How to Easily See Friends‘ Birthdays on Snapchat So You Never Forget Important Dates Again

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Hi there! Do you ever feel bad for forgetting a friend‘s birthday? Don‘t worry, you‘re not alone. With busy lives, it can be hard to keep track of all the special dates for each person in your life.

The good news is that Snapchat makes it super easy to see friends‘ birthdays right in the app so you never miss sending them birthday wishes again! In this detailed guide, I‘ll walk you through exactly how to view upcoming birthdays on Snapchat using a few different methods.

By the end, you‘ll be a pro at checking friends‘ birthdays on Snapchat! Let‘s dive in.

Why Snapchat Birthdays Matter

Before we get into the how-to, let‘s talk about why Snapchat birthdays are useful to begin with. Here are some of the key reasons:

  • Show you care – Sending Snapchat birthday messages demonstrates you care enough to remember their special day. This strengthens your friendship bond!

  • Create surprises – When you know someone‘s birthday is coming up, you can secretly plan a Snapchat birthday surprise they won‘t expect.

  • Spread cheer – A Snapchat birthday message with fun stickers, Bitmojis, filters, etc. can brighten their day!

  • Spark conversations – Wishing them a happy birthday gives you an easy conversation starter to reconnect.

So in summary, checking Snapchat for friends‘ birthdays allows you to be a thoughtful, caring friend! With over 265 million daily active Snapchatters, there are lots of special days to celebrate.

Overview of Birthdays on Snapchat

Before we get into the steps, let‘s review how birthdays work on Snapchat:

  • Snapchat friends can display their birthday and zodiac sign on their profiles if they choose.

  • You can only see friends‘ birthdays if their account is public and they have the birthday feature turned on.

  • On someone‘s actual birthday, a small birthday cake icon appears next to their name in your Snapchat friend list.

  • The Snapchat Birthdays Mini lets you view a calendar of upcoming friends‘ birthdays.

  • You can send a customized Birthday Snap with stickers and effects to friends on their special day.

  • Friends may share birthday Stories publicly or just with certain friends to highlight their big day.

So in a nutshell, Snapchat provides several birthday-related features – but users have control over sharing their birthday details publicly or not.

Ready to master Snapchat birthdays? Let‘s get started!

Method 1: Check the Friend List for Birthday Cake Icons

The quickest way to see if any of your friends have a birthday today is to open your Snapchat friend list and look for the birthday cake icon. Here‘s how:

Step 1: Open Snapchat and tap on the Chat icon at the bottom to access your friend list.

Step 2: Scan through the list for the birthday cake emoji next to any names.

Birthday cake icon on Snapchat friend list

Step 3: Send a Birthday Snap to anyone with a cake to celebrate their special day!

This method takes just a few seconds, so it‘s perfect for frequent checking. But it only shows birthdays happening today. To see upcoming birthdays, read on!

Method 2: Check Upcoming Birthdays in the Birthdays Mini

For planning ahead, the Snapchat Birthdays Mini is the way to go. This feature shows a calendar of upcoming friends‘ birthdays chronologically so you can create a celebration plan.

Step 1: Open a Snapchat chat with any friend.

Step 2: Tap the rocket icon to find the Minis.

Step 3: Select the Birthdays Mini from the list.

Snapchat Birthdays Mini

Step 4: Scroll through the birthday calendar to see upcoming friends‘ birthdays!

From the Birthdays Mini, you can tap a name to immediately send a birthday message or note it in your calendar app. Super handy!

Pro Tip: You can also access the Birthdays Mini by swiping right on the Chat screen to access shortcuts.

Method 3: Check Their Profile on Their Birthday

If neither of the first two methods work, a final way to identify a birthday is directly on a friend‘s profile.

Step 1: Open your friend‘s Snapchat profile.

Step 2: Look for a "Birthday today!" indicator on their profile on their special day.

Birthday today indicator on Snapchat profile

Step 3: Swipe up to send a birthday wish right from their profile!

The profile method works if your friend has their birthday set to private. However, it only shows on their actual birthday.

Creative Ways to Wish Friends Happy Birthday on Snapchat

Once you‘ve identified an upcoming birthday on Snapchat, it‘s time for the fun part – sending birthday snaps!

Beyond a basic text snap, here are some creative ways to make your friends‘ day extra special:

  • Decorated selfie – Use stickers, Bitmoji, filters, and text to liven up a birthday selfie snap.

  • DIY music video – Lip sync and dance to their favorite song.

  • Photo collage – Compile childhood or funny pics into a custom Story or Snap.

  • Cameo video – Record a personalized Cameo shoutout from their favorite celebrity.

  • Happy birthday lens – Unlock the special lens to add virtual birthday effects to your Snaps.

  • Memories remix – Combine old Snaps into a nostalgic birthday montage.

  • Birthday party Story – If you‘re together, share the birthday fun in a photo Story.

Get creative and have fun with it! The more unique your Snap, the better.

Snapchat Birthday Features to Level Up Celebrations

Beyond snaps, Snapchat has even more built-in features to make birthdays epic:

Birthday Mini – As we covered earlier, this shows upcoming birthdays.

Birthday Stories – Friends can create public "Birthday Stories" that anyone can view.

Birthday Lenses – Unlock special AR lenses on your birthday by tapping the camera screen.

Birthday stickers – Jazz up Snaps with stickers like cakes, balloons, and confetti.

Birthday filters – Overlay themed filters like "Birthday Girl" or "Born in the 90s."

Birthday Geofilters – Friends can create custom geofilters just for their birthday location.

With all these options, Snapchat provides endless ways to make someone‘s birthday unique and amazing!

FAQs About Snapchat Birthdays

How do I add my birthday on Snapchat?

To add your birthday:

  1. Go to your Snapchat profile
  2. Tap the ⚙️ icon
  3. Select the “Birthday” option
  4. Enter your birthday

Once added, friends can see your special day!

Can someone see my birthday on Snapchat if I hide it?

Nope! If you hide your birthday in your Snapchat settings, no one can see it. Your birthday will remain 100% private.

How do I see someone‘s zodiac sign on Snapchat?

If a friend has their zodiac sign added to their profile, you can see it right below their name on their profile page. However, it will only show if they chose to add and share it.

Why can‘t I see someone‘s birthday on Snapchat?

If a friend‘s birthday isn‘t visible, it‘s likely because:

  • They have a private account
  • They hid their birthday in settings
  • You two aren‘t friends on Snapchat

So if you still want to find out their birthday, you‘ll need to ask them directly!

Remember Important Dates with Snapchat

Well, there you have it – everything you need to know about finding friends‘ birthdays on Snapchat!

The key takeaways:

  • Check your Chat list for birthday cake icons to see who has a birthday today

  • Use the Birthdays Mini to view a calendar of upcoming birthdays

  • On their actual birthday, their Snapchat profile may have a "Birthday today!" tag

  • Get creative with your Birthday Snaps by adding stickers, lenses, filters, and more

Equipped with these tips, you‘ll never forget a friend‘s special day again. Now get out there and spread some Snapchat birthday cheer! Wishing you many happy upcoming celebrations.


Written by Alexis Kestler

A female web designer and programmer - Now is a 36-year IT professional with over 15 years of experience living in NorCal. I enjoy keeping my feet wet in the world of technology through reading, working, and researching topics that pique my interest.