Sharing your internet: Amazon launches “Sidewalk”

What it means for your Echo or Ring, and how to opt out
Amazon launches "Sidewalk" on Echo and Ring Devices
Amazon launches "Sidewalk" on Echo and Ring Devices
Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 7:40 PM MST
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TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) -

Most of us hadn’t heard of “Sidewalk” before this week. Amazon just launched new technology that uses your Echo or Ring device to share tiny bits of your internet with those nearby. It’s called “meshing” your devices into an internet sharing network. Here is a list of the devices that are now part of Sidewalk:

  • 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 (3rd Gen and newer) for Kids
  • Echo Dot with Clock (3rd Gen and newer)
  • Echo Plus (All generations)
  • Echo Show (2nd Gen and newer)
  • Echo Spot
  • Echo Studio
  • Echo Input
  • Echo Flex

Amazon has said the networking is meant to improve the experience for everyone, but many users are concerned about safety and privacy. Amazon put out a statement outlining multiple layers of protection. Still, know that Sidewalk is enabled by default on the above devices, meaning you’ll have to actively opt out if you’re concerned. To do that:

  • Open your Alexa app on your iPhone or Android device
  • Tap the More menu
  • Tap Settings
  • Tap Amazon Sidewalk
  • Toggle the slider to “off”

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