How To Find Birthdays On Facebook

Probably in the top 3 of Facebook’s most useful features is the ability to be reminded about the upcoming birthdays of your Facebook friends. But if you’ve visited Facebook recently, you may have noticed that the birthday section seems to be missing.

In this article, we’re going to look more into Facebook’s birthday feature and how to find birthdays on Facebook.

Did Facebook remove birthdays?

Good news! Facebook has not removed birthdays from Facebook profiles, they have just changed where you can find them.

In order to sign up for a Facebook account, you need to put in a birthday, although it does not have to be your correct one.

Facebook used to automatically display your birthday, with no option to hide it from your Facebook friends.

In recent years, new privacy features allow you to choose who can see your birthday, with settings like friends, public, only me, and custom.

So no, Facebook birthdays have not been removed, they’re just a little bit tricky to find.

How to find birthdays on Facebook

How to find birthdays on Facebook on desktop

Since its inception, Facebook has had the option to display your birthday on your timeline.

This allows Facebook to send notifications to your friend announcing your birthday and gives them the option to write on your wall to wish you a happy birthday.

If you are looking to find someone’s birthday on Facebook, here is how you would do it on a desktop computer.

  • Log into your Facebook account.
  • Search and click on the name of the person whose birthday you are looking for in the search bar at the top left-hand corner of the page.
  • Under your friend’s name and profile picture, click the heading “About”.
  • Under the heading “About”, click “Contact and basic info”.
  • Under the heading “Basic info” is where you will find your friend’s birthday.

If you’re looking for a list of the upcoming or recent birthdays of your friends, this is how you find it via desktop.

  • Log into your Facebook account.
  • In the menu on the left, select “Events”.
  • Again in the menu on the left, select “Birthdays”
  • Here you will find a list of all of the public birthdays of your friends.

How to find birthdays on Facebook on mobile

If you are looking to find someone’s birthday on Facebook, the process is quite similar.

Here is how you can find the birthday of a Friend on Facebook using a smartphone.

  • Open the Facebook app.
  • Tap the search icon at the top right-hand side of the page and search the name of the person whose birthday you are looking for.
  • Tap on their name.
  • Scroll down on their profile to the bottom of the information section and tap “See friend’s about info”.
  • Scroll down to the heading “About info”. Here you will find their birthday.

Why can’t I see birthdays on the Facebook app?

When looking for birthdays on the Facebook app, it can be tricky to find the birthdays of your friends. While on desktop it is quite easy to find under the “Events” tab, in the app it’s a little more finicky.

Due to some updates with the Facebook app, the calendar no longer shows your friend’s birthdays and only related events.

Another reason why you could be having trouble finding your friend’s birthdays is that they are using the privacy setting “Only me”.

This setting allows only the user to view their birthday, no other Facebook user, even friends, can’t see their birthday.

How to find birthdays on the Facebook app

There is still a way to find your friend’s birthdays and see which ones have upcoming birthdays.

If you would like to know how to find your friend’s upcoming birthdays, here is how to do it on the Facebook app on your iPhone.

  • Open the Facebook app.
  • Tap the search icon at the top right-hand side of the page and search the word “birthdays”.
  • Tap the teal birthday icon to see all of your friend’s upcoming birthdays.

How to create a unique birthday message for free

Canva is a great way to create a personalized image with a birthday message for your friends, which you can download and post on your friend’s Facebook wall.

Here is how to create a personalized birthday message for your friends.

  • Go to Canva.com
  • Create a free account with Canva.
  • On the home page, click the purple button in the top right-hand corner that says “Create a design” and select Facebook post.
  • You can begin to create your personalized message using the templates on the left-hand side of the page.
  • If you scroll down they have birthday templates, or upload your own photo, under the heading “Uploads”.
  • You can add elements like graphics, pictures, and shapes using the “Elements” tab, and add text with the “Text” tab.
  • Once you are happy with your image, you can publish your post to Facebook directly using the “Publish to Facebook” button in the top right-hand corner. 
  • If you don’t want to connect your Facebook to Canva, you can click the three dots beside the “Publish to Facebook” button and select Download.
  • Select your file type and click Download.
  • Now you can post it to your friend’s timeline or send it as a private message.

Can you set facebook birthday notifications?

Notifications can be a great way to remind yourself that your friend’s birthdays are coming up and they can give you plenty of time to prepare.

If you would like to turn on birthday notifications for your friends here is how to do it on a desktop computer.

  • Log into your Facebook account.
  • Click the bell icon in the top right-hand corner.
  • Click the three dots in the top right-hand corner and select “Notification settings”.
  • On the Notifications page, scroll down and click “Birthdays”.
  • Here you can select what kind of notifications you would like for upcoming or belated birthdays.

Final thoughts on finding birthdays on Facebook

Though it may seem like a daunting task, finding birthdays on Facebook is actually quite easy when you know where to look.

This is not always easy with the frequency that Facebook updates its layout and makes changes though.

By using the search bar and birthday list, however, you can find any friend’s birthday in just a few minutes.

If you want to send your friends a special message or wish them a happy birthday on their big day, be sure to use our tips.

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