How do I set the default Contacts Application in macOS Catalina?


macrumors 6502a
Original poster
Jul 17, 2009
Denver, co
I ran into a problem today on my Macbook where when I go to System Preferences->Users and Groups , then select my user account and then click “Contacts Card->Open” it opens a 3rd party contacts manager application called “Contacts+”.

What I want it to do is open the built-in Apple Contacts application. I have searched the web, searched System Preferences , and also Contacts Preferences and Internet account settings, but haven’t found an answer.

I occasionally use Contacts+, but I don’t want it to be the default application. The default application will probably switch to Apple Contacts is I delete the 3rd party application , but I’d rather keep it for when I need it.

Ideas? Suggestions?


macrumors 68030
Oct 31, 2007
Austin, TX
  1. In Contacts, drag a contact to the Desktop to create a vcf file.
  2. Select the vcf file in the Finder and choose Get Info from the File Menu or type Command-I.
  3. In the window that appears, select Contacts from the "Open with" popup menu, then click the "Change All" button.
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