Wishing someone a happy birthday on Facebook nowadays has become so common. But have you ever missed out on wishing that one, special person because you did not access Facebook that day, of all days?
In Facebook you have notification settings that help remind you of your friends’ birthdays but it will be easier to keep track of all the dates if you could add all your Facebook friends’ birthday to your iPhone calendar. Doing it one friend at a time is a hassle.
Well, you do not have to worry about that anymore. In a few simple steps, I am going to tell you how to have your Facebook friends’ birthdays – and even your Facebook events – synced to your iPhone calendar.
Once you get this set up, you will never miss out on a birthday ever again. So let’s begin.
Export the Facebook Calendar
First, you need to export your unique Facebook calendar information:
Log in to your Facebook account and click on Events located on the left navigation panel.
Look for the gear located on the right side of the page and click on Export.
A small popup will be on screen with two links, one for Birthdays and another for Events. Copy the link for your friends’ birthday.
Right-click then select Copy link address if you use Google Chrome; Copy link location for Mozilla Firefox; or Copy shortcut for Internet Explorer.
Adding Facebook’s Calendar to Your iPhone
If you use iMessage on your Mac, send the link over to your iPhone. Tap that link on your iPhone. Hit Subscribe. And you’re done.
If you can’t use iMessage, email the links to yourself. Open the email on your iPhone, copy the link then follow the following steps:
On your iPhone, tap on Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Add Account.
Tap on Other and under the ‘Calendars’ section, tap on Add Subscribed Calendar.
Paste the link into the Server box, and then tap Next. Then, tap Save.
Repeat the steps above if you want to add the Events calendar using the Events link instead of the Birthday link when you export the Facebook Calendar.
To Keep Track of Birthdays
To see the birthday calendar, go to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Subscribed Calendars.
In your iPhone Calendar App, you’ll notice that most of your dates are filled with names. If you enabled Calendar for the Notification Center, you’ll be able to see all the birthdays of today and the days to come.
Now, isn’t this a much easier way to have all your friends’ birthdays details stored in your iPhone? Best of all, the birthdays of your “new friends” will automatically be updated to your iPhone calendar. What is not so good is that after a birthday has passed, you won’t get to view it on the calendar anymore; you can however view the next birthday that person has.