beta-arrestins bind to phosphorylated, seven-transmembrane-spanning, G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs), including the type 1 angiotensin II receptor (AT(1)R), to promote receptor desensitization and internalization. The AT(1)R is a class B GPCR that recruits both beta-arrestin1 and beta-arrestin2, forming stable complexes that cotraffic to deep-core endocytic vesicles. beta-Arrestins contain one amphipathic and potentially amphitropic (membrane-targeting) alpha-helix (helix I) that may promote translocation to the membrane or influence receptor internalization or trafficking. Here, we investigated the trafficking and function of beta-arrestin1 and beta-arrestin2 mutants bearing substitutions in both the hydrophobic and positively charged faces of helix I. The level of expression of these mutants and their cytoplasmic localization ( in the absence of receptor activation) was similar to wild-type beta-arrestins. After angiotensin II stimulation, both wild-type and beta-arrestin mutants translocated to the cell membrane, although recruitment was weaker for mutants of the hydrophobic face of helix I. For all beta-arrestin mutants, the formation of deep-core vesicles was less observed compared with wild-type beta-arrestins. Furthermore, helix I conjugated to green fluorescent protein is not membrane-localized, suggesting that helix I, in isolation, is not amphitropic. Bioluminescence resonance energy transfer analysis revealed that both wild-type and beta-arrestin mutants retained a capacity to interact with the AT(1)R, although the interaction with the mutants was less stable. Finally, wild-type and mutant beta-arrestins fully supported receptor internalization in human embryonic kidney cells and mouse embryonic fibroblasts deficient in beta-arrestin1 and -2. Thus, helix I is implicated in postmembrane trafficking but is not strongly amphitropic.