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How to disable emergency notifications on your phone



  US HAWAII SECURITY POLICY DEFENSE

This false alert was sent to the phones in Hawaii in early 2018


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Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) are designed to alert mobile users in the United States to missing children (also known as Amber Alerts), storms and announcements by the President on national emergencies.

Alerts are geographically targeted, meaning you will not receive notification of a missing child in San Francisco if you live in New York and vice versa.

The system has been useful in alerting people to dangerous situations, but it is also known that alarms arrive at phones on ungodly hours. And for some people, it might make sense to turn them off. For example, a person with multiple phones may want to disable the WEA system on a phone to avoid these alarms being output in stereo.

It only takes a few seconds to turn off amber and weather alerts. But remember, there is no way for you to disable or disable Presidential Alerts .

Android


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The process of disabling emergency alerts on an Android device depends on who created the device and what adjustments were made to the operating system. However, in most cases you should search for the settings by searching for "amber" or "amber". Alternatively, the setting in Notifications can be set in Advanced in the App Settings.

And on a Pixel 2 XL ($ 849 im Google Store) with Android 9.0 Pie, find the various options for disabling emergency alerts right there. Open the app settings and go to Apps & Notifications > Advanced > Emergency Alerts There are various settings and options that allow you to customize how your device handles alerts.

iOS


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Alerts can be disabled on an iOS device by opening Settings > notifications. Scroll to the bottom of the page where you'll see an option to disable both yellow and emergency alerts.

Feature phones

Emergency alerts are also sent to base phones, which are more commonly referred to as feature phones. For people who have not yet upgraded to a smartphone, ask your mobile service provider if they have specific instructions for disabling these alerts.

Editor's Note: This article was originally published in August 2013 and has been updated to reflect changes in the system. It was last updated on October 3, 2018.


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