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If you use Calendar on the Mac, iPad, or iPhone you may have come across the Birthdays calendar.

It’s a built in calendar that you  either choose to show or hide.

How Does It Work

The Birthdays calendar is a subscribed calendar.

You cannot add information directly to a subscribed calendar. Subscribed calendars pull their information from an outside source.

The Birthdays calendar pulls birthday information directly from the birthday field in Contacts.

How Do I Turn On The Birthdays Calendar?

On the Mac:

  • Open Calendar.
  • Click Calendar in the Menu Bar and choose Preferences.

Apple Mac Calendar - Menu Bar - Preferences

  • Select the General tab.
  • Check the box to Show Birthdays calendar.

Apple Mac Calendar - Preferences

On the iPad or iPhone:

  • Tap the Calendar App.
  • Tap the Calendars button at the bottom of the screen.
  • Scroll down to the Other section. Tap Birthdays to check it.

iPad and iPhone - Turn On Birthdays Calendar

If the Birthdays calendar doesn’t show, make sure it’s checked to be visible:

If you’ve completed these steps and the Birthdays calendar is not visible, check the following:

On the Mac, in Calendar, click the Calendar button in the top left-hand corner and make sure Birthdays is checked.

Apple Mac Calendar - Check Birthdays Calendar Is On

On the iPad or iPhone, tap the Calendar App, tap the calander button at the bottom of the screen, scroll down and make sure Birthdays is checked.

How Do I Get Birthdays Onto The Birthdays Calendar?

On the Mac:

  • Open Contacts
  • Click the + button to create a new contact card.
  • Fill out the contact card and make sure you put a date in the birthday field.

Apple Mac Contacts Add Birthday

  • Click done when you are finished.
  • If you check, this birthday will now appear on the Calendar.

On the iPad or iPhone:

  • Tap the Contacts App.
  • In the top right hand corner, tap the +
  • Fill out the contact card. Scroll down and make sure you put a date in the add birthday field.

iPad and iPhone - Add Birthday To Contacts

  • Click done when you are finished.
  • If you check, this birthday will now appear on the Calendar.

Calendar

I Don’t Want To Use The Birthdays Calendar. Do I Have  Other Options?

One of the nice things about using the birthday calendar is that is not only shows the birthday, it also calculates the age of the lucky individual.

Still… you may not want to use the birthday calendar.

You can always turn off the Birthday calendar on the Mac, iPad or iPhone and create your own Birthday calendar.

After you’ve created your own calendar you can go month to month and input birthdays for friends and family.

If you’d like more Calendar tips check out this post:

How To… Share A Calendar With Other iCloud Users

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