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How to Get Automatic Birthday Reminders on Your iPhone

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Can’t remember the birthdays of all your friends, family and colleagues? Fortunately, the Apple iPhone comes to the rescue with automatic birthday reminders. All you have to do is add birthdays in the Contacts app and flip a switch in Settings. Here’s how to set it up.

For this to work, you must have enabled notifications for the Calendar app first. To turn that on, go to Settings> Notifications> Calendar and toggle the switch next to ̵

6;Allow Notifications’ to ‘On’.

In iPhone settings, turn on Calendar notifications.

You must also have a number of birthdays defined in your Contacts app. To do this, open Contacts, tap a contact in the list, select “Edit” and then tap “Add Birthday”.

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Now that everything is in place, here’s how to turn on automatic birthday reminders for Calendar. First, open Settings and tap Calendar.

In the iPhone settings, tap

In the ‘Calendar’ settings, tap ‘Default alert times’.

In the iPhone settings, tap

Select ‘Birthdays’ under ‘Standard warning times’.

In the iPhone settings, tap

On the “Birthdays” screen, you can choose a time when the Calendar will notify you of upcoming birthdays. You can select ‘On appointment day’, ‘1 day before’, ‘2 days before’ or ‘1 week before’. For the first three of these choices, Agenda will notify you at 9:00 am on the day you selected.

In iPhone Settings, choose a time to be notified of birthdays from the list.

Then exit Settings. When the correct alert time comes, Calendar will send you a notification about the birthday.

An example of a birthday alert for an iPhone calendar.

Depending on your notification settings, you may be able to see this alert on your lock screen or Notification Center, as well as through pop-ups on your screen (to adjust them, go to Settings> Notifications> Calendar). Very handy!

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