How to turn off Amber Alerts on your Android device

When a child goes missing in your area, the likelihood that 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 the missing person. Nevertheless, they can be a bit disruptive at times, especially if you get one at three in morning.

Although we do advise you to keep Amber alerts turned on at all times, we’ll show you how you can turn off Amber alerts if you want to go down that road.

The process of turning off Amber alerts 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 sometimes even carrier, which can cause quite a bit of confusion. In this post, we’ll take a closer look at how to do it on stock Android as well as on a number of Samsung smartphones. Let’s dive in.

How to turn off Amber alerts on stock Android

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To turn off Amber alerts on Nexus, Pixel, and other stock Android devices, the first thing you have to do is head into the settings menu and tap on “Sound”. After that, just select “Emergency broadcast”, find the “Amber alerts” option, and turn it off.

Step by step instructions:

Step 1: Open the settings menu.

Step 2: Tap on “Sound”.

Step 3: Select “Emergency broadcasts”.

Step 4: Find the “Amber alerts” option and turn it off.

How to turn off Amber alerts on the Galaxy S6, S7, S8, and other Samsung devices (AT&T and T-Mobile)

If you own an AT&T or T-Mobile version of a Samsung Galaxy smartphone like the latest S8 or S8 Plus, the process is a bit different than the one described above. The first step is to open the “Messages” app and tap on the icon in the upper right corner. Once that’s done, select “Settings”, tap on “Emergency alert settings” followed by “Emergency alerts”, and then just find and turn off Amber alerts.

Step by step instructions:  

Step 1: Open the “Messages” app.

Step 2: Tap the icon in the upper right corner (three dots).

Step 3: Tap on “Settings”.

Step 4: Select “Emergency alert settings”.

Step 5: Tap on “Emergency alerts”.

Step 6: Find the “Amber alerts” option and turn it off.

How to turn off Amber alerts on the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge (Verizon)

To turn off Amber alerts on a Verizon version of the Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge, you first have to open up the settings menu and select “Privacy and emergency”. The next step is to choose “Emergency alerts”, tap on “Settings”, and select “Alert types”. This will bring up a list of different alerts including Amber, which you can disable with a simple tap.

Step by step instructions:

Step 1: Open the settings menu.

Step 2: Tap on “Privacy and emergency”.

Step 3: Select “Emergency alerts”.

Step 4: Tap on “Settings” in the upper right corner.

Step 5: Select “Alert types”.

Step 6: Find the “Amber alerts” option and turn it off.

How to turn off Amber alerts on the Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge (Verizon)

Things are a tad simpler on the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, as there’s one less step involved when compared with their successors. Here’s how to do it: go to “Apps”, select “Emergency Alerts”, tap on “Settings” in the upper right corner, and choose “Alert types. The last step is simply to find the Amber alerts setting among all the other options and turn it off.

Step by step instructions:

Step 1: Go to “Apps”.

Step 2: Choose “Emergency Alerts”.

Step 3: Tap on “Settings” in the upper right corner.

Step 4: Select “Alert types”.

Step 5: Find the “Amber alerts” option and turn it off.


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