How to Remove Facebook Birthday Notifications in iCal [Mac]

Every since Facebook’s new integration with Mac OS X Mountain Lion, I’m sure you’ve noticed all of the iCal birthday notifications popping up for your Facebook friends. If you’re like me, you probably only know about 10% of your friends, so seeing notifications for random people is not only pointless, but very annoying.

If someone is truly your friend, more than likely you already have a birthday notification for them in iCal. Luckily, getting rid of Facebook’s birthday notifications in iCal is a quick and easy task.

Here’s what you need to do:

1. Open the iCal application.

2. If you can’t see your calendars listed in the left hand column, click on the “Calendars” button at the top left corner to display them.

Display your calendars in iCal.

3. Look under the “Subscriptions” section of your calendars. You should see a Birthdays calendar there.

4. Uncheck the Birthdays calendar to disable it. You will see all of the birthdays on your calendar disappear.

No more Facebook birthdays in iCal.

5. You’re now Facebook birthday free – no more notifications!

Alternately, you can go through each birthday individually and delete the ones that you don’t want to be notified about. This will be time consuming (especially if you have a lot of friends), but it will be useful if there are certain friends whose birthdays you don’t want to miss.


  1. Thank you! This has been driving me nuts. Hundreds of birthdays of people I hardly know were filling up my calendar.

  2. I have the birthday subscription unchecked and still get birthday notifications

    1. I’m not sure why…. Maybe you have birthdays on another calendar that you still have enabled?

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