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

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


All of this could make Google Calendar my solely resolution for planning my life, however the service falls quick in a single main means. I am unable to arrange customized birthday reminders instantly in Google Calendar.

You may assume that this isn’t an enormous downside. In any case, 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 associates, not to mention my colleagues. (Editor’s notice: I am so sorry!) I am unable to bear in mind what number of occasions I’ve checked out my weekly schedule on Google Calendar, solely to see that I missed a good friend’s congratulations a few days in the past. ouch.

This wasn’t an issue earlier than the pandemic after I was nonetheless finding out at college. I often have extra attentive associates in my circle who plan birthday surprises and typically events for different associates, motivating others to get entangled. However with me and plenty of of my associates transferring to different cities throughout Germany and Europe since we completed college, our community isn’t 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 often the final resort for birthday reminders, and I turned that man who does not bear 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. For those who do not need 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 not set particular person reminders for particular person birthdays.

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

What makes this example much more laughable is that Google Assistant reminds you of your shut family and friends that you’ve got added to the Individuals part of your Google Assistant settings in your telephone. The checklist of individuals you may add to your group of individuals is generated out of your Google contacts, and for those who add a birthday to a type of contacts, their birthday may even be imported into the Google Assistant. Nevertheless, this will likely imply that you will have to recollect so as to add everybody whose birthday you care about to this checklist, moderately than providing you with the choice to present you birthday reminders for everybody you’ve got added to their contact card.

This advanced system is a symptom of Google’s chaotic method to merchandise, as a few of the firm’s apps do not appear to speak correctly with one another. A minimum of issues appear to be getting higher. Google lately introduced that it’s going to 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 beneath the Workspace model.

Google is clearly engaged on making their providers work higher collectively, so we will 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 scenario on the Google help discussion board is suggesting that you just create your individual customized birthday calendar in Google Calendar and ignore the birthday fields in Google Contacts. You too can export birthdays you’ve got added to Contacts up up to now 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’t 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 might be trying ahead to an acceptable birthday submit to your fifteenth birthday subsequent yr!