Have you ever received an "Amber Alert" emergency text message?
When kids don't know what those were...
How to shut those blasted alerts off if you don't have an iPhone ?
I belong to Virgin Mobile & have an Alcatel One Touch
It's bad enough that they're on TV & Landlines - But it's annoying that they now hit the Cell Phones at all hours & times
I've been in public setting where everyone's phone starts going off at the same time
Sadly, quit recently in NY. Let us remember the poor baby that was murdered by her father.
They're annoying and loud but I keep on in case I might be able to help.
Once and then I learned how to turn the annoying alerts off.
Just did, people picked up a ten week old apparently thinking it was american girl, welcome to PA
I have, but I disabled them once I found out you could. Same with severe weather alerts.
Yes. They aren't very well targeted. The incident was reported almost on the other side of the county it was so far away. Not sure how likely I would have been to have seen the individual in question.
I don't get them. Must be an iTHING
I turned Amber Alerts off.
Ya. And it's always about a kid in a city 8 hours from me and I get woken up at 3am for it. Turned those notifications off after about the 4th time.
You may think they're annoying, but if your child was ever kidnapped you'd really want people to be aware of the vehicle your child is in
I feel sad for anyone who thinks that Amber alerts are not important.
Not as a text message, but as a notification on my iPhone.
I understand they can be "annoying" but if they ever helped rescue a kidnapped child, I would think it well worth the relatively small annoyance of having your phone buzz at you for a few seconds.
I received one last week at the grocery store, and it was the first time I'd ever gotten one in public. I could hear a chorus of other iPhones making the same ugly dissonant noise all around me.
They are on the verge of annoying because an amber alert could be over 200 miles from my house and I still get them.
They should be kept to certain distances or else everybody will ignore them.
No. When Apple first added the Government alerts "feature" I preemptively disabled Amber alerts before getting any. That it is still disabled is one of the things I always check after doing an iOS update. I don't live in a place where those alerts could possibly do anyone any good.
How do you disable it?
Settings > Notifications. Scroll all the way to the bottom of the Notifications screen and you should see a "government alerts" section with 2 on/off switches. One is AMBER alerts; the other is Emergency Alerts.
I have received them as system notifications, but not as text messages.
What are they?
If anybody knows how to disable those, please let me know. I don't want to receive them.
If you have an iPhone: Settings>Notifications>Scroll down all the way>turn off amber alerts
Yes. Absolute abuse of government power.
Lots of them, but when I realized most were done by a disgruntled parent and the kid was never in real danger, I stopped getting the alerts. 95% of Amber Alerts are cancelled soon after the announcement.
Several. One just last month.
they're annoying and creep me out.
Yes, and they are among the most obnoxious, useless messages ever forced on my phone.
You can turn them off. I know you can on iPhones, I don't know about other phones.
Ahhh, yet another reason to hang onto my iPhone! They're also fantastic for blocking endless nuisance calls. With the White Pages "private numbers" mostly available for a small monthly fee you can find out who's been calling from no_name accounts and add them to your iPhone contacts, then block them. After a few months of doing this you'll be able to stay home and relax and not be bothered by unknown callers. It's even better than the phone company's block because the phone company only allows 30 blocks total.
We got one just the other night.