Can I make my iphone (iOS8) remind me of birthdays stored in my contacts automatically?

Strangely google doesn't point me to instructions for iOS8.  There are apps that purport to do this... but do I really need an app?

Thanks for any tips.
Who is Participating?

[Product update] Infrastructure Analysis Tool is now available with Business Accounts.Learn More

I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

Kyle SantosQuality AssuranceCommented:

Go to Contacts.
Select the person whose birthday you want to set.
Click Edit.
Scroll down til you see ' + add birthday'.
Set the birthday.  '----' is annually.
Go to your Calendar and 'John Doe's birthday will display as 'All-Day' John Doe's Birthday'
Hamidreza VakilianSenior iOS/Android DeveloperCommented:
No you don't necessarily need to install a third party app; iOS can notify you before birthdays but you have to enable it:

Go to Settings
Mail, Contacts, Calendars
Scroll down to the Calendar section
Click Default Alert Times
Select Birthdays
Choose when you want to receive your alerts
On day of event (9 AM)
1 day before (9 AM)
2 days before (9 AM)
or 1 week before

Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
RonMexicoAuthor Commented:
Thanks, but can I get it to alert me with a reminder?
RonMexicoAuthor Commented:
... I mean aside from typing them all in separately to the "reminders" app? :)
RonMexicoAuthor Commented:
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.