How to Turn Off AMBER Alerts on Samsung Galaxy Phones

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Most of New York City was abruptly and shockingly awakened July 16th due to an emergency AMBER alert. The resultant noise was distressing and sleep disrupting to so many that Twitter was afire with grumpy folks. The effectiveness of such alerts may be up for debate, but it has caused many folks to go in search of a way to stop these interruptions in the future. For Samsung Galaxy Note II or S4 owners, here’s a step-by-step guide to silencing the notifications. 

1. Open your Messaging app.

MessagingApp

2. Tap the Menu button on the bottom right of your screen. 

3. Tap Settings and scroll down.

Settings

4. Tap Emergency Alerts.

Alerts

5. Uncheck AMBER alerts. In this same menu you can disable severe weather alerts too. 

 Uncheck

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Anna Attkisson
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A lover of lists and deadlines, Anna Attkisson covers apps, social networking and accessories. She's proud to say she loves each and every one of her phablet, three tablets, three laptops and desktop. She joined the Laptop Mag staff in 2007, after working at Time Inc. Content Solutions where she created custom publications for companies from American Express to National Parks Foundation.
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  1. Diane Murray Says:

    Thank you for posting this!

  2. John Says:

    The entire area for emergency message settings is absent from the menu.

    After “Preview message” I have a section for signature settings, and for a callback number.

  3. Dawn Says:

    I had previously found and quieted the emergency alerts. Then my (Verizon) Note II auto-updated to KitKat, and I JUST GOT ANOTHER ALERT! I followed your instructions, and in KitKat, it seems that the ability disable the sound has been quietly deleted. I’m NOT a happy camper, and it is only just after 6pm here. Wait until one of those goes off at 2am, in the silence of the night.

  4. Crim Says:

    Thanks! I was looking for this.
    Wow, the Obama Alert that you can’t turn off is some pretty scary stuff. Those dudes are out of control.

  5. Passer By Says:

    I’m missing the “emergency” option, just like John Says said. I’m on Verizon, have a Samsung Galaxy S4, not rooted.

  6. Michael Says:

    Verizon added their own app called “Emergency Alerts” as of Android 4.4 KitKat. You now have to go into there to disable the alerts instead of the messaging app where it used to be. You can thank Verizon for all your problems. They caused this one by adding an app functionality that already worked perfectly in Android.

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