How to Turn Off Severe Weather Alerts on Galaxy S5

If you’re like me, you’ve probably been shocked or woken up in the middle of the night by your Samsung Galaxy S5 making very loud noises and vibrating like it’s turned into a Transformer. Most likely, you have received a severe weather alert or emergency notification. It’s fine to have them, but you may also want to disable and turn them all off.

Emergency alerts or severe weather alerts are sent to wireless devices from a number of different sources. Most government officials are local and state safety agencies, FEMA, the FCC, the National Weather Service, and even Homeland Security. Yes, your Galaxy S5 is getting Presidential alerts too and this is the only alert that cannot be disabled.

When a big storm is heading towards you, you will probably want to know this and not turn off the alert and go back to sleep as I have done in the past as explained above. These alerts are for our security and while they should be left enabled, if you want to turn them off, we’ll explain how to do it below.

All Samsung Galaxy devices have emergency or severe weather alerts and notifications. In general most smartphones do, but Samsung seems to be the most abrupt and loud. The first time I almost had a heart attack, it won’t help me if I’m about to get caught in a terrible storm at the same time.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 (and most Galaxy devices) has four types of alerts. Presidential, Extreme, Violent and AMBER alerts. For those wondering, all but one can be disabled.

Again, we recommend that you leave all of these enabled for your own safety, but for the safety of each. It’s your smartphone and you can do it however you want. Also, if weather alerts keep waking you up and you just want to disable them and only them, here’s exactly how to do it.


Oddly enough, controlling the emergency and weather alerts on the Samsung Galaxy S5 is managed only through the text messaging app called “Messaging”. Users will have to go to the stock messaging app and then tap the three dots, which is the menu button in the top right corner. This brings up a menu of options and you need to go to settings.

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Swipe halfway to Messaging > Settings > Emergency Alerts


From here you can manage alerts, play a preview (why would anyone want to hear that awful sound again), or turn off reminders. The first option, “Emergency Alerts” is where to go. This menu shows all the alerts you can get, and all you need to interact with are the checkboxes. Uncheck the alert you don’t want to receive and you’re done. It’s that easy.

Presidential alerts cannot be disabled, but users can turn off Extreme, Severe, and AMBER alerts if they wish. Uncheck all the boxes and you’re done. Nothing else. Now you can relax knowing that the emergency tone won’t wake you up in the middle of a sweet dream again.


Severe alerts are usually the only alerts I get, these are mostly for incoming weather, so I disabled myself. Others kick in in the event of an AMBER alert, zombie apocalypse, or any other extreme emergency.

You’re all done. You have now successfully disabled any of the alerts that keep you awake at night or turn off at the wrong time and make too much noise. For more details on your smartphone, check out our Galaxy S5 How-To Portal.

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