Emergency alert or amber alert sound is a notification from your mobile telecom operator. It is one of the most annoying features that has ever been introduced. It comes activated by default, but fortunately, we can disable these emergency or amber alert notifications in our Android smartphones.
The broadcast messages are sometimes useful, while most of them are useless and are intended to show advertisements to the mobile network’s customers. One day I was taking a nap in the afternoon, and suddenly I received an emergency alert on my Android smartphone; I was worried about what has happened, and then while I checked it, I found it to be an offer provided by my mobile operator which was not only annoying but also irrelevant to me.
So from that day, I started digging up on how to disable all the emergency or amber alerts from popping up on my mobile screen. If you are a victim of the same, just like me, this article will help you disable those annoying alerts on your mobile.
How To Disable All Emergency Alerts
Note: If you are using a Samsung smartphone, you won’t be able to disable all the alerts together. Skip to the bottom of this article to check out how to disable individual types of emergency alerts.
For most Android-based smartphones, the emergency alert option is the same, and you can disable it through a straightforward application. All you have to do is go to the Settings of your phone and then navigate to Apps and Notifications > Advanced > Emergency Alerts > From here, you can toggle to “Allow alerts” or turn off all types of emergency broadcast messages. Remember, this will not disable any presidential or military alerts; such alerts are useful and cannot be disabled on any Android device without root.
Disabling Individual Types of Emergency Alerts
If you want to get notified of some of the emergencies and not disable all of them at once, there are two different methods to achieve this depending upon your type of smartphone.
As we discussed earlier, the most common way to disable the emergency alerts are by going to Settings > Applications and Notifications > Advanced Settings > Emergency alerts. From there, you can disable the toggle button next to any alert you no longer wish to receive.
When you disable the “Amber Alerts” feature, all the notifications will stop, including when a child is missing, or an elderly person has not come home yet. You can keep the three options that are not annoying but life-saving, and those are “Severe threats” and “Public safety messages” like the ones that we are receiving in these pandemic days for Corona Virus; these are less important as we are already stuck to the latest news every day. You can disable those and leave the “Extreme threats” if you want to get notified only for most emergencies. Finally, disable “Required monthly test” and “State and local tests” to stop receiving alerts only serve to test the emergency broadcast system.
If you are a Samsung Galaxy smartphone user and running One Ui, the settings to disable the emergency alerts are challenging. To disable the alerts, open the Message app on your Samsung device and then on the main screen, tap on the menu button from the top-right corner and then select “Settings.” Now, navigate to “Emergency alert settings,” and here, you will see many options. Although you want to disable these alerts, tap on “Emergency alerts” from the top of the screen and then disable the toggle buttons on individual alerts, you do not want to receive.
Disabling annoying emergency alerts will keep you in peace, but some emergency alerts need to be enabled. It is your choice to choose which signs you want to receive on your smartphone. I would suggest you disable “Amber alerts” and “Sever alerts.” Kindly do not undermine the “Extreme alerts” that notify you of national emergencies such as a nuclear attack, tsunamis, earthquakes, etc.