Every so often — or frequently, depending on your tolerance level — you get an AMBER alert on your phone. But, like a good many things, emergency alerts on Android can be a bit of a mess. We'll explain.
There are three (or four, depending on how you're counting) types of emergency alerts you can receive on your Android. Presidential alerts— No, not asking for money, but rather an alert issued by the President of the United States or a designee.
Imminent threat alerts — Weather, really, and this one may be broken down into "extreme threats" or "severe threats" to life and property. Emergency alerts on Samsung phones are tucked away in the settings of Samsung's messaging app. Motorola's Moto X goes even further, allowing you to set the duration of the alert sound (from 2 seconds to 10 seconds, speak the alert out loud, and offer an option to opt out after receiving your first alert.
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Then I must be connected to the world's most powerful tower if I'm getting alerts from California.
Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) are designed to alert mobile users in the United States about kidnappings, known as Amber Alerts, severe weather, and presidential announcements for national emergencies. Feature phonesEmergency alerts are also sent to basic mobile phones, more commonly referred to as feature phones. That horrible blaring of the emergency alert tone, the buzzing of your phone's vibrating motor, and then the grim news. Well, one person will win a new Samsung Galaxy S6, and two runners up will get some sweet Android Central and Opera swag. I also haven't received a single alert on my phone since I first noticed it was implemented. Scroll to the bottom of the page were you will be presented with an option to disable both Amber and emergency alerts.
Then, choose Messages, select the More option, which is represented by three dots on the lower-right-hand side of the screen, enter Settings, and go to Emergency Alerts.
For those individuals who haven't yet upgraded to a smartphone, emergency alerts can be disabled by sending the word "stop" or "cancel" to 26237 (AMBER).


AMBER alerts can appear to be a bit cryptic, giving you the location of the alert, a car license plate number and the make, model and color of the vehicle. To adjust your emergency and AMBER alert settings, either look in your phone's default messaging app, or in the mobile options section of your settings menu. There is one caveat, though: there is currently no way to turn off the presidential alerts.
Once opened, you will be given the option to disable extreme threats, severe threats, and Amber Alerts. If you can't find the emergency alert option in your phone's settings, open the Messaging application and look for the option in the messaging settings.



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