Software & Apps Google Drive How to Automatically Add Birthdays to Google Calendar These little reminders help you remember others' big days by Heinz Tschabitscher Writer A former freelance contributor who has reviewed hundreds of email programs and services since 1997. our editorial process Heinz Tschabitscher Updated on December 02, 2020 reviewed by Jon Fisher Lifewire Tech Review Board Member Jonathan Fisher is a CompTIA certified technologist with more than 6 years' experience writing for publications like TechNorms and Help Desk Geek. our review board Article reviewed on Sep 04, 2020 Jon Fisher Google Drive Docs Sheets Slides Tweet Share Email 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. Open Google Calendar. 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. Select Birthdays to enable it. If you don't see a Birthdays option, select Contacts. 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.