May 10 2011

Syncing Gmail Contacts Birthdays and Events with Google Calendar

I am horrible with other people’s important dates, e.g., birthdays, anniversaries, date you got your appendix removed, etc.

I just realized I should put all that info into my Gmail Contacts, and then it will appear on my Google Calendar automatically. Oh wait… It doesn’t show up. Damn. Why doesn’t it work?

Turns out, this obviously valued feature is not turned on by default, but it is available.  To get your contacts’ birthdays and other events to show up, simply perform the following in Google Calendar:

Click Settings (the little gear icon in the upper right corner of the screen), then Calendars (link just under the "Calendar Settings" tab), then the Browse Interesting Calendars (lower right) link, then More (under the heading), and finally Subscribe next to the Contacts’ birthdays and events.

Fantastic!  Now you, and more importantly, I should have no reason to forget to remind our friends and family a Happy Birthday.

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3 comments

  1. does’t seem to sync custom fields with calendar,

    it syncs birthdays and anniversaries… but if i add a custom field (ie. date I got my appendix removed), it does’n’t sync with my calendar.

    do you know a workaround for this?

    • Eric Silva on Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 1:27 pm
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    @Ilan the feature you are looking for isn’t supported. http://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/calendar/g_YN-Hjnzg4

  2. thanks Eric… i read that as well, was hoping for a miracle!

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