How to turn off Amazon Sidewalk on your Alexa-enabled devices, so that you don't share bits of bandwidth with your neighbors
  • If you want to turn off Amazon Sidewalk, you can do that from the Alexa app’s Account Settings page. 
  • Amazon Sidewalk is a new feature that takes small slices of bandwidth from your various Amazon devices and combines it with similar slices from your neighbors to create an extended range network for Amazon devices. 
  • Amazon claims the risk to privacy and security is low because of the multiple levels of encryption the company has implemented.
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Before Amazon Sidewalk began operating near the end of 2020, the feature had already been switched on by default in your Alexa app so your network was prepared for its arrival. If you have some privacy or security concerns about Sidewalk, you can easily switch it off, though Amazon has implemented multiple levels of encryption and there’s probably very little practical risk.

Before we get to how to turn it off, a brief refresher: Amazon Sidewalk is a new feature that creates a widefield shared network by taking small slices of bandwidth from your various Amazon devices. Amazon has said that Sidewalk helps simplify setting up new devices, extends the range of low-bandwidth devices, and helps your gadgets stay online even if they’re outside the ordinary range of your home network. 

By sharing this network with your neighbors, your devices can work over a much greater range. It’s this aspect of Sidewalk — sharing network bandwidth with neighbors — that concerns some users. If you agree, here’s how to disable it.

How to turn off Amazon Sidewalk

1. Start the Alexa app on your phone. 

2. Tap “More” in the lower right corner.

You can disable Amazon Sidewalk from the Alexa app — start by tapping “More.”
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3. Tap “Settings,” then “Account Settings.”

4. Tap “Amazon Sidewalk.”

5. Turn it off by swiping the button beside Enabled to the left.

The Amazon Sidewalk page has a simple on/off switch.
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