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Import Facebook Birthdays and Events into Outlook

In Facebook, you get notified when someone has his or her Birthday (to write something on his/her timeline).

Is there a way that I can import these Birthdays in my own Calendar in Outlook?

Button Facebook Outlook CalendarYou can add the Birthdays from Facebook to Outlook as a “live” Internet Calendar which syncs with Facebook but with some extra effort, you can also import them in your own Calendar.

The same can be done with other Events on your Facebook Calendar.

Automatically add Facebook Calendar as an Internet Calendar

Adding your Facebook Calendar to Outlook as an Internet Calendar is quite easy:

  1. Login to Facebook and click on the Events link in your Favorites section on the left or use this direct link.

    Facebook Event - Favorites

  2. Click on the gear icon at the right top of your Calendar (next to the Today button) and choose: Export

    Facebook - Events-> Gear-> Export

  3. Click on the “export your friends’ birthdays” or “upcoming events” link to open the Internet Calendar. When Outlook is set as your default handler for the “webcal” protocol, then it will try to open Outlook automatically.
    (if not, see the “Add as an Internet Calendar manually” below)

    Facebook - Export Event and Birthdays

  4. When being prompted if the website may open Outlook, click: Allow
  5. In Outlook, you should now get a dialog prompting you to confirm to add the Internet Calendar to Outlook. You can click on Advanced… to set some additional options, but you can also directly select: Yes
  6. Repeat the above steps if you also want to add the other Facebook Calendar as an Internet Calendar to Outlook.

The benefit of having it added as an Internet Calendar is that any new, deleted or modified Birthdays and Events will automatically sync with Outlook. This is particularly handy if you add and remove Facebook friends quite regularly.

Via the Calendar Overlay feature, you can see your own Calendar and the Facebook Internet Calendar as a single Calendar.

Manually add Facebook Calendar as  an Internet Calendar

Open Calendar From Internet buttonIf clicking on the links did not directly open Outlook, you can also do the following:

  1. Right click on the “export your friends’ birthdays” or “upcoming events” link and choose: Copy shortcut
  2. Open Outlook and add the Internet Calendar manually
    • Outlook 2003 and Outlook 2007
      Tools-> Account Settings…-> tab Internet Calendars-> New…
    • Outlook 2010 and Outlook 2013
      Select Calendar folder-> Home tab-> Open Calendar-> From Internet…
  3. Paste the address you copied in step 1 and click OK.
  4. Continue with step 6 as mentioned above.

New Internet Calendar Subscription - Facebook
You can also manually open webcal links in Outlook to add an Internet Calendar.

Note: To associate the “webcal” protocol with Outlook use:
Control Panel-> Programs-> Default Programs-> Set your default programs-> select: Outlook-> Set this program as default

Import Facebook Birthday and Event Calendar into Outlook

Import ics-file buttonIf you rather import the Birthdays or Events in your own Calendar, you can save the ics-file from Facebook and import it into Outlook in the following way:

  1. Login to Facebook and click on the Events link in your Favorites section on the left or use this direct link.
  2. Click on the gears icon at the right top of your Calendar (next to the Today button).
  3. Choose: Export
  4. Right click on the “export your friends’ birthdays” or “upcoming events” link and choose: Copy shortcut.
  5. Paste the address in the Address Bar of your Internet browser.
  6. Replace “webcal” at the beginning of the address with “https”. Your URL should now look something like this:
    http://www.facebook.com/ical/b.php?uid=1234567890&key=ABCDEFG
  7. Press ENTER.
  8. When prompted, choose Save to save the ics-file to a convenient location.
  9. In Outlook, open the Import wizard:
    • Outlook 2003 and Outlook 2007
      File-> Import and Export…->
    • Outlook 2010
      File-> Open-> Import
    • Outlook 2013
      File-> Open & Export-> Import/Export
  10. Choose: Import an iCalendar (.ics) or vCalendar (.vcs)
  11. Browse to the ics-file saved in step 8 and click OK.
  12. When prompted whether to open this calendar as a new calendar or to import it, choose: Import

Do you want to open this calendar as a new calendar or import its items in your calendar?
Import the contents of an ics-file in your own Calendar.

Within a few seconds, the Import process will finish and you’ll find the Birthdays or Events in your own default Calendar in Outlook.

You can repeat the above steps to also import the other Facebook Calendar.