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#1 lruggier

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 23:50

I have had my S3 since November 2012 and I have never gotten any severe weather alerts. I know for a fact I should have gotten one because my boyfriend also has the S3 and he got some today because of severe thunderstroms starting tonight and tomorrow. He said he has never turned on anything or got a special app to give him weather alerts. Why dont i get any? Is there somewhere in settings I need to go to turn on the alerts? I have tried to look for it in my weather widget (the regular one that came with the phone) but i dont see anything there in settings and i dont see anything in the regular settings. PLEASE HELP! :)


#2 shozilla

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 23:53

I have had my S3 since November 2012 and I have never gotten any severe weather alerts. I know for a fact I should have gotten one because my boyfriend also has the S3 and he got some today because of severe thunderstroms starting tonight and tomorrow. He said he has never turned on anything or got a special app to give him weather alerts. Why dont i get any? Is there somewhere in settings I need to go to turn on the alerts? I have tried to look for it in my weather widget (the regular one that came with the phone) but i dont see anything there in settings and i dont see anything in the regular settings. PLEASE HELP! :)


Might be a 3rd party weather app instead of default app.. go to app store and look for weather which apps will have notifications and alerts.

#3 SMELTN

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 23:54

From my understanding that is done by the carrier and not the phone, but just make sure it's not an app he has that u don't have.

If its from the carrier do u both have numbers from the same area code?

#4 OP lruggier

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 00:00

We both have verizon. and his area code is 804 an mine is 703. but we both live in the 703 area and he is getting the notifications and his weather widget is set for the 703 area just like mine is. He has changed his weather widget since he got his phone, but he got the severe weather alerts even when he had the weather widget i have which is the default one that cam with the phone

From my understanding that is done by the carrier and not the phone, but just make sure it's not an app he has that u don't have.

If its from the carrier do u both have numbers from the same area code?

From my understanding that is done by the carrier and not the phone, but just make sure it's not an app he has that u don't have.

If its from the carrier do u both have numbers from the same area code?



#5 OP lruggier

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 18:02

please help! i want my severe weather notifications!

#6 Nogib

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 18:13

It is not tied to your phone's number, area code, or any app.

The CMAS system is supposed to send you severe weather alerts based solely on the location of your phone (likely determined by the location of the cell tower you are connected to).

When I got my SGS3 back in July I too was anticipating getting these severe weather txts since both this phone and my carrier (Sprint) support it. I have never received a thing either and yes, emergency alerts is turned on in messaging.

#7 Roger H.

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 18:16

And then people are complaining about getting too many even after the bad weather stuff has already passed. :p

- Do you have the same updates he has?
- Was your phone on at the time?

Go to your messaging app and hit settings and see if you can see Cell Broadcast stuff there (or check Settings - More... - Cell Broadcast - that's how it's on Standard AOSP, dunno about TouchWiz).

I have a Nexus 4 and I don't get them either. It supposed to work in that ANY phone that connects to a tower within a specific area should get the broadcast (as long as the phone has the software to accept it). I've seen people posted about them for AMBER alerts and all that but I never get them on my phone, dunno why either.

Stay safe though, I have my friends at GMU also and all over the DMV area, used to live in Bethesda!

#8 OP lruggier

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 23:03

It is not tied to your phone's number, area code, or any app.

The CMAS system is supposed to send you severe weather alerts based solely on the location of your phone (likely determined by the location of the cell tower you are connected to).

When I got my SGS3 back in July I too was anticipating getting these severe weather txts since both this phone and my carrier (Sprint) support it. I have never received a thing either and yes, emergency alerts is turned on in messaging.



And then people are complaining about getting too many even after the bad weather stuff has already passed. :p

- Do you have the same updates he has?
- Was your phone on at the time?

Go to your messaging app and hit settings and see if you can see Cell Broadcast stuff there (or check Settings - More... - Cell Broadcast - that's how it's on Standard AOSP, dunno about TouchWiz).

I have a Nexus 4 and I don't get them either. It supposed to work in that ANY phone that connects to a tower within a specific area should get the broadcast (as long as the phone has the software to accept it). I've seen people posted about them for AMBER alerts and all that but I never get them on my phone, dunno why either.

Stay safe though, I have my friends at GMU also and all over the DMV area, used to live in Bethesda!


we are both in the same location and have the same update (jelly bean 4.1) my phone was on and he got the notifications but not me. I went to my messaging settings and it says that all of the emergency alerts are turned on, however i never got them.

#9 shozilla

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 23:19

Go to your phone store and contact a rep and he/she will help you getting the alerts back so you will be able to get the alerts when the next actual event happens in your area.

Maybe your phone might be having a bug or corrupted during the production process... they may be able to give you a replacement phone.

I had my phone replaced because the phone I had was overheat... so I have one now and runs fine.

By the way, did you try the test alerts in the messaging settings? If you get nothing, then your phone is probably corrupted or has a bug. Contact your provider for a replacement or a fix.

Good luck.

#10 OP lruggier

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 23:50

Go to your phone store and contact a rep and he/she will help you getting the alerts back so you will be able to get the alerts when the next actual event happens in your area.

Maybe your phone might be having a bug or corrupted during the production process... they may be able to give you a replacement phone.

I had my phone replaced because the phone I had was overheat... so I have one now and runs fine.

By the way, did you try the test alerts in the messaging settings? If you get nothing, then your phone is probably corrupted or has a bug. Contact your provider for a replacement or a fix.

Good luck.


i dont see anything for test alerts! I really hope its not corupted! i dont want to have to reset everything and install all my apps again and customize everything :(

#11 shozilla

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 00:05

i dont see anything for test alerts! I really hope its not corupted! i dont want to have to reset everything and install all my apps again and customize everything :(


Mine does have test alerts... Test alerts show you the sample to make sure it works and what it looks like so you will know what to do so you'd be prepared for actual event when happens.

Here is sample on my phone:
testalertssample.png

#12 CJ33

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 00:17

The emergency texts are in the messaging apps settings.

#13 GEEKedUP DJ

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 19:10

It's probably based on your GPS location. Even though you guys where right next to each other, if your GPS was disabled, you would not get the alert. GPS along with the local EAS system tend to work hand in hand. Thats why the GPS can get updated traffic reports on the fly and other details because of the EAS system.

#14 shozilla

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 23:52

It's probably based on your GPS location. Even though you guys where right next to each other, if your GPS was disabled, you would not get the alert. GPS along with the local EAS system tend to work hand in hand. Thats why the GPS can get updated traffic reports on the fly and other details because of the EAS system.


GPS on my phone has been turned off since I got the phone and still get the alerts. It is not based on GPS... the carrier is sending the alerts to all of us based on the settings. Like you see alerts on your TV.. the TV provider sending the message to all of us.

#15 Anibal P

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 04:05

I'm on T-Mobile, got a couple after getting my Phone, not have had any lately, Son's GS3 has never received one, my messaging app is set to alert on emergencies, including Amber Alerts

Wish it worked more reliably, I don't always watch the local news for weather updates