How to totally disable Bixby on your Samsung Galaxy phone or tablet

All Android phones come with the Google app and Google Assistant preinstalled. Ideally, that should be enough for your digital assistant needs, especially considering that the big G’s solution is one of the best around. However, both budget and high-end Samsung Galaxy phones alike come with Bixby—bundled with One UI—on top of Google’s defaults.

The problem is that Bixby has a troubled reputation. On the one hand, the voice assistant is terrible and should never be used. On the other hand, Bixby Routines has become indispensable for many and is one of the best automation apps available. And Bixby and Bixby Routines work independently, and disabling the former won’t hurt the latter. You may want to turn it off if you don’t use Bixby. Here’s how.

These tips apply to all Samsung Galaxy devices from the Note 10 and newer, as they don’t have dedicated Bixby buttons. The Samsung Galaxy S8, S9, S10, Note 8, and Note 9 have dedicated Bixby buttons that can’t be fully deactivated. However, they can be remapped.

How to disable Bixby on your Samsung Galaxy’s Side key

By default, newer Samsung phones open Bixby when you hold down the Side key—the key you’d expect to function as a power button. It’s like when Google changed the side key’s default function on the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro. Here’s how to revert the experience to the familiar power-off menu:

  1. Swipe down on your homescreen once to show your notifications, then swipe a second time to expand the quick settings.
  2. Tap the power icon in the upper-right corner of the screen to open the Power menu.
  3. Tap Side key settings.
  4. Under Press and hold, select Power off menu.

How to disable ‘Hi Bixby’ detection

In the same way that the Google Assistant listens for “Hey Google,” Bixby listens for “Hi Bixby.” It’s a unique-sounding phrase, so you’re not likely to trigger it accidentally. Still, if you want to turn it off, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Bixby app.
  2. Open the side menu.
  3. Tap the settings icon.
  4. Toggle the Voice wake-up setting to off.

Bixby only works when you’re signed in to a Samsung account. When you’re not using other Samsung-specific features, sign out under Manage accounts in your phone’s settings.

I’m sorry, Bixby, I’m afraid I can’t do that

Follow the steps above, and just like that, Bixby stops getting in your way all the time. Then, you’ll be free to use Google Assistant, which has many more useful features. Bixby is just one aspect of using a Samsung phone, albeit a poor one. If you’re new to the One UI and the Galaxy experience or want to become more familiar with it, we have other helpful guides like the best features you should be using and how to use custom icon packs on your Samsung phone.

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