Can't stop AMBER Alert from continually going off!

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Kevin L., Aug 6, 2013.

  1. Kevin L. macrumors member

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    I thought I was dreaming last night when my phone went off in the middle of the night and it was an AMBER alert. I silenced it and went back to sleep, only to be woken up two more times! It's continued to go off all day and won't stop... about once every couple hours. HOW DO I STOP IT?
    There is no click/swipe action available when the alerts pop-up on my lock screen, and when I pull down notification center to view them, I can't click/swipe either. I now know I can turn-off all AMBER alerts in Settings, but I'd like to keep them active... just have them only go off once per "situation", and hopefully respect my silent hour settings as well. Is that too much to ask of Apple & ATT?
     
  2. nonocei macrumors member

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    Settings > Notifications > amber alerts off/on:cool:

    Edit - I guess you can keep the phone on silent if you want to keep the alerts on but do not want the loud alert noise too.
     
  3. thatdrewguy macrumors regular

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    Thanks, good to know. It went off for the first time last night and I thought it had to do with the Waze app that I started using recently. I didn't know it was installed as part of the OS.
     
  4. senseless macrumors 68000

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    I just heard a news story about this. People are complaining and law enforcement is looking into fixing this.
     
  5. Lucille Carter macrumors 65816

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    The problem may not be your phone, it could very well be the Amber Alert system. It is run by the government:p
     
  6. JackieInCo macrumors 601

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    I had this happen way back in March or April on T-Mobile. Got about 6 amber alerts in ten minutes and about 20 all that day, all for the same alert. It's stayed off since.
     
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  8. madsci954 macrumors 68030

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    I know the emergency weather alerts still go through with DnD on, so I would guess Amber alerts do as well.
     
  9. Namji macrumors 6502a

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  11. Jalopybox macrumors 6502a

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    What a thing to be annoyed by. Might save a persons life. :rolleyes:
     
  12. JackieInCo macrumors 601

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    So how is it Ok to be at work one night and receive at least 6 amber alerts in less than ten minutes? It's not Ok. They need to add more options to these such as silent alerts.

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    By the way, these are just as bad as getting a blizzard warning on the phone at 4AM 24 hrs in advance. The National Weather Service apologized for that goof.
     
  13. thekingofnerds macrumors regular

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    Is it affecting android phones too?

    Only reason I'm asking - I've been getting amber alerts down here in Atlanta on my droid phone for well over a year - never had an issue with it. But people on iPhones say it does give them duplicate alerts quite often.

    Edit:I'm on Verizon.
     
  14. JackieInCo macrumors 601

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    Only had it happen on my iPhone. Never got an amber alert on my Nexus 4.
     
  15. coldjeanzzz macrumors 6502a

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    I got one the other day on my HTC one. It was so loud and obnoxious, when I went to go see what my phone was doing and I saw the words "EMERGENCY" I though tthere was a tidal wave heading for my city or something
     
  16. madsci954 macrumors 68030

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    I can confirm that. Last time I used it, there was a flood warning and the alert kept popping up every 20-25 minutes. And my particular area wasn't flooding, just rain. I've since switched them off and will stick to Weather Channel alerts.
     
  17. dotme macrumors 6502a

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    No alerts for me in the second largest metro area in Iowa.

    4 iPhones in the family, all on latest OS with the sliders visible, turned on, and on AT&T.

    Tornado sirens sound, Amber alerts get broadcast on TV and weather radio for our area, and through it all the iphones in our family don't make a sound.

    So far I'm unimpressed. I thought it would be a great feature, but evidently AT&T doesn't seem to actually send any broadcasts through - at least not around here.
     
  18. nburwell macrumors 68040

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    Amber alerts will still go through even though you have DnD on. This happened to me a few weeks ago in the middle of the night. I have since turned Amber alerts off. However, I have kept the emergency alerts still on.
     
  19. lordofthereef macrumors G4

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    To clarify some confusion:

    Amber alerts will only go off once per situation, unless information is being updated. If you are in the LA area, you probably recently got a handful of them. Why? Because they were updating vehicle make/model/plates information as they got more. It might be the same abduction case, but as new, pertinent information becomes available it gets pushed as a "new" Amber alert. That is how it is supposed to work anyway.

    The same goes for weather alerts by the way. Weather alert warnings always give an estimate by time, down t the minute. If/when that estimate is updated it is treated as a new alert. Those complaining that you are getting flood alerts while there is no flooding in your area really don't know how a flood works. It doesn't even need to be raining in YOUR area for a flood to come through. Weather alerts exist so that you can prepare yourself IF the need arises. The fact that there is a risk of flood does not mean there will be one. The fact that there is a risk of tornado does not mean one will touch down. Etc....

    Not trying to trivialize the annoyance of an Amber/Weather alert waking you up while you sleep. And I am the first to say that the alert sound is something out of a horror movie. Just trying to explain why you likely got what you assumed was the same alert over and over again.
     
  20. bradl macrumors 68040

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    /. has an article on their site about this very thing, especially since the latest Amber Alert dealt with that idiot of a man who kidnapped the 16 year old and 2 - 4 year old siblings after killing their parent. It went off here in California at 10:54 Monday night, with an update around 9pm Tuesday.

    Though it was rather cool in a chorus-type way to hear everyone's iPhone go off in a choppy, echo-ey way at the airport in Las Vegas yesterday, as it went off there just as I was getting my bags. It was like it echoed through a canyon. annoying tone, but showed how sonically tuned the airport was.

    BL.
     
  21. lordofthereef macrumors G4

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    We lived in Iowa prior to Boston for four years and never received one either, though I know maybe only the last year or so was it even available. I would assume that this has something to do with local authorities and how they push the alerts through. I have the same phone I did then and we get alerts here in Boston. I wouldn't expect this to be an AT&T thing, though I could be wrong here.
     
  22. skywalkerr69 macrumors 6502a

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    Son, you need to move out of that area ASAP!
     
  23. Kevin L. thread starter macrumors member

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    Glad to hear other people had the issue with continually repeating alerts. In all, I probably had 20 alerts pushed to my phone throughout the 24 hrs following the first one... and I never saw any difference in the info they were pushing. I can understand one or two when info is updated, but why did they keep coming with identical info? Sounds like a problem with the server that sends them out to me. Again, I'm fine with getting AMBER alerts and trying to help, but I'm worried that if the system is flawed (like too many repeated alerts) then people are just going to disable them and the whole system will be pointless.
     
  24. sulpfiction macrumors 68030

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    I've only ever gotten 1 flash flood warning. Went off in the middle of the night, about 30 mins before the storm hit, and only went off once. So mine has been working well, I suppose. AT&T 5
     
  25. lordofthereef macrumors G4

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    I think this would be a safe assumption.

    When they update amber alerts I know you should see texts that literally says "UPDATE: [insert new info here]". It's not the case with weather. Weather just updates the date/time at the end.
     

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