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Birthday calendar on iPhone

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phxmike Calculating status...
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May 3, 2009 7:05 PM
Is there a way to synchronize the Birthday Calendar with the iPhone? My other calendars all synchronize, but as that one is part of the contacts it does not. Contacts are synchronized with birthday information, but it does not put it into the calendar on the iPhone.
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  • Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10 (122,150 points)
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    May 3, 2009 7:37 PM (in response to phxmike)
    Are you syncing iCal calendars direct with iCal via the iTunes sync process?
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  • r.cloud Level 3 Level 3 (810 points)
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    May 3, 2009 7:55 PM (in response to phxmike)
    MobileMe does not support subscription Calendar synching between itself and the iPhone you have to manually enter them into the main calendar.

    you can add your voice to the multitude that i'm sure have already given feedback to Apple at
    [iPhone Feedback|http://www.apple.com/feedback/iphone.html]
    [MobileMe Feedback|http://www.apple.com/feedback/mobileme.html]

    Message was edited by: r.cloud
    Sony Vaio, Windows Vista, 2xiPhone 3G, iPod Touch 2G, MobileMe
  • Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10 (122,150 points)
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    May 3, 2009 7:58 PM (in response to phxmike)
    If you have a MobileMe account and you have Calendars on for over the air syncing, you can't sync direct with iCal via the iTunes sync process. You can do one or the other only, not both at the same time.

    At the present time, syncing subscribed calendars over the air is not supported, and the iCal Birthdays calendar is a subscriber calendar. Syncing subscribed calendars will be supported beginning with firmware update 3.0 to be released this summer.

    What I have done in the interim - I exported the subscribed Birthdays calendar from iCal followed by importing the exported calendar as a standard calendar. You can't have two iCal calendars with the same name, so I named the new calendar for the import - B-Days. This calendar is synced with the MM cloud which in turn becomes available on my iPhone. This calendar isn't updated when adding a birthday for an existing contact or for a new contact, but this is temporary until subscribed calendars are supported for over the air syncing with firmware update 3.0.
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  • BBelko Calculating status...
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    May 22, 2009 10:47 AM (in response to phxmike)
    YES YOU CAN!!
    If you export your birthday calendar to an ical file, and put it say on your desktop. Then create a new calendar and name it say birthday2... import the data into that calendar and it will sinc... each time you add a new birthday just update that calendar. If you don't want to see both on your computer ical just unclick the one you made...
    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.7)
  • Kenneth Epstein Level 2 Level 2 (435 points)
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    Jun 17, 2009 3:54 PM (in response to Allan Sampson)
    Doesn't look like 3.0 added subscription calendar syncing through MobileMe.

    Ken
    MacBook Pro - 2.16 GHz, iPhone OS 3.0
  • Kenneth Epstein Level 2 Level 2 (435 points)
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    Jun 17, 2009 4:04 PM (in response to Kenneth Epstein)
    As a follow-up, I found this info on iPhone 3.0:

    Additional Information
    MobileMe members can publish a calendar that others can subscribe to by choosing Publish from the Calendar menu in iCal.

    While a Birthday calendar may appear in the Subscriptions calendar of iCal, it is not a normal subscription calendar, and cannot be added to your iPhone/iPod touch.

    Message was edited by: Kenneth Epstein
    MacBook Pro - 2.16 GHz, iPhone OS 3.0
  • USMCDevilDog45 Calculating status...
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    Jun 17, 2009 4:31 PM (in response to Kenneth Epstein)
    To get around iPhone 3.0 not syncing you can now choose to sync to your computer and over mobile me. This allows the birthday calender to be sync'd...thank goodness.
    MacBook Pro, iPhone OS 3.0
  • yvonarchambault Calculating status...
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    Jun 17, 2009 4:54 PM (in response to USMCDevilDog45)
    Had problems with double entries on my iPhone: calendar and contacts... I guess they came in through both mobileme and iTunes...
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  • Mark Aceto Calculating status...
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    Jun 17, 2009 5:34 PM (in response to USMCDevilDog45)
    I checked only the Birthdays calendar to synch via iTunes (the rest over MobileMe as usual).

    - The only birthday to sync was my ex-girlfriend's for 2009, 2010, 2011.
    - The only way I could get the Birthdays calendar to display as Birthdays (vs. All on My iPhone) in the Calendar list on my iPhone was by also checking the US Holidays calendar
    - Not for nothing, but I tried publishing my Birthdays calendar to MobileMe, and then subscribing to it from deep within the iPhone Settings. No dice.

    Anyway, I've read that this is supposed to work, but it hasn't for me. And I've never had sync problems as long as I've owned my iPhone OG. This bugginess is reminiscent of my old Treo's.

    Message was edited by: Mark Aceto
    MacBook Pro 15", Mac OS X (10.5.7)
  • nittanypanther Calculating status...
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    Jun 17, 2009 7:17 PM (in response to yvonarchambault)
    Success! You really can get this to work. It's simple. If you are not using Mobile Me, just choose to sync all your calendars via iTunes.

    If you are using MM, then just pick Birthdays in iTunes and let the rest sync over the air. I did it and it works!

    Message was edited by: nittanypanther
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  • Mark Aceto Level 2 Level 2 (180 points)
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    Jun 17, 2009 7:39 PM (in response to Mark Aceto)
    UPDATE: I got it working. Here's how:

    1. From within iCal Preferences, I unchecked Show Birthdays calendar
    2. I synced my iPhone
    3. From within iCal Preferences, I checked Show Birthdays calendar
    4. In iTunes, I checked the Birthdays calendar (just as I had before)
    5. I synced my iPhone

    Easy fix using SOP troubleshooting steps. Happy birthdays!
    MacBook Pro 15", Mac OS X (10.5.7)
  • Jeff Zacharias Calculating status...
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    Jun 17, 2009 8:04 PM (in response to Mark Aceto)
    If you are syncing all your calendars through MobileMe, then it doesn't make sense to sync Birthday's through iTunes.

    Instead do this:
    - In iCal turn on the Birthdays form the preferences
    - Select Birthdays and choose publish
    - Send yourself an email about the published Birthday's calendar
    - Read the email on your iPhone and click on the link to subscribe

    You will now have the Birthday's subscription on your iPhone and it will be synced through MobileMe like the rest of the calendars.
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  • yvonarchambault Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Jun 17, 2009 8:25 PM (in response to Jeff Zacharias)
    What is strange is that only ONE birthday event will not synchronize to the iPhone although it is OK in iCal. All the other birthday items are OK in both iCal and on the iPhone.
    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
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