Android Mobile phone Users in the UK may receive a “siren-like” alert between 1 pm and 2 pm on Tuesday, the government has said.
“Some mobile phone networks in the UK are testing emergency alerts between 1 pm and 2 pm,” gov.uk website reads.
“If you have an Android device, there’s little chance you might get a test alert. Your device may make a loud siren sound.”
The sound will be accompanied by a message saying: “This is a mobile network operator test of emergency alert service. You do not need to take any action. To learn more, search gov.uk/alerts”
What are emergency alerts?
The UK government is testing a new service that will warn you when there is a danger to life nearby. It is expected that the service will be launched during “Summer 2021”.“In an emergency, your phone or tablet will receive an alert with advice on how to stay safe,” the gov.uk site says.You may get alerts about: severe floods, fires, explosions, terrorist incidents and public health emergencies.
Emergency alerts can only be sent by emergency services, government departments, and agencies and public bodies that deal with emergencies.
The government says, “The chances of getting an alert for most people will be less.”
Will there be any more planned tests?
If you live in Reading, you may receive a test alert on June 29 between 1 PM and 2 PM.
Both Android and iPhone users can receive the notification.
How do I opt out of emergency alerts?
according to government, you can opt out of emergency alerts, provided they are not the “most important” alerts.
The government recommends that you keep all emergency alerts on “for your own safety”.
Both Android and iPhone users can opt out by searching their settings for “Emergency Alerts” and turning off “Severe Alerts”.