How to Synchronize Facebook Events and Birthdays with Your Online Calendar

By Jamie Crager, Scott Ayres, Melanie Nelson, Daniel Herndon, Jesse Stay

There are so many events and occasions to keep track of on Facebook. You’ve probably grown to depend on the mobile calendar on your smartphone or the iCal, Microsoft Outlook, or Google Calendar that you access on your computer. If you’re going to take your Facebook events and birthdays seriously, synchronizing your calendar is a must.

You can synchronize events and birthdays with your calendars in three ways:

  • Sync a single event by e-mail

  • Sync a single event by downloading the calendar file

  • Sync all your Facebook events by subscribing to the calendar feed

You may find it valuable to synchronize all events if you’re close with all the people you connect with on Facebook, or if you like to see what’s going on at a glance from your online calendar. Some people like to have all their friends’ birthdays in their calendar, and this is a great way to do that. You’ll never miss a birthday again.

If you prefer to be more selective with what goes on your calendar, you may feel that a single appointment here and there is all you’ll need to transfer. You can do this easily, too.

Synchronizing all your events

To synchronize all your events on Facebook with your other calendars, follow these steps:

  1. Click the Events link below your profile picture to go to the events page.

  2. Click the gear icon in the upper-right corner, next to the Today button, and choose Export.


  3. Select the Export Your Friends’ Birthdays link or the Upcoming Events link.

    If you’re using iCal or Microsoft Outlook, clicking the link opens that calendar tool, displays a URL link, and asks you to confirm that you’re subscribing to the calendar. If you’re using an online calendar, such as Google Calendar, you need to copy the URL link and enter it in your calendar.


  4. Click Subscribe to sync your Facebook events and birthdays with your calendar.

Synchronizing a single event

To synchronize a single event to your calendar, do the following:

  1. Navigate to the events page.

  2. Click the Export link at the bottom of the left sidebar, or click the gear icon in the upper-right corner and select Export Event.

    The Export Event dialog box appears.

  3. Choose whether to save the event to your calendar or have the event e-mailed to you.

    You can select from any of the e-mail addresses you have associated with your Facebook account.

  4. Do one of the following:

    • If you chose to save the event to your calendar: Click Export. The event will be downloaded to your Downloads folder. Select the file to open the event in your Calendar, and then click Save.

    • If you chose to have the event e-mailed to you: You’ll receive a calendar invite by e-mail. Click Add to Calendar in the e-mail message.

You can also choose to Subscribe to all upcoming events on your calendar by clicking the link at the bottom of the Export Event dialog box.