Single, double or long press? How to remap the Galaxy S8 Bixby button to do anything you please

By now you should have already heard that Samsung is so proud of its Bixby virtual assistant that it outfitted the new Galaxy S8 and S8+ with a dedicated button to launch it. Since Bixby's full capabilities and language roster won't be unleashed before the second half of the year rolls in, many a potential S8 user have expressed a desire to remap the button for starting something else, and leave the Bixby launch to its dedicated voice command.

There have even been efforts to use existing physical button remapping apps in the Play Store, but nothing beats a special, tailored one that is created exclusively for applying different actions to the Galaxy S8's extra Bixby key, including double taps and long presses, unlike previous solutions. Enter bxActions, a simple app that lets you assign many actions to many combinations of short or long-pressing the side button, here's what you can do to bring that clickable Bixby protrusion on the left to its true potential:

1. Download and install the bxActions from Google Play;

2. Upon the prompt, allow the bxActions app to remap physical button reactions in the Settings>Accessibility menu;

3. Upon returning to the app, choose the Remap option;

4. You can assign actions for a single, double or long press now, such as a single tap for Back, so you don't have to stretch all the way down a lengthy phone just to go back to the previous page you were visiting in Chorme, for instance. Assign Home at double press, and you never even have to go down to the on-screen button any more, while long-pressing can be adjusted for anything else you please, like pulling down the notification shade, or launching your chat app of source, for example.



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Galaxy S8
  • Display 5.8" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(30h talk time)

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13 Comments

1. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Pretty dope. Samsung have been on a roll for 3 years now. Heard the note 8 will be crazy and that it will be called the Note R. It will come in two forms. One will be a limited 4.9" foldable up to 9" and one will be the standard note with s-pen. They will also have crazy speakers.

8. Mixkhata1

Posts: 162; Member since: Feb 26, 2017

Note R sounds like a refurbished variant. I think it should be named Note Phoenix. You know, "rising from the ashes" sort of Phoenix.

9. LiveFaith

Posts: 487; Member since: Jul 04, 2015

Rising from the ASHES. LOL. That may be a little too close to home

2. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

:D​​​​​​​

3. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

long press for camera. Done.

4. tangbunna

Posts: 485; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

just call. Hey Bitch-b

5. chbanks512

Posts: 78; Member since: Mar 07, 2017

This is why I love Android. And that decision to add the Bixby looks genius on Samsung's part now. This is the 3rd app I've seen that can do this. Opened up a new segment. Nice.

6. BobbySummers

Posts: 9; Member since: Apr 04, 2017

Totally in love with this phone, can't wait for my phone to come in already!!!

7. dmomintz

Posts: 68; Member since: Jan 21, 2016

The active button on my S6 Active is one my favorite features. Customizable buttons are a huge convenience and I hope to see more OEMs taking a page from Samsung in this area.

10. LiveFaith

Posts: 487; Member since: Jul 04, 2015

Maybe, were finally shaking off some of the Apple "little to no buttons is super high tech and really cool" paradigm, and getting back to being able to do more faster and better. I remember my first Palm Pilot, the IIIxe special edition. The first time I picked it up and and triple tapped the Memos / Calendar button, I was hooked. It turned on the little thing, went to Calendar and instantly went to month view or day view or something. I thought at the time, this 2-second action would have taken 20-30 seconds on a PC of the day, even on in sleep mode. The Jeff Hawkins team really optimized the use of those buttons, allowing almost instant access to your most used actions. It's like when the iPhone came out, everyone was so enamored with copycatting, that they abandoned the value of real buttons. Good to see more and more of that coming back.

11. gmaximus

Posts: 29; Member since: Feb 05, 2017

> like pulling down the notification shade Is it only the notification shade? What if i need to reach the upper part of the screen? Is there a way to slide it down together with the notification shade? S8 seems too long to reach the top part with one hand conveniently, need assistance like that of Iphone's double tap

12. Wazupmrg

Posts: 189; Member since: Apr 10, 2017

Not sure i trust that it says it's not going to collect data yet the permission pop up specifically says it can monitor my actions and observe text you type (including personal data such as credit card numbers and passwords). Why does it need that type of permission?

13. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

That's the reason I never use Android without something like XPrivacy/Privacy Guard. Always coming across handy apps asking for way too much permissions than what I intend to use them for.

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