If you have a recent Samsung Galaxy device, you probably know that it comes with Samsung's own assistant onboard, called Bixby. Still in it's early days yet, Bixby is Samsung's new attempt at creating a digital assistant to compete with the likes of Siri and Google Assistant. Devices such as the Note 8 and Galaxy S8 have a dedicated button for opening Bixby. For me, it's pretty easy to accidentally trigger Bixby, and I don't use it, so it's easier to just disable it or remap the button. If you don't use Bixby either, this is the guide for you.
Disable the button within Bixby
- Go to the Galaxy Apps store on your device, and make sure you're all up to date.
You can do this by clicking the dot button in the search bar, tap "My apps" and then tap "Updates," if there's a Bixby app update, install it.
Now open Bixby by pressing the Bixby key.
Once you do that, it should now show you an option at the top of the page that says "Open Bixby Home when you press the Bixby key," toggle this off to disable Bixby for good.
However, if you wish to remap the Bixby button to do something else, you need to leave Bixby Home on, or Bixby Remapper fails to work most of the time, it seems as if it completely disables the button. We're not sure if this is just a glitch with the Bixby Remapper app, or not, we'll update this article if that issue is fixed. In addition to that, as usual, pressing and holding the Bixby button will still open Bixby. With these things in mind, let's now see how to remap the button to do something different.
Remap the Bixby Button:
Download Bixby Remapper from the Google Play Store,
Once installed, it will prompt you to open Accessibility Settings, to enable the service. If you don't, it won't work. Once you're in there, we recommend enabling the "More stable," option, well, because it's more stable, and works just fine. Albeit, with a bit of delay.
Make sure the toggle is enabled in the top of the Bixby Remapper app. You can now remap the button. It should look like this:
Simply choose what you want the button to do from the "Bixby Button Action" drop-down, and it should work. I usually have mine set to enable Do Not Disturb because of class and all that. Simply press the Bixby button to perform the option you chose, and you're done!
That's how to disable your Bixby button or remap it to perform a different action. Pretty simple right? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.
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