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How to Disable Bixby on Samsung Phones

Avatar of Joan Agie By Joan Agie May8,2023 #Samsung
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Bixby is Samsung’s intelligent virtual assistant, and all its modern devices have it installed to help Samsung users. You may find Bixby to be a useful assistant (it has some neat features, including the new Bixby text calling feature), but not everyone would agree — some may even want it entirely removed. Thankfully, it’s possible to disable Bixby on Samsung Galaxy phones through a few simple steps.

In this guide, I’ll show you how to disable Bixby on Samsung Galaxy phones, along with all of its features, such as Bixby Voice and Bixby Vision. If your phone has a Bixby button, I’ll show you how to change it to do something different.

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How Can You Disable Bixby on Samsung Phones?

Since Bixby is a system program, it cannot be removed entirely from your device; you can only disable Bixby on Samsung Galaxy phones or just hide it. In order to stop using Bixby, you must disable the service and delete all of your personal information related to it. If you want to use Bixby again in the future, you can always enable it again. 

There are two tasks you must first complete before you can disable Bixby on Samsung Galaxy phones. To begin, ensure that your Galaxy device is up to date so you can avoid inconsistencies in system navigation. Navigate to Settings > Software Update > Download and install, to check for available updates.

After that, turn off voice recognition to prevent Bixby from responding to your voice when you say the popular phrase “Hi Bixby.” To do so, follow these steps:

  • Navigate to Settings > Apps > Bixby Voice > Bixby Voice Settings.
  • Select Voice wake-up, and then select Respond to my voice.
  • Tap Delete voice wake-up recordings and confirm with Delete.
  • Return to the previous screen and deactivate Voice Wake-Up.

How to Disable Bixby on Samsung Galaxy Phones

When you say the hot word after carrying out the above actions, Bixby will no longer summon itself because it has forgotten your voice. So now, let’s look at how you can permanently disable Bixby on your device. Follow these procedures to disable Bixby on Samsung Galaxy phones:

  • Navigate to Settings > Apps > Bixby Voice > Bixby Voice Settings.
  • Scroll down and select Leave Bixby, then select Leave Bixby again and select OK.
  • You’ll need to be certain that Bixby does not turn itself on again in the future, so return to its app info page and select Storage > Clear data > Delete. Then select Disable > Disable app.

At this point, you’ve been able to successfully disable Bixby Voice on Samsung Galaxy phones.

How to Hide the Bixby App from Your App List

As a system app, if you disable Bixby on Samsung Galaxy phones, it could cause other Samsung services to crash or stop functioning. To avoid experiencing this issue, you can hide rather than disable Bixby on Samsung Galaxy phones. 

Follow these instructions to hide apps from your Apps screen, also referred to as the App Drawer:

  • Navigate to Settings > Home Screen > Hide apps on the Home and Apps screens.
  • From the list, choose Bixby and Bixby Vision. Bixby Vision is Samsung’s version of Google Lens, the built-in image recognition feature of the Google app and Google Photos.
  • To confirm, tap Done.

Your phone’s Bixby and Bixby Vision apps should now be hidden.

How to Turn Off the Bixby Side Key Shortcut

On Samsung phones, holding the power button (also known as the side key) launches Bixby by default. This is inconvenient because the power button should be used to access the power-off menu, not to summon a voice assistant. So, to disable Bixby on Samsung Galaxy phones in this regard and prevent Bixby from waking up, navigate to Settings > Advanced Features > Side Key. Tap the Power Off menu beneath Press and hold.

You’ll now be able to shut down, restart, or enter emergency mode by holding down the power button to access the power-off option. This is one of the initial steps in configuring your Samsung phone.

How to Disable the Bixby Button on Older Samsung Galaxy Phones

The physical button used to launch Bixby on older Samsung smartphones, such as the Galaxy S8, S9, S10, Note 8, and Note 9, was disliked by users. You can’t completely disable Bixby on Samsung Galaxy phones that are older, but if you have one of these models, you can change the button to do something other than summon Bixby.

Below are the instructions you’ll need, but keep in mind that they are intended for older Galaxy devices with a dedicated Bixby button.

  • Navigate to Settings > Advanced Options > Bixby Key. Before you can modify the settings here, you must log into your Samsung account if you aren’t already. If so, you must tap the Get Started icon that is located at the top. Once you’ve completed the process, go back to the settings page.
  • Click the option to Double Press to open Bixby. Although this does not totally disable the Bixby button, it does reduce the likelihood of accidentally activating Bixby.
  • Tap Use single press to remap the Bixby button for a different purpose.
  • Next, switch the top toggle to On, then select either “Open app” or “Run quick command.” You can now select the required app or command.

How to Turn Off Bixby Home/Samsung Daily/Samsung Free

A panel called Samsung Free can be found to the left of your home screen. If you don’t have the most recent Samsung device or One UI update, an alternative name for it can be Samsung Daily or Bixby Home.

The panel functions as a feed aggregator, displaying cards from various apps and services, similar to how Google Discover works. To avoid mistakenly swiping across to the panel (also known as the media page), you can disable it.

To accomplish this, navigate to Settings > Home Screen > Add Media Page to Home Screen and turn it off. As an alternative to turning off the feature, you can select “Google Discover.”

To conclude, despite the stunning design and excellent user experiences of Samsung smartphones, many people consider Bixby to be a subpar alternative to Google Assistant. If this is you, follow the steps in this guide to successfully disable Bixby on Samsung Galaxy phones.

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