iOS calendar add birthdays but no anniversary. How can I add them from the contacts to the calendar?

  • You can add an anniversary field in Contacts/Preferences/Templates with the pull down by choosing "Dates" but alas, it does not show up in the Calendar. No doubt that will come in some future version of Calendar. I thought I found the answer... at least we can put anniversary dates in Contacts and wait for the day Calendar inherits that field.
    – Richard
    Oct 16, 2012 at 13:08

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Another work around would be to add a contact, called for exemple Wedding Me and My Wife and add a birthday to it. So it will show like a birthday in the calendar but you'll not it's an anniversary.


Not directly through the iPhone, but, BirthDayScanner does exactly that.

It scans the Address Book for all dates. Then presents them to you, to choose and edit, or play around, and then generates events directly in iCal which can be synced with the iPhone.

  • There is something like this for windows?
    – Andrea
    Oct 16, 2012 at 17:05

Asked quite some time ago, and the feature was not yet implemented.

But there is a work-around, using your friend Google.

In short:

(Please excuse the unprofessional screenshot)


Hmm, I can tell you how to add the field easily, but it doesn't seem to be widely supported. (Only Fantastical 2 on my Mac seems to automatically import this into it's calendar. I don't see it in the stock Calendar app on iOS or OSX, nor do I see it in Fantastical 2 on my iPhone.)

When editing a contact, click on + to add a new field. Choose 'Date' from the options. A new field will be added, and by default it will be of type 'Anniversary'. Just fill in the original date of marriage here, and you're done.

Note: I am using Google to sync contacts, but the field seems to be sync'ing correctly to my iPhone.


In iOS 12, go to Calendar > + > and at the bottom of the "New Event" screen, choose "Repeat" and select "Every Year." Alternatively, at the bottom of the "Repeat" screen, choose "Custom."


free tool to remeber anniversaries..


  • Can you please add some details about the app and why you are recommending it?
    – nohillside
    Nov 1, 2013 at 9:57

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