How to Change Government Alerts in iOS 9

Notifications on your iPhone can come in a number of different forms, including sounds, alerts, banners, or badges. The notifications are customizable for almost every individual app. One specific notification that can really surprise you, however, is the notification that occurs when there is an AMBER alert or an Emergency alert near your current location.

These alerts can be particularly jarring when they occur in a location where a lot of people have iPhones, as they all tend to go off at the same time. Your iPhone has settings for these government alerts, and you can adjust them to be either on or off, based on your own personal preferences. Our guide below will show you where to find this setting.


Editing Government Alerts Settings on an iPhone 6

Device used: iPhone 6 Plus

Software version: iOS 9.1

The steps in this article will show you where to find the settings that allow you to turn AMBER alerts and Emergency alerts on or off. There is a different setting for each of these options, so it is possible to turn one off and leave one on.


  1. Open the Settings menu.
  2. open iphone 6 settings menu



  3. Select the Notifications option near the top of the screen.
  4. iphone notifications menu



  5. Scroll all the way down to the bottom of the screen to find the Government Alerts section.
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  7. Turn each of these options on or off to suit your preferences. An alert option is turned off when there is no green shading around the button, and the button is in the left position. In the image below, AMBER Alerts are turned on, and Emergency Alerts are turned off.

amber alerts and emergency alerts on iphone



There are different notification settings for nearly every app and feature on your iPhone. For example, learn how to turn off notifications from the App Store if you do not want to receive any notifications from that app.

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