Google Contacts will soon notify you when it’s someone’s birthday

In the latest version of Google Contacts, the company is preparing a new way to get notified when a friend or family member has a birthday.

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In recent years, Google has come up with various ways to better connect with the people in your life, especially when it comes to remembering their birthdays. Google Messages, for example, will highlight a conversation in your inbox and make you remember that it’s their birthday. Conversely, Messages also acknowledges “Happy Birthday” messages and asks if you want to save that person’s birthday in their contact information. Occasionally, birthdays also show up in Android’s Conversations widget.

All of these features are powered by Google Contacts, which helpfully syncs information about your friends and family across devices and enables useful features across Google’s ecosystem.

Now Google Contacts seems to be preparing another way to remind you to keep in touch with your friends on their birthday. The new feature is simply called “Birthday Notifications” and allows you to select friends and family members whose birthdays you want to be notified of. We have forcibly turned on Google Contacts birthday notifications as shown below:

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For each contact that has a birthday listed, the top right overflow menu will include a new option “Add a birthday notification”. If someone’s birthday is coming up, the reminder included on their contact page will also provide an “Add Notification” button.

At the moment, there doesn’t seem to be a way to turn on notifications for all your contacts at once to replace the incredibly useful birthday reminders that apps like Facebook offer. Instead, you have to activate them individually for each person. At the very least, your preference for these notifications will be synced between devices.

Of course, unlike any good social media app, you have to manually enter birthdays into Google Contacts for this to be useful. If only there were a Google-owned social media app that you could use to connect with friends and maybe automatically sync their profile information to Google contacts. Could you imagine?

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