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How to disable Bixby, Bixby Home and reassign the Bixby button

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Outlines how to disable Bixby, how to turn off Bixby functions and Home, and how to reassign the button to another app altogether.

Smartphone manufacturers often only offer their devices with pre-installed apps. Samsung’s Bixby assistant in particular annoys many users. However, there are also smartphones that can do without this kind of ‘bloatware’.

Why is bloatware installed on your phone?

App store, browser, camera, address book. It doesn’t take much more to put a smartphone into operation. But anyone who buys a new device is often surprised with an abundance of preinstalled apps, so-called bloatware. Hardly anyone uses these programs. An online survey of the consumer advice centers confirms: More than 80 percent of smartphone users aged 16 and over do not touch most of the applications already installed by the manufacturer.

What annoys users is highly worthwhile for manufacturers. Because the competition among smartphone providers is fierce, manufacturers hardly earn anything from selling the devices. There are deals with partner companies that generate additional income.

For example, Facebook has signed an agreement with Samsung and other smartphone manufacturers that they only offer some of their devices with a pre-installed Facebook app. And by installing Word, Excel and other Microsoft programs on their devices from the start, smartphone manufacturers save license payments from patent claims to Microsoft.

However, it is much more interesting for manufacturers to help their own services achieve a breakthrough by installing them on their smartphones without being asked. Market leader Samsung, for example, has been delivering its devices for two years with the pre-installed Bixby voice assistant, which has even been assigned its own button on the device.

Say goodby to bloatware

If you have a newer Samsung smartphone, you have probably already made the acquaintance of the Bixby assistant. This is activated by pressing the Bixby button, which is located under the volume buttons – and unfortunately this is usually unintentional. Because you quickly accidentally press this button even though you actually wanted to change the volume. 

Samsung has been trying to establish the Bixby button with Samsung devices for two years. One wanted to send this new voice assistant into the race alongside Google and Siri. For a long time, the company did not want to see that they got the short straw here. This was mainly because Bixby isn’t as powerful and, until recently, didn’t support many languages ​​either.  Samsung has now given up the fight to offer Bixby as an independent feature in Samsung devices. 

Samsung has been equipping its new devices with a button on the edge of the housing, which you can use to reach the voice assistant Bixby. If you don’t want to use the service, you can deactivate Bixby.

You cannot completely deactivate the application, but you can make some settings for how to disable Bixby. These instructions below for how to turn off Bixby work on all current Samsung devices.

How to disable Bixby: disable the button

The button can be annoying, for example, if you attach your Samsung smartphone to a selfie stick and accidentally press the holder on the button. Instead of the camera app, you will first see the voice assistant on the screen. You cannot completely deactivate the Bixby button. However, you can set up the button so that the service hardly appears at all. That’s how it’s done:

  1. Make sure the Bixby app is up to date . The function can only be deactivated from version 2.0.03.3.
  2. Now press the button to open Bixby Voice .
  3. Select the ” Settings ” via the three dots in the middle right of the screen .
  4. Scroll down to the ” Bixby Button ” option .
  5. Here you can set that the button has to be pressed twice to activate Bixby. In this way you can prevent the voice control from being accidentally brought to the screen.
  6. If you activate in the same option ” Press once use “, you can select another app that should be opened after the first press of the Bixby button. If the setting is off, nothing else happens.
  7. Also deactivates the ” Use when the phone is locked “, “Voice activation” and “Bixby dictation” options .

How to disable Bixby: turn off the function

With this setting, Bixby is no longer opened using the corresponding button, but you can still access voice control via the start screen after swiping to the left. If you not only want to deactivate the button, but want to do without Bixby completely, you can make another setting:

  1. Open the home screen of the Samsung smartphone .
  2. Place two fingers on the screen and pull them together.
  3. The administration for the home screen opens .
  4. Scroll left until you see the entry for the Bixby site.
  5. Set the “Bixby Home” control to the left and thus switch the display off.
  6. Bixby will no longer open when you scroll left.

How to deactivate Bixby Home

In addition to the button, there is also Bixby Home, a swipe away from the start screen, it shows information about other applications and the calendar. Bixby Home tries to be contextually relevant, but Galaxy users have hardly found it to be useful.

However, to deactivate Bixby Home you can use the steps below with the following models: Samsung Galaxy S8 Galaxy S8, Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus, Samsung Galaxy Note 8, Samsung Galaxy S9, Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus, Samsung Galaxy Note 9. Samsung Galaxy S10, Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus and that Samsung Galaxy S10e.

It takes less than 10 seconds to deactivate Bixby Home. 

  • You only have to tap anywhere on the screen and hold it down until you see the preview of all screens. There you can also set the widgets, for example. 
  • Here you swipe right to get to the Bixby Home page
  • Then press the toggle switch to turn this page off. 

Reassign the Bixby button to Google Assistant, Alexa or Cortana

If you want to reassign the Bixby button, you can use the bxActions app to place the Google Assistant on it. The application also allows further adjustments and can start any actions by briefly pressing the button or by holding it down. Including the Google Assistant or Alexa, Cortana or other.

Android One works without bloatware

Those who want to do without preinstalled apps at all can stick to manufacturers who equip their devices with the Android One operating system, a modified version of the Android universal operating system. With devices with Android One, manufacturers do without bloatware and extensive adjustments to the user interface; the interface is straightforward, clear and easy to understand. This is also reflected in the price, which for these smartphones is usually much cheaper.

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Nathan James lives for gaming, and is a fan of everything from vintage Pong to the latest virtual reality games. He also loves to tinker with hardware in that never-ending search for more power and speed.