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

The AMBER Alert system is an excellent tool for finding and recovering children abducted in your area. According to the U.S. government, this system has helped recover 1,029 children throughout all participating regions -- 87 through Wireless Emergency Alerts alone.

Difficulty

Easy

Duration

5 minutes

What You Need

  • An iPhone

  • A modern Android phone

  • A modern Samsung Galaxy phone

However, these alerts will blast across mobile devices -- phones, tablets, smartwatches -- at any time, even when you’re asleep. You can toggle these AMBER alerts off, but that will limit your ability to help authorities recover these abducted innocents. This guide shows you how to turn off AMBER and other emergency alerts (except for Presidential alerts) on Android and iOS devices.

Turning off AMBER alerts on iOS

AMBER alerts are categorized as Government Alerts alongside Emergency Alerts and Public Safety Alerts. Provided you're using an iPhone 4S or newer and your carrier is AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, or Verizon, you should be able to toggle all three on and off.

Step 1: Tap to open the Settings app.

Step 2: Tap Notifications.

Step 3: Scroll down and tap the toggle next to AMBER Alerts listed under Government Alerts. Repeat this step to re-enable this feature later as needed or to toggle off the other two alerts.

Turning off AMBER alerts on Android 11

Unlike Apple's iPhone, the methods to adjust AMBER alerts on Android devices are many. Here, we cover stock Android 11 -- what you'll find on most Android phones being sold today. We have an update for Android 12 phones further down the page.

Step 1: Swipe down from the top to expand the Notifications Shade and tap the Cog icon. This opens the Settings app.

Step 2: Tap Apps & Notifications.

Step 3: Tap Advanced.

Step 4: Tap Wireless Emergency Alerts.

Step 5: Tap the toggle next to *AMBER Alerts *to turn this feature off. Repeat this step to re-enable this feature later as needed or to toggle off the other alerts.

P.S: Tapping on the toggle next to Allow Alerts switches all alerts off. No other manual toggling is required.

Turning off AMBER alerts on Samsung Galaxy phones

Samsung, like some Android phone makers, likes to throw a little twist on things. You can turn off AMBER Alerts through the built-in Messages app as well as the Settings app, though the layout is a bit different. We'll walk you through both.

Step 1: Tap to open the Messages app.

Step 2: Tap the Three-Dot menu icon next to the search (magnifying glass) icon.

Step 3: Tap Settings on the drop-down menu.

Step 4: Tap Emergency Alert Settings.

Step 5: Tap Emergency Alerts.

Step 6: Tap the toggle next to AMBER Alerts to turn this feature off. Repeat this step to re-enable this feature later as needed or to switch off the other alerts.

Turning off AMBER alerts on Samsung Galaxy phones through the Settings app

As we've said, Samsung likes to move things around. Whether you're running Android 11 or 12, or on an Asus, Motorola, Nokia, or Pixel, the general Android settings layout is the same. On Samsung phones, the steps you'll need to take are a little different.

Step 1: Swipe down from the top to expand the Notifications Shade and tap the Cog icon. This opens the Settings app.

Step 2: Tap Connections.

Step 3: Tap More Connection Settings.

Step 4: Tap Wireless Emergency Alerts.

Step 5: Tap the Three-Dot settings icon.

Step 6: Tap Alert Types.

Step 7: Tap the toggle next to AMBER Alerts to turn this feature off. Repeat this step to re-enable this feature later as needed or to switch off the other alerts.

Turning off AMBER alerts on Android 12

Android 12 is just about coming out, but there are some small differences between Android 11 and Android 12 that you'll have to note when deactivating AMBER alerts.

Step 1: Swipe down from the top to expand the Notifications Shade and tap the Cog icon. This opens the Settings app.

Step 2: Tap Notifications.

Step 3: Tap Emergency Alerts.

Step 4: Tap the toggle next to AMBER Alerts to turn this feature off. Repeat this step to re-enable this feature later as needed or to toggle off the other alerts.

As with Android 11, tapping on the toggle next to *Allow Alerts *switches all alerts off. No other manual toggling is required.

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