How to Automatically Add Birthdays to Google Calendar

These little reminders help you remember others' big days

Google Calendar showing week view and birthdays displayed

Adding birthdays to Google Calendar is like adding any other event. However, if you set up birthdays in Google Contacts, those birthdays are added to Google Calendar automatically when you sync Google Calendar with Google Contacts. This way, every birthday you enter in Google Contacts shows up as an event in Google Calendar.

How to Add the Birthdays Calendar in Google Calendar

Enabling the Birthdays calendar in Google Calendar is quick and painless.

The instructions in this article apply to the desktop version of Google Calendar which is accessed through a web browser.

  1. Open Google Calendar.

    Google Calendar showing week view
  2. In the upper-left corner, select the hamburger menu. If needed, select the My calendars dropdown arrow to expand this section.

    If the upper-left menu is already open, when you select the hamburger menu, it will close. If the menu closes, just click it again to reopen it.

    Google Calendar showing week view and menu displayed
  3. Select Birthdays to enable it.

    Google Calendar showing week view and birthdays displayed

    If you don't see a Birthdays option, select Contacts.

  4. Birthdays from your Google Contacts should now appear in Google Calendar.

    Unlike other calendars, the Birthdays calendar cannot be set up to send notifications. If you want birthday reminders in Google Calendar, copy the individual birthdays to a personal calendar, then configure notifications there.