How to Enable and Disable Critical Alerts in iOS 12

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    In iOS 12, Apple added several new ways for users to control how and when they receive app notifications, including the ability to group notifications and change their behavior on the fly with Instant Tuning. A lesser known feature in this subset of options is called Critical Alerts. So what are they exactly?


    The idea behind Critical Alerts is that if specific apps have crucial information that shouldn't be ignored - notifications related to health, home security, or public safety, for example - then you'll be alerted regardless of your other device settings.

    To that end, Critical Alerts override the Do Not Disturb feature if you have it enabled on your iPhone or iPad, and will even arrive with an audio alert when your device is muted.

    Naturally, the Critical Alerts feature is going to have limited use - you'd only want appropriate apps to have access to it (think glucose monitoring or weather warning apps) which is why Apple requires that developers apply for an entitlement to support them.

    For that reason, there aren't a whole lot of apps that support these alerts just yet, but if you do come across one that advertises Critical Alerts, you still get to choose whether to enable them or not. Here's how.

    How to Disable or Enable Critical Alerts in iOS 12
    1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
    2. Tap Notifications.
    3. Select the app from the list that you want to enable/disable Critical Alerts for.
    4. Toggle the Critical Alerts switch on/off.

    Article Link: How to Enable and Disable Critical Alerts in iOS 12
  2. max.ine macrumors regular


    Aug 16, 2016
    I just want a way to disable that do not disturb notification. It’s been driving me mad for months now.
  3. freezah macrumors newbie

    Aug 28, 2012
    Macrumors, have you heard about iPhone XS&Max issues with 802.11ac WiFi over MikroTik wireless access points ? First time ever when a new iPhone is massively not working with popular network vendor.
  4. millerlite macrumors member


    Oct 16, 2007
    I have a baby monitor I would like that for. I never liked the “all or nothing” approach to notifications.
  5. hansenc macrumors 6502


    Jun 16, 2004
    Seriously an app has to apply for the entitlement to support critical alerts??? Turn it off by default and let me decide what is critical and what isn't.
  6. Sportcat macrumors member

    Jul 27, 2010
    Anderson, SC
    I'm not seeing this option anywhere under notifications. What am I missing? None of my apps show this option.
  7. Klae17 macrumors 65816


    Jul 15, 2011
    I would like this for my alarm through SimpliSafe. However, there is no option for it at the moment. If there’s a break in at the office it would be nice. Apple has making it a strict opt-in feauture that needs their approval is a terrible decision. Let the user decide what is and isn’t critical by enabling it for everything.
  8. wolfshades, Oct 18, 2018
    Last edited: Oct 18, 2018
  9. jclardy macrumors 68040


    Oct 6, 2008
    I agree, this is a cool feature, but so many apps will never get approval from apple for this feature. Or at least it will take a while to adopt. I’d like to have my security system notifications override DND, but I’ll have to wait for them to support it. Users should have the ability to elevate notifications to this level.
  10. Sportcat macrumors member

    Jul 27, 2010
    Anderson, SC
  11. jclardy macrumors 68040


    Oct 6, 2008
    He is referring to apple having to approve apps to use these, meaning to have the ability to turn it on the app has to have been approved by apple in the first place.
  12. JamesBrock macrumors newbie

    Sep 14, 2011
    Not all apps have this option, as the article said:
  13. jimjiminyjim macrumors 6502


    Feb 24, 2003
    Now if only this could be applied to government alerts. I got three loud horrific sounding alerts, in the middle of the night, for a missing child. Ok, that's serious. But... it happened 800 miles away, in a different province (state) and they knew that the getaway car was low on gas. If that's how the government is going to hijack my phone to send alerts, please, Apple, put them in their place (I realize they can't actually do this without breaking the law, because it is to do with regulation, I'm just airing my malcontent). They did find the child - apparently whoever stole the car she was in didn't realize anyone was in the back.
  14. elpamyelhsa macrumors member

    Nov 22, 2010
    Geraldton, Western Australia
    No issues with Mikrotik running 802.11ac here. I changed disconnect timeout to 10sec for low power with WMM to stop disconnects and a few other tweaks for better performance but had not issues since changing to Xs
  15. ignatius345 macrumors 68000

    Aug 20, 2015
    Not sure about Canada, but here in the US, we can disable AMBER alerts like this:

    Maybe Canada has them done differently, though. Our new IPAWS Wireless Emergency Alerts can't be turned off, as far as I know, as they're supposed to be used for huge apocalyptic type emergencies.

    Here in the NYC area, we get "flash flood alerts" so often when there are thunderstorms that I've started kind of ignoring them, honestly.
  16. mikes63737 macrumors 65816

    Jul 26, 2005
    Good, and thank god for Apple doing it this way. I can only imagine the hellscape my life would become if Slack or freemium games could do critical notifications.
  17. hortod1 macrumors regular


    Jan 26, 2009
  18. MrJeffreyGee macrumors regular


    Apr 20, 2009
    I wonder if this would bypass the DND feature of CarPlay.
  19. martyjmclean macrumors regular


    Jan 24, 2018
    Sydney, NSW, Australia
    Move to a country that doesn't insist on controlling and spoon feeding its citizens.

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