Amber alerts are meant to warn mobile phone users about kidnappings in the area. They are part of Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA), designed by the United States government to alert the public on emergencies such as extreme weather conditions and presidential announcements with regard to emergencies.
As much as no harm was intended in coming up with this method of alerts, at times we can’t help but feel that the government is pushing the idea down our throats. No one will ever ask for your opinion on whether or not you would like to receive the alerts.
Imagine your phone going off at 3 in the morning due to a presidential address or during a meeting because of incoming weather condition. The motive may be noble but there are less annoying ways of being updated on these issues.
Luckily, there are ways in which you can prevent these alerts from being sent to your phone. These methods vary from one phone to another.
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Turning off on iOS
For iOS devices, amber alerts and emergency alerts are grouped as Government alerts.
First and foremost, you will open the settings app. The settings icon is on the home screen. If not, swipe your phone until you locate it. Tap to open it.
In this step, you will tap on “Notifications”, to configure the notifications that apps send. Scroll down and at the bottom, you will find the section called “Government Alerts”.
Last but not least, tap the toggles next to “Amber Alerts” and “Emergency Alerts”. By doing this, you will effectively turn off these alerts.
Turning off on Android
You will notice that there are variations in the Interface of Android phones. The “Settings” necessary to adjust your Amber alerts are located in a different place for each Android phone.
We shall provide guideline to follow in turning off amber alerts in different Android phones.In Stock Android
Tap on the settings app to open it. This app is found on the home screen.
Scroll to the bottom and tap on Sound. You will need to locate the Cell Broadcasts menu. Tap on “More”, followed by “Emergency broadcasts”.
On the Cell Broadcast settings page, uncheck the box to turn off amber alerts. Tap on it once again to disable it.Additionally, you can disable alerts for “Severe threats”.
In a Samsung Galaxy (S6 or S6 Edge, S7 or S7 Edge or S8 or S8 Plus)
If you cannot find the emergency alert option on your settings, you can still turn off the alerts via the messaging app.
Open the messaging app and then tap the three button icon in the upper right corner of the screen. Tap on settings and then Emergency alert settings. Finally, select “Emergency alerts”.
Finally, on the Emergency alerts screen, turn off amber alerts by tapping on the slider button next to amber alerts.
In Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge (Verizon)
First and foremost, head over to apps and tap on “Emergency alerts, followed by settings. You then tap “Alert types”.
Finally, turn off the amber alerts by toggling the button. Additionally, you can also turn off Extreme or severe threats.
In Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge (Verizon)
Open the settings app and then tap on privacy and emergency. Then, hit “Emergency alerts and select settings and tap on “Alert types”.Finally, turn off the Amber alerts by toggling the button.
Some Android devices have a separate app specifically for Emergency Alerts. It is from this source that you will disable the alerts. Tap on the app to open it.
You then choose “Menu” and head over to “Settings”. From the list displayed, choose “Receive alerts”. Finally, uncheck the alerts that you want to stop receiving.
Apart from the iPhones and Androids, there are ways of turning off these alerts in other phones as well. We shall briefly guide you through the steps.
In Blackberry 10
In this model, you can disable the amber alerts from the BlackBerry Hub.
Head over to settings and select the “Settings”. From the Menu that displays, select “Emergency Alerts”. Toggle off the Amber alerts.
Additionally, you can turn off the “Extreme Threats Alerts” and the “severe Threats Alerts”.
In Windows 8 Phone
You will first have to enter the applications list. To do this, you may swipe left or you may hit the arrow key at the bottom of the Start screen.
Next, tap on the messages app and select the more option. This is represented by three small dots at the bottom right hand side of the screen. Tap on settings and head over to emergency alerts.
Finally, you can toggle off the Amber alerts. You may also turn off the Extreme alerts.In Featured phones
If you use a basic mobile phone that does not have the complex features of a Smartphone, you have not been left out.
To stop receiving these alerts on your phone, just send the word “Stop” or “Cancel” to the number 26237. Another way of stopping these alerts on a featured phone is calling your service provider so that they can deactivate the service from their side.
If at some point in future you change your mind about these alerts and you wish to start receiving them again, there is a way you can go about it (Android phones).
Head over to settings and tap on the “More” option. Find the “Emergency Broadcasts” and then check the disabled alert that you wish to start receiving again.
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These alerts can be a nuisance, especially if they are sent at ungodly hours or if you possess multiple phones. However, there is really nothing wrong in informing someone of an incoming or ongoing emergency situation in their locality.
Aside from the blaring tones, these alerts always ensure that you are one step ahead in whichever situation is ongoing. So, why don’t think over and over again if it is really wise to turn off such a vital service?