Apple is adding 'test alerts' toggle to iPhones

Apple introduces a toggle to allow iPhones and watches to receive alerts regarding safety and weather conditions


Tech Desk July 25, 2022

In the latest iOS update 15.6 and third beta of iOS 16, Apple has added 'Test Alerts' toggle in Settings, allowing test emergency alerts to the government

The new feature will enable test emergency alerts to be received on iPhones and Apple Watch. The toggle is turned off by default for users and needs to be enabled if users want to receive alerts. The tech company said the government would be responsible for frequency and content of the alerts.

This feature was previously available on older versions of iOS but required users to install a special profile from Apple or dial a code in the Phone app.

Test Alerts will include alerts by the government, alerts regarding threats to safety, life, weather conditions, public safety alerts and AMBER alerts as well. The feature however is available in the US and selected regions and countries.

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