How to Turn Off Emergency Alerts on the Galaxy S5


It woke you up in the middle of the night. Your phone vibrated twice and made some god-awful noise because there’s a storm imminently approaching. While you probably shouldn’t just go back to sleep, because something terrible your-way-comes, you may want to stop your phone from doing that again.

Wireless Emergency Alerts are emergency messages sent by various government bodies including local and state safety agencies, FEMA, the FCC, Homeland Security and the National Weather Service. These alerts could signal everything from a kidnapped child to a hurricane headed your way. Aside from AMBER Alerts, the rest of these emergency notifications are grouped into two types: Extreme and Severe. Extreme alerts from the National Weather Service include warnings for tsunamis, tornadoes, extreme winds, hurricanes and typhoons. Severe applies to flash floods and dust stores.

You can disable all of these, if you want. Or you can pick and choose which to keep on. Regardless, here are step-by-step instructions for how to disable them on an AT&T Samsung Galaxy S5.   

MORE: Galaxy S5 Features: What to Enable and Disable

1. Tap Settings.

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2. Scroll down and tap Messages.

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3. Scroll down and tap Emergency Alerts. 

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4. Tap Emergency Alerts. 

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5. Uncheck those alerts you don’t want to receive. You’ll note that you cannot uncheck the Presidential Alert; that’s because if our Commander in Chief is talking, you should take notice, check your canned food goods and maybe see if you have ammo, because the zombie apocalypse has likely begun. 

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Anna Attkisson
Anna Attkisson
A lover of lists and deadlines, Anna Attkisson covers apps, social networking, tablets, chromebooks and accessories. She loves each of her devices equally, including the 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. ckronengold Says:

    This no longer works on a Verizon S5. The recent update changed the menu order and these instructions no longer apply.

  2. Rose Says:

    Anna, I loved your irony and sense of humor on item 5. Thanks for making me laugh! ;)

  3. Anna Attkisson, Laptop Mag & Tom's Guide Managing Editor Says:

    Happy to be of service. :)

  4. Sandra Light Says:

    This worked for me on my Galaxy S5. I tried to figure it out by checking the various settings but could not find it. Thanks.

  5. Dan Says:

    Is there anyway to still do this?

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