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How to turn off Amber Alerts on your Android device

Amber alerts are helpful, but can be disturbing.
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June 4, 2022

When a child goes missing in your area, there’s a very good chance you’ll receive an Amber alert on your smartphone. These alerts are helpful as they spread essential information among the community and increase the chances of finding the missing person. Nevertheless, they can be disruptive at times, especially if you get one at three in the morning or in the middle of a business meeting. While we advise you to keep these alerts turned on at all times, we’ll show you how you can turn off Amber alerts if you prefer.

The process is straightforward, but only if you know where to look. However, you can find the setting in a different place depending on your device and carrier, which can cause some confusion. In this post, we’ll take a closer look at how to do it on stock Android devices, as well as on phones made by Samsung, OnePlus, LG, and Motorola. Let’s dive in.

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QUICK ANSWER

Turn off amber alerts on Android by going to Settings > Safety & emergency > Wireless emergency alerts and toggle off Amber alerts. Some devices have moved these settings around, so keep reading to learn other methods.


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How to turn off Amber alerts on stock Android

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Turn off alerts on stock Android devices:

  1. Open the Settings menu.
  2. Tap the Safety & emergency option.
  3. Tap on Wireless emergency alerts.
  4. Find the Amber alerts option and toggle it off.

Note: These steps were put together using a Pixel 4a with 5G running Android 12. Steps might be different depending on your specific smartphone and software version.

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How to turn off Amber alerts on Samsung phones

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Turn off Amber alerts on Samsung devices:

  1. Open the Messages app.
  2. Tap the three-dot icon next to the search button.
  3. Tap the Settings options.
  4. Go into Emergency alert history.
  5. Tap on the three-dot menu button.
  6. Hit Settings.
  7. Find the Amber alerts option and toggle it off.

Second method:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Go into Notifications.
  3. Hit Advanced settings.
  4. Tap the Wireless emergency alerts option.
  5. Find the Amber alerts option and toggle it off.

Note: These steps were put together using a Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus running Android 11. Steps might be different depending on your specific smartphone and software version.

Also read: The best Samsung phones

How to turn off Amber alerts on OnePlus phones

OnePlus Nord 2 Pac Man edition showing rear design of the phone
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Turn off amber alerts on OnePlus devices:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Go into Apps & notifications.
  3. Tap on Wireless emergency alerts.
  4. Find the Amber alerts option and toggle it off.

Note: These steps were put together using a OnePlus Nord N200 running Android 11. Steps might be different depending on your specific smartphone and software version.

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How to turn them off on LG phones

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Turn off amber alerts on LG devices:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Go into Network & internet.
  3. Hit Wireless Emergency Alerts.
  4. Tap the three-dot menu icon in the top-right corner.
  5. Tap the Settings options.
  6. Find the Amber alerts option and toggle it off.

Note: These steps were put together using an LG Wing running Android 10. Steps might be different depending on your specific smartphone and software version.

How to disable them on Motorola phones

Moto Razr foldable half folded moto logo on table - Turn off amber alerts

Turn off amber alerts on Motorola devices:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Go into Notifications.
  3. Hit Wireless emergency alerts in the General section.
  4. Find the Amber alerts option and toggle it off.

Note: These steps are for the Moto Razr 5G. Steps might be different depending on your specific smartphone and software version.


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FAQs

Amber alert is an emergency response system that sends people information about a missing person, usually a kid. This happens through a variety of mediums, including smartphones.

Yes. Most phones have the option to turn off amber alerts within the settings.

Worried about your limited data or SMS allotment? Don’t. Amber alerts are completely free.

Every lost or abducted child matters, and it seems the amber alert system has helped recover 1,114 kids as of May 2022.