Over the years, Google has made the Android mobile operating system more focused on safety and privacy. With natural disasters coming with little to no warning, Android smartphones have an in built feature that telecasts or broadcasts emergency alerts whenever they are relayed from the authorities. This feature is known as Emergency Alerts or Amber Alerts. Not only does this keep you up to date with emergencies, but also gives you ample time to react and take protective actions.
There are many types of Alerts that you can receive through this feature –
- Emergency Alerts – Receive warnings about life-threatening events.
- AMBER Alerts – Receive Child Abduction emergency bulletins.
- Extreme Threats – Notifications related to extreme threats to life and property.
- Severe Threats – Notifications related to severe threats to life and property.
- Public Safety messages – Recommended actions that can save lives and property.
- Required Monthly test – Receive test messages for the safety alert system.
The Emergency Alerts feature is available in all Android devices by default, but it’s not necessary that it’s enabled in all of these devices. If you like the sound of this feature and you want to enable this on your device, this is the tutorial for you.
Let’s take a look at how to turn on emergency alerts on your Android smartphone.
Step 1. Open the ‘Settings‘ app on your Android smartphone.
Step 2. Tap on the ‘Apps and Notifications‘ option from the settings menu.
Step 3. Scroll down the list and tap on the ‘Advanced‘ option.
Step 4. Tap on the ‘Emergency Alerts‘ option from the expanded list.
Step 5. Now, you can toggle ON all the options you feel are relevant. Ideally, turn them all ON.
Once you enable Emergency alerts, you will start receiving updates related to these options. Keep in mind that the feature must be in use in your country for you to receive these notifications. Nevertheless, it’s not a bad thing to enable these notifications irrespective.