How do I add contacts' Birthdays to Google Calendar?


You can add your contact's birthdays as an additional calendar in your Google calendar via their web interface. DigiCal will then display all your contact's birthdays accordingly.

Adding contacts' Birthdays to your Google Calendar

Google Calendar lets you add yearly recurring events; handy to see friends' birthdays in advance, for example. Additionally, Gmail lets you add dates to your contacts; handy to note friends' birthdays. 

Conveniently, Google Calendar can automatically pick up birthdays you've added to your Gmail contacts and show them as a special schedule of all-day events — even including birthday cakes icons!


Add Your Gmail Contacts' Birthdays to Google Calendar (*new web interface)

  • In the top right, click Settings.
  • Click Birthdays, and find the Show birthdays from menu.
  • Choose Contacts only to see birthdays from Google Contacts but not Google+.

For more info:

In the settings menu you can also check under 'settings for my calendar', it's possible you've already added the 'contacts' calendar in the past and you can change the settings here.


Add Your Gmail Contacts' Birthdays to Google Calendar (*old web interface)

  • Go to the Google Calendar page: Click on the cogwheel button on the top right hand side and select Settings.
  • Go to the "Calendar" tab
  • Click on "Browse interesting calendars" in the other calenders section


  • Go to the "More" tab
  • There's a calendar called "contact's birthdays and events", click on subscribe



*Note that you cannot add notifications — for instance by email or SMS — to your Google Calendar birthday calendar. You can get an RSS feed of upcoming birthdays, though.

Therefore, if you would like to get alerts, you can also copy individual birthdays to a personal calendar (open the event and select copy to my calendar).


If you don't see the new calendar please make sure it's set to sync and set to display:


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    Thibaud Taudin Chabot

    It is a long way but it works. However just a name would do but google makes it a complete sentence.
    Adding the feature to digical+ to get the birthdays from the contacts would be better and easier.

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    Thanks for the suggestion Thibaud. It's indeed on the todo list.

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