How to stop the emergency alert from appearing on your smartphone tomorrow
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    Every phone in the UK is set to blare out a loud, panic-inducing siren tomorrow to let everyone know the government wants to test its shiny new emergency alert system.

    While this system is intended to warn people of nearby danger or threats to life, it's definitely going to be at least a 10 second national annoyance.

    Fortunately, there is a setting on your phone that can deactivate it entirely.

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    So whether you just want to carry on gardening in peace, or if you simply have no regard for your personal safety and that of others, follow the steps below.

    To turn off emergency alerts on your iPhone, follow these steps:

    • Unlock your iPhone and tap the Settings app icon on your Home Screen
    • Open the 'Notifications' menu, then scroll right to the bottom of the screen
    • You should see two settings under 'Emergency Alerts'. Toggle 'Extreme Alerts' and 'Severe Alerts' off so they show in grey.

    It's just as easy to turn off emergency alerts on Android.

    • Open the Settings app, then head to Safety & Emergency
    • Scroll down to Wireless Emergency Alerts
    • Toggle 'Allow alerts' off to disable all alerts
    • OR toggle off 'Extreme alerts' and 'Severe alerts'

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    Why are we having an emergency alert in the UK?

    Emergency Alerts are being introduced in the UK as a way for the authorities and emergency services to let people know if there's a threat to life nearby.

    This could be anything from floods to fires or extreme weather. In the US, the alert system has also been used to help make people aware of missing children or of active shootings.

    Your phone could vibrate or emit a loud siren for up to ten seconds until you acknowledge the alert and dismiss it.


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