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How to find your friends’ birthdays on Facebook

Social media is fantastic for finding important information you can’t be bothered remembering about your friends.

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Facebook makes remembering your friends’ birthdays easy. But that’s not quite accurate. Facebook makes giving the appearance of remembering your friends’ birthdays easy. That’s closer to the truth.

Generally, Facebook displays a notification on the day of a friend’s birthday if that person has made the information public. Sometimes, however, you may need advanced warning of the upcoming event, which the social media platform can provide.

Let’s discuss several methods you can use to check your friends’ birthdays on Facebook

Find your friends’ birthdays on the Facebook website

Facebook holds a wealth of private information that many people choose to make public, including dates of birth. If you want to view a list of upcoming friends’ birthdays, you can do so on the Facebook website using these steps:

  1. Go to Facebook.com and log in to your account

  2. Click Events in the side menu. If the side menu isn’t visible, you’ll need to click the More options (hamburger) icon to access it how to check facebook birthdays

  3. Click Birthdays under the Events menu facebook birthdays

A year’s worth of birthdays should be available. Only friends who’ve chosen to make their date of birth information public will appear in the list, so this isn’t a foolproof way to avoid forgetting anyone’s big day.

If you prefer a more targeted approach, you can check an individual’s birthday on Facebook by following these steps:

  1. Go to the person’s Facebook profile page
  2. Click About
  3. Click Contact and Basic Info

Date of birth will appear under Basic Info if the person has made that information public.

Find your friends’ birthdays on the Facebook mobile app

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Mobile app users also have the ability to birthday-stalk their friends. To access a list of upcoming birthdays on the Facebook mobile app, follow these steps:

  1. Launch the app and tap the Search icon
  2. Type Birthdays in the search box
  3. Tap See upcoming birthdays

Once again, you can take a more targeted approach if needed and check the date of birth of a specific person. To do so with the Facebook mobile app, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the person’s Facebook profile page
  2. Tap See About Info
  3. Scroll down to Basic Info

If the person’s birthday is public, the information should appear here. You can hide your own date of birth by editing the same section of your profile.

Don’t rely on Facebook to remember important information

Social media is fantastic for finding important information you can’t be bothered remembering about your friends. With Facebook keeping track of birthdays, you don’t need to concern yourself with calendars and other old-fashioned nonsense.

But the system isn’t perfect. Anyone who wants to sow chaos in the world—or among a group of Facebook friends—can simply change their birthday to a random date and see how many people wish them well on the wrong day.

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