Categories
Self-organization

How to disable emergency alerts on your smartphone

Emergency alerts on your phone may inform you about more or less important information around your area. The main issue with these alerts is that they often pop up in inconvenient situations and can be extremely loud.

How to disable emergency alerts on your smartphone

Since these alerts serve to inform you about serious and sometimes life-threatening occurrences, they bypass the ‘Do Not Disturb’ mode. Instead, you have to disable them manually.

The settings to disable these devices vary. They depend on your operating system, phone type, and even your mobile carrier. In this article, we will cover most of the methods to disable these alerts.

What Are Emergency Alerts?

In 2006, the Act of Congress introduced the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system. This act allowed the Federal Communications Commission to make a network which would emit news and important information from various federal agencies to the people via their phones. The network started working in 2012.

This type of broadcast is different from regular text messaging since it will emit data from the cell tower. So, it doesn’t include a particular mobile network but all citizens that are connected to this tower. Because of this, these alerts will only target a specific geographical area.

There are three types of emergency alerts that the US government can issue:

  1. Emergency alerts for kidnapped children.
  2. Alerts about life-threatening emergencies which can be extreme or severe. Extreme threats include tornadoes, hurricanes, typhoons, floods, storms, etc.
  3. Presidential alerts – issued by the president of the U.S.
    How to disable emergency alerts on your smartphone

How to Disable Emergency Alerts on an iPhone

Disabling emergency alerts on your iPhone is a straightforward task. Follow these steps:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap the ‘Notifications’ menu.
  3. Go to ‘Government Alerts’ at the very bottom.
  4. Toggle the ‘Amber Alerts,’ ‘Emergency Alerts,’ and ‘Public Safety Alerts’ options off.
    How to disable emergency alerts on your smartphone

If you want to turn these alerts back on, follow the same steps and just toggle them on.

How to Disable Emergency Alerts on Android

Disabling Amber alerts on Android can vary depending on your phone version or type. However, the process shouldn’t differ much, unless you have a version for a particular mobile network, such as AT&T or T-Mobile.

Disable Emergency Alerts on a Regular Phone

To disable emergency alerts on a regular android phone, just follow these simple steps:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap ‘Apps & Notifications’ (on some phones, it only says ‘Notifications’).
  3. Hit ‘Advanced.’
  4. Find ‘Emergency Alerts’ and toggle off each one (‘Severe Threats,’ ‘Extreme Threats,’ ‘and Amber Alerts’).

Disable Emergency Alerts on Stock Android

If you have Stock Android devices such as Pixel, the ‘Emergency alert’ settings are located in another place.

  1. Open the Settings menu.
  2. Tap ‘Sound.’
  3. Choose ‘Emergency broadcasts.’
  4. Toggle the ‘Amber alerts’ option off.

Disable Emergency Alerts on AT&T and T-Mobile Phones

If you own an AT&T or T-Mobile version of an Android smartphone, there’s a chance that your emergency alert settings are in the ‘Messages’ app.

  1. Go to the ‘Messages’ app.
  2. Tap the ‘More’ icon (three vertical dots) on the top-right of the screen.
  3. Select ‘Settings.’
  4. Choose ‘Emergency Alerts.’
  5. Toggle off ‘Amber alerts.’

Disable Emergency Alerts on Verizon Phones

If you own a Verizon version of Android phone such as the Galaxy S7, you should follow different steps to turn off emergency alerts.

  1. Go to the ‘Settings’ menu.
  2. Select ‘Privacy and Emergency.’
  3. Tap the ‘More’ icon on the top-right of the screen.
  4. Tap ‘Alert types.’
  5. Toggle off ‘Amber alerts.’

Can’t Find Amber Alerts

If you own a mobile phone from another carrier, there’s a chance that emergency alert settings are located in another place. The best way to find out their location is to contact the support of your service provider.

Also, not all countries have Amber alerts and not all systems have them built into their phones. Besides the United States, Mexico, Canada, Malaysia, Ecuador, and Australia, there are also 20 countries in Europe that have adopted this legislative.

Noisy but Necessary

Since their purpose is to save life and notify about essential information in your area, it’s not recommended to turn these notifications off. If you’re living in an area prone to devastating tornadoes or tsunamis, a timely notification will prevent plenty of damage or even a tragedy.

The best way to handle this is to disable Amber notifications only in situations where it’s absolutely necessary not to make any noise. If you disable them during your sleeping hours, there’s a possibility that you will not have time to avoid extreme conditions.

Why do you want to disable emergency alerts? Do you believe disabling these alerts could put your life in danger? Share your opinions with the TechJunkie community by posting a comment below.

How to disable emergency alerts on your smartphone

How to disable emergency alerts on your smartphone

When a child goes missing in your area, there’s a very good chance that you’ll receive an Amber alert on your smartphone. These alerts are useful, as they spread important information among the community and increase the chances of finding the missing person. Nevertheless, they can be a bit disruptive at times, especially if you get one at three in the morning. While we advise you to keep these alerts turned on at all times, we’ll show you how you can turn off Amber alerts if you prefer.

The process is extremely simple, but only if you know where to look. However, the setting can be found in a different place depending on your device and carrier, which can cause some confusion. In this post, we’ll take a closer look at how to do it on stock Android devices, as well as on phones made by Samsung, OnePlus, and LG. Let’s dive in.

How to turn off Amber alerts on stock Android

How to disable emergency alerts on your smartphone

It’s very easy to manage your alerts using the Pixel 5 and other stock Android devices. Here’s a step-by-step guide.

Turn off alerts on stock Android devices:

  1. Open the Settings menu.
  2. Tap the Apps & notifications option.
  3. Select the Advanced option.
  4. Tap on Emergency alerts.
  5. Find the Amber alerts option and turn it off.

How to turn off Amber alerts on Samsung phones

If you own a Samsung Galaxy smartphone like the latest Galaxy S20 or Note 20, the process is a bit different than the one described above. You can use either one of these methods instead:

Turn off Amber alerts in Samsung devices:

  1. Open the Messages app.
  2. Tap the three-dot icon next to the search button.
  3. Tap the Settings options.
  4. Select Emergency alert settings.
  5. Tap the Emergency alerts option.
  6. Find the Amber alerts option and turn it off.

Second method:

  1. Navigate to Settings > Connections > More connection settings.
  2. Tap the Wireless emergency alerts option.
  3. Tap on Settings.
  4. Select the Alert types option.
  5. Turn those alerts off.

How to turn off Amber alerts on OnePlus phones

How to disable emergency alerts on your smartphone

To get rid of these alerts on OnePlus devices like the OnePlus 8 Pro, follow these steps.

Turn off amber alerts on OnePlus devices:

  1. Open the Messages app.
  2. Tap the three-dot menu icon.
  3. Tap the Settings option.
  4. Select Wireless alerts.
  5. Tap the three-dot menu icon.
  6. Tap the Settings options.
  7. Find the Amber alerts option and turn it off.

How to turn off Amber alerts on LG phones

Finally, we’ll show you two methods that work with LG phones like the V60 ThinQ.

Turn off amber alerts on LG devices:

  1. Navigate to Settings > Network & internet > Wireless Emergency Alerts.
  2. Tap the three-dot menu icon in the top-right corner.
  3. Tap the Settings options.
  4. Find the Amber alerts option and turn it off.

Second method:

  1. Open the Messages app on your phone.
  2. Tap the three-dot menu icon in the top-right corner.
  3. Tap the Settings options.
  4. Select the Emergency alerts option.
  5. Find the Amber alerts option and turn it off.

Unfortunately, there are so many different OEMs that we can’t highlight every manufacturer’s process. The good news is that even if you don’t own a Samsung, LG, OnePlus, or a stock Android device, there’s still a good chance you’ll find this setting in one of the places mentioned above. If not, you can at least get a better idea of where to look.

How to disable emergency alerts on your smartphone

To bring things up to code with a new FCC standard, Android recently added an “Emergency broadcasts” feature that will make your smartphone notify you whenever a potential safety threat or Amber Alert is posted in your area. Even if you have your phone set to silent, these emergency alerts will cause your device to emit a loud, piercing sound when a potential threat is nearby.

But many people already have their own solution for getting notified of emergency situations. On top of that, the vast majority of these notifications are for events that aren’t exactly life-threatening such as severe thunderstorm warnings and other weather events. So whatever your reason, if you’d like to get rid of these notifications, I’ll show you how to disable them below.

Disabling All Emergency Alerts

Note: If you have a Samsung phone, you can’t disable all alerts at once. Skip ahead to the next section to see how to disable individual types of emergency alerts.

For most Android models, if you don’t want your phone to beep loudly for any emergency situation, all you have to do is disable one option. Head to Android’s main Settings menu and select the “Apps & notifications,” then tap “Advanced” and choose “Emergency alerts.” From there, disable the toggle next to “Allow alerts” to turn off all types of emergency broadcast messages. Note that this doesn’t include presidential alerts, which can’t be disabled on any device without root.

How to disable emergency alerts on your smartphone How to disable emergency alerts on your smartphone How to disable emergency alerts on your smartphone

Disabling Individual Types of Emergency Alerts

If you’d like to be notified of certain emergency situations, but would rather not have your phone go off in situations that aren’t life-threatening, there are two different ways to accomplish this depending on the type of phone you have.

For most Android models, head to Settings –> Apps & notifications –> Advanced –> Emergency alerts. From there, you can simply disable the toggle next to any type of alert you no longer wish to receive.

Disabling the “AMBER alerts” option will stop notifications when a child is missing or an elderly person wanders off. Of the next three options, “Severe threats” and “Public safety messages” are the less important ones, so disable those and leave “Extreme threats” ticked if you only want to be notified of the most pressing situations. Finally, disable “Required monthly test” and “State and local tests” to stop receiving alerts that only serve to test the emergency broadcast system.

How to disable emergency alerts on your smartphone How to disable emergency alerts on your smartphone

If you’re using a Samsung Galaxy device on One UI, these settings are a little harder to find. To start, open the “Messages” app. Since there are a lot of apps that go by the name “Messages,” I’ll include a screenshot below highlighting the app you should look for in your app drawer.

How to disable emergency alerts on your smartphone

From the main screen of Samsung’s Messages app, tap the menu button in the top-right corner and select “Settings.” Next, head to “Emergency alert settings,” then you’ll see options for changing how you’re notified of these alerts. But since you want to disable these alerts, tap “Emergency alerts” at the top of the screen, then disable the toggle switches next to any type of alert you no longer wish to receive.

As mentioned earlier, if you only want to be notified of the most pressing emergencies, you can disable “AMBER alerts” and “Severe alerts,” then leave “Extreme alerts” enabled to be notified of things like earthquakes, tsunamis, and other life-threatening events.

How to disable emergency alerts on your smartphone How to disable emergency alerts on your smartphone How to disable emergency alerts on your smartphone

This article was produced during Gadget Hacks’ special coverage on texting, instant messaging, calling, and audio/video chatting with your smartphone. Check out the whole Chat series.

Keep Your Connection Secure Without a Monthly Bill. Get a lifetime subscription to VPN Unlimited for all your devices with a one-time purchase from the new Gadget Hacks Shop, and watch Hulu or Netflix without regional restrictions, increase security when browsing on public networks, and more.