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Flashcards · for iOS

The Flashcards app has the ‘Import (CSV)’ button. How does this import work?

Import (CSV) allows you to create your own flash cards, not from scratch but based on yours or somebody else’s datasets, and thus save time.

Where to get a CSV?

Exporting data to CSV format is supported by many websites, such as Quizlet, Duolingo, Anki, and Brainscape.

You can also create CSV-files in applications such as Excel, Google Sheets or Numbers.

CSV formatting

Use a comma as a separator. Each item must be enclosed in quotation marks.

If you open the CSV file in a text editor, it should look like this:


How to import CSV into the Flashcards · app:
  1. To activate the import feature purchase Flashcards Premium. The Premium button looks like a crown.

  2. Edit and export the data you need to CSV format using the website or application of your choice, with the following rules in mind: 

    • If the CSV file contains 2 columns, the text from the first column is imported both to the flash card title and to the front of the flash card, and the text from the second column to the reverse side.
    • If the CSV file contains 3 columns, then the first column is the title of the flash card, the second column is the front side of the flash card, and the third column is the reverse.
    • The fourth and all other columns, if any, are ignored.

  3. Save your CSV file to the Files app on your iPhone®/iPad®.

  4. Go to Flashcards and hold your finger on the Create button. It looks like a square with a pencil.
    Tap the ‘Import (CSV)’ button*. Select the desired file in the window that appears.

* If the ‘Import (CSV)’ button is not active, turn off the Parental Gates.

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