How to Disable Emergency Alerts on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3

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It’s raining, it’s pouring and your smartphone is whining. Like all smartphones, the Galaxy Note 3 will make an audible tone and pop-up an emergency notification for dangerous weather, national emergencies or AMBER alerts. These come courtesy of government groups such as the National Weather Service, FEMA or the Department of Homeland Security. While some of these alerts are helpful, many are not and disturb you unnecessarily. Here’s how to change which types of alerts you receive, if any, on your Samsung Galaxy Note 3.

First, check to see if you have the Emergency Alerts app. You’ll find it in the app drawer with an inverted triangle icon. If not, follow the second set of steps below.

How Disable Alerts with the Emergency Alerts App

1. Launch the Emergency Alerts app.

Emergency Alerts

2. Tap the menu button and select Settings. 


3. Select Alert Types. You will see a list with different types of emergency alerts.

Select Alert Types

4. Uncheck the alert types that you want to avoid. See below for an explanation of what the four alert types mean.

Uncheck Alert Types

MORE: How to Use Samsung Multi Window Mode on the Galaxy Note 3

How to Disable Alerts with the Messages App

If you don’t have the Emergency Alerts app on your Galaxy Note 3, follow these steps.

1. Launch the Messages app. You can find it in the app drawer or on your home screen.


2. Hit the menu button and select settings.


3. Select Emergency Alerts.

Emergency Alerts

4. Toggle unwanted alert types to off.

Toggle Alert Types

What the Alert Types  Mean

  • AMBER alerts involve missing children.
  • Severe Alerts warn of flooding and dust storms 
  • Extreme Alerts include hurricanes, tornadoes, tsunamis and extreme winds.
  • Presidential Alerts involve national emergencies and cannot be disabled
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