How To Turn Off AMBER Alerts on an iPhone

A few weeks back, my phone began alerting me repeatedly with AMBER Alerts in order to help track down a missing teen. Being a parent of three, I really appreciate this use of crowd-sourcing as it’s hard for me to imagine something scarier than a missing child. Getting the entire community involved in an emergency like this one is incredible.

That being said, as these alerts started coming in, I was in the middle of a conference call and needed to disable them temporarily so I could focus on my meeting. Fortunately, it’s a simple toggle you can flip in the settings. Here is where you can find it.

Start by tapping Settings.

iphone settings

Tap Notifications.


Scroll below all your apps until you find Government Alerts. Toggle the AMBER alerts on or off.

toggle amber alerts under government alerts

The screenshots above were taken from an older version of iOS; however, as of iOS 17.2.1, they are still found in the same spot under Notifications.



  1. Sleep deprived

    September 5, 2013 at 7:51 am

    It would be nice if we had the option to keep Amber Alerts as a silent notification or if it fell in the do not disturb category. I was about to fall asleep last night and the phone went off and scared me. I had never heard an Amber Alert on my iPhone before. Anyway, I’m glad I read this article today. I will be turning the alert off at night.

    • Steve Krause

      September 5, 2013 at 11:25 pm

      Thnx for the comment. One thing I did notice was the Alert is stored in your Alerts dropdown on iOS so you can see it at a later time (swipe down from top of iPhone screen). FYI


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