Bixby’s a really cool feature on Samsung’s current crop of flagship devices, but for some of us, it’s simply annoying to deal with, especially if you accidentally hit the Bixby button throughout the day. Don’t be ashamed, I do it, too.
In this guide, we’re going to walk you through disabling Bixby Voice so you can use your Galaxy S8 without having to worry about getting interrupted. And as a bonus, we’ll even show you how to remap Bixby to work with Google Assistant instead.
First up, let’s head over to Bixby. Swipe left on the home screen of your Galaxy S8.
Now let’s tap the menu button in the very top right corner. That’ll show us a few different things that Bixby can do, and let us change settings. Tap the Settings entry to go there.
In the settings here, scroll all the way down until you see entries for Bixby Voice. There’s a toggle that you can tap controlling whether or not Bixby Voice is active, and that’s exactly what we’re looking for. Trying to turn it off will throw a prompt telling you that it’ll change the function of the Bixby key, but that’s okay. That’s exactly what we want.
Tada. No more Bixby Voice. The button now simply launches the Bixby app, and long pressing doesn’t do anything.
If that’s all you wanted, you can stop here. However, if you want to go a step further and make the Bixby button launch Google Assistant (or something else) keep reading.
For this, we’re going to be using an app on the Play Store called Bixby Button Remapper. There are lots of these on the Play Store, but this one offers a ton of customization and seems like it has the best performance. Go ahead and get it installed on your phone.
When you open it, you’ll notice it’s totally disabled. You’ll have to activate it as an accessibility service to allow it to intercept Bixby button presses and change their function.
Fortunately, the app offers a shortcut to jump right into that menu.
From there, scroll all the way down to find its entry in the accessibility services.
There are two options. I prefer the more stable option because it works closer to 100% of the time, but if you’d rather have something that works a bit quicker with a slightly higher fail rate, that’s an option, too. Pick either of the Bixby Remapper services, activate it, then press your back key a few times to go back to the app.
From here you can change what the Bixby button actually does. There are a ton of things you can do, but the obvious solution is to make Google Assistant show up. If you’d rather have a dedicated camera key or a flashlight toggle, though, you’ve got choices.
Once you’ve selected that and backed out, go back home, press the Bixby button, and check it out. If everything worked, you should see Google Assistant greet you.
Keep in mind that Samsung does tend to try and break these types of workarounds, so make sure to keep your eyes out for any updates to your phone or to the remapper application. Good luck!