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You’re probably familiar with the AMBER and Government Alerts that sometimes appear on your iPhone and they can be hugely beneficial. We wouldn’t recommend it, but you can disable them. Here, we’re going to tell you how to do it.

Disabling both AMBER and general Government Alerts is a reasonably easy thing to do if you know where to look, although even with both options disabled you will continue to receive alerts of life-threatening events (which is probably a good thing!).

For the uninitiated, AMBER alerts—or America’s Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response—are alerts sent out to make the population aware that a child is missing, and the system can be instrumental in returning children to their loved ones. Standard Government Alerts are for more general threats or messages from the country’s leaders and can be equally important. Messages about extreme weather conditions are also delivered via this system. “Presidential alerts” are special, and you can’t disable them.

If disabling one or both of these types of alerts is something you want to do, here’s how to go about doing that. However, AMBER alerts are not available in all countries, while some countries present Government Alerts from being disabled. Follow the instructions below to see which options are available to you in your particular locales.

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How to Disable Alerts on iPhone

To start, open the Settings app on your iPhone and tap “Notifications.”

Tap notifications on the settings page

Next, scroll to the very bottom of the list of apps. You will notice two entries: one for AMBER Alerts and another for Emergency Alerts. Both are enabled by default on all iPhones.

turn off toggles for AMBER alerts and emergency alerts

To disable one or both, change the toggle to the Off position.

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