How to Enable Wireless Emergency Alerts

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By Scott Roberts


(Android 14 shown, directions for other versions below)

1. Open the Settings App, Safety and Emergency Section

2. Tap on Wireless emergency alerts

3. Suggested settings are shown. Tornado warning = Extreme, Severe Thunderstorm Warning = Severe

General instructions:


To enable Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) for severe thunderstorms and tornadoes on Android, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Settings app on your Android device.
  2. Scroll down and tap on “Connections” or “Network & Internet,” depending on your device.
  3. Look for the “Safety and emergency” or “Emergency alerts” option and tap on it.
  4. Select “Wireless Emergency Alerts” or “Emergency alerts settings.”
  5. Toggle on the option to “Allow alerts” or “Enable alerts.”
  6. Within the alert settings, you may have the option to choose specific types of alerts you want to receive. Look for options like “Severe Weather Alerts” or “Extreme Weather Alerts” and make sure they are enabled.
  7. Save the settings and exit the menu.

Please note that the steps may vary slightly depending on the Android device and version of the operating system you are using. If you are having trouble finding the exact settings, you can try using the search function within the Settings app and search for “Emergency Alerts” or “Wireless Emergency Alerts” to locate the relevant options [ MORE ]

It’s important to keep in mind that severe thunderstorm warnings are not typically used for mobile emergency alerts, but in some cases, extremely powerful storms may trigger an alert. The most significant weather events that often trigger emergency alerts through mobile phones are tornado warnings, flash flood warnings, and snow squall warnings. [ MORE ]

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