How to Find Someone’s Birthday on Facebook

Last updated on July 31st, 2022 at 12:34 pm

Friends, spouses, family members, classmates, colleagues etc have one thing in common; they all cherish being remembered and celebrated on their birthdays.

Such celebrations range from a simple ‘happy birthday’ text message or said through a phone call to sending of gifts which can as well range from as little as a notebook, or a simple wristwatch to as grand and expensive as a diamond necklace, a car etc

find someone's birthday on Facebook

Such a simple gesture could make or mar a budding relationship.

There are stories of people forgetting to wish someone dear to them a happy birthday leading to fracture in an otherwise healthy relationship with that person.

But the problem is, more often than not, you may forget the birthday of another person. This is not unusual and is worse for some people than for others.

So, many a person tries to put effort to know or keep the birthdays of others. This could be challenging sometimes. But this is exactly where Facebook comes to the rescue.


Facebook and Birthdays

Facebook is the largest social media platform in the world.

It has about 3 billion users all over the world. This means that there is a high probability that most of your friends, family members, colleagues etc have accounts on this platform.

This is also true for even those that are not so close to you.

Fortunately, there is probably no other social media platform that is as steadfast as Facebook in keeping users’ birthdays. You must have noticed this if you have used Facebook for as little as six months to one year.

But what is the significance of this?

The significance is that luckily for you, you can simply go to Facebook to find out about someone’s birthday instead of trying hard to remember hundreds of birthdays.

It means that with Facebook if you know how to find it, your chances of forgetting or missing someone’s birthday becomes minimum.

However, as good as this is, not everybody can find another person’s birthday on Facebook. And some that can, do find it difficult sometimes.

So, you might be asking ‘how do I find someone’s birthday on Facebook?’ If you are among the group of persons asking that question, look no further.

The aim of this article is to show you the simple steps you should take to successfully find someone’s birthday on Facebook.

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Finding Someone’s Birthday on Facebook

First and foremost, if someone is your friend on Facebook, Facebook will notify you of his/ her birthday.

However, if that friend in their Facebook setting chose to hide their birthday from you in particular or the public in general, you will not see such notification.

Whether a Facebook friend or not, finding someone’s birthday on Facebook depends on their Facebook setting.

There is a setting option on Facebook that allows a user to keep their birthday private. If a user activates that option you won’t be able to find their birthdays on Facebook.

The search for someone’s birthday on Facebook can be grouped into two:

  • Searching for the birthday of someone that is your Facebook friend.
  • Searching for the birthday of someone that is not your Facebook friend.


Finding the Birthday of Your Facebook Friend

As stated before, Facebook will send you a notification of your Facebook friend’s birthday on that day, if they allowed it on their setting.

Simply log in to Facebook and click on the notification icon on the top left corner of your home page and you will see the birthday or birthdays (two or more persons may share the same birthday).

But if you want to know their birthday any other day that is not the birthday, these are the simple steps you should take:

  1. Log in to your Facebook account.
  2. Click on the ‘friends’ icon next to the home icon in the top left corner of your home screen.
  3. Click on ‘your friends’. The people you are friends with will appear.
  4. Choose the friend you want to find their birthday on Facebook (You can scroll up or down to locate the person).
  5. To locate a person faster and easier, especially if you have hundreds or thousands of Facebook friends and the particular person you are looking for is somewhere down the list, simply type the person’s name on the ‘search friends’ bar on top of your friend’s list.
  6. Once you have located the person you are looking for, click on the person.
  7. Then, click on ‘see about info’ on the person’s page.
  8. You will see the person’s birthday under ‘Basic info’. But if you don’t, know that such a person is keeping their birthday private and you will not be able to find their


Finding the Birthday of Someone That is Not Your Facebook Friend

To search for someone who is not your Facebook friend on Facebook, you must first know the person’s Facebook name.

You must know the ‘Facebook name’ because some people use names different from real-life names on their Facebook accounts.

Once you get the correct name, take the following steps:

  1. Log in to your Facebook account.
  2. Click on the search icon on the top right corner of your home page.
  3. Type the person’s name on the search bar that appears.
  4. Several persons with the same or similar names may appear. Then, select the individual of your choice.
  5. Click ‘see about info’ on the person’s home page that appears.
  6. Scroll down and see the person’s birthday under ‘Basic info’.

If you don’t see the person’s birthday, it means the person is keeping it private as stated before.

Note that a person can make their birthday visible only to their Facebook friends and not the public.

So, if you search for someone that is not currently your Facebook friend and you can’t see their birthday, send the person a friend request.

Once him/she accepts your request, you will see their birthday if the option of ‘birthday visible only to a friend’ is what the person chooses.

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How to Find Someone’s Birthday on Facebook FAQs


I can’t see someone’s birthday in their profile

That person is keeping their birthday private. You won’t be able to see it.


I can’t see the year of someone’s birthday only the day and month

A user can keep the year private and leave only the day and month to be seen by other users. That is probably the case here.


Why can’t I find someone on Facebook?

The person may not have a Facebook account. If you are certain he/she does, then make sure you know and spell correctly the user name which might be different from the person’s real name.


Someone’s birthday on Facebook is different from real life

The person gave a fake or false birthday detail on their Facebook account.



Birthdays are special days. Celebrating with your dear ones on such days is one of several ways of keeping and maintaining a good relationship.

But you could forget such an important day. However, Facebook thankfully, as we have seen, has made it almost impossible to miss someone’s birthday.

And what’s more, looking for someone’s birthday on Facebook is very easy.

Whether a person is your Facebook friend or not, the most important thing you need when searching for the person’s birthday is the person’s user name.

Don’t forget to send a gift to that person you just find out about their birthday on Facebook on their birthday!


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Harrison Acha is a Digital Marketing Expert, Seasoned Blogger, Facebook Marketing Expert, Writer, SEO Expert, and Digital Content Creator. Have been in the IT industry for more than a decade, and helping both tech and non-tech professionals become more productive and less frustrated with technology. Follow me on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.

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