I got this email about Sidewalk today, and after readingthis article, https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.slashgear.com/amazon-sidewalk-is-coming-and-not-everyone-will-be-happy-24648652/amp/ I’m definitely opting out for now. I don’t really like the idea at all of other people accessing my wifi network in anyway:
A new feature is launching on your Echo device:
Amazon Sidewalk is a shared network that helps devices work better. For example, if your device loses its wifi connection, Sidewalk can simplify reconnecting to your router and help set up new Echo devices. Sidewalk can also extend the coverage for Sidewalk-enabled devices, such as Ring smart lights and pet and object trackers, so they can stay connected and continue to work over longer distances.
When enabled, Sidewalk uses a small portion of your Internet bandwidth to provide these services to you and your neighbors. This setting will apply to all of your supported Echo and Ring devices that are linked to your Amazon account.
Learn more about Amazon Sidewalk
Sidewalk is coming to your Echo device later this year, but you can disable this feature at any time from the Amazon Alexa app.
To disable this feature, follow these instructions. You must have the latest version of the Alexa app on your phone to proceed.
- Click the appropriate link below on your mobile device to get the latest version:
- To open the Alexa app, tap Open . Or tap Install or Update , then Open when complete.
- Sign into your Amazon account, if prompted.
- Tap More > Settings > Account Settings > Amazon Sidewalk .
- Turn Sidewalk off.