Simple problem: I forget the birthdays of my friends. I have the dates saved in my contacts (CardDAV-Sync address book) and can view them with the People app. I have not found a way to set up an alert or reminder, though. Alternatively I'd like to see them as events in Calendar. I would hope there is some option in the stock Android 4.3 of my Nexus 4 to configure this, but if it is not possible, do you know of a simple reminder app that does not ask for full internet access?

Thanks in advance.

  • Are you using Google Calendar?
    – ale
    Commented Oct 2, 2013 at 23:49
  • Also, did you look in the Play Store? I see a number of apps which purport to send reminders or otherwise list your contacts birthdays.
    – ale
    Commented Oct 2, 2013 at 23:51
  • @AlEverett: I'm using the stock Google Calendar app (version 201306302 if that is of any use) but only use my own CalDAV calendar datasets synced with my own Radicale server. I do not display or sync any of the Google calendar datasets (for the lack of a better word).
    – Perseids
    Commented Oct 3, 2013 at 9:12
  • @AlEverett: Yes, I've seen those apps but they all suffer from feature creep and thus permission creep. I draw the line at full internet access, because I don't want them to be able to send my personal data to their servers. I've emphasized the passage asking for that in my question.
    – Perseids
    Commented Oct 3, 2013 at 9:21

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..., but if it is not possible, do you know of a simple reminder app that does not ask for full Internet access?

The topic is also discussed in the Google forum for the calender application and indeed there seem to be only workarounds.

There is also an app mentioned, which does provide the notifications for the birthdays and does not need Internet access: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.noyer.consulting.contactevents.pro

That is a paid app for a small amount, but there is also a free version with Internet access for advertisements: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.noyer.consulting.contactevents.free

If you just want to try the free version if it works for you, you could perform the following steps:

  • Download the free app in the Play Store
  • Turn your device into flight mode
  • Start the app
  • In Android 6 or higher: Grant access to adress book at first start
  • Check the app, widget etc. (Notifications are only raised at midnight)
  • Uninstall the app
  • Turn off flight mode
  • Decide if it worth to get the Pro version
  • The paid app costs hardly anything—so it makes perfect sense to buy it.
    – ahorn
    Commented Sep 22, 2018 at 8:06

I couldn't find a native way either for that, and was wondering why it worked on one of my devices but not on the others. On the "working" device, I'm using aCalendar as a frontend to the Google Calendar, which also comes with a nice widget, and is really handy. aCalendar also sends birthday reminders, shows them on the widget itself and also puts a hint in the notification bar which is hard to miss. So until you find a solution you like more, this would be a possibility.

  • Thx. It also seems to have reasonable permissions. I'll look into it if there is no other answer.
    – Perseids
    Commented Oct 3, 2013 at 9:25
  • Exactly those were my arguments when I chose it for my device: Handy, comfortable, light-weight, and "reasonable permissions" :) Good luck, further; I'll watch this question as I'm curious for "on-board alternatives" as well.
    – Izzy
    Commented Oct 3, 2013 at 12:35

Kindly follow these steps :

  1. How to Add Your Gmail Contacts' Birthdays to Google Calendar

Add Your Gmail Contacts' Birthdays to Google Calendar

To add a calendar showing and alerting you to birthdays of your Gmail contacts to Google Calendar:

Please follow these steps:

  • Go to google.com/calendar so you are just viewing the regular home screen
  • On the left hand side under Other calendars, find Friends' Birthdays, click the drop down arrow and select Reminders and notifications from the menu
  • Under the Event Reminders section, Click Add a reminder, set the desired reminder
  • Click Save
  • Whilst this may theoretically answer the question, it would be preferable to include the essential parts of the answer here, and provide the link for reference (please edit your question and do so). Otherwise your question ceases to be helpful in case the link dies.
    – bmdixon
    Commented Sep 4, 2014 at 9:09
  • These guides only work for the Google calendar, unfortunately, and not for other calendar accounts, e.g. the caldav calendar I was referring to in my question. (I have no contact information stored in the Google account.)
    – Perseids
    Commented Sep 4, 2014 at 12:55
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    There is not option to set event reminders fot the birthday calendar
    – L93
    Commented Jan 31, 2016 at 20:39
  • 4
    In what reality is this answer even remotely correct?
    – AMM
    Commented Mar 14, 2017 at 7:06
  • 1
    This answer was probably correct at the time (2014), but now it is outdated (2018).
    – ahorn
    Commented Sep 22, 2018 at 7:53

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