AMAZON will introduce a new feature they call Amazon Sidewalk on June 8, 2021.
If you use Alexa, Echo, Ring, or other Amazon devices, you have less than a week to opt into the company’s new Sidewalk feature.
Amazon’s latest feature ‘Amazon Sidewalk’ will be automatically installed in company devices on June 8[/caption]
What is Amazon Alexa Sidewalk?
Amazon Sidewalk is a low-bandwidth network that taps into a customer’s home WiFi to connect Alexa smart speakers, Ring security cameras, Tile location trackers and other outdoor sensors.
As explained by Amazon, 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.”
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.
Amazon says the new Sidewalk feature will get switched on June 8th, while Tile functionality will be enabled June 14th, and that it plans to automatically opt-in to all the eligible devices.
Amazon Sidewalk is a low-bandwidth network that taps into a customer’s home WiFi to connect Alexa smart speakers, Ring security cameras, Tile location trackers and other outdoor sensors[/caption]
Which Amazon devices are eligible for Amazon Sidewalk?
Amazon published a list of devices that will automatically opt-in to the new Sidewalk feature.
The list of devices includes:
- Ring Floodlight Cam
- Ring Spotlight Cam Wired
- Ring Spotlight Cam Mount
- Echo Dot
- Echo Dot for Kids
- Echo Dot with Clock
- Echo Plus
- Echo Show
- Echo Spot
- Echo Studio
- Echo Input
- Echo Flex
Amazon’s Tile functionality will be enabled into devices on June 14[/caption]
How to turn off Amazon’s Alexa Sidewalk
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.
Amazon users have the option to opt-out of the feature by using their smartphones[/caption]
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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.