How to turn your iPhone’s emergency alerts on or off
When there is an “imminent threat to security or life” it is very helpful to have your iPhone alert you immediately. That’s just one category of emergencies Notifications get the iPhone users automatically; the others include “Alerts issued by the government of your country or region,” “Extreme Weather Alerts,” AMBER alerts, and Public Safety Alerts (PSAs).
In other words, it’s generally a good idea to keep the warnings on – even if they come with a decibel level that will make you jump out of your skin. However, there are certain situations when you want to make sure that your phone does not trigger an alarm spontaneously. Perhaps you are about to have the most important interview of your life. Maybe you finally got your sick toddler to nod off after a sleepless night. Perhaps you are already following the progress of an incoming hurricane with feverish intensity and feel that you have exceeded the need for a resounding “flash flood” warning from your phone.
In these and other cases, you can mute the warnings or even turn them off completely. Open “Settings” on your iPhone and look for “Notifications”. Scroll straight down, past all of your other apps, until you get to the section labeled “Authority Alerts”. With AMBER Alerts and PSAs, your only option is to turn them on or off. (For reference, AMBER alerts are sent out when a child has been abducted. PSAs, as the Federal Emergency Management Agency explained, “Contain information about a threat that may not be imminent or after an imminent threat has occurred.”)
But for “Emergency Alerts”, which include everything that is not an AMBER Alert or PSA, you can deactivate the “Always deliver” option. If you do, you will still get the notifications – but when your phone is muted they will not make any noise.