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Did not see this publicized anywhere but a family member sent me an article. You are opted in unless you opt out. May have until June 8th to opt out. See instructions below:

https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2...neighbors/
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Last Edited by MozartA June 7, 2021 at 02:17 PM
Looks like if you don't have currently enabled Amazon Sidewalk devices, you won't have the option in your Alexa setting to turn it off(?)

So later on additional device become enabled, you need to turn off Amazon Sidewalk at that time??? Meaning if Amazon suddenly enable older gen Echo (or other device currently not in the list) to act as sidewalk, then at later time, the option to turn it off will be available and someone need to remind you to turn off sidewalk???

Or in the future you buy newer echo devices, then need to remind yourself to turn off sidewalk at that time....

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What Devices Are Sidewalk Enabled?

As of June 2021, the following devices can act as Amazon Sidewalk bridges:

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 for Kids (3rd gen and newer)
Echo Dot with Clock (3rd gen and newer)
Echo Plus (all generations)
Echo Show (2nd gen)
Echo Show 5, 8, 10 (all generations)
Echo Spot
Echo Studio
Echo Input
Echo Flex


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Here are the directions if you already know about this and don't want to seek them out buried in the above-linked article, and they are a little vague to boot.
  1. Open the Alexa app
  2. Open More and select Settings
  3. Select Account Settings
  4. Select Amazon Sidewalk
  5. Disable it at the bottom of the screen
I had already opted out from a previous post on it.
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Here are the directions if you already know about this and don't want to seek them out buried in the above-linked article, and they are a little vague to boot.
  1. Open the Alexa app
  2. Open More and select Settings
  3. Select Account Settings
  4. Select Account Settings
  5. Select Amazon Sidewalk
  6. Disable it at the bottom of the screen
I had already opted out from a previous post on it.
ty!!!! From the article it says amazon can up to 500mb of your internet per month. Effing insane
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Thanks for sharing this OP.
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June 8th is the last day to op out. OP please put this in your title.
Will do , thanks
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https://www.lifewire.com/how-to-o...lk-5090421

How to Opt Out Of AND Turn Off Amazon SidewalkApplause

Turn Off Amazon Sidewalk AND Community FindingPeace
Don't want to participate in Amazon's community network experiment, Amazon Sidewalk? You can get out of it by changing some settings in the Alexa app.
The following steps apply to ALL Echo AND Ring devices connected to your Amazon account and disables BOTH Sidewalk and Community Finding.Applause

Community Finding is the part of Sidewalk that lets you connect to neighbors using what Amazon calls 'Sidewalk Bridges.'
These bridges connect all your Echo and Ring devices to all of your neighbors, so if that's your biggest concern, then you'll want to shut it down, too. Some people, though, prefer to keep Amazon Sidewalk enabled and only turn off Community Finding. That's a slightly different process but just as easy.
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Opted out. Thanks OP
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I hesitate to post this in the deal forum, but I didn't know anything about this and got blindsided. I don't see it on any of the typical places people post this info (like Tech Support), so I'm posting just in case others don't know about it. Mods can move as they see fit

On June 8, 2021, most Amazon smart home devices—as well as certain other connected gadgets—will become part of a nationwide network called Sidewalk. Here's what you need to know, and how to opt out if you choose to.


https://www.howtogeek.com/732351/...isable-it/
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aka amazon skynet
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TLDR:

To turn the service off in the Alexa app, tap "More" in the lower right corner then Settings > Account Settings > Amazon Sidewalk. When you are on the Sidewalk page, simply turn the toggle switch next to "Enabled" to the off position.

In the Ring app, first tap the three lines in the upper left of the screen. Then tap Control Center > Sidewalk and tap the Sidewalk toggle switch. Confirm that you want to disable the service and you'll be all set.
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Ok... not a deal try another subforum
honestly.. i dont mind this one. everyone needs to see this.
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TLDR:

To turn the service off in the Alexa app, tap "More" in the lower right corner then Settings > Account Settings > Amazon Sidewalk. When you are on the Sidewalk page, simply turn the toggle switch next to "Enabled" to the off position.

In the Ring app, first tap the three lines in the upper left of the screen. Then tap Control Center > Sidewalk and tap the Sidewalk toggle switch. Confirm that you want to disable the service and you'll be all set.
Thank you, concise and accurate. Reps to you and the OP.
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Quote from Dr. J :
TLDR:

To turn the service off in the Alexa app, tap "More" in the lower right corner then Settings > Account Settings > Amazon Sidewalk. When you are on the Sidewalk page, simply turn the toggle switch next to "Enabled" to the off position.

In the Ring app, first tap the three lines in the upper left of the screen. Then tap Control Center > Sidewalk and tap the Sidewalk toggle switch. Confirm that you want to disable the service and you'll be all set.
I have a Fire 10 and this does not show up. I have tried to upgrade the app but it will not work. I have even deleted the app and added it back. Not sure what is going on. Maybe they changed their mind or maybe in stealth mode.
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