How to Turn Off Emergency Alerts on an iPhone 6

The first time that an emergency alert notification goes off on your iPhone can be a bit alarming. It is a very loud, abrupt sound, which you might not have even realized was possible. They also have a tendency to go off at night, and can ignore some Do Not Disturb settings. These emergency alerts are infrequent, however, and are typically reserved for unusual, potentially dangerous scenarios. The sound is intended to grab your attention, as it is typically signifying something that could be harmful to you, or those around you.

So while keeping emergency alerts enabled on your iPhone certainly has its merits, you may decide that you would prefer that your iPhone not make a loud alarm sound when one occurs. For this reason, emergency alert notifications are an option that you can turn on or off on your iPhone. Our guide below will show you where to find this setting so that you can configure it as desired.

 

Disable iPhone 6 Emergency Alerts

The steps in this article were written using an iPhone 6 Plus, in iOS 8.3. These same steps will work for other iPhone models running iOS 8 or higher. Emergency alerts can also be configured on earlier versions of iOS, but the steps may vary slightly.

 

Step 1: Tap the Settings icon.

open the settings menu

 

 

Step 2: Select the Notifications option.

open the notifications menu

 

 

Step 3: Scroll all the way to the bottom of this menu, then tap the button to the right of Emergency Alerts to turn it off. You will know that it is turned off when there is no green shading around the button, as in the image below. Note that you can also elect to turn off Amber Alerts as well.

turn off the emergency alerts option

 

 

There are many other notification settings on your iPhone, most of which can be turned on or off, or adjusted. For example, you can configure the vibration settings for calendar invitations by either turning off the vibration, or using a different vibration pattern. Customizing your notifications offers a great way to know which notifications you are receiving without even looking at your device.

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