If you have an Amazon Echo or Ring, chances are you’re part of it. this new service Amazon lit up the feature this week when in your Echo speaker or Ring Doorbell. It aims to snatch a tiny fraction of your Internet bandwidth from these two devices and create a kind of neighborhood network that makes it possible to use Amazon Gear a little remotely.
The limit is not very far. Those people . are the owners of, 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. In theory, this means that your device can be a block away from your home and still function.
The problem is, not everyone wants to participate, and to opt out, you’ll have to go through a few steps — it’s not as easy as mashing a button or sliding the Switch 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 is hard to predict what the actual results will be until this 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 on Your Echo or Ring
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 Sidewalk and exit the app.
Fortunately, the process to opt out of Amazon Sidewalk is simple and reversible. There’s more to know about how it works and what you need to know before participating in the service. OurThere will be more answers to your questions about limits, privacy, and more.