Wondering Where Those Emergency Alerts in iOS 6 Are? It Depends On Your Carrier


Sure would be nice if we all were able to access these, right?
Sure would be nice if we all were able to access these, right?

Way back in June, we told you that iOS 6 would have new, integrated emergency alert and AMBER Alert notifications. When you go looking for them, you may not find them. Even if, as some folks out there like to say, you “scroll all the way to the bottom” of the Notifications pane in the Settings app, if your carrier hasn’t implemented the alerts, yet, you won’t see them in there.

I suppose you can keep trying, but we’re here to keep you from wasting your time.

It’s a great idea, right? The SAFE Port Act was signed into law by George W. Bush on October 13, 2006, and it relies on SMS broadcasts to push notifications to your iPhone (or other smartphone) to warn you about weather threats, Amber Alerts, and other “Presidential” alerts. The system was live in 2011 starting in New York City, and should be available around the US by now.

If, that is, your carrier supports the alerts.

Macworld found that, in the San Francisco Bay Area, at least, only Sprint and Verizon users saw the settings to enable or disable the alerts. They also noted that the availability can vary with location; their informal Twitter poll showed that some Verizon users in some parts of the country see the settings, while others do not.

The forums over at MacRumors seem to confirm this, with many users on different carriers both seeing and not seeing the notification settings.

So, how about you, Cult of Mac readers? Let us know your carrier, and where in general you live, and whether you see the Government Alerts section in your Notification settings. We hope that all the carriers and locations can build this out and implement the abilities already in iOS to help users know when an emergency is pending, and what to do to get to safety.

  • JacksMacintosh

    Sprint in the north east, I got em.

  • Stephan Priola

    I have them on Verizon in the south east

  • MPD01605

    Verizon iPhone 5 in Washington DC (Northern Virginia and DC) = Yes
    AT&T iPhone 5 in Northern Virginia = No
    CDMA iPhone 4S (iOS 6) roaming on AT&T in Northern Virginia = Yes

  • vanmacguy

    Probably stands to reason but Rogers in Vancouver, Canada, nope.

  • Edwin Torres

    Sprint, Midwest… North West of Indianapolis has it.

  • mr_bee

    AMBER alerts are an ill-concieved and stupid sop that don’t actually do much at all. I hope they never arrive on my phone and I’d like to see them phased out of society in general.

  • kavok

    Verizon in the Northwest US has them

  • meekaintheie

    Verizon IPhone 4S in Southern California. 30 miles south of Redlands.

  • southpawtech

    iPhone 4S in Vermont & New Hampshire, Verizon Wireless, YES to both AMBER Alerts and Emergency Alerts.

  • Ed Perez

    Sprint, Texas, Amber Alerts & emergency alerts.

  • mdbell26

    The options are there on C Spire in Mississippi.

  • mdbell26

    The options are there on C Spire in Mississippi.

  • CrypieHef

    In Jacksonville/Saint Augustine, FL (Verizon, iOS6 and latest carrier update). No Government Alerts settings as of yet.

  • Dennis Mattinson

    iPhone 4 on AT&T in Philadelphia,PA area – nope!

  • Dennis Mattinson

    iPhone 4 on AT&T in Philadelphia,PA area – nope!

  • TheMacGuy

    Verizon, about 50 miles east of Los Angeles. I got them on my iPhone 5, but turned them off because the sound they make was so darn annoying. Odd part was my iPhone 4 (Verizon, same area) never got them and it was running iOS 6.

  • Jake

    Got em here in Dayton Ohio on Verizon’s network!

  • mynamesdanhoy

    i got them at the beginning of iOS6 on my iPhone 5 and i’m in Philadelphia on Sprint…. but i’ve seen that recent amber alerts have been issued and never received them. and this whole hurricane sandy thing, notta single notification….

  • nick_sorg

    Verizon iPhone 5 iOS6 in Golden, CO got an AMBER yesterday but iPhone 4 iOS6 on same share plan did not in Denver, CO. No toggle switches in Notifications on iPhone 4 either.

  • electrichic

    Verizon iPhone 4 in Redondo Beach, CA does not support this feature.

  • ferrel1134

    Verizon iPhone 4S in St. Paul never knew about this until it popped up during a amber alert. I was like this is a awesome use of tech.