Bye, Bixby: Update lets you disable the Bixby button on Samsung's Galaxies

Galaxy S8, S8+, and Note 8 users have learned to live with the Bixby button by now, either loving the functionality or totally ignoring its existence. Samsung is notoriously still playing catch with all modders who develop remapping apps that allow you to hijack the hardware button and use it for other purposes, but recently, the South Korean giant has caved in a bit.

Thanks to a recent update, the Bixby button will no longer launch Bixby Home or wake up your device from sleep, if you have it setup this way from Bixby settings.

Wait, what's going on here?

See, a month and half ago, Samsung introduced a neat little toggle that allows you to prevent the Bixby button from, well, doing its purpose and launching Bixby. While that feature was likely well-received by those that don't care about the smart assistant, it still had a caveat - pressing the button still woke up your phone and sort of acted as an accidental secondary power button. Mildly infuriating, but infuriating still.

Well, thanks to the recent update, the Bixby button won't do that anymore, which is great. In order to grab that update, head to Galaxy Apps > My Apps > Update, where you should see an update available fora bunch of Bixby services and apps. Just hit Update All, and your device should do the rest.

What about you, do you use Bixby or couldn't care less? Let us know!

source SamMobile



1. mikehunta727 unregistered

I disabled Bixby entirely with package disabler

11. yann

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

One way or another, Galaxy S8 and s8+ have this button. I can't understand why Samsung don't let users the opition to remap it? Bixby is crap. Then at least let the users the oportunity to use it as they want - camera, dedicated app launch etc.

15. Peacetoall unregistered

Bixby is better than siri and other assistant. Bixby performs task much better than siri and google assistant

45. chenski

Posts: 785; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Really? Is there anything made by Samsung that's NOT as good as the competition then?

17. iushnt

Posts: 3160; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

How can u say that bixby is crap?

18. audibot

Posts: 687; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

because if you start using it you will love it. only problem is the voice algorithm sucks waiting for the viv voice input. also needs faster launch after i push it.

2. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

They should just allow users to remap it as whatever app/function they wish. Or make it a dedicated camera shutter. I'm still trying to figure which genius at Samsung thought a dedicated assistant button was a swell idea in the first place.

19. audibot

Posts: 687; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

thats thanks to me and and others emailing about it

20. audibot

Posts: 687; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

the vol rocker is a camera shutter and double press power is camera.

30. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Double press power is camera on stock as well. It's a nice feature. Making it a customizable multifunction button is how they should have gone all along, instead of just pushing Bixby.

3. libra89

Posts: 2317; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Wow, I'm surprised...

4. hazard1

Posts: 239; Member since: Feb 11, 2017

Before this news, if I ever decided to buy a Samsung, purchasing package disabler would have been a must.

5. ph00ny

Posts: 2069; Member since: May 26, 2011

i must be in the minority. I really like using bixby, I think i'm finding myself using it more than google assistance and i was a notorious ok googler

9. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

I've no OK Google since it started working that way. I don't like talking to the phone itself. Especially if my request doesn't get answered with the right info. But Bixby has been very accurate and I like it can handle multiple commands at once.

21. audibot

Posts: 687; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

me too i just wish i could activate bixby with hey bixby or ok bixby

41. ph00ny

Posts: 2069; Member since: May 26, 2011

you can activate it with hi bixby

6. BGChicago

Posts: 227; Member since: Nov 16, 2014

Don't you guys get it? They want to force you to be a free beta tester for them + all the data mining. That's all about it. Otherwise, from what I've seen, Bixby is superior of controlling phone itself locally which to me is far more functional than "hey Siri rap for me".

23. apple-rulz

Posts: 2198; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

I’m confused, you’re using a phone with both Bixby AND Siri???

25. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Or he's using two different handsets with Bixby and Siri respectively.

29. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Your explanation is probably too hard for him to understand.

39. apple-rulz

Posts: 2198; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Obviously the sarcasm in what I originally wrote was too hard for you to understand.

37. BGChicago

Posts: 227; Member since: Nov 16, 2014

Neither. I hope you are even more confused now.

7. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

The worse thing about the button is when I place the phone in a mount, and I'm trying to record stuff, and the location of the button gets pressed by the mount and launches Bixby and cuts off the camera recording. So annoying, but Bixby works well. Telling Bixby to go to PlayStore and install an app or get direction is awesome. I like how it can handle multiple steps and complete a task. Hi Bixby - map me a route too "whatever location I request" and it opens Google Maps, puts my location in automatically and places the destination automatically and picks the shortest route faster than if I opened Google Maps and typed it all in. The first voice assistant I actually like. Still rarely use.

8. Pitrich

Posts: 239; Member since: Apr 13, 2016

I used to HATE Bixby. But once I learned how amazing it was an controlling settings on my phone I use it everyday

10. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

BIXBY is great for text input. Just hold you button when your key board is up to dictate

12. mobiledigger

Posts: 110; Member since: Sep 24, 2015

Isn't there an app that Samsung han't disabled yet that allows users to remap the button? Lew from unbox therapy hinted about that a few weeks ago

13. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

Only assistant that got ditched from my Exynos Note 8 is the scroogle assistant. Only Bixby and Google Voice search remain on my Note 8, thanks to the home launcher app from the Play Store. Love Bixby's chain of commands with a simple phrase:

14. dnomadic

Posts: 445; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

I like the bixby button .... Once you set it to long press it works well.

16. Ray.S

Posts: 463; Member since: Jul 19, 2011

This is a great experience enhancement for S8 users!

22. antonmassoud

Posts: 89; Member since: Oct 22, 2016

Actually after this specific update, Bixby is a lot faster now and it looks much better than before (bixby home) I don't see myself disabling it, but it's nice to see a disable feature for those who don't find bixby useful

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