How to turn on emergency alerts on iphone - When an emergency occurs, you must be informed. And one of the best ways is to enable government alerts on your iPhone. These alerts help all of us to stay in contact with our authorized national, state and local authorities so that we are aware of any public safety emergencies and any required actions.
Public safety, emergency and amber alerts should already be enabled on your iPhone and Apple Watch, as Apple puts these types of government alerts by default. But it never hurts to check and make sure you receive these important alerts, especially in times of crisis.
And when the crisis is over, you can change the government alert setting to normal at any time. So why not have them on when you need them?
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Unfortunately, not all countries support emergency alerts. Therefore, if you search for these settings but cannot find them, contact your company to verify that your country does not support a government emergency alert system.
Example of the types of alerts sent include:
- Wireless Emergency Alerts (AIE) including notices on evacuation orders and other critical messages for the geographic area affected by an emergency
- Alerts involving imminent threats to safety or life
- Extreme weather alerts
- Public safety alerts
- Presidential alerts during a national emergency
When a government authority issues an alert, you receive a notification and an alarm-like sound sounds, plus a vibration to get your attention. This sound and vibration are repeated twice. You get emergency alerts even if you've turned on Do Not Disturb, Bedtime, or any other feature that normally mutes notifications. Finally, these alerts are free. Your company should not charge you for any emergency alerts issued by a government agency. Also, these messages do not count towards any text message limits on your mobile phone plan.
How To View Emergency Alerts on iPhone
Check your iPhone's government emergency alert settings
- Go to Settings; Notifications
- Scroll to the bottom of the screen
- Look for the Government Alerts category. In some countries, it is called Emergency Alerts
- Activate or deactivate the changes you want
Can't you hear the sound of the alert alarm?
If you do not hear an alert but see it as a notification on your screen, it is likely that the ringing sound of your iPhones is completely off or you have turned the side switch of the iPhones to mute.
Check the side switch on your iPhone. If you see orange, you are silent.
To hear the sounds, turn up the iPhone ringer volume and make sure the side switch is not muted.
Are you not receiving emergency alerts?
- Disable all government alerts in your notification settings
- Reboot the device
- Reactivate all alerts
Other alert options
Many of our frequently used applications also offer emergency notification services.
Twitter has an in-app option to receive information on crises and emergencies. Along with government alerts on the iPhone, Twitter is a good choice for times when frequent updates on the situation are needed.
- Open the Twitter app
- Tap on your account icon (usually your photo)
- Choose Settings and privacy
- Select Notifications
- Touch SMS Notifications and Push Notifications (one at a time)
- Activate Crisis and Emergency Alerts
Check with your local city, county, or state / province
Many localities also offer their own emergency alert systems, usually via SMS text messages or emails.
So visit your city, state, or other government site and look for any emergency alert systems.
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Receive test emergency alerts (US only)
When you use a US carrier and are in the US, you can receive Test Emergency Alerts - just to make sure the system works.
By default, this is disabled.
When you receive this type of alert, you hear an alarm and the alert says it is a test, not an actual emergency.
Enable or disable these test alerts
- Open the Phone app and press the Keyboard
- To turn it on, type * 5005 * 25371 # and make a call. You will hear confirmation that test alerts are activated
- To turn it off, type * 5005 * 25370 # and make a call. You will hear the confirmation that the alert test is deactivated
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