Amber Alerts

When a child goes missing in your area, the likelihood you’ll receive an Amber alert on your smartphone is quite high. These alerts should be seen as useful, as they spread important info among the community and increase the chances of finding a missing person. Nevertheless, they can be a bit disruptive at times, especially if you get one at three in the morning. While we advise you 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 extremely simple, but only if you know where to look. The problem is that the setting can be found 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, and LG. Let’s dive in.


How to turn off Amber alerts on stock Android

Google Pixel 5 in hand with display on

Credit: David Imel / Android Authority

Doing this using the Pixel 5 and other stock Android devices is simple. Here’s a step-by-step guide.

Turn off alerts on stock Android devices:

  1. Open the Settings menu.
  2. Tap the Apps & notifications option.
  3. Select the Advanced option.
  4. Tap on Emergency alerts.
  5. Find the Amber alerts option and turn it off.

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How to turn off Amber alerts on Samsung phones

Samsung Logo Samsung Galaxy Note 10

If you own a Samsung Galaxy smartphone like the latest Galaxy S20 or Note 20, the process is a bit different than the one described above.

Turn off Amber alerts in Samsung devices:

  1. Open the Messages app.
  2. Tap the three-dot icon next to the search button.
  3. Tap the Settings options.
  4. Select Emergency alert settings.
  5. Tap the Emergency alerts option.
  6. Find the Amber alerts option and turn it off.

Second method:

  1. Navigate to Settings > Connections > More connection settings.
  2. Tap the Wireless emergency alerts option.
  3. Tap on Settings.
  4. Select the Alert types option.
  5. Turn those alerts off.

How to turn off Amber alerts on OnePlus phones

OnePlus 8 Pro back vs OnePlus 7 Pro back

To get rid of these alerts on OnePlus devices like the OnePlus 8 Pro follow these steps.

Turn off amber alerts on OnePlus devices:

  1. Open the Messages app.
  2. Tap the three-dot menu icon.
  3. Tap the Settings option.
  4. Select Wireless alerts.
  5. Tap the three-dot menu icon.
  6. Tap the Settings options.
  7. Find the Amber alerts option and turn it off.

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How to turn off Amber alerts on LG phones

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We’ll show you two methods that work with LG phones like the V60 ThinQ.

Turn off amber alerts on LG devices: 

  1. Navigate to Settings > Network & internet > Wireless Emergency Alerts.
  2. Tap the three-dot menu icon in the top-right corner.
  3. Tap the Settings options.
  4. Find the Amber alerts option and turn it off.

Second method:

  1. Open the Messages app on your phone.
  2. Tap the three-dot menu icon in the top-right corner.
  3. Tap the Settings options.
  4. Select the Emergency alerts option.
  5. Find the Amber alerts option and turn it off.

Unfortunately, there are so many different OEMs that we can’t highlight every manufacturer’s process. The good news is that even if you don’t own a Samsung, LG, OnePlus, or a stock Android device, there’s still a good chance you’ll find this setting in one of the places mentioned above. If not, you can at least get a better idea of where to look.