If you sleep with your cell phone nearby, you’ve probably experienced the sensation of being woken up in the middle of the night by an alert.
It’s happened to me before and I remember the night very well. I had only been asleep for a couple of hours when I was jolted awake at 3:30 in the morning by a high-pitched sound. Initially, after waking up, I was completely confused and I had no clue what was going on. Then I grabbed my cell phone and read the text message notifying me that an Amber Alert had been issued for Washington and the surrounding states.
As you may know, Amber Alerts are sent to mobile users in a geographically targeted area in order to notify them that a kidnapping has taken place. The Amber Alert is just one of three alerts that make up the Wireless Emergency Alert system (WEA). The other two alerts are for severe weather and presidential announcements.
Although these alerts are beneficial and have been proven to be effective, they are also alarming mobile phone users across the nation, with complaints of being startled, woken up, and ‘deafened’ by the sound of the alarm when connected to Bluetooth. In fact, on the RadioShack Mobile Product Support forums, one of the top 5 most viewed threads involves a thread about turning off Amber Alerts on iOS devices.
So you may be wondering: Is it possible? The answer is yes. On both Android and iOS devices there are options for turning off Amber Alerts as well as Severe Weather Alerts. As for Presidential Alerts, there is currently no way of turning them off.
Check out the steps below for turning the alerts off:
Alerts can be turned off by going to Settings and selecting Notifications. Under notifications, you will see a subcategory for Government Alerts where you can enable or disable both Amber and Emergency Alerts.
Turning off emergency alerts on Android devices can differ depending on the device.
For most Android devices, the option can be found under the messaging app settings. Simply open up the messaging app, tap on Menu, and then tap on ‘Emergency Alerts’. From there you will see the options to enable or disable the alerts.
If you don’t see the option to disable the alerts under the messaging app settings, check under the general settings. Go to settings, tap on the option to ‘view More Settings’, select ‘Wireless & Networks’, tap on ‘Cell Broadcasts Settings’, and from there you will see the option to enable and disable the alerts.
So, those are the steps. Keep in mind that the alerts are there for a good cause so if you’re not often bothered by them, go ahead and keep them on!
Let us know what you think! Do you prefer keeping your alerts on or off?