How to turn off (disable) iOS AMBER alerts

After a long day of work I had climbed into bed, looking for a good night’s sleep, when suddenly my iPhone began making some bizarre, very unexpected noise. When I picked up the phone and looked at it, I saw an AMBER alert in Oklahoma had triggered an alert on my iPhone.

With no disrespect intended to anyone who’s ever in an AMBER Alert situation, this pissed me off. I guess what bothered me most is (a) this feature is enabled by default, (b) this alert was about 1,000 miles from my current location, and (c) the first time it happens you have no idea what’s happening, and when you’re almost asleep, well ...

Skipping all that ... if you want to disable AMBER alerts on your iOS devices (iPhone, iPad), here’s how to do it:

  1. Open the Settings app on your iOS device.
  2. Tap Notification Center.
  3. Scroll down to the bottom of those settings, where you’ll see the following AMBER Alerts setting:

How to disable iOS AMBER Alerts (iPhone, iPad)

Slide the AMBER Alerts control over to disable (or enable) the AMBER Alert setting.

I feel weird writing this ... I guess I do want to know about AMBER Alerts that are near me ... but the stuff I wrote above makes this feature piss me off, so I’ve disabled it for now.

I obviously have mixed emotions on this, but if you want to disable iOS AMBER Alerts, I hope this post has been helpful.