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By blazera, Junior Member on 12th August 2012, 09:55 PM
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[ROOT][MOD][HOW TO] Disable Presidential Alert Text Messages

After reading this thread on how to remove the severe weather alerts, I took it upon myself to find a way to remove Presidential Alerts, which is not an option in the stock ROM. Sure enough, I found the preferences file that the stock messaging app uses, changed a Boolean value, and profited.

What I used:
- External SD card installed in the phone.
- File explorer with root capability (ES File Explorer in my case; I'm sure Root Explorer works just as well).
- PC with a Text Editor (Wordpad worked best for me). I had seen posts on other threads (don't remember exactly which ones) that stated using text editors on the phone may not be saving files properly, so I went with the tried and true route.

Here are the steps that I used, based on memory. (Assuming root capability is already enabled on the file explorer.) Apologies if I left anything out, since it's been a few days since I did this on my phone.

1. Open the file explorer and navigate to the directory /data/data/com.android.mms/shared_prefs

2. Make a copy of the file com.android.mms_preferences.xml and save that copy to the root of the external SD card.

3. Rename the original file to com.android.mms_preferences.xml.orig. This is backup of the original XML file just in case something goes wrong along the way.

4. Connect the external SD card to the PC by whatever means. (I unmounted/removed the external SD card, and inserted it into a card reader attached to the PC.)

5. Navigate to the disk drive corresponding to the external SD card.

6. Using the text editor, open the file com.android.mms_preferences.xml.

7. Search for the Boolean name #cmas#type##presidential#enabled.

8. Change the value associated with that Boolean from true to false.

9. Save the XML file.

10. Insert the external SD card back into the phone.

11. Copy the file com.android.mms_preferences.xml from the external SD card to the directory /data/data/com.android.mms/shared_prefs (you're overwriting the XML file that's already there - that's OK)

12. Exit the file explorer.

13. Reboot the phone. (Not sure if this is really needed, but it's good practice.)

14. After rebooting, check the Messaging settings and verify that there is no check next to Presidential Alerts.

15. (Optional) If Presidential Alerts are not checked, go back into /data/data/com.android.mms/shared_prefs with the file explorer and delete "com.android.mms_preferences.xml.orig".

Have fun!
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13th August 2012, 06:06 AM |#2  
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Has anyone even received any presidential alerts yet? I hadn't even heard of them till this thread.

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13th August 2012, 11:06 AM |#3  
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Has anyone even received any presidential alerts yet? I hadn't even heard of them till this thread.

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No I havent. And I haven't figured out what it is. Is this going to be spam or is this going to be something important? If it is spam or anything to do with the elections then I want to get rid of it. Who put here? Verizon?

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13th August 2012, 12:17 PM |#4  
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No I havent. And I haven't figured out what it is. Is this going to be spam or is this going to be something important? If it is spam or anything to do with the elections then I want to get rid of it. Who put here? Verizon?

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You decide: http://transition.fcc.gov/pshs/services/eas/
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13th August 2012, 02:57 PM |#5  
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The emergency system that alerts these phones is for REAL emergencies. If you're getting a message from the President on your phone, you can be rest assured, that you NEED the information being sent, because it's possible that it could save your life (or tell you that there's simply nothing that can be done to save your life and you should duck and cover because holy crap here come the bombs!).

Same with the severe weather alerts. They are there to tell you things like "There's a tornado coming down your street, take cover NOW!", not "It's going to rain Thursday.
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13th August 2012, 07:19 PM |#6  
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Same with the severe weather alerts. They are there to tell you things like "There's a tornado coming down your street, take cover NOW!", not "It's going to rain Thursday.

I'll disagree with that. The presidential alerts may be important, but I disabled the B.S. weather alerts after the 3rd flood warning in my area (I have lived in the area I do my whole life & it has never flooded yet nor is it likely to as there is no water in the area that could flood )
13th August 2012, 07:54 PM |#7  
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The emergency system that alerts these phones is for REAL emergencies. If you're getting a message from the President on your phone, you can be rest assured, that you NEED the information being sent, because it's possible that it could save your life (or tell you that there's simply nothing that can be done to save your life and you should duck and cover because holy crap here come the bombs!).

Same with the severe weather alerts. They are there to tell you things like "There's a tornado coming down your street, take cover NOW!", not "It's going to rain Thursday.

I believe when they killed bin laden we were told via presidential address while it was a import it wasnt a emergency . And there has been presidential address about the debt calling.... not trying to make this political just saying there not all emergencies

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13th August 2012, 08:55 PM |#8  
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Presidential messages are only used in the event that we are being attacked,martians land, etc. etc.


No, they won't be used to remind you to vote, that Obama loves you, to tell you Sarah Palin is an idiot, etc.



I've disabled the others like the weather notices because they are annoying and repetitive. Depending on where you live, maybe you want them. In SoCal, I won't be having a snowstorm anytime soon. I kept getting flash flood notices one day and finally turned them off.

I've also disabled Amber Alerts because..... Well, I don't care. I don't have kids, don't want them and don't like yours. Bad me. Oh well.
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Hussein is the last person on the planet I want to hear from. Thanks for this method!
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Ahh bias. It stinks no matter where it comes from.
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I don't have kids, don't want them and don't like yours.

Don't like my kids either, LOL.

EAS: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emergency_Alert_System

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...put into place on January 1, 1997...
EAS is designed to enable the President of the United States to speak to the United States within 10 minutes, but the nationwide federal EAS has never been activated.

Replaced the old EBS ("...This is only a test...") which also was never used, but had a localized false alarm in 1971: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emergen..._alarm_of_1971


I'd like to think EAS is pretty darn hacker and false alarm "resistant", but who knows.

And if it's nukes, gigantic meteors, mega-waves/volcanoes or martians we're all screwed anyway.

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