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  • mdotbb Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Jeff, I thought of your suggestion but figured it wouldn't work after reading this on an Apple support page. You're saying it works?

    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.
  • igrok-mac Level 3 Level 3 (930 points)

    THAT is brilliant!

    I did have a bit of trouble getting the birthday calendar off my phone from syncing all other cals over mobileme and birthdays through sync. I tried unchecking sync, but then the "All from the Mac" category in calendars just became "All on my iPhone". Instead, I turned off birthdays from ical prefs, then left sync calendars on, then synced and quit the sync of calendars as soon as it started, let the sync complete, then unchecked sync calendars, and they were finally gone. Then I did as you suggested and voila!
  • DiscoNomad Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Yes this is the only thing on here that works. Great idea and this is obviously the method that apple expects us to use.

  • Steve Porritt Level 2 Level 2 (260 points)
    Actually, it does, but not in an intuitive manner. In iCal on your mac, select a subscribed calendar and in the menu, select Calendars/Change URL... Don't change anything - just note the url. Now on your iPhone, go to Settings/Mail, Contacts, Calendars, and choose Add Account.... Select "Other" and then "Add Subscribed Calendar". Now input that url from the subscribed calendar on your Mac. Select the Next button to verify all the info, and you're done! It may take awhile for the events to populate the new calendar over the air, but it works (for all but the Birthday calendar). Just did it myself, thanks to a suggestion in another thread...<>
  • andrew pz Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Jeff's solution is brilliant! I've been puzzling over this ever since getting my iphone months ago, and now with OS 3.0 this solution works perfectly.

    Downside is that, after updating contacts on iphone, calendar birthdays will only be updated on iphone once you have powered up the computer. But, short of apple actually sorting out birthdays properly on the iPhone (who wouldn't want to be able to view birthdays on a calendar?!) this is by far the best solution I've come across.
  • thegirl01 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thank you so much for this suggestion

    It works perfectly.

    I'm so happy that something that has been frustrating me for so long now works!
  • aperez011 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks. Worked perfectly. Is there a way to select the color for the subscribed "birthdays" calendar? It was designated as red I think. I'm colorblind and would like to chose a color such as yellow.
  • ube Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Just curious, when you publish your Birthdays calendar, does the broadcast icon next to your calendar "stick"? Although this procedure definitely works for me, iCal stops publishing the Birthdays calendar within a few minutes (the broadcast icon disappears). The published .ics file is still on MobileMe but from what it looks to me, iCal has stopped updating it.

    This has occurred with two of my separate machines synced with the same MobileMe account.
  • scorpac Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Brilliant!! Thanks Jeff...that worked!!
  • caneflyer Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
    No, it doesn't stick for me. It seems that MobileMe syncing of the broadcast setting isn't working right. When I add the publisher on one machine, the setting does not get relayed to my second machine, and then when it syncs back the broadcast setting gets turned off.

    At least the .ics file stays on MobileMe, and birthdays don't change (often). But periodically I'm going to have to remember to republish in order to keep MM current.
  • Will Kirby Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    There does seem to be a problem with old dates? My Nan was born 18th June 1919, and it shows correctly in the published iCal on .Mac and MobileMe, but when subscribed to on my iPhone, her birthday is suddenly on the 13th AND 14th December?
  • Brad Thurman Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    Jeff's solution worked for me, but now I have a dot on every day in month view. If I turn off the Birthdays calendar, they go away. Any ideas?
  • Aaron Cohen2 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    I tried the publish and email method, but now I have a dot on every single day, and still none of the birthday's are there. Most of the dots are just blank.
  • Kenneth Epstein Level 2 Level 2 (435 points)
    I have the same problem with the dots on every day in Month view.

  • TheNewPop Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks Mark. This worked easy as pie.