Here is how to disable Bixby on the Galaxy S9

Here is how to disable Bixby on the Galaxy S9
Bixby is Samsung’s take on a smart assistant has access to in-depth phone features and settings that other assistants do not have, but it still needs a lot of work in terms of voice recognition and knowledge. Those shortcomings become apparent when you try using Bixby alongside the fast, knowledgeable and overall excellent Google Assistant, the ubiquitous Alexa on Amazon Echo products and even Apple's Siri.

Yet still, Samsung insists on having a dedicated Bixby button on the S9 series. It’s in the same spot as on the S8, the left side, below the volume buttons. And you still cannot change it to any other function.

But here is one thing that you can do if you keep on accidentally pressing that button: disable it.

So here is how to do this:

1. First, swipe right on the home screen to go into the Bixby Home panel. Here, tap on the Settings gear icon. Make sure the Bixby key toggle is turned off.


2. Next, tap on the three-dot menu button and select 'Settings'. Here, under the 'Voice' section, make sure that the Bixby Voice option is also disabled.


And you're done! Happy using a Bixby-less Galaxy S9!

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Galaxy S9
  • Display 5.8" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(31h talk time)

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11 Comments

1. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Bixby is literally the worst. Obnoxiously intrusive and that dedicated button is just a pain in the butt. I cant tell you how many times I have activated Bixby on my S8+ while going for volume down.. Looks like Samsung didnt learn on the S9 and opted to maintain a dedicated button. Smh. -2 Samsung. Learn from your mistakes.

5. Heisenberg

Posts: 377; Member since: Feb 11, 2015

I really care to know how literally worst Bixby is. Have you tried using it at all or you made your conclusions based on reviewers?

7. gigicoaste

Posts: 457; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

seems to me that you were not using too much Bixby, especially in a correct way. As an example, have you tried to control your device while driving just with voice commands? Only Bixby is capable of doing proper job! Ask Google assistant to return to home screen, the answer will be "Press the home button on the screen" same answer Siri will give you and this is a small example how "worst" Bixby is! I don't get this obsessive endless articles, how to turn off Bixby. If you buy a Samsung device expect Bixby will be there as is Siri on Apple devices.. don't like it, don't buy it, simple as that!

8. apple-rulz

Posts: 2195; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

“seems to me that you were not using too much Bixby, especially in a correct way.” Wow, is that the same as Apples “you’re holding it wrong!”, LOL!!

2. maherk

Posts: 6957; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

First thing I did when I got my S8 and Note 8 was disabling Bixby, and I'm definitely doing the same when I get my S9. What sucks is that you're forced to update all Bixby related apps before fully disabling it.

3. Jrod99

Posts: 760; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

Should be able to remap as a camera button or other short cuts.

4. Bfrenz

Posts: 285; Member since: Aug 26, 2012

Have anyone really used it? Its useful for the things in the phone itself, who am I kidding? Nerds are not the ones to speak.

6. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1832; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

It's obvious PA hasn't taken the time to really use Bixby because it's right up there with Google as far as online content maybe falling a little behind but definitely better than Siri... As far as using your voice to do commands on the phone it's the best out there. Anything you can do touch wise you can do voice wise. Google nor Siri is equipped to do that and I've tried with my X and Google now and they're just not that intuitive in that aspect. Instead of posting a article on how to disable Bixby you should be letting the masses know how much of a improvement Bixby has made since it's release...

9. Icent55

Posts: 80; Member since: Nov 02, 2017

Dont mind them they are very EVIL with their mind set... why not teach people the important aspect of d phone + you already told us before how to disable it. Why teach us again...useless biased site

10. ShadowUnleashed

Posts: 88; Member since: Feb 08, 2018

I've been loving Bixby since I got my S8+ last year. Also created some neat Quick Commands which cut me a lot of time and hassle by having Bixby do everything for me. It still needs to get better voice recognision though, mainly for people like me who have an accent with English for being my second language.But most of the time it works pretty well, and I almost never use Google Assistant, as I prefer searching for things manually in the browser.

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