We almost missed Android’s 14th birthday because of Google Calendar

It is Android’s 14th birthday right this moment, but when Android was a pal you added to your Google Contacts, you might need fully forgotten about it. As you may see, Google Contacts permits me to fill in all types of particulars about my mates, colleagues, and household. Along with addresses, telephone numbers, and e mail particulars, I also can fill out a contact card for relationships, anniversaries and – you guessed it – birthdays. These conveniently seem in Google Calendar underneath a particular birthday calendar, which neatly hyperlinks to all my blocked appointments, reminders, and time intervals.


All of this will make Google Calendar my solely resolution for planning my life, however the service falls brief in a single main means. I can not arrange customized birthday reminders immediately in Google Calendar.

You would possibly assume that this isn’t an enormous drawback. In spite of everything, birthdays are at all times on the identical date yearly, so sooner or later, I’ve to recollect all of the vital birthdays in my life. Whereas that is true of my household, I sadly admit that this isn’t the case for my mates, not to mention my colleagues. (Editor’s be aware: I am so sorry!) I can not keep in mind what number of instances I’ve checked out my weekly schedule on Google Calendar, solely to see that I missed a pal’s congratulations a few days in the past. ouch.

This wasn’t an issue earlier than the pandemic once I was nonetheless finding out at college. I normally have extra attentive mates in my circle who plan birthday surprises and typically events for different mates, motivating others to become involved. However with me and lots of of my mates shifting to different cities throughout Germany and Europe since we completed faculty, our community will not be as native and woven because it was earlier than. Mix that with the truth that I finished utilizing Fb on the finish of 2019, which was normally the final resort for birthday reminders, and I turned that man who would not keep in mind different individuals’s birthdays.

Notification choices for my commonplace calendar.

It actually bothers me that Google can present essentially the most seamless resolution to this. For each different calendar you create in Google Calendar, you may head into its particular person settings and choose the usual notifications you’d prefer to obtain for every occasion created on it. Should you do not wish to be reminded of every occasion individually, arrange particular person reminders for particular person occasions.

Not so for the Christmas calendar. The birthday calendar settings don’t provide the choice to set reminders. You can’t set particular person reminders for particular person birthdays.

There aren’t any notification choices for the usual Christmas calendar.

What makes this case much more laughable is that Google Assistant reminds you of your shut family and friends that you’ve got added to the Folks part of your Google Assistant settings in your telephone. The record of individuals you may add to your group of individuals is generated out of your Google contacts, and in case you add a birthday to a type of contacts, their birthday may also be imported into the Google Assistant. Nonetheless, this may increasingly imply that you will have to recollect so as to add everybody whose birthday you care about to this record, reasonably than supplying you with the choice to offer you birthday reminders for everybody you’ve got added to their contact card.

This advanced system is a symptom of Google’s chaotic strategy to merchandise, as among the firm’s apps do not appear to speak correctly with one another. At the least issues appear to be getting higher. Google just lately introduced that it’ll make Google Duties the central place for all reminders set throughout Assistant, Calendar, Gmail, and Hold. And talking of Gmail. The e-mail service is now tightly built-in with Google Meet, Chat, Docs and extra underneath the Workspace model.

Google is clearly engaged on making their providers work higher collectively, so we are able to solely hope that the corporate will do the identical for birthday dates and Google Calendar, and at last give us the choice to set customized reminders for birthdays.

Within the meantime, there’s a workaround that I discovered whereas researching this editorial. Somebody in an analogous state of affairs on the Google help discussion board is suggesting that you just create your personal customized birthday calendar in Google Calendar and ignore the birthday fields in Google Contacts. You may as well export birthdays you’ve got added to Contacts up so far by exporting your Google-created birthday calendar into Google Calendar after which importing it as a brand new calendar once more. Whereas it’s unlucky that which means I can not use the suitable area supplied by Google Contacts for this, that is the answer I’ll select sooner or later.

Excuse me now whereas I am exporting and re-importing my birthday calendar to lastly get correct birthday reminders.

Pricey Android, you could be trying ahead to an appropriate birthday submit in your fifteenth birthday subsequent 12 months!