What to Do When You Get an Android or iPhone Amber Alert

iPhone Amber Alerts automatically push important alerts about missing children directly to iPhones causing phones to emit a loud noise and display a small alert on-screen.

U.S. carriers now send mobile Amber Alerts and other important emergency alerts to the iPhone 4 through iPhone 7 and to most Android smartphones.

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This is an important tool for helping identify and track down missing children, but the alerts don’t always include all the information users need to be of help to officials.

Sample iPhone Amber alert.

Sample iPhone Amber alert.

If you receive an Android or iPhone Amber Alert, there will be a small amount of information such as a child’s description or the description of a car and a license plate, but not much else. The Amber Alert on iPhone is limited to a certain number of characters like a text message. The alerts show up on the lock screen and Notification Center with a hazard triangle next to it to indicate this is an emergency alert.

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There is no charge for Amber Alerts on the iPhone when delivered through this method. This Emergency alert method also covers weather related emergencies, though it does not cover things like a Thunderstorm warning.

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Sample Android amber alert.

Sample Android amber alert.

Users will see an Amber Alert on the iPhone based on their location, which means if an Amber Alert is issued in New York City while you are traveling there, you will see an alert, even if your billing zip code is in Ohio. Emergency alerts work the same way.

If you get an iPhone Amber Alert, the best place to go for more information is AmberAlert.gov and MissingKids.com. Both of these websites will deliver new information about the Amber alert to your iPhone.

The free iPhone Amber Alert app offers more information.

The free iPhone Amber Alert app offers more information.

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There is also a free Amber Alert iPhone app that offers more information about missing children. The app allows users to report a sighting directly from the app. This IPhone Amber Alert app has not been updated in several years, but appears to function.

If you did not get an Amber Alert on the iPhone, but a coworker did, you should make sure that Government Alerts are set to on. Grab the iPhone to get started. Go to Settings -> Notifications -> Scroll down to Government Alerts and make sure Amber Alerts is marked on.

If this doesn’t solve the problem it is possible your carrier does not support the built-in iPhone Amber Alerts yet.

How to Turn Off Android & iPhone Amber Alerts

If you don’t want to get notifications for Amber Alerts you can turn them off on your iPhone. If you do this you will not get the notifications at all. You may want to consider using Do Not Disturb to prevent your iPhone from waking you up at night instead of turning them off altogether.

How to turn off iPhone Amber alerts.

How to turn off iPhone Amber alerts.

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Go to Settings -> Notifications -> Scroll down and turn off Amber Alerts. This will turn off iPhone Amber alerts for your iPhone.

On Android the settings will vary, but you can go to Settings and look for Emergency Alerts or Government Alerts to change these settings.

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