How to turn off AMBER alerts and other public safety alerts on your iPhone (though you should keep them on)
- When your iPhone receives an AMBER alert, it makes a great deal of sound, so knowing how to turn these alerts off can be useful.
- AMBER alerts are notifications issued by the Federal government, designed to help find abducted children.
- Your iPhone's AMBER alerts sound even if your phone is set to Do Not Disturb.
- You can disable AMBER alerts and other government notifications in the Settings app.
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The AMBER Alert system is a national emergency response system designed to help find abducted children. While it's officially an acronym that stands for "America's Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response," it's actually named for Amber Hagerman, a 9-year-old girl who was kidnapped and murdered in 1996.
By default, your iPhone is configured to alert you when AMBER alerts are issued, and they do not respect Do Not Disturb settings - you can receive AMBER alerts at all times of day, whenever they are issued.If you don't want to receive these alerts, you can turn them off. But keep in mind that if you disable AMBER Alerts, you will not be notified in a timely manner about kidnapping incidents, and therefore you will be less able to help the authorities recover victims safely.
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How to turn off AMBER Alerts on your iPhone
1. Start the Settings app.
2. Tap "Notifications."
3. In the Government Alerts section, turn off "AMBER Alerts" by swiping the button to the left so it's white instead of green.