How to Remap Bixby Button: The Super Guide

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The hardware Bixby button on my Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus is the most redundant feature ever. I have used Bixby for a period and haven’t found it as useful as I’d like. And even if I were to find Bixby useful, there are other actions I would prefer to remap Bixby button to.

Bixby button is a dedicated button on the side of the phone (and some other Samsung phones) that can be used to launch Bixby Voice or Bixby Home.

Samsung has been adamant about it and made it next to impossible to reassign or remap Bixby button for other uses besides launching Bixby. For example, the button would probably make for a good hardware camera shutter. Another cool use would be for taking quick screenshots, launching the browser, or launching any other app of your preference.

remap Bixby button
You will find the Bixby button on your Samsung smartphone where the arrow points

How to Remap Bixby Button Using 3rd Party Apps

There have been a number of attempts by developers to create an app that lets you remap Bixby button. Those efforts have been mostly futile, as Samsung has consistently frustrated those developers. Yes; Samsung has been a big bully with regard to this matter.

Is it by force to use Bixby or to use the button for Bixby? Which is why there has been a lot of clamour by S8 and S9 users for the ability to remap Bixby button.

You Can Now Make Bixby Button Your Own

There is good news though. Samsung has announced that the option to customize the button for use as a shortcut to other apps and actions is on the way. Here is the official statement from Samsung:

Bixby Key Customization is compatible with the Galaxy S10, and will be available via a software update on previously released Bixby-enabled flagship smartphones running Android Pie OS.

The new customization feature is already available on Galaxy S10 devices and will filter down to Note9, S9, and S8 devices soon. You will be able to remap Bixby button to execute some other action or launch your favourite apps.

What Samsung has done is not totally let you get rid of Bixby on the key. Instead, you will be able to customize the button to launch Bixby with either a single or double press, and then map the other option to the activity or app of your choice. Fair enough.

How to remap Bixby button on Samsung S10, S9, S8

Being able to use the key for other actions is great news indeed. Our phones, our usage patterns. That is what makes a smartphone really smart – the ability to adapt to the user, and not the other way around.

To get this new feature and be able to remap Bixby button, make sure that your device is running Android Pie. Samsung is already rolling out the remap feature as an app update to Bixby. After the app update is installed, open the phone Settings > Advanced features > Bixby key. Customize it as you wish.

Bixby key customisation

PS: Beyond being able to customize the button, Bixby itself needs to get a lot better and more usable. Right now, it is one of the features that I do not find useful on my Galaxy S9 Plus. It is so redundant that I even disabled Bixby Home on my device.

List of Samsung Phones with Bixby Button

Not all Samsung phones have a Bixby button. The Samsung phones that have a Bixby button are:

  • Galaxy S8 and S8+
  • Galaxy S9 and S9+
  • Galaxy Note 8 and Note 9
  • Galaxy S10e, S10, and S10+
  • Galaxy Fold

These phones have a dedicated button on the side that can be used to launch Bixby Voice or Bixby Home.

However, newer Samsung phones such as the Galaxy S20, S21, Note 10, Note 20, and Fold/Flip series do not have a separate Bixby button. Instead, they have a Side button that can be customized to perform different functions, such as turning off the phone, calling Bixby, or opening an app. You can also use voice commands or swipe gestures to access Bixby on these devices.

If you are a lover of Bixby or would like to try out new features, you just might find the new Bixby Text Call feature, introduced in 2023, useful.

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By Mister Mobility

I have been tech blogging since 2003, I have owned and reviewed hundreds of smartphones since my first in 2001.

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