The UK government will test a new emergency alerts service between 1 pm and 2 pm local time on Tuesday, starting with Android devices.
The alerts may come with a loud siren-like sound to Android devices across UK. It will read, “This is a mobile network operator test of the Emergency Alerts service. You do not need to take any action. To find out more, search for gov.uk/alerts”.
People can opt-out of some of the emergency alerts based on the seriousness. Critical emergency alerts are compulsory.
UK’s government will also be testing the new emergency service on June 29 between 1 and 2 pm local time in Reading, Berkshire. These alerts will also be sent to iPhones, in addition to Android devices.
The alert will say, “The UK government is testing Emergency Alerts in Reading, Berkshire. Emergency alerts tell you what to do if there’s a life-threatening event nearby. To find out more, call 0808 1697692 or search for gov.uk/alerts”.
How to opt-out of emergency alerts in UK?
While it’s not recommended to opt-out of emergency alerts, especially the important ones for floods, fires or terrorist attacks. However, if your mobile carrier is behaving erratically and spamming you with these alerts, here are a few ways you can opt-out of emergency alerts in UK.
To opt-out of emergency alerts on Android or iPhone, go to the device’s settings, search for Severe Alerts and disable the setting.
Opt-out of Mobile Operator alerts
To opt-out of alerts from mobile operators, you can search for Emergency Alerts in your phone’s settings and disable Test Alerts.
Alternatively, you can open the calling app on your phone, switch to the keypad, and enter *#*#2627#*#*. Then disable Test Alerts under Emergency Alerts.