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Several years back, Facebook used to send birthday reminders via email. They stopped doing it in favor of the "birthday ticker" on the home page. Problem with this is, you only see the ticker if you're actually on Facebook. I don't visit the site every day, and I've missed a number of friends' birthdays.

Is there a way to get my emailed reminders again? (Hopefully without needing to use one of the annoying third-party apps that want access to all kinds of permissions.)

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Go to the Gear Icon > Account Settings > Notifications > Email, then check if it's set to either 'All notifications, except the ones you unsubscribe from' or 'Important notifications about you or activity you've missed'. Also, check if you've unsubscribed to emails about Birthday Reminders. If yes, click on the corresponding 'Turn On' link.

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Thanks, I'll try this when I'm at home - can't access FB at work. – EmmyS May 22 '13 at 14:44
Looking at my settings, I'm not unsubscribed to birthday reminders. My email notifications is set to the first option (all except ones I unsubscribe to.) Not sure what else I need to do. – EmmyS May 23 '13 at 1:35
@EmmyS Are you getting other Facebook notifications in your email inbox? Check if you have the correct email address set at General Account Settings > Email. – galacticninja Jun 19 '13 at 2:41
Yes, I had the correct email address set. – EmmyS Jun 19 '13 at 15:46

You can also try syncing your FB account to your smart phone.

Source : http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/sync-birthday-event-iphone-cal/

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Not interested in any kind of third party apps. I just want emailed notifications directly from facebook. – EmmyS May 22 '13 at 21:55
Actually, no third party app is involved there and anyways it doesn't provide you the email notifications ! – san May 22 '13 at 22:20
But my entire original post was asking for email notifications - why even provide this as an answer if you know that it's not going to solve the problem? – EmmyS May 23 '13 at 1:36

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