1. Download our Official Android App: Forums for Android!

Tips [How to] sync Contact's Birthday's to Calendar

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by doublebucklemonk, May 22, 2010.

  1. doublebucklemonk

    Thread Starter
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    13
    Posts:
    9
    Joined:
    May 11, 2010

    May 11, 2010
    9
    37
    13
    I've seen quite a few people wondering how to get the birthday's from their contacts (either google, facebook or both) into their calendars. Here is how to do it.

    First, Facebook limits the way you can view their data (phone numbers, birthday's, etc.). They will allow you to view it, but not to scrape the data to transfer to another app (which is why there is no way to sync your google and facebook addressbooks). I remember a while back somebody wrote a facebook app that would sync with Plaxo and facebook shut down the users account within a day of him starting to use the program. Because of this limitation, you will need to add 2 calendars to get all your birthdays and if you have a birthday in both facebook and google, that birthday will appear twice. That being said, here is what you can do.

    To add Birthdays from Google contacts to your Google Calendar.

    1. Using a computer go to calendar.google.com
    2. Top Right corner, click on settings/calendar settings.
    3. Under Calendar settings click Calendars
    4. By Other Calendars, click Browse Interesting Calendars
    5. Under Interesting Calendars, select More
    6. Subscribe to the Contacts' Birthdays and Events calendar.
    7. Return to Calendar, your Contacts' Birthdays should now be appearing.
    8. On your phone open the calendar app and go to menu/more/refresh
    9. Go to menu/more/calendars and make sure the new CBE calendar is checked.
    10. Back to Calendar. The birthdays should now be showing.
    11. If they do not appear, try menu/refresh.
    12. If they still do not appear go to menu/more/calendars/remove and remove the CBE calendar then menu/more/calendars/add and readd the CBE calendar (this is what I had to do).

    *Google does not currently have a way to add reminders to this calendar. You can add a reminder to any individual birthday, one at a time, from your phone, but the reminders will not sync back to the web version of Gcal and will only work on the phone.

    To add Birthdays from Facebook to your Google Calendar
    1. Go to fbCal.com - Facebook Calendar Generator, and click Get your calendars now
    2. In facebook click Allow/Allow/Allow
    3. Under "Subscribe to Friends Birthdays" click the Google Calendar icon
    4. In Google Calendar, Select Yes add this Calendar
    5. In Google Calendar go to Settings/Calendars, double click the calendar with the really long complicated name, and rename to fbCal or something else you will remember, Save. Facebook birthdays should now be showing in Gcal.
    6. In your phone calendar, menu/more/refresh
    7. Menu/more/calendars/ and put a checkmark next to the fbCal calendar.
    8. Menu/more/refresh
    9. Everything should be working now.

    *If you go back to the fbCal page in facebook, you can follow the same process to create a calendar for Facebook events. You CAN create regular Google notifications for both facebook calendars.

    Hope it helps.
     

    Advertisement

    irony78, Holydoc, KaosStorm and 27 others like this.
  2. Ruben

    Ruben Android Expert
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    163
    Posts:
    1,152
    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2009

    Dec 20, 2009
    1,152
    349
    163
    FbCal didn't work. Followed instructions. Only had to press 1 allow. Is this a problem?
     
  3. doublebucklemonk

    Thread Starter
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    13
    Posts:
    9
    Joined:
    May 11, 2010

    May 11, 2010
    9
    37
    13
    There is a message on fbCal's facebook page that they are temporarily down. Apparently Facebook is requiring them to remove the fb from their name or some stupid thing.

    The dumb thing is, fbCal was working perfectly for me (and has been for over a year), and I deleted it so I could add it again from scratch to make sure I got the directions right, and now it doesn't work for me either.

    My guess is they will have it all figured out in a few days and it should be ack up and running.
     
    Ruben likes this.
  4. Muad'Dib

    Muad'Dib Lurker
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    5
    Posts:
    4
    Joined:
    May 29, 2010

    May 29, 2010
    4
    0
    5
    IT Specialist
    Bend, Oregon
    Its now called fdCal, and seems to be working... I do have a question though. Is this just an export of what is there currently, or does it update automatically like when you add a new friend for example?
     
  5. SereneJ

    SereneJ Lurker
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    5
    Posts:
    5
    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2010

    Jun 8, 2010
    5
    0
    5
    Hi, first post on here for me!

    Have just followed the instructions to get facebook birthdays into the calendar on my HTC Desire - worked like a treat.

    Thankyou for such clear and easy to follow instructions.
     
  6. 2k2s2k

    2k2s2k Member
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    18
    Posts:
    46
    Joined:
    Apr 8, 2010

    Apr 8, 2010
    46
    21
    18
    Ohio
    My Facebook birthdays are not showing up on my google calendar. I followed the steps exactly. Any ideas?
     
  7. RawlingsSc

    RawlingsSc Android Expert
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    153
    Posts:
    1,205
    Joined:
    Apr 8, 2010

    Apr 8, 2010
    1,205
    174
    153
    Utah
    I followed the directions and got my contacts birthdays showing up. Thanks a ton! However, I have another question. If I do the Facebook birthdays, will the people that are gmail contacts and facebook friends show up twice?
     
  8. Reddman6988

    Reddman6988 Well-Known Member
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    16
    Posts:
    84
    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2010

    Jun 8, 2010
    84
    6
    16
    Michigan
    I added FDcal to my facebook and put it onto my google calendar. It just did not add any birthdays. Anyone else experiencing this?


    Edit: It just takes time to populate. Aprox 20min
     
  9. FramCire

    FramCire Android Expert
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    143
    Posts:
    1,254
    Joined:
    Jun 4, 2010

    Jun 4, 2010
    1,254
    173
    143
    Are the birthdays showing up under contacts? Our "people? check and make sure facebook is listed under "online directories". then check your calendar and make sure there isnt a setting as to what the calendar shows. (I use Jorte, so I dont know about stock calendar).
     
  10. mandophish

    mandophish Newbie
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    16
    Posts:
    15
    Joined:
    Jun 15, 2010

    Jun 15, 2010
    15
    1
    16
    awesome, thanks!
     
  11. NightAngel79

    NightAngel79 Bounty Hunter Administrator
    Moderator
    Rank:
     #16
    Points:
    1,453
    Posts:
    22,509
    Joined:
    May 11, 2010

    May 11, 2010
    22,509
    7,945
    1,453
    Male
    Systems Administrator
    Northern Ky
  12. DDuyan

    DDuyan Lurker
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    5
    Posts:
    2
    Joined:
    Aug 2, 2010

    Aug 2, 2010
    2
    0
    5
    After searching for ways to get facebook birthdays into my phone calendar (HTC Incredible) I've tried and failed using the facebook export events link, and fdcal (I got 4 our of over 400 birthdays). I also tried adding contacts birthdays in google calendar hoping it would sync but that didn't work either. All of the contacts listed in google were imported from my phone, I don't use my google account except to back up my phone calendar and contacts. Has anyone found a real foolproof way to automatically add friend's birthdays from facebook? :thinking:
     
  13. supa

    supa Newbie
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    15
    Posts:
    16
    Joined:
    Apr 2, 2010

    Apr 2, 2010
    16
    0
    15
    Have you tried this?

    Google Contact Sync | Heart of Angel
     
  14. Eplemosen

    Eplemosen Lurker
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    5
    Posts:
    5
    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2010

    So there's no way to automatically add birthdays from Phone Contacts to your Phone Calendar?
    Edit: NVM, I'm using Google's calendar now, and it worked. :)
     
  15. Joshuahist

    Joshuahist Member
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    16
    Posts:
    52
    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2010

    Aug 22, 2010
    52
    5
    16
    Education
    Philadelphia
    This was huge. I stumbled upon this website trying to figure out how to do just this. (coming from a blackberry)
     
  16. wrestlingnrj

    wrestlingnrj Newbie
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    16
    Posts:
    22
    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2010

    Jun 8, 2010
    22
    1
    16
    Computer Repair Tech
    SoCal
    Not sure if anyone else is having this problem, but on the calendar itself, the birthdays show up a day after they actually are listed under the contact.

    Ex. "Joe's" birthday is August 18 and it shows that under his contact, but when I go into the calendar it with say "Joe's birthday is today" under Aug 19.
     
  17. Bearly

    Bearly Android Expert
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    128
    Posts:
    1,011
    Joined:
    Apr 12, 2010

    Apr 12, 2010
    1,011
    78
    128
    I am having that exact problem. Missed my brother's birthday...
     
  18. wrestlingnrj

    wrestlingnrj Newbie
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    16
    Posts:
    22
    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2010

    Jun 8, 2010
    22
    1
    16
    Computer Repair Tech
    SoCal
    Looks like I was able to fix my issue with birthdays. Menu > Settings > Applications > Manage Applications > Calendar Storage > Clear Data, then restart your phone
     
    Grateful Diver likes this.
  19. jastonas

    jastonas Lurker
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    5
    Posts:
    4
    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2010

    Jul 9, 2010
    4
    0
    5
    I get the same problem with most guys. Fdcal just doesnt gather birthday information. Downloading the ical (ics) file shows just some random stuff with no entries and the file is 200 bytes :(
     
  20. jiggaDROID

    jiggaDROID Well-Known Member
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    38
    Posts:
    114
    Joined:
    May 23, 2010

    May 23, 2010
    114
    11
    38
    Bethesda MD
    I don't think you need to download anything outside of the facebook update. With the update, it adds a Facebook calendar to your options within the calendar app. Just go to calendar, select menu>more>calendars>select the checkbox for facebook. This will show you all birthdays, events, etc.
     
  21. D Stankfeet

    D Stankfeet Lurker
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    5
    Posts:
    1
    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2010

    Jul 5, 2010
    1
    0
    5
    Great HOW TO... I had this working before I upgraded to Froyo and tested a few ROMs and kernels. So I tried a few things such as removing the calendars syncing / refresh then adding them back without success. Pulling the Battery as was suggested in this or another thread. I finally go it working by go into Settings --> Applications --> Manage Applications --> All and froced stoped the list of items and deleted any data where it let me. I'm sure some was over kill but hey Got me back up and working.

    Calendar
    Calendar Storage
    Calendar Sync Adapter
    Calendar Widget
     
  22. andwhat

    andwhat Newbie
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    15
    Posts:
    13
    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2010

    Jul 11, 2010
    13
    0
    15
    Is this supposed to work for the HTC Desire? I follow this list, and birthdays shows up on the calendar on the website - but not on the phone? The calendar doesn't show up in the list on the phone?
     
  23. andwhat

    andwhat Newbie
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    15
    Posts:
    13
    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2010

    Jul 11, 2010
    13
    0
    15
    Ah yes, that seemed to work. Delete everything - curious.
     
  24. arguseyes

    arguseyes Lurker
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    5
    Posts:
    1
    Joined:
    Dec 24, 2010

    Dec 24, 2010
    1
    0
    5
    Everything worked perfectly! I have my Facebook contacts' birthdays syncing to my phone via Google Calendar. Thanks. :D
     
  25. dunjamon

    dunjamon Android Enthusiast
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    58
    Posts:
    351
    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2009

    Dec 20, 2009
    351
    16
    58
    Was all working fine...but fdcal is no more. :(
     

Share This Page

Loading...