I was walking along, enjoying a mild February day, when all of a sudden I heard an awful alarm sound. I scrambled to find the source and found that it was coming from my phone. Convinced my phone was malfunctioning, I rushed to pick it up and realized it was only an emergency alert. Apparently it’s a feature your wireless provider provides. It will also do the same thing for Amber Alerts or Presidential Alerts.
The Emergency and Amber Alert on the phone is a nice feature, but I don’t want it interrupting me in the middle of the night. I struggled to find the place to turn this feature off. Depending on your device, it can be located in different places.
Here are a few places to check:
1 – System Settings
- Open “Settings” icon on the Home screen.
- Tap “More“.
- Select “Wireless & Networks“.
- Choose “Cell Broadcast settings“.
- Uncheck or check the following options as desired:
- Show extreme threats
- Show severe threats
- Show AMBER alerts
Some Android versions may have these settings in this location:
- From the Home screen, select “Apps” and open “Settings“.
- Tap “More“.
- Choose “Emergency broadcasts“.
2 – Messaging App
On most devices, you’ll find the Emergency Alert option within the settings for the Messaging app. A strange spot if you asked me.
- Open “Messaging“.
- From the main screen where all your message threads are listed, press “Menu” (3 dots at the corner of the screen) and select “Settings“.
- Select “Emergency Alerts“.
- Uncheck the alerts you don’t want to hear.You can disable “Extreme alerts“, “Severe alerts” or “Amber alerts“. You cannot disable Presidential Alerts.
3 – Emergency Alerts App
Many other devices like the Samsung Galaxy S5 have a separate “Emergency Alerts” app.
- From the Home screen, tap the app slider, then open the “Emergency Alerts” app.
- Select “Menu” > “Settings“.
- Select “Receive alerts“.
- Uncheck the alerts you don’t want to hear.
4 – Weather App
This is very rare, but if you have a weather app, it may be configured to display and sound emergency alerts. Open the weather app, then access the settings to see if any emergency notifications are enabled.
Did this post help you find the Emergency Alerts setting on your phone? Did you find it somewhere else? Share your experience in the comments section.