Government Alerts, Amber Alerts & Emergency Alerts (and How to Turn Them Off)

Recently we had a epic storm in our area that included nearly 12″ of snow, very low temperatures and blizzard conditions. This caused an Emergency Alert to be broadcast by the government. What was most annoying to many in our area is that the alert was posted at 4:00 AM the day before the storm which hit in the evening of the next day. A friend of mine was asking me about it and I didn’t know much. I didn’t get the alert; I assume because I’m on AT&T & he is on Verizon. I had seen tweets about the alerts from a local meteorologist. Here it is:

By clicking the link in the tweet above, you can get a lot of info & frequently asked questions about the system. Now, if you want to know how to turn them off, here’s what to do. Just open your Settings app, tap Notifications & scroll all the way to the bottom. Again, if you don’t see these switches, your provider doesn’t support these alerts yet.

Hope this helps! Let us know in the comments if you see these and what provider you have so we can get a better idea of who is supporting these alerts at this time and who’s not.

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  1. I’m on Vetizon and got an Amber Alert for the first time today. Your instructions worked for turning them off on my iPhone 4S. Thanks!

    • i have sprint and I don’t have any notification mode on my phone.. How can I turn off Amber Alerts?

  2. They were driving me crazy. We had a thunderstorm and the alarm kept turning on . It was scary and there was no problem where I was. Thank you

  3. So today we had an Amber Alert in our area and I swear everyone I know got a notification on there phone… I have the iPhone 4S with iOs 6.1.3 update.. I looke threw a friends phone and the tab to turn the alert on is as you show but my phone does not have either options (government or amber alert) idk if updating my phone took those options off?

  4. Just got one for the first time on TMobile after a “Carrier Software Update” to an iPhone 4S that I got before TMobile started to support iPhones.

  5. A wireless amber alert bounces you out of bed at 1:30a, you unlock your screen on your iPhone 5
    and it goes away. How do I get it back?

    • I have the same question…,where did it go and how do I get it back to read it?r

    • I have the same problem, but I haven’t seen an answer yet.

    • To re-view an alert, unlock your phone (if it’s locked) and open the notification center by sliding your thumb from the top/center of your screen towards the middle – kind of like pulling down a screen.

      • Androidsarebetter says

        AT&T iPhone 5 iOS 6.1.4. No amber alert in the notification center. Any other way to get them back?

  6. I have a Verizon iPhone 4 and I’m not able to turn on these settings. Any suggestions?

  7. Should the iPhone 4 work same as
    4s with same vers of OS with regard to Govt Alerts ?

  8. I like the alerts but I don’t want the alarm sounding. How do I turn off just the siren alarm?

  9. I’m running iOS 7.1.2 and it didn’t work for me. I went under notification center and there was no option to turn it off.

  10. I’m also using an unlocked iPhone 4

  11. Just got Amber a,eat while asleep. When I grabbed phone I lost alert. How can I retrieve alerts?