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Re: Disabling Amber alert on iphone


@Lurker wrote:
The alert tone is the tone mandated by the Canadian government.

That is certainly true, as is the fact that currently a phone's "do not disturb" doesn't disable an Amber Alert as is possible in other countries.  What many of us are trying to say is that perhaps there is a better approach than mandatory alerts with Klaxon tones.  

 

This would allow people to be adults and make up their own minds about which alerts they wish to participate in and how/if/when they are warned (or not warned). Is that too much to ask?  Currently we are all treated like children and chastised if we voice opinions that are different from the way things are currently handled.



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Re: Disabling Amber alert on iphone

Given that meteorologists get death threats when they "interrupt my stories" for honest-to-God tornado warnings, and that the cops HAVE TO TELL ADULTS to not call 911, I think you're giving too many people too much credit when you suggest that they can "act like adults."
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Re: Disabling Amber alert on iphone

I didn't state that all people will act like adults, I stated that we should be allowed to be adults.  As you state, there's always a portion of the population that doesn't act like adults.  😉



Fastfreddy
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Re: Disabling Amber alert on iphone

Get an Android phone then you can turn then off

JohnGalt
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Re: Disabling Amber alert on iphone

I don’t ever want to get these amber alerts. I don’t want them in French. I don’t want them when I sleep. I don’t want them about faraway people that I don’t know. This phone plan is costing me a fortune - it should not be waking me up against my will. how can I configure or hack my iPhone to stop the amber alerts.

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Re: Disabling Amber alert on iphone

@JohnGalt : It looks like your post may have been moved to this existing thread.  At this time, I don't believe there is any way to disable Amber Alerts in Canada.

 

https://www.alertready.ca/

 

This is because it's being sent in the same manner as a "presidential alert" in the US.  In the US you can disable Amber Alerts, however, until the government and Alertready change the alert level (highest) of Amber Alerts, the only way is to turn off your phone (or silent or Airplane mode may work).  Our phone sits in a dish in the kitchen turned off until we need it. I realize that some people cannot do that for various reasons and it disables access to other important emergencies.

 

See post 3 of this thread and subsequent posts for additional information.



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Re: Disabling Amber alert on iphone

I totally support the need for Amber Alerts but it's crazy that we don't have multi-level altering implemented (even though it would be trivial to do so) and cannot select which devices that we do and do not receive certain alerts on, nor can we customize the alert tone for the various different types of alerts.

 

With this latest alert, it wasn't until later that I realized that I had fallen victim to alert fatigue.  At 4:00 AM and barely awake, I wasn't thinking straight.  I didn't even look at this alert.  I just tried to get back to sleep as soon as possible.  There was absolutely no sense of urgency on my part to take any immediate action at that time.  (I "knew" that it was "only" an Amber Alert and that I was not in any position to provide any kind of assistance whatsoever, and I ignored the possibility that my life could have been in danger.)  That's not good.



Babylegs1
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Re: Disabling Amber alert on iphone

I have an iPhone and I just turn the ringer off when I go to bed. That’s about the only way you won’t hear the alerts