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How to turn off Amazon Sidewalk on Ring devices

Ever wonder how will you be able to check your web-connected security cameras when a summer storm knocks out your power? Well, if your smart devices fall under the umbrella of Amazon Sidewalk, there's your saving grace.

Sidewalk is an incredible networking feature that Amazon rolled out to a number of its smart home peripherals. Utilizing the power and efficiency of Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and 900MHz radio spectrum broadcast signals, the Sidewalk signal can be transmitted and received by a number of Amazon devices. If your Wi-Fi drops out, Sidewalk kicks in to ensure the most vital parts of your web-connected gear can still perform as needed. 

Additionally, Sidewalk connectivity helps to accelerate the setup process for compatible smart cameras, doorbells, locks, and other products. 

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What You Need

  • The Ring app

  • A Sidewalk-compatible Ring product

A popular member of the Amazon family, various Ring devices are Sidewalk-enabled, with the Ring Spotlight Cam Wired, Spotlight Cam Mount, Floodlight Cam, and Floodlight Cam Pro, designated as Sidewalk Bridges. While there are many Sidewalk-ready devices that can receive Sidewalk broadcasts, Bridge products are capable of receiving and broadcasting Sidewalk's range of signals.

Ring Floodlight Camera at night

Can you turn off Amazon Sidewalk?

Enabled by default, Amazon Sidewalk is an excellent emergency network for your Ring devices, but some users may not want to be sharing precious bits of bandwidth across the zip code. While the amount of data that Sidewalk pulls is very small, that doesn't mean the feature needs to be turned on.

If you own a Ring device with Sidewalk compatibility, here's how you can disable Sidewalk networking altogether.

Step 1: Grab whatever phone or tablet you have the Ring app installed on and launch the application.

Step 2: You'll see a three-lined menu button in the top-left corner of the screen. Select that menu button, and then select Control center.

Step 3: On the Control center screen, select Sidewalk. On the next screen, you'll be able to toggle Sidewalk either on or off. Once you toggle Sidewalk off, the Ring app will ask you to confirm this decision.

Once you've officially confirmed, Sidewalk will be disabled.

Step 4: If you have a change of heart, you can follow the same steps to turn Sidewalk back on.

A graphic showing how Amazon Sidewalk works.

Is Amazon Sidewalk dangerous?

Sidewalk's network sharing may make some users a little uneasy, and that's not an unfounded fear. Once any web-connected gear is online, there's always a small chance that the peripheral and your web connection can be targeted by hackers.

Fortunately, Amazon's Sidewalk development team has designed Sidewalk to be extremely defensive when it comes to your bandwidth and personal data.

Three powerful layers of encryption are applied to all Sidewalk networks, and any and all transmitted data cannot be viewed by Amazon or other companies.

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