How To Find Someone’s Birthday

By Ben Hartwig
30 December, 2019

There are times when you want to surprise someone on their birthday, but realize that you forgot the exact date.

The problem is, you can’t ask the person directly, because that’s going to ruin the surprise. Don’t worry, forgetting a critical date happens to everyone. The good news is that everything is available online these days if you know where to look. In this article, we’ll teach you how to dig for information using social media and a people search service. There’s also the old, forgotten art of asking around to get the information you need.

Are you ready?

The investigation starts now.

Method 1: Facebook

One of the easiest methods to search for a person’s birthday is to look it up on Facebook. Almost everyone is on the social media networking giant, and you can get the information fast if you have an account and are friends with the person. Please search for your friend’s birthday in an info box below his/her profile picture. If the person chose to hide the DOB in his/her profile, try scanning his/her timeline for friends who sent birthday wishes last year.

birthday lookup using facebook

You can do this method even if you’re not friends with the person yet, as long as his or her profile is public. If the person uses a private account, you need to be friends with him/her first to view the pattern. You can also use your mutual friend’s timeline to see any birthday greetings sent recently if the friend request is taking too long.

Method 2: Instagram

You can also use Instagram to search for any past posts related to the person’s birthday – if you both have an account on the platform.  Instagram is photo and image-based, making it easier to rifle through old birthday-related posts. Visit the person’s profile, view one from his/her friends, or check out your mutual friends’ profiles to get clues on the DOB.

You can also check the person’s tagged photos on the far right tab, under his/her surname. If the person has a private profile, you’ll have to send a follow request and wait for approval.

Method 3: Snapchat

Another useful social networking site to learn a person’s birth date is Snapchat. The platform will display a birthday cake emoji next to the person’s name if they specify a year in the information section. If you’re friends with the birthday person on Snapchat, type his/her name into your friend’s list and check if a cake appears. This approach can be tedious if you don’t at least know when the birth month is.

You can narrow down the month by checking if the person listed his/her Zodiac sign on the info panel. Look for the purple box emoji with symbols inside.

Method 4: Twitter

On Twitter, check the upper left-hand side of the persons’ page. There’s going to be a neon balloon overlay on any Tweet the person does on his/her birthday. Keep in mind this method only works if the person chose to include a DOB in his/her profile.

Method 5: Use InfoTracer

If you need to be discreet about finding when someone’s birthday is, you can always use a people search engine. With InfoTracer, you can uncover hidden information about anyone. The service gathers and organizes billions of records from different sources. The service makes the data accessible and easy to digest for regular users. InfoTracer gets information from courthouses, consumer databases, sheriff’s records, public registries, and more. A single background check report can yield contact info, known relatives or associates, professional licenses, and social media profiles.

Method 6: Ask Mutual Friends

If social media isn’t working out, you can always go old-school and ask around. Mutual friends are the perfect source for birthday information. Make sure you include them if you’re planning a surprise party, because they may inadvertently tell the person you were asking around.

Method 7: Ask Coworkers

Another excellent source for birthday information is your coworkers if you work in the same office. Someone who has worked with the person for years ought to know the birthday details. If your coworkers don’t have a clue, speak to your boss in private and ask for help in finding out via employee records. Don’t forget to tell the people you’re asking why you need this information, or else you may face some resistance. A good reason for asking around is throwing an office party for the person.

how to find anyone's birth day

Method 8: Ask Family

If you know the person’s family well enough, you can ask them for help if friends and coworkers are getting you nowhere. If you’re a close friend of the family, get in touch with relatives and let them know you’re drawing a blank on the birthday details for some reason. Only do this method if you have personal ties with a person’s family. Otherwise, they may perceive you as someone who’s up to no good.

Method 9: Go Straight to the Source

There’s nothing wrong with taking the direct approach and asking the person when his/her birthday is. If it’s a person you’ve met recently, asking him/her is harmless and can be an excellent conversation starter. If the person is an old friend, he/she won’t mind if you come clean about forgetting the date. You may get roasted for being forgetful, but the occasional ribbing from your friends is part of the package.

You can choose to be subtle when asking someone directly when his or her birthday is. For instance, you can share memories about your past birthday celebrations and ask him/her if they’d like to share the same. Ask probing and open-ended questions so you can put the pieces together faster. You can also talk about Zodiac signs if you’re familiar with the topic. Another trick is to pretend you’re entering everyone’s data on your phone’s contacts list, and you need his/her birthday details to complete it.

Avoid asking people how old they are as a lead-in question because some people find it rude and offensive.

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