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.
RonMexicoAsked:
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Kyle SantosQuality AssuranceCommented:
Yes.

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

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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:
Thanks!
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