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Quick Tip: How to get birthdays in Calendar

by Derek Kessler Fri, 13 Nov 2009 11:29 am EST

Birthdays in Calendar If you were to ask us, we’d have your contacts’ birthdays all show up automagically in the calendar, like they did in the Palm OS of old. But it isn’t happening, and if you want to get around that, where there’s a will there is indeed a way. Reader weldonhd3 showed us two ways to get your birthdays into Calendar, dependent upon where those birthdays are coming from. Truly, weldonhd3 is a genius. And forgetful when it comes to birthdays. They go hand-in-hand, really.

First up is Google. Your Google contacts that have associated birthdays can be pulled into your Google Calendar and then synced down to your Pre. All you need to do is open Google Calendar in your desktop browser, click on Settings (top right corner), then Calendars. In the middle right of the page click on “Browse interesting calendars,” select the More tab, and then click Subscribe next to the “Contacts’ birthdays and events.” After a few hours the calendar should be added to your phone with the magic that is Synergy. From there, if you ever add a birthday to a Google contact it should appear in the calendar and be pushed back to the phone.

But that depends on you to do the work of entering birthdays. And work is unacceptable, right? You have Facebook, and your friends have mostly entered their birthdays into their profiles, so why not get it on your Pre? Through the magic of Facebook apps you can do it, though it lacks a bit of the automagic synergizin’ that we want. Here’s how it works: add the Birthday Exporter app to your Facebook profile, export to an iCal file, and then import it into Google Calendar.

Voilà, birthdays in calendar!