How to find your friends’ birthdays on Facebook

Facebook makes it easy to remember your friends’ birthdays. But that is not entirely accurate. Facebook makes it seem like you remember your friends’ birthdays easily. That is closer to the truth.

Generally, Facebook displays a notification on a friend’s birthday if that person has made the information public. Sometimes, however, you may need an advance 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 Facebook website

Facebook has a large amount of private information that many people choose to make public, including dates of birth. If you want to see a list of your friends’ upcoming birthdays, you can do so on the Facebook website by following these steps:

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

  2. Click Events (edit) in the side menu. If the side menu is not visible, you will need to click the More options icon (hamburger) to access it

  3. Click Birthday under the Events (edit) menufacebook birthday

A birthday year should be available. Only friends who have chosen to make their date of birth information public will appear on the list, so this is not a foolproof way to avoid forgetting anyone’s big day.

If you prefer a more specific approach, you can check someone’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 information

The date of birth will appear below Basic information whether 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 stalk their friends on birthdays. To access a list of upcoming birthdays in the Facebook mobile app, follow these steps:

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

Again, you can take a more specific approach if necessary and verify a specific person’s date of birth. To do it with the Facebook mobile app, follow these steps:

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

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 trust Facebook to remember important information

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

But the system is not perfect. Anyone wanting to wreak havoc on the world, or amongst 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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