There are some emergency alerts I would be very grateful to receive even when I'm sleeping, but so far I've only receive alerts for things that didn't actually put me in danger or for things that I could literally do nothing to help with until I woke up the next day.

I would like the emergency broadcasts to be silenced at night, specifically the ones in the categories "Show severe threats" and "Show AMBER alerts." I would still like to receive these alerts (so I can do something about them in the morning if I need to), just without any sound, and just for the period while I'm sleeping. Additionally, I would prefer to still have "Show extreme threats" and "Presidential alerts" sound at night if it is possible.

I know this is a fairly specific order and in all my searching on this subject I have found no way to silence the emergency alerts without unsubscribing from them altogether, so I don't know if this is currently possible. But that's why I came here, to ask if there's something I've missed so far.

Please note: I am talking about the emergency broadcasts you access through "Settings," rather than the feature available in "Google Now" I've seen floating around this website.

Phone info: model: Moto G Android version: 5.0.2


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In the Emergency Alerts stock app -> Settings, there is an option "Emergency alert tone" with subtitle "Play a sample emergency alert tone." When you do this, it plays the tone and a dialog says "The sound you hear now will be played when you receive an emergency alert. The alert volume matches your phone's volume." This indicates that you could avoid the alert sounding when you are asleep simply by silencing the phone when you go to sleep (or using an app to change the volume on a schedule).

This doesn't discriminate between different classes of alerts (e.g. make sound for some but not others); if there's an app for that (probably is) someone else can post that as an answer.

  • I don't have an app named "Emergency Alerts". May 30, 2016 at 0:04
  • @Joshua Where do you go to select which classes of alerts you want to receive? It's probably around there, but the answer (that silencing the phone is probably effective) remains the same.
    – WBT
    May 30, 2016 at 5:16
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    I go to the defaultmessaging app, Messaging -> Emergency Alerts -> Settings. One there, there is so option to set an emergency alert tone. I can only choose to receive or not receive the following emergency types: extreme threats, severe threats, and AMBER alerts; can set a frequency for receiving alert reminder, and can set whether to vibrate on an alert. That's it. May 31, 2016 at 15:28

When sleeping I put my phone in flight mode.

Assuming if you won't want to be disturbed by emergency alerts, you also don't want to be disturbed by less important things like phone calls or social media "news".

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