How to turn off AMBER alerts and other emergency alerts on iPhone and Android

The AMBER Alert system is an excellent tool for finding and returning abducted children in your area. According to the US government, this system helped recover 1,029 children across all participating regions, 87 through wireless emergency alerts alone.

However, these alerts will sound on mobile devices (phones, tablets, smartwatches) at any time, even when you are sleeping. You can disable these AMBER Alerts, but this will limit your ability to help authorities recover these innocent abductees. This guide shows you how to turn off AMBER and other emergency alerts (except Presidential alerts) on your iPhone and Android devices.

How to turn off AMBER alerts on iPhone

AMBER Alerts are classified as Government Alerts in addition to Emergency Alerts and Public Safety Alerts. As long as you have a modern iPhone (like the iPhone 14) and your carrier is AT&T, T-Mobile, or Verizon, you should be able to turn all three on and off.

Step 1: Tap to open settings application

Step 2: Tap notifications.

iOS 14 Amber Alerts On.

Step 3 – Scroll down and tap the switch next to AMBER alerts indicated low government warnings. Repeat this step to re-enable this feature later as needed, or to disable the other two alerts.

iOS 14 amber alerts disabled.

How to turn off AMBER alerts on Android

The AMBER Alert interface on Android 12 and 13 devices can be found in the new Emergency Safety submenu available on modern Android devices.

Step 1: Find and open it settings app on your phone.

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Amber alerts in Android 13

Step 2: Scroll down to security and urgency submenu

Android 13 AMBER alert screen.

Step 3: Once there, go to Wireless emergency alerts.

Android 13 Yellow alert screen.

Step 4: From that moment you can change AMBER alerts out, please.

Repeat this step to re-enable this feature later as needed or to disable other alerts.

What are AMBER Alerts?

While it’s easy to want to get rid of annoying alerts and unnecessary notifications, sometimes it pays to pay attention to which notifications are disabled and why they’re on. AMBER Alerts, short for America’s Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response, are alerts issued by the US government to call attention to a missing person in an area, extreme weather, or other miscellaneous emergencies.

While disabling these features can help reduce notification fatigue, you can also view information about topics that would normally be the subject of an AMBER alert on Google, Bing, or even Facebook.

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