If you live in a place where government alerts are more frequent than you’d prefer, there’s a way to turn off emergency alerts and AMBER alerts on your iPhone.
It’s not recommended – obviously – but since there’s no way of controlling the alert tones, some users prefer turning them off. Turning off Government alerts is easy on the iPhone (any iOS). And here’s how to do that:
How To Turn Off Amber or Emergency Alerts on iPhone in iOS 7
- Open the Settings app on your iPhone
- Go to Notification Center (in iOS 6, it’s Notifications)
- Scroll down to the bottom and you should find a section called Government Alerts
- Disable both Emergency Alerts and AMBER Alerts to turn off all government alerts.
- This will stop any government alert (except a few really urgent ones) from being transmitted through your iPhone.
Needless to say, turning off government alerts is not recommended. There’s a reason these alerts are meant to rip through your iPhone – to grab your attention right away and to inform you of any emergency that is unfurling somewhere near you. Emergency weather alerts are life-savers in many cases, most notably when you are driving.
The problem with these government emergency alerts is that there’s no way to control their ring tone or volume. Imagine your phone blaring out right in the middle of an important conference or client meet. Not exactly nice, right?
The Wireless Emergency Alert Program – which went live sometime last year – controls the way these alerts are sent out to the public. Incidentally, an alert in the middle of the night isn’t really that helpful. If you are not much of a fan of these emergency alerts, it’s good to know that you can turn them off.