How to Turn Off Emergency Alerts on iPhone

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Your iPhone’s emergency alerts can save your life, but you might not want a deafening flash flood warning to go off when you’re in the middle of work, or worse, fast asleep at night. By default, the iPhone receives Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA), which are sent to your carrier via groups like FEMA, the National Weather Service, the Department of Homeland Security and local public safety agencies. 

With emergency alerts enabled, your iPhone will trigger a loud alarm whenever there’s an extreme weather warning, an AMBER alert, an evacuation notice or a national emergency. While it’s advisable to keep your phone alert-ready at most times, there’s an easy fix for when you just want to enjoy some peace and quiet at home. Here’s how to turn off emergency alerts on your iPhone. 

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1. Open Settings.

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2. Scroll down and select Notification Center.

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3. Scroll down to Government Alerts and slide left on the Emergency Alerts tab. You can also disable AMBER alerts from this section. 

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A devout gamer and tech enthusiast, Mike Andronico joined the Laptop team in July 2013. With a B.A. in Journalism from Purchase College and experience at GameNGuide, Examiner and 2D-X, Mike tackles everything from iPhone rumors to in-depth hardware reviews.
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