Your Alexa-Enabled Devices May Soon Share Your Wi-Fi With Other Users | Opt Out by June 8

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Your Amazon devices will be added to a new shared network unless you opt out!

Next week, Amazon will be launching a new program called Amazon Sidewalk. This service will use the Amazon devices you own to create a shared, low-bandwidth network designed to help Alexa-enabled devices like Amazon Echo speakers, Ring Security Cams, Tile Trackers, and others stay connected.

Tile Tracker attached to keys next to a wallet

When enabled, Sidewalk can help your devices stay online outside the range of your home WiFi, support other Sidewalk-enabled devices in your community, and even help to locate lost items or pets.

But leaving Sidewalk enabled on your device also means that you’ll be sharing a small portion of internet bandwidth with other nearby devices that are not part of your household.

Ring Doorbell on a house

In addition to sharing your WiFi with your neighbors (and any other devices that pass within range), this shared network raises obvious privacy concerns. While Amazon says that Sidewalk was “designed to protect your privacy” with “multiple layers of encryption,” this reassurance isn’t enough for some Amazon device owners.

Amazon Echo speaker in kitchen

Since Amazon will be automatically adding all of its eligible devices to Sidewalk on June 8, you’ll need to opt out before then if you’d rather not participate in this shared network. Luckily, that’s a fairly easy process. Here’s how:

  • Open your Amazon Alexa app.
  • Select the More icon at the lower right-hand corner of the screen.
  • Go to Settings > Account Settings > Amazon Sidewalk.
  • Use the toggle switch to disable Sidewalk.

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Comments 42

  1. Gigi

    OMG!! Thank you for sharing this! I just disabled this feature.

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      You are so welcome, Gigi!

    • skateman1sgirl

      Same here, thank you! It’s disabled now.

  2. Mari

    That setting isn’t in my app. Maybe I can do it from the computer somehow. πŸ˜‘

    • Annie

      The older devices aren’t included. We have an old echo and it can’t connect, so we don’t have the option to disable it

    • riss

      I have an old device, too, maybe 4 years old. Does that mean if we don’t have it oin the setting, we really don’t have the Sidewalk ?

  3. Kim

    I had no idea, thanks!

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      I’m glad you read this post, Kim!

  4. catmom

    Thank you for the heads up! We would never have known!!

    • Jess Z

      Same here. Not old news to meπŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

  5. Rebel

    Thank you so much for sharing this opt out option.

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      It’s our pleasure!

  6. Blessedmomof4

    OMG Thank you so just disabled mine.

  7. pokz007

    Old news

  8. Nichole

    Thank YOU!!!

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      You are VERY welcome, Nichole!

  9. pokz007

    Old news …if you look at it from the app it says Coming Soon… so i guess the service will be pushed shortly…so yeah turn this setting to Disable…thanks for brining this up again h2s

    • xoxos

      Nope, not old news because I knew nothing about it before this post. And I have no such notification on my app either. In fact, I can’t even find the option in my settings to disable. I have several 3rd gen echo devices bought in the last year and a brand new 4th gen dot. So it should def apply to my account according to all this info.

  10. JMonte509

    Thank you!!! Did it immediately after reading this!!!

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      So glad to hear that!

  11. PW

    Had no idea. Thank you! I disabled it.

  12. Deanna

    Thank you so much for alerting everyone! DisabledπŸ˜€

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      We appreciate you letting us know you liked it!

  13. Sandy

    Thank you! Thank you! Disabled!

  14. Em C

    I didn’t think I could dislike Amazon more than I already did, but here we are. Thank you for letting us know!!

  15. Joanne

    Thank you very much for sharing! Corrected it right away!

  16. Jackie

    I did this last weekend! One question- I did the Alexa app and disabled it but do I also need to do that with the ring? If so, I can’t find that under settings for the ring. Does that means once you disable the Alexa app one it covers the others?

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      Great question, Jackie! Another article said to do this: Open ring app, tap the three-lines in the upper left-hand corner of the screen, tap Control Center, Tap Sidewalk, Tap the Sidewalk slider button, you will see a screen asking you to confirm that you want to disable Sidewalk, confirm.

      • KP

        Thank you so much, Jennifer! That was my question too.

      • Jackie

        Thank you Jennifer! Glad I asked because I just couldn’t figure it out. I was hoping that once the Alexa one was unable all of the other ones would sync to it. Just did the ring with your easy steps 😊

        • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

          Yay! Glad you both found it helpful! It was a great question!

  17. Connie

    Is this applicable to the Echo purchased in May 2019?

  18. Rona

    Priceless information! Thanks, Be Well

  19. Diane

    Amazon sent out an e-mail about this a month or 6 weeks ago. Sounds helpful for people for people using pet trackers on their excape artist pets and for keeping ring cameras connected. My internet keeps flickering on and off during all these storms. Super easy to turn off/on depending if you use those devices.

  20. anna

    Besides privacy concerns, you may want to disable the amazon-connected devices because it could be in violation of your terms and conditions with your internet provider. No internet provider wants to provide Amazon “free” bandwidth on their network.

  21. Suzmorea

    Thank you. Kudos to you for helping us. I commend you for sharing this vital information. This is invaluable info and help to us who have ventured into the amazon device world. I don’t ever remember seeing an email from Amazon. I would be lost without this site. πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      You’re SO very welcome! Thanks a bunch for the sweet comment! Glad this was helpful!

  22. Barrabas

    Regarding the Ring devices Amazon says “If you have linked your Ring and Amazon accounts, your Sidewalk preferences on either your Alexa or Ring app will apply to all of your eligible Echo and Ring devices” maybe is best to check both in case one have the option enabled.

  23. Kelli

    I read this post to Husband
    Husband: What?! How shady!! Tell me how to disable that!!
    Thank you!

  24. Janet

    Thank you so much just disabled it on my Alexa app and ring app as well.

  25. forevrbrit

    Omg!! DISABLED. Many many thanks xx

  26. Nora

    Mine was already set to β€œdisabled” so I wonder why others don’t share the same experience as mine?

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