefer to remove VCF attachments (business card profile images) from all vCard contacts. If you also looking for a solution to strip out attachments from vCard file contacts, then this blog post is specifically written for you.

This write-up explains manual and professional methods to remove VCF attachments (profile pictures) in easy steps. All home and corporate users can follow these upcoming ways to delete attachments from VCF contacts immediately.

vCard is a standard format to store contacts in VCF (Virtual Contact File) extension that is an electronic format to store contacts. Users can import and export vCard files from smartphones, computers, desktop-based email clients, web-based email services, CRM programs, etc.

Why Remove vCard Attachments (Profile Pictures)?

  • Various users want to reduce VCF file size for better performance of contacts in several devices and programs.
  • After stripping out attachments from VCF contacts, you will surely feel that contacts load faster.
  • Deleting profile pictures from VCF contacts contributes to improved privacy by minimizing the visual content associated with contact information.
  • Removing VCF attachments reduces the risk of potential issues related to image rendering. It ensures a consistent contact display across different platforms.
  • Business cards without profile pictures are more compatible with various email programs, electronic devices, and CRM applications.

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Manual Methods to Delete Attachments from vCard Contacts

There are several manual ways available to remove VCF attachments, here we will discuss the topmost manual techniques that are easy to use. You can use Notepad and Outlook applications to strip out VCF attachments [Business Card Profile Images].

#1 Remove VCF Attachments Using Notepad

  1. Go to where your vCard contacts are stored.
  2. Right-click on VCF file and open it with Notepad.
  3. Press CTRL+F to find text and type Photo in search bar.
  4. Use the Search Up and Search Down arrows to find Photos.
  5. Delete Encoding used in front of Photo; (Photo Semi colon).
  6. Choose CTRL+S to save vCard contacts with updated information.

#2 Strip Out vCard Attachments with Outlook

  1. Go to VCF contacts storage location.
  2. Please right-click on VCF file and open it with Outlook.
  3. Right-click on profile photo and choose Remove Picture.
  4. After that, choose File and select Save As option.
  5. Browse destination path and press Save button.
  6. VCF contact saved without a profile picture.

Limitations of Manual Approaches

  • The manual methods require different applications to remove VCF business card profile pictures like Notepad, Outlook, vCard Editors, etc.
  • The above-mentioned manual techniques can strip out vCard attachments one by one from each contact.

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Automated Method to Delete vCard Contacts

BitRecover vCard Manager Wizard has a separate option to remove vCard attachments from business cards’ profile photos. Also, if your vCard file has various contacts with different profile pictures then the software will also delete VCF attachments at once.

This VCF Attachment Remover comes with a 30-day trial version that allows you to strip out VCF profile photos from 5 contacts. This is beneficial to test this software before upgrading to the pro edition. However, the demo version works the same as the fully activated version.

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How to Remove Attachments from VCF Files?

  1. Launch vCard attachment remover and add vCard files using dual modes.
    Add vCard files
  2. View vCard file contacts in GUI and select required files and folders.
  3. Thereafter, press Save button to continue completing the process.
    Click Save
  4. Enable Remove attachments from all vCards as shown in the figure below.
    Remove VCF attachments
  5. Click Change button to choose a preferred location to store output data.
    Preferred location
  6. Press the Start button to remove VCF attachments and wait for completion.
    Delete vCard attachments
  7. vCard attachments deleted successfully, tap on OK button.
    Business card profile images removed

VCF Attachment Remover Main Features

  • Remove VCF attachments from vCard 2.1, 3.0, and 4.0 versions without reporting any error.
  • Strip out attachments from vCard files exported from Android, iPhone, Windows Computer, MacBook, and all.
  • Highly recommended to delete vCard attachments from multiple files at once without size and quantity limitations.
  • Offers dual options to delete vCard contacts having attachments or remove attachments from all vCards.
  • vCard attachment remover supports all Windows Operating Systems including Windows Server editions.

FAQs – Your Queries Answered:

Q 1: How to check vCard version?

  • Step 1: Open storage location of vCard files.
  • Step 2: Right-click on vCard and open with Notepad.
  • Step 3: See the vCard file version in Notepad.

Q 2: Can I remove attachments from VCF 4.0 version?

Yes, the tool is suitable to strip out attachments in vCard 4.0, 3.0, and 2.1 editions.

Q 3: Does it maintain folder structure while deleting VCF attachments?

Yes, VCF attachment remover maintains actual folder structure during the process.


Above we have disclosed the top 3 ways to remove VCF attachments (business card profile images). These all are tried and tested techniques and we have also discussed the limitations and benefits of all methods. Home users can use manual methods free of cost while professional users can go with automated software. If you have still any questions, then feel free to contact our support team where experts are available 24 hours.