How to stop Amazon from sharing your internet connection
Users with Amazon devices may be surprised to learn that the
company enabled a feature today that will share your
Internet connection with neighbors and other devices.
The feature is called Amazon Sidewalk.
Amazon Sidewalk creates a low-bandwidth network with the
help of Sidewalk Bridge devices including select Echo and
Ring devices. These Bridge devices share a small portion of
your internet bandwidth which is pooled together to provide
these services to you and your neighbors. And when more
neighbors participate, the network becomes even stronger.
The service is designed to 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 Wi-Fi.
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Amazon says that in the future, Sidewalk will support a range
of experiences from using Sidewalk-enabled devices,
such as smart security and lighting and
diagnostics for appliances and tools.
Currently, data used by Sidewalk is capped to 500MB per month
per account. You can learn more about how it works here.
To disable Amazon Sidewalk, follow these instructions…
1. Open the Alexa app
2. Tap the More tab
3. Select Settings
4. Choose Account Settings
5. Select Amazon Sidewalk
6. Toggle the Enabled switch to the OFF position