Are you tired of accidentally summoning Bixby every time you reach for your Samsung Galaxy phone? Or maybe you just find the virtual assistant more annoying than helpful. Whatever your reason may be, we’ve got good news: it’s possible to disable Bixby on your Samsung device. In this blog post, we’ll show you how to turn off the Bixby button and wake word, sign out of your Samsung account to remove Bixby altogether, and even disable Samsung Free (another feature that tends to rub people the wrong way). So if you’re ready to bid farewell to Bixby in 2023, keep reading!
How to disable the Bixby button on Galaxy S22, S21, S20, Note 10, and Note 20 phones
The Bixby button is a notorious feature that many Samsung Galaxy users would rather live without. Fortunately, it’s possible to disable the button on newer devices such as the Galaxy S22, S21, S20, Note 10, and Note 20 phones.
To get started, you’ll need to access your phone’s settings menu by swiping down from the top of the screen and tapping on the gear icon. From there, scroll down until you find “Advanced Features” and tap on it.
Next up is “Bixby Key,” which will allow you to customize what happens when you press or double-press the Bixby button. You can choose to open another app instead of Bixby Voice or even turn off both options altogether.
If for some reason these steps don’t work for you (a possibility with Samsung’s ever-changing software updates), there are also third-party apps available that allow you to remap buttons on your phone – including Bixby!
Disable the Bixby button (sort of) on older Galaxy phones
If you own an older Samsung Galaxy phone, disabling the Bixby button may not be as straightforward as on newer models. However, there are still ways to minimize its unwanted presence.
One option is to remap the Bixby button using third-party apps like bxActions or Button Mapper. These apps allow you to customize what happens when you press the Bixby button, such as launching a different app or function instead.
Another way to disable the Bixby button (sort of) is by turning off all Bixby-related features in your phone’s settings. This includes disabling the “Bixby Voice” and “Bixby Key” options under “Advanced features”. While this won’t completely remove the physical button, it will prevent accidental presses from triggering any actions.
If all else fails and you’re willing to go through some technical trouble, you can try rooting your old Galaxy phone and installing custom firmware that disables or removes Bixby entirely. However, this method comes with risks and requires advanced knowledge of Android software modification.
How to disable the “Hi, Bixby” wake word
If you find yourself accidentally activating Bixby every time you say “Hi” followed by any word that sounds remotely similar to “Bixby,” then disabling the wake word may be your solution. Here’s how to do it:
First, open up the Bixby app and tap on the three dots in the upper right-hand corner. From there, select Settings and choose Voice Wake-Up. Toggle off the switch for Hi, Bixby.
Alternatively, if you want to keep using voice commands with Bixby but just want to change the wake-up phrase, you can also do that in this same settings menu.
Just remember that turning off voice wake-up means that you’ll need to either press and hold down on the side button or swipe over from home screen left panel whenever you want Bixby’s assistance.
Just sign out of your Samsung account!
If you’re tired of Bixby listening to your every word and want to disable it on your Samsung Galaxy phone, signing out of your Samsung account might just be the solution you need. Here’s how you can do it:
First, open the settings app on your device and navigate to “Accounts and backup.” From there, select “Accounts” and then choose “Samsung account.”
You’ll see an option that says “Remove Account,” which will sign you out of your Samsung account. This may also disable some other features on your phone that rely on the account, but if Bixby is causing more frustration than convenience, it could be worth it.
Additionally, signing out of your Samsung account can improve privacy by preventing any data collection or sharing associated with the service.
If for any reason you decide to use Bixby again in the future or re-enable certain features like Samsung Cloud backup or Find My Phone functionality linked with a Samsung Account make sure to sign back in into accounts section.
Disabling Bixby through signing out of a Samsung Account is a relatively simple process that could provide relief from unwanted voice assistant interruptions.
How to disable Samsung Free
Samsung Free is an app that comes pre-installed on many Samsung Galaxy phones. It’s a news and entertainment hub, offering articles, videos, and images from various sources. While some users find it helpful, others may prefer to disable it.
Disabling Samsung Free is a straightforward process. First, swipe down from the top of your screen to access the Quick Settings menu. Then tap and hold on the Samsung Free icon until a pop-up appears. From there, you can select “Disable” or “Remove.”
If you’re unable to remove Samsung Free entirely, you can still customize your feed by selecting “Settings” within the app itself. Here you can choose which topics and sources appear in your feed.
It’s worth noting that disabling Samsung Free won’t free up much storage space on your phone. However, if you’re looking to streamline your device or simply don’t find it useful, disabling this app might be worthwhile for you!
Why is Bixby so bad?
Disabling Bixby on your Samsung Galaxy phone is a relatively simple process that can save you from the annoyance of unintentionally triggering it. While some users may find Bixby helpful, many others feel that it gets in the way and slows down their productivity.
But why is Bixby so bad? One reason could be its limited functionality compared to other voice assistants like Google Assistant or Amazon’s Alexa. Bixby struggles with natural language processing and often misunderstands commands or fails to provide accurate results.
Additionally, many users dislike how intrusive Bixby can be on their devices. From having a dedicated button that cannot be remapped to automatically launching when accidentally pressing the power button twice, these features make it difficult for users to avoid using Bixby altogether.
While some individuals may find value in using Bixby, there are many reasons why someone might want to disable this feature on their Samsung Galaxy phone. Whether it’s due to personal preference or frustration with its limitations and intrusiveness, there are various ways to turn off different aspects of this voice assistant depending on your device model and preferences.
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