How to turn off UK wide emergency alert

On Sunday 23rd April at 3pm, the UK Government will be testing the new national Emergency Alert service with 10 second alerts being sent to mobiles across the country.

In the future, the aim of the service is to warn people if there if a danger to life nearby with alerts being sent so people can get to safety.

However concerns have been raised by domestic abuse charities that these alerts could endanger anyone who has a second or secret phone that they keep hidden.

How to turn off the alert

Women’s Aid and Refuge have both given advice on how you can turn off the alerts.

For iPhone and Android

  1. Search settings for ’emergency alerts’
  2. Click ‘notifications’
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the page
  4. Turn off ’emergency alerts’ and ‘severe alerts’

For Huawei

  1. Search your settings for ’emergency alerts’
  2. Turn off ‘extreme threats’, ‘severe threats’ and ‘show amber alerts’

How to get support

If you’re in an abusive relationship and need emotional or practical support to keep you mentally and physically safe and secure, Voice can help.

You don’t need to have reported anything to the police and our support is free and confidential.

To speak to one of our friendly team, contact us.