How to find your friends' birthdays on Facebook, and change or hide your own birthday

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How to find your friends' birthdays on Facebook, and change or hide your own birthday
You can can use Facebook to check your friends' birthdays.Cavan Images/Getty Images
  • You'll find Facebook friends' birthdays in "Events," or via the search function, depending on the device.
  • You can also change your own birthday, but there are limits to the number of times you can.
  • In your privacy settings, you can also change who's able to see your birth date and year.
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Facebook can be a great resource for keeping up with friends and family members. And if you've forgotten someone's birthday, you can always check on the site.

However, keep in mind that a friend's birthday won't be listed if they've chosen not to share that information on their profile.

You also have the option to hide your own birthday, or limit who sees it, on Facebook. And, if desired, you can change your Facebook birthday. Here's how to do it all.

How to find your Facebook friends' birthdays

You can find out when your friends' birthdays are on both the desktop and mobile versions of Facebook. .

On the desktop website:

1. Go to the Facebook website and log in to your account, if necessary.

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2. Click Events in the left sidebar.

How to find your friends' birthdays on Facebook, and change or hide your own birthday
Go to "Events" on the left.Devon Delfino

3. Select Birthdays in the sidebar.

How to find your friends' birthdays on Facebook, and change or hide your own birthday
Select "Birthdays."Devon Delfino

Your friends' birthdays will then appear on the screen, starting with any birthdays that are on the day of searching, followed by recent and upcoming birthdays.

Quick tip: You can also view a friend's birthday from their profile by clicking the About tab at the tab of their profile page, and selecting Contact and basic info on the left. Unless they've hidden their birthday, it will be listed under Basic info.

On the mobile app:

1. Open the Facebook app and log in to your account, if needed.

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2. Tap the magnifying glass icon, located at the top of the screen.

How to find your friends' birthdays on Facebook, and change or hide your own birthday
Tap the search feature icon.Devon Delfino

3. Type Birthdays into the search bar and select the option at the top of the screen.

How to find your friends' birthdays on Facebook, and change or hide your own birthday
Choose "Birthdays."Devon Delfino

A list of your friends' birthdays will then appear, ordered in the same way as on the desktop version of the site.

Quick tip: You can also view a friend's birthday from their profile by tapping See [name]'s About Info underneath their profile image and name. Unless they've hidden their birthday, it will be listed on the next screen under Basic Info.

How to change your birthday on Facebook

You can change the birthday listed on your Facebook profile, but there are limits:

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  • You can only change your birthday once every two weeks.
  • You can only change your birthday three times overall. So once you've changed your account's birthday three times, you'd have to contact Facebook's customer support team to change it again. And even then, it's not guaranteed that they'll allow you to change it.

Important: If you change your birthday to a date that makes your current age younger than 13, or signals you were younger than 13 when you created your account, you may be banned from Facebook.

On the desktop website:

1. Go to the Facebook website and log in to your account, if necessary.

2. Click on your profile icon, located toward the top-right corner of the screen.

How to find your friends' birthdays on Facebook, and change or hide your own birthday
Go to your Facebook profile.Devon Delfino

3. Select the About tab at the top of your profile page.

How to find your friends' birthdays on Facebook, and change or hide your own birthday
Go to your "About" section.Devon Delfino

4. Choose Contact and basic info in the left sidebar.

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How to find your friends' birthdays on Facebook, and change or hide your own birthday
Choose "Contact and Basic Info."Devon Delfino

5. Scroll down to your birthday details and click the Edit icon.

How to find your friends' birthdays on Facebook, and change or hide your own birthday
Choose "Contact and Basic Info."Devon Delfino

6. Use the drop-down menus to change your birthday.

7. Hit Save.

The information will then update, but no notification will be sent to your friends.

On the mobile app:

1. Open the Facebook app.

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2. Tap your profile picture at the top of the screen.

3. Select See Your About Info.

How to find your friends' birthdays on Facebook, and change or hide your own birthday
Choose "See Your About Info."Devon Delfino

4. Scroll down and tap Edit next to Basic Info.

How to find your friends' birthdays on Facebook, and change or hide your own birthday
Tap "Edit" next to "Basic Info."Devon Delfino

5. Tap the drop-down arrows next to your birth date, month, and year to select the new birthday details.

How to find your friends' birthdays on Facebook, and change or hide your own birthday
Choose your new birthday details.Devon Delfino

6. Scroll down and tap Save.

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How to hide your birthday on Facebook

It can be useful to friends and family members to have your birthday listed on your Facebook profile. But if you prefer more privacy, here's how to hide it on the platform.

On the desktop website:

1. Go to the Facebook website and log in to your account, if necessary.

2. Click on your profile icon, located toward the top-right corner of the screen.

3. Select the About tab at the top of your profile page.

4. Choose Contact and Basic Info.

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5. Scroll down to the Basic Info section and, next to your birthday or year, select the privacy settings icon to the left of the Edit button.

6. Choose who to share your birthday information with from the available options: Public, Friends, Only me, or Custom.

How to find your friends' birthdays on Facebook, and change or hide your own birthday
Choose how to share your birthday information from the pop-up menu.Devon Delfino

On the mobile app:

1. Open the Facebook app.

2. Tap your profile picture at the top of the screen.

3. Select See Your About Info.

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4. Scroll down to Basic Info and tap Edit.

5. Tap the privacy settings button, located to the right of your birthday or birth year information.

How to find your friends' birthdays on Facebook, and change or hide your own birthday
Tap the privacy settings button next to your birthday or birth year.Devon Delfino

6. Choose who to share your birthday information with from the available options: Public, Friends, or Only me. Note you can only choose Custom viewing privileges from the Facebook website.

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