If you have an Amazon Echo or Ring, chances are you’re part of it, a new service which is And donates a small portion of your bandwidth to power other Amazon users living nearby—unless you go through the steps to opt out.
Sure, it’s a good idea: people who have, and Your smart home devices will see increased range, so they can be further away from your router and other gear, but still maintain a reliable connection. Plus, Sidewalk works with other Amazon users, so everyone in your neighborhood can contribute to that larger network — meaning, in theory, your device could be a block away from your home and still function. Can do. (Specifically, Sidewalk creates a larger network for Bluetooth and 900 MHz radio frequencies)
The problem is, not everyone will want to participate in the sidewalk, and turning off a broadcast isn’t as easy as clicking a button on your Echo or Ring. Also, the public aspect has raised some privacy and security questions. Amazon’s Sidewalk network will use three layers of encryption, and Amazon is confident that security won’t be an issue. But it’s hard to predict what the actual results will be until the feature is tested more thoroughly.
If you’re like me and you want to wait and see before jumping on the Sidewalk Express, here’s how to deactivate the feature until you’re ready to pick yourself up.
How to Deactivate Amazon Sidewalk
1. Open the Alexa app on your phone.
2. Tap more in the lower right corner of the app.
3. Tap Adjustment.
4. Tap account settings.
5. Tap Amazon Sidewalk.
6. Close the sidewalk.