How to Turn off Government Alerts on iPhone

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 (America’s Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response) alerts on your iPhone.

First things first, it’s not recommended to disable government alerts on the iPhone – obviously– as they can be a life savior. That’s why they are designed to bypass even Do Not Disturb to ensure you get instant Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) from the National Weather Service, FEMA, the Department of Homeland Security and local public safety agencies, etc.

How To Turn Off Amber or Emergency Alerts on iPhone

Whenever you receive emergency alerts, your iPhone triggers a loud warning. While they are enormously useful, there is–unfortunately–no way of controlling the alert tones. Therefore, times when you want to have complete peace or don’t want to be distracted by anything, you might want to control emergency alerts on your iPhone on your own condition.

Side note: Do note that AMBER and government alerts aren’t available in all the countries and regions. So, you may not find them on your iOS device. Moreover, irrespective of whether you have disabled Emergency Alerts or not, your device will continue to receive Presidential Alerts (from White House) via FEMA that warn people of national emergencies.

Step #1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone.

Step #2. Now, tap on Notifications.

Step #3. Scroll down to the Government Alerts section:

Next, turn off the switch next to Emergency Alerts and AMBER Alerts.

Again, I’d like to repeat that disable them only temporarily. 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 ringtone or volume. Imagine your phone blaring out right in the middle of an important conference or client meeting. Not exactly nice, right?

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iOS 12 comes with some very significant security features. To name a few, certain apps related to health, home, security, public safety can send “Critical Alerts.” Besides, your iPhone can now automatically share your current location data during 911 calls in the United States to speed up the response time.

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How to Turn off Government Alerts on iPhone

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Dhvanesh Adhiya
The founder of iGeeksBlog, Dhvanesh, is an Apple aficionado, who cannot stand even a slight innuendo about Apple products. He dons the cap of editor-in-chief to make sure that articles match the quality standard before they are published.


  1. A coworker has a recently upgraded iPhone 4. She was rudely awaked last night be a storm alert and wants to turn off the Wireless Emergency Alerts. But her phone doesn’t have the Government Alerts section in the Notification Center. Where else can she look to disable these alerts?


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