How to Easily Sync and Save Birthdays in Google Calendar

Google Calendar is a powerful tool for organizing events and reminders. While manually setting up birthday reminders can be a hassle, Google Calendar offers a simple trick that makes saving birthdays a breeze. In this complete guide, we'll show you how to sync and save birthdays in Google Calendar automatically and manually. Let's get started!

Syncing Birthdays from Google Contacts

To sync birthdays from Google Contacts to Google Calendar, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Google Contacts website and log in to your Google account.
  2. Select the contact you want to add the birthday details for or create a new contact if needed.
  3. Click the “Edit” button to edit the contact details.
  4. Look for the “Birthday” option and enter the contact's birthday in the mm/dd/yyyy format.
  5. Click “Save” to save the birthday details. The contact's birthday will sync with Google Calendar shortly.
  6. Open Google Calendar and make sure the “Birthdays” calendar is enabled in the sidebar.
  7. If you can't find the sidebar, click the plus icon “+” beside “Other calendars”.
  8. In the menu, select “Browser calendars of interest”.
  9. Enable the checkbox beside “Your Contacts” under the Birthdays section.
  10. The Birthdays calendar will now appear in the sidebar, and you can view birthday events directly on Google Calendar.

Now all the birthday details in your contacts will be synced to Google Calendar. Any changes or additions you make to the birthday details will automatically sync as well. You can also use the Google Contacts and Google Calendar apps on your phone to manage birthdays, available for both Android and iOS.

However, there are a couple of limitations with this method. You cannot edit the birthday details directly from Google Calendar, and Google Calendar will not send notifications for birthdays saved this way.

Manually Saving Birthdays to Google Calendar

To save birthdays manually and receive reminders every year, follow these steps:

  1. Open Google Calendar and click the “Create” option at the top left corner.
  2. Select the “Event” option from the drop-down menu to create a new event.
  3. Enter the name of the contact in the title section.
  4. Choose the date by clicking on it and selecting a day, month, year, and time if desired.
  5. Set the time as “All day” or choose a specific time for the reminder.
  6. Set the event to repeat “Annually” to create a recurring event that reminds you every year.
  7. Click “More options” to configure notification settings.
  8. Add a notification by clicking “Add notification”.
  9. Customize the notification settings according to your preference.
  10. Optionally, choose the calendar where you want to save the birthday events.
  11. Click “Save” to save the event.

Congratulations! You have successfully saved the birthday details on Google Calendar, and you will receive reminders every year.

Simplifying Birthday Notifications

Manually adding each birthday event can be time-consuming. Instead, you can add birthdays to Google Contacts and view them on Google Calendar. For contacts whose birthdays you want to be notified about, follow the manual process described above. This way, you will receive notifications every year without the need to set them repeatedly.

Additionally, you can use Chrome extensions like Birthday Calendar Extractor for Facebook to save birthday events from Facebook and upload them to Google Calendar. However, keep in mind that this method doesn't sync in real-time, so any new friends added on Facebook won't have their birthdays automatically added. Alternatively, you can directly import events from Facebook to Google Calendar using the instructions provided here.

With these tips and tricks, you can effortlessly sync and save birthdays in Google Calendar, ensuring you never miss an important date.