How to Turn Off Emergency Alerts on iPhone (iOS 15 Update)

How to turn off AMBER alerts on iPhone, turn off emergency alerts, and turn off public safety alerts.

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Did you know that certain alerts can barge right through your Do Not Disturb setting on iPhone? These include AMBER Alerts and government alerts about imminent threats, such as extreme weather. For safety reasons it's highly recommended that you leave these alerts enabled, but if you want to turn them off, we can show you how to do it.

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How to Turn Off Emergency Alerts on iPhone

To completely turn off AMBER alerts on iPhone (and other emergency alerts), you'll need to change a specific setting. For more hidden Settings tips and tricks, try signing up for our free Tip of the Day newsletter.

Here's how to disable AMBER alerts on iPhone. If you want to silence AMBER alerts on iPhone instead, skip to the next section!

  1. Open the Settings app.

    Disable AMBER alerts iPhone
  2. Scroll down and tap on Notifications.

  3. Scroll to the bottom of the screen, where you’ll see the heading Government Alerts.

    Government Alerts
  4. Toggle off AMBER Alerts and Public Safety Alerts.

    Toggle AMBER and Public Safety alerts off
  5. Tap Emergency Alerts.

    Emergency alerts
  6. Toggle Emergency Alerts off.

    Toggle Emergency Alerts off

Remember to turn your alerts back on as soon as possible! Tornadoes, flash floods, and other disasters can strike quickly; your iPhone is one of the best ways to get notified to give yourself time to get to safety.

How to Mute Emergency Alerts on Your iPhone

If you'd like to still receive emergency alerts, but without the loud noises, iOS 14.5 now allows you to silence emergency alerts. Here's how:

  1. Open Settings.

    Disable AMBER alerts iPhone
  2. Tap on Notifications.

  3. Scroll down to the Government Alerts section.

    Government Alerts
  4. Tap Emergency Alerts.

    Emergency alerts
  5. Toggle off Always Deliver.

    Turn off Always Alert

Now you should receive emergency alerts as usual, but without the loud notification noises. Enjoy the peace and quiet! If you're interested, you can also learn how to disable your iPhone's Attention Aware feature

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Leanne Hays

Leanne Hays is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, and has written hundreds of in-depth how-to and troubleshooting articles. She's a former Associate Editor for iPhone Life magazine, and has written for the Iowa Source, as well as web content for education marketing. Leanne has an associate's degree in education, with a focus on curriculum development, as well as a bachelor's degree in science. She has over nine years of experience with SEO, social media management, and web development and writing. Despite years of web work, Leanne is by no means an early adapter; she's only owned a smartphone for five years, which makes her highly sympathetic to the learning curve of new iPhone owners. She enjoys making reader's lives easier and putting her education experience to work by walking them through the most practical ways to use Apple devices, step-by-step.

In off-work hours, Leanne is a mother of two, homesteader, audiobook fanatic, musician, and learning enthusiast.