You can't disable the Bixby button on the Galaxy Note 9

You can't disable the Bixby button on the Galaxy Note 9
The Bixby button has been a polarising topic ever since Samsung introduced it on Galaxy S8 models last year. One of the first things people sought to do with the dedicated assistant button, was (of course) to remap it to perform a different function. Something useful, like launching the camera app, or whatever else, but Samsung was quick to release a software update that prevented this (at least temporarily).

But although Samsung didn't offer any customization of the Bixby button out of the box, people who were fed up with accidentally pressing the button when using their phones (especially while unlocking), could at least disable the button and call it a day. Things have changed on the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, however, as fully disabling the button is no longer possible.

This not only means that you're stuck with the physical button the way it is, but also that remapping apps will no longer work as intended. The developer of the popular bxActions app, which allows users to assign new functions to the Bixby button without rooting their phones, has spotted the change in Samsung's latest flagship and says that this will affect his app, as well as other, similar ones.

Unfortunately, this is a deliberate change on Samsung's part, as the move concurs with the release of Bixby 2.0 – an updated version of Samsung's virtual assistant that's been in the works for some time. We can confirm that the setting to turn off the Bixby button is not available on our Galaxy Note 9 unit.

via XDA

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57 Comments

1. notfair

Posts: 721; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

and we are complaining that apple is bullish and bad.... just don't understand why in the world they don't let you do anything that you want with a device that you have bought with YOUR OWN HARD WORKED MONEY (and nowadays a flaghship costs a fortune ) and you own it... why the heck you have to use it "as the OEM intented you should use it" ...

2. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 674; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

Do you want some cheese with that whine? If you don't like it, then don't buy it. Simple as that.

9. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3100; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

You mean like android users when they complain in Apple articles about not having certain features? Yeah they do that too.

15. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 674; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

I never said they don't & I agree.

19. andrewc31394

Posts: 290; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

not sure why Apple got brought up. Seems like you're just trying to get a reaction out of someone smh.

22. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

They all do it. But no one is as bad as Apple though. and that's a fact.

17. maherk

Posts: 6773; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

So if someone loves everything about the Note 9, but still hates bixby, then they shouldn't buy it? Come on, go to Samsung forums, and you'll see almost everyone complaining about that dumb bixby button. Either get rid of it, or give those who are paying $800+ for your flagships the option to remap it or disable it for good. This move here means Samsung are preparing updates to the S9, S8, and Note 8 to make it harder for people to disable the button on their phones.

28. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 674; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

Samsung has the right to do whatever they want with the devices they make as is the case with any manufacturer. Our options are 1) deal with it or 2) buy something else. That's all I'm saying.

38. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3100; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

And the customers have the right to complain about their purchase, especially if it's a 1000$ purchase. That's why companies listen to customers feedbacks. "if you don't like it, leave it" is not always the answer.

42. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 674; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

I agree & disagree. Although the price is irrelevant. However, you better believe that buying the device & complaining about it isn't nearly as effective as speaking with your wallet & not buying at all. Companies will make changes a lot faster when profits are way down. That's just a fact.

51. iushnt

Posts: 3086; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

@Plasticsh1t, are you actual customer to Samsung?

16. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1036; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

It's so crazy that a company invested millions in a product they want the consumers use, so they make an easy way for the consumers to access it. Whats next, do you want the power and volume keys remapped too?

39. Foxgabanna

Posts: 587; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

That's like buying a car to find out you listen to the radio at a complete stop. It's annoying and dumb.

40. maherk

Posts: 6773; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Just because they spend millions on something majority of us don't want or even asked for, means that they must keep forcing it upon us.

49. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 674; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

That's where you're wrong & that's also where your entitlement is showing. Nothing is being forced on you. You don't get to choose every single feature you want & don't want when buying a phone since no completely modular phones exist yet. No one is making you spend your money to buy a Samsung device. If you don't like it, pretty much every other device on the planet doesn't have a Bixby button. That's the solution. If you can get over it, then buy the device & deal with it.

57. Leo_MC

Posts: 7213; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Yes, if that's what Samsung decided.

21. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Aren't most products this way though? Think about it. TV's and cars cost thousands of dollars, still can't do much beyond what the manufacturer intends. Right?

25. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

I just wanna know, are you even buying this phone? Because if you aren't, even if what you are saying is true, it doesn't matter because you aren't buying it anyways.

41. maherk

Posts: 6773; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I might not be getting the Note 9, but I'll definitely switch back to Samsung phones eventually(maybe the S10), and that annoying button will be there waiting for me to keep pressing it by mistake, triggering the only annoying feature I find in Samsung phones.

3. hazard1

Posts: 234; Member since: Feb 11, 2017

I wonder if Samsung will make a similar change in Bixby to their current flagships.

4. worldpeace

Posts: 3129; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

You can't disable? Of course you can, lol... option 1: kill the bixby services. option 2: chop off the bixby button.

23. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Actually, Jerry Rig showed you can pull the button right out the phone with a sharp knife.

27. worldpeace

Posts: 3129; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I've seen that too, that's why I write it as option 2.

5. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

My trick is to uninstall updates and disable them so that bxActions work as intended, also I disabled Auto Updates in the Galaxy Apps store so it won't.....update to the new version that'll disable bxActions

6. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

On today's episode of redundant ass articles....

46. uberzero

Posts: 50; Member since: Jul 07, 2018

Exactly. I failed to grasp why it is an article.

7. Landon

Posts: 1244; Member since: May 07, 2015

Simple solution: remove the Bixby button. JerryRigEverything did it. You can too.

14. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

That was hilarious when he accidentally popped the button out and he got a message on screen saying “Update Bixby”.

45. Landon

Posts: 1244; Member since: May 07, 2015

To be fair, I watched 10 other durability tests oh his and not once did he ever take the razor blade to the side of the buttons and attempt to remove them. He almost always grazes over them to test the material. I actually emailed him referencing what videos I watched and whether or not he'd make another video test out how easy/not easy it is to pry out the buttons like he did with the Note 9. I have yet to hear back. :(

55. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

I agree.

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