Today, December 7, 2020 around 12:00, the government is sending out a new test message for NL Alert. Do you want to be sure that you receive all messages from the alarm system? This is how you set it up on your smartphone.
This way you can set NL-Alert on Android
NL Alert provides valuable information in emergency situations and has been used more than 200 times since its introduction in, for example, fires, storms and defusing an excavated bomb. Do you want to check whether your NL Alert Android settings are correct? This is important, because in an emergency this is the way to stay informed.
NL Alert Android setup
Setting NL Alert on your Android smartphone is relatively simple, but differs per device. That is why the Dutch government has created the NL Alert setting tool, which shows you what to do step by step for each manufacturer and type of telephone. If you have a newer device, you’re in luck: NL Alert is often already set by default.
Samsung telephones (newer than January 2012) are generally set correctly for NL Alert by default. If you want to check it anyway, go to ‘Messages> Option button> Settings> Cell Broadcast’ and enable Cell Broadcast.
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Then you have to select the channel ‘My channel’ and enable a new channel. Enter ‘NL-Alert’ at Channel name, ‘919’ at Channel number and make sure that the checkmark at ‘Enable channel’ is enabled. Save the change and your device is correctly set up to receive NL Alerts.
For relatively new devices from the manufacturer such as the Galaxy S9 (Plus), Galaxy S10 (Plus), Galaxy S20 (Plus and Ultra) or Note 20 (Ultra), go to ‘Messages> Settings> Emergency warning settings’ and you can go Emergency alerts’ Set NL Alert.
You don’t have to do anything with Sony devices; NL Alert is usually set up correctly there. The same applies to devices from LG and HTC that appeared later than 2012.
If in doubt, go to ‘Main menu> Settings> Calling’ on your HTC device, tick ‘Cell Broadcast’ and choose ‘Cell Broadcast settings’. Then add a channel and enter ‘NL-Alert’ at Channel name. At Channel number enter ‘919’, after which you tick Enable channel and tap ‘OK’.
On your LG device, go to ‘Applications> Cell Broadcast> Settings> Cell Broadcasting’, then choose ‘Channels> Add channel’. Enter ‘919’ at Sender number and ‘NL-Alert’ at Remark. Confirm the setting by tapping ‘Save’.
Users with a Huawei device do not need to do anything. NL Alert is enabled by default for the devices of the Chinese manufacturer.
With Motorola smartphones, you have to go into the settings to check whether NL Alert is enabled. Go to ‘Settings> More> Emergency Alerts (or Emergency Broadcasts) and make sure the option’ Show extreme threats’ is enabled.
Do you have a Pixel or Android Onedevice, or another device with a bare version of Android, go to ‘Settings> Apps & notifications> Advanced> Emergency alerts’ and tick ‘Show extreme threats’.
Also make sure that ‘Required monthly test’ is enabled. The smartphone is then correctly set for NL Alert. Also OnePlus– and Nokia devices are therefore correctly set for NL Alert by default.
If you own an Archos smartphone, you can set the NL Alert notification by going to ‘Settings> General> Cell Broadcast settings> Mobile broadcast settings for SIM card> Language and channel settings for cell broadcast’ to add the correct channel. First check in the channel list whether channel 919 is already listed here, otherwise you can add it. If you find that more convenient, you can change the channel name to NL Alert.
Older Wolfgang devices, which were sold at supermarket chain Aldi for some time, are also automatically set up for NL Alerts. So you don’t have to do anything.
EN Set alert on other smartphones
If it does not work or if you have a different type of smartphone, consult the setup aid for NL Alert. On Monday December 7 to 12.00 the next NL Alert will be broadcast.
To set NL Alert on the iPhone, go to ‘Settings> Notifications’. Scroll all the way to the bottom until you get to the ‘Emergency notifications’ option. If this option is not enabled, tap the slider. Then you can be sure that you will receive a message in the event of an emergency. You will then also receive the NL Alert verification message.
NL Alert about 4G
Since the autumn of 2015, Vodafone, KPN and T-Mobile support NL Alert not only on 2G and 3G networks, but also on 4G. Previously this was not the case, causing confusion for some users. As a 4G user you will also receive NL Alert messages.
Have you already received an NL-Alert? Let us know in the comments!