Amazon introduces a new feature called Amazon Sidewalk on June 8th, 2021, but how can you disable or opt out of it on Echo or Ring devices? Here’s how to turn off it off.
If you use Alexa, Echo, Ring or other devices, you have less than a week to be opted in Amazon’s new service called ‘Amazon Sidewalk’.
As explained by the company, the feature “can help simplify new device setup, extend the low-bandwidth working range of devices to help find pets or valuables with Tile trackers, and help devices stay online even if they are outside the range of their home wife”.
Read on to find out how to disable Amazon Sidewalk in case you don’t want to use it for the time being.
What is Amazon Sidewalk?
Amazon Sidewalk is a new service that will be activated by default on June 8th, 2021 in the United States.
The feature will share part of your Internet bandwidth with close-by Sidewalk devices (those of your neighbours) to create a shared network that could help devices work better.
Amazon has explained that it will use Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), the 900MHz spectrum, and other frequencies “to simplify new device setup, extend the low-bandwidth working range of devices, and help devices stay online and up-to-date even if they are outside the range of home Wi-Fi.”
This means that if you have a network outage at your home, your Ring or Echo devices might still work with the help of the new shared network.
How to disable Amazon Sidewalk on Echo or Ring
Here’s how to opt out of Amazon Sidewalk using the Alexa App:
- Open the Alexa App.
- Select ‘More’ in the lower right corner of your device.
- Tap on ‘Settings’, then ‘Account Settings’ and finally ‘Amazon Sidewalk’.
- Turn off ‘Amazon Sidewalk’ using the toggle.
Here’s how to disable Amazon Sidewalk on the Ring App:
- Open the Ring App.
- Go to ‘Control Center’ in the upper left corner of your device.
- Tap on ‘Sidewalk’ and use the slide button to turn it off.
According to Amazon, opting out from the feature won’t affect the current function of your devices.
“All of your Sidewalk Bridges will continue to have their original functionality even if you decide to disable Amazon Sidewalk,” the company has explained on their website.
If you decide to enable Amazon Sidewalk at some point in the future, use the steps above to turn the feature back on.
Which devices will have the new feature?
Amazon has published a full list of devices that will have the new feature. These include:
- Ring Floodlight Cam (2019)
- Ring Spotlight Cam Wired (2019)
- Ring Spotlight Cam Mount (2019), Echo (3rd gen and newer)
- Echo Dot (3rd gen and newer)
- Echo Dot for Kids (3rd gen and newer)
- Echo Dot with Clock (3rd gen and newer)
- Echo Plus (all generations)
- Echo Show (all models and generations)
- Echo Spot
- Echo Studio
- Echo Input
- Echo Flex