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How to Copy Contact Birthdays to your Google Calendar

Do you remember what day you were born? I hope so… but what about the birth days of your friends, family and colleagues? Let’s face it. Nobody likes getting older, so what better way to show someone you care about them than by reminding them of it!

Whether you enjoy tracking peoples age, lighting cakes on fire, or have an intense fear of clowns and want to know which day is best to hide in your underground bunker…Google Calendar has a handy feature for tracking birthdays and events. Just be careful how you use it, since not everyone has the same opinion about their birthday…

What google thinks of birthdays

Copy Birthday Contacts to Google Calendar

For this tutorial to work, it will require that you keep track of your contact’s birthdays via Google contacts. The contact management should be seamless if you have your iPhone or Android smartphone synced up with Gmail for contact management since Gmail is really where all of the info is stored.

Before setting it up, there’s a caveat to mention: Google Calendar doesn’t automatically send you notifications of upcoming birthdays. Any alerts you want to receive must be manually added, so if you have hundreds of contacts whom you want to keep track of then this could be a deal breaker! There is however a nifty RSS feed generated that you can subscribe to with Google Rea…oh wait…an RSS reader like feedly.

To add this calendar takes just a few steps. Open up the Google Calendar page and click the down arrow next to Other Calendars. Then from the drop-down menu select Browse Interesting Calendars.

browse interesting calendars

On the Interesting Calendars page click the More tab and then the Subscribe button at the top of the list. The one you want is obvious and labeled “Contacts’ birthdays and events.”

contacts birthdays and events

Now if you select this calendar you’ll see birthdays of your contacts and events that your contacts make public. Birthdays will symbolized by a little cake icon.

birthdays in google calendar

That’s all there is to it. Now you can keep track of your friend’s birthdays and remind them just how old and wise they are!

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4 Responses to How to Copy Contact Birthdays to your Google Calendar

  1. Marsha July 9, 2013 at 1:19 pm #

    So, after I go to all that trouble, how long will it take Google to discontinue that service?

    • Austin Krause July 9, 2013 at 10:01 pm #

      Haha, nice one! On a serious note I think Google Calendar and Gmail contacts are here to stay for a while. Gmail contacts because 300 million people use them. And calendar because all of the Google Apps businesses use them along with many home users, though I don’t know the approximate number of total calendar users off the top of my had.

    • Austin Krause July 9, 2013 at 10:01 pm #

      Haha, nice one! On a serious note I think Google Calendar and Gmail contacts are here to stay for a while. Gmail contacts because 300 million people use them. And calendar because all of the Google Apps businesses use them along with many home users, though I don’t know the approximate number of total calendar users off the top of my head.

  2. Debra October 20, 2015 at 10:45 am #

    Okay, I see the birthday cake from my contacts but why it doesn’t show the picture of the contact?

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