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Samsung's Bixby button can now be disabled

By Greg S ยท 7 replies
Sep 18, 2017
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  1. After third-party apps had been released to try and remap the Bixby button on Galaxy S8/S8+ and Galaxy Note 8 handsets, Samsung worked hard to stop such apps from functioning. Now, it seems as though the company has finally made a small concession for their customers and will allow the Bixby button to be disabled via a new setting. A toggle is now available at the top of Bixby Home that allows the button to no longer activate Bixby.

    The update is still rolling out to all of Samsung's devices, so it may take time before all users can access the new option. Disabling Bixby should alleviate complaints of accidental activation of the digital assistant in pockets and purses. Bixby Home is likely to remain Samsung's assistant of choice for the foreseeable future, but allowing end users to disable the dedicated button should be a much welcomed and long overdue addition.

    Is Bixby ever going to be a viable assistant for everyday use? At this point it is a little too soon to tell since competing digital assistants have had several years to mature. Regardless, if you are a Samsung device owner, will you disable the Bixby button yourself or will you continue to use it as intended?

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  2. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 5,400   +3,791

    Removing the battery from the phone accomplishes the same thing ......
  3. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 8,253   +1,269

    This is a good move. Bixby is not great and that extra button would be better if it didn't exist.
  4. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,534   +421

    If they're going to let you turn it off, they might as well go the distance and allow you to assign something to the button as well, but that's just my wishful thinking.
  5. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,286

    Well that's of little consolation. If you disable it's function then it's just a superfluous button and may as well not be there at all. The user should be able to remap it to another, far more useful function. Voice assistants are by far the most ridiculous and unnecessary gags dreamed up by the tech world for many years now and there have been many of those.
    poohbear likes this.
  6. boogie606

    boogie606 TS Rookie

    Too late for me...I finally got frustrated enough and gave the phone to my youngest son. I went back to an LG G3 and love it.
  7. Alex Voinica

    Alex Voinica TS Booster Posts: 87   +74

    Ok..now how about another update in order to remap it to something that is useful since I can't just get rid of the button.
  8. poohbear

    poohbear TS Maniac Posts: 299   +210

    Totally gonna turn it off. it activates in my pocket so many times its a nuisance! why exactly r they going up against googles personal assistance? google is plenty!

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