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…
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.
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.”
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.
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!