- 11-03-2012, 01:18 PM #1
This question might have been asked but I really can't find a solution: how can I make calendar show my contacts' birthdays? I previously used an Android phone so all my contacts were stored in gmail account. Now when I switched to Nokia Lumia 900, I succeeded in importing all my gmail contacts, and I can see their birthdays are here too in People. However, their birthdays won't show on calendar.
I did choose to sync gmail's calendar, and I can see previous tasks too. But I guess contact's birthday is not really a gmail calendar item, so they are not imported to my WP7. Plus, since I have already imported all the contact information to whatever Microsoft account, I assume I just need to make it show now-local contacts' birthdays. How can I make it happen?
- 11-03-2012, 01:58 PM #3
So now when I go to Setting for Calendar, it only lets me choose which accounts' calendars I want to display and what colors I want them to be marked. For example, I have enabled my Windows Live, Google and Outlook calendars, and disabled FB calendar. The only other setting I have is "Preferences", which has two on/off options: "Show to-dos on the calendar" and "Only show Facebook events I've responded to". I don't see any setting for birthday. Actually I think I have read this "birthday calendar" somewhere. Where do you find it?
11-03-2012, 08:03 PM #4
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I have the same settings as you do. Now I checked where my birthdays are coming from and so i color coded facebook from live account and noticed that birthdays are synced with my live account. Now, that means that my facebook contacts are also synced with live. What you should do is go onto you account settings online and link your facebook with your account and see what happens. Best yet for you to link as many accounts possible.
11-03-2012, 11:19 PM #5
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If you don't see a 'Birthday Calendar' in your calendar settings on the phone, log into your Microsoft account at outlook.com and go to the Calendar there and make sure you have the Birthday Calendar selected. It should populate with birthdays from your Microsoft account contacts and any social networks (FB, LinkedIn, etc) that you have linked with your Microsoft account.
- 11-04-2012, 01:04 AM #6
The second problem is, like I mentioned I'd like to see my gmail contact's birthdays, not only facebook(many of them don't use FB). But it seems outlook.com has some problem with importing gmail's contacts. On the website after I logged in, I do see this option to import from gmail, but when I click it, nothing happens, it shows some loading circle like forever. Luckily I do have another Windows 8 computer, which I also use this hotmail account. So I go there and open the new People program, select to connect to gmail, I see all my gmail contacts showing now, but in the calendar program of Windows 8 it still doesn't show the birthdays of them. So now I absolutely don't know how to proceed. Any help? Thanks.
- 11-04-2012, 02:43 AM #7
Weirdly even though I did nothing, after about half hour since I check the calendar from outlook.com, during which I forced the calendar to refresh several times, my contact birthday calendar, as well as other calendars, namely Chinese holiday calendar, finally show up on settings from Calendar of my phone. But I still have one problem: it doesn't show my gmail contact birthday(only my "main" calendar from gmail is imported and showed). I saw somebody said they succeeding in showing gmail contact birthdays, I don't know whether it is because the imported contacts from gmail to Windows Live account, or because they imported contact calendar from gmail directly to phone's calendar. Anyway, I seem to have problem of doing neither of them. Like I mentioned, I tried to import gmail contacts to outlook.com contacts. But it is working like a XX because nothing happens except it keeps showing a stupid loading circle.
Last edited by tetelee; 11-04-2012 at 02:55 AM.
- 11-04-2012, 04:21 AM #8
And finally I find the way to import gmail birthday calendar(as well as other calendars I configured in gmail account): the key is to go to m.google.com/sync FROM THE PHONE, and configure which calendars you want to share with which of your devices. By default only my own calendar is selected, the contact's birthday and all other calendars such as holiday calendar are not configured to be imported. After I picked the calendars I want, I forced the account to sync by pressing on the gmail account name for a while and select sync. Now all the gmail calendars are configurable in Setting of Calendar of my phone and by default they are enabled.
The tricky thing is I have read about this m.google.com/sync, but that post didn't say I should go there from my phone. So I went there from my computer, and it is totally different: on computer it is basically an instruction page telling you how to sync with your device, also it seems to be quite old page because there is still Windows Mobile, not Windows Phone OS. But by going to the same address from your phone, you can not only configure the sync options for your current device, but also other devices that you have configured to sync with gmail account. That's what you are really interested in.