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How to stop those annoying emergency alerts on your Verizon or Sprint Samsung Galaxy S III

How to stop those annoying emergency alerts on your Verizon or Sprint Samsung Galaxy S III
Hurricane warnings for many miles away from you, Presidential alerts, AMBER alerts for missing people in your area, and all other assorted emergency notifications can wake you up in the middle of the night ever since Verizon and Sprint signed up for the Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) federal system that went live recently throughout their networks. 

How to stop those annoying emergency alerts on your Verizon or Sprint Samsung Galaxy S III
AT&T also participates, as well as the smaller players, but for now AT&T lists WEA only for a few areas like New York, D.C. and Portland, with more being added constantly.

Verizon says you can stop those via a WEA app on your device in the future, but for now this is notably missing as standalone, so you'll have to do it via your Messages app settings on your Samsung Galaxy S III, and this should work on any more recent smartphone too. Just go to Messaging->Settings->scroll to the Emergency Alerts option, and uncheck all types of dramatic notifications you don't want to receive.

Unfortunately Presidential alerts, which inform of terrorist threats and the like, are deemed too important to be left on the user's discretion, and greyed out, so if you want to get rid of those, you'd have to have a rooted Galaxy S III and use No Bloat to disable your stock messaging app, or just do it in Settings, then install a 3rd party text message app like Go or Handcent. 

You'd probably want to be getting the Presidential alerts, though, since they are so high up in the drama rankings that you might not receive any at all, and if you do, you'd want to know that the Martians have landed, unlike that flood warning several counties away.

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posted on 17 Aug 2012, 07:25

1. ibap (Posts: 701; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)


The real issue here is the lack of an app like the old Watchflag app for previous generation Windows phones. Why is there no built-in way to control alerts based on message content? Tasker will let you do it, but that's a complex approach to a simple problem. Other apps I've tried haven't worked.

posted on 17 Aug 2012, 07:28

2. khmer (Posts: 93; Member since: 21 Jun 2012)


Thank you very much for your instructions now I can disable all those noisy alerts.

posted on 17 Aug 2012, 08:34 1

3. Fallout09 (Posts: 418; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Anybody know how to disable to HTC products? Those alerts so annoying that it makes me want to punch a baby!

posted on 17 Aug 2012, 13:45

5. JC557 (Posts: 1141; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


It should be the same way. Just go into the message app settings and look for emergency alerts.

posted on 17 Aug 2012, 13:43 1

4. rallyguy (Posts: 555; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


Too bad these settings aren't on my GN. I prefer not to have any. Chances are the news will be reporting a terrorist attack about 10 hours before I receive any text msg. If it happens anywhere close to me I'm sure I'll find out about it instantly.

posted on 17 Aug 2012, 17:13

6. codymws (Posts: 237; Member since: 17 Jun 2010)


I have the notifications enabled on my Droid Charge, but I haven't even gotten any yet.

posted on 18 Aug 2012, 10:30

7. RGreen (Posts: 48; Member since: 06 Jul 2012)


you got to love it

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