No, you probably should not turn off the amber, emergency, and public security alerts on your iPhone. These state notifications are used to warn you of impending natural disasters, active shooters and terrorist attacks. More often they ask for your help with child abduction. The warnings save lives, but it's still up to you whether you want them or not.
Emergency and government alerts that are sent to your iPhone can be loud and aggressive to make sure they catch your attention. Overzealous notifications are a legitimate reason to permanently disable them.
However, let me repeat again before proceeding: You should leave the emergency and government warnings at . Who knows when your life or the life of your friends and family can depend on them. Groups such as FEMA, the National Weather Service, the Department of Homeland Security, and local government agencies are sending these alerts via the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS). They are not random and can be useful as well as informative.
Still, you should know how to turn them off on your iPhone, for example if you are in the middle of nowhere (where the warnings are displayed) would not even help you). Also, if you're in the hospital (where you can not handle the information you receive), or if you just need a quick break from the terrifying noise they're doing (because everyone at least once in their hospital is afraid of an amber alert has) life, right?).
What are government notifications for?
Before we disable the emergency and government notifications, you must know what they are. Three state alerts are available on the iPhone (not in all countries):
- Amber : Represents "America's Missing Broadcast Emergency Response". These warnings apply to very serious (and local) child abduction cases.
- Emergency : These warnings apply to potential emergencies such as extreme weather conditions.
- Public Security : These warnings are imminent threats to safety or life.
If you've never seen a warning, it's similar to other notifications you get on your iPhone, except that they're accompanied by a loud noise, even when you're silent. Below are some examples of government alerts in the US (left) and Canada (right).
Note that there is currently no way to disable the President's mandatory alerts, but only one through IPAWS. Whether it can be disabled via the Emergency Alert System (EAS), the National Alert System (NAWAS), the Wireless Emergency Alert System (WEA) or the NOAA Weather Radio. All alerts are sent via IPAWS to participating airlines, who transfer them from mobile masts to mobile devices.
Disabling regulatory alerts on your iPhone
To disable regulatory alerts on your iPhone, first visit the Settings app and then " Notifications ". Scroll down and you'll see the three types of regulatory alerts: AMBER alerts, emergency alerts, and public safety alerts. All these options are enabled by default. To disable one or all, just tap the toggle to the right of each.
If you live in the US and have a plan with a US carrier or if you travel to the US with a US-based SIM card, you can receive trial emergency notifications. This is similar to regular state alerts, except that they are tests that both test the system and prepare you for an actual emergency. Local authorities set the frequency of these alerts and the content.
Although these test alerts are disabled by default, they may have been activated in the past. How could you ask? To activate the test emergency notifications, you must call the dialing code * 5005 * 25371 # using the telephone keypad on your iPhone. Fortunately, turning off test emergency alerts is very similar:
* 5005 * 25370 #
Call this number in your phone app, and a warning appears with the message "Test Alerts Disabled" pointing to it that the alarms have been disabled Off.
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