Here's how to enable or disable emergency cell broadcasts in Android 5.0 Lollipop

Here's how to enable or disable emergency cell broadcasts in Android 5.0 Lollipop
For a long time now, Android users have been enabled to choose if they should be alerted about various emergency and life-threatening situations. This can potentially come in pretty useful for those users who live in or near hazardous areas, regions where various natural disasters are a common occurrence, and others.

Said emergency broadcasts are being automatically sent to users in an endangered region over the GSM or UMTS networks, usually to many cell towers simultaneously. 

When a disaster occurs, you'll get notified by a brief emergency message. Your phone might or might not also ring loudly and vibrate in order to attract your attention. Undoubtedly, that's a functionality that you'd rather want to stick with - by default, it's turned on 99% of all Android devices, hidden at plain sight in a menu flaunting the "Cell Broadcasts" name. That said, due to reasons unknown, there might be a folk or two that don't want modern-day technology to alert them for life-threatening occurrences in their area.

We'll show how to disable, or respectively, enable said cell broadcasts alert feature in the latest version of Android.

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8 Comments

1. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Remove battery from smoke alarm as the low battery indicator is annoying too!

3. miami33158

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 14, 2014

S T F U

2. strudelz100

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

An 'Emergency" for one person means nothing for another. I couldn't care less if California fell into the ocean: I live elsewhere. I don't need to be told about bad news that doesn't effect me. Or maybe I'd prefer to die instead of live through a disaster. I just turn it off because I value privacy more than safety.

4. Omarc07

Posts: 574; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Wish my att g3 had this. Last time it woke me up at 3am got a notification about strong winds and that it was gonna be some floods and heavy rain. Scared the hell out of me the alarm was loud .

5. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

How dare you inform your comrade citizens how to disable alerts by our Dear Leader? Off to Guantanamo you!

6. PeterK.

Posts: 314; Member since: Nov 13, 2013

Oh, well... :(

7. xperian

Posts: 416; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

I turned it off because "broadcast system was being tested" multiple times a week, which was very annoying

8. yashaswi

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 23, 2016

GUYS GUYS JUST STOP FIGHTING I HAVE FOUND THE FINAL METHOD JUST INSTALL THE SYSTEM AP REMOVER(ROOT) BUT U SHOULD HAVE ROOTED MOBILE OPEN THE SYSTEM APP REMOVER GRANT ROOT ACCESS CHECKOUT FOR CELL BROADCAST APPLICATION AND REMOVE IT BECAUSE ITS BLOATWARE IT WORKED FOR ME IN MY MASHMALLOW IAM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY CAUSE OF DAMAGE DO AT YOUR OWN RISK DONT ASK ME ------ ANDROID EXPERT

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