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How to fully disable Bixby button and Bixby Home

Before the launch of Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+, there were rumors that Samsung would release its own digital Assistant Bixby. To the surprise of many, not only did Samsung release its own digital Assistant but also introduced a new physical button on its flagship device to launch Bixby Assistant. Dubbed as Bixby button, it is located on the left edge below the volume keys of Samsung devices such as Samsung Galaxy S8, S8+ and the Note 8.

To recap, when Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ were launched, many developers took it upon themselves to disable or remap the unwanted Bixby button, which otherwise was useless for some users or was pressed accidentally triggering Bixby Home app. Samsung then released updates to disable remapping of Bixby button, however, developers continued to find some workaround.

‘How to use Bixby’

Fast forward to this day, it looks like Samsung has learned its lesson and recently pushed an update to Bixby that allows you to disable Bixby button. This means when you press the Bixby button it won’t launch the Bixby Home app. In other words, the button won’t trigger Bixby Home when you disable it, thus saving you from accidental Bixby launch.

Further, if you don’t want to see Bixby at all, you can also disable Bixby Home from showing up on the home screen using Touch Wiz settings.

How to disable Bixby button

To disable Bixby button entirely on your Samsung device, you need to have the latest version of Bixby i.e. 2.0.03.3+.

To check the version of Bixby and to install the latest version (if available), follow the steps given below:

  1. Press the Bixby button present on the left side of the device to access Bixby Home.
  2. Tap on the three-dot menu present at the top right corner of Bixby Home.
  3. Select Settings from the menu.
  4. Scroll down and select About. The Bixby Home version should be above 2.0.03.3. If it’s below than that, Bixby will either start the update automatically or you will see an Update button, select it to start the update.

You can also update Bixby from Galaxy Apps store. Open the “Galaxy Apps” app and tap the three dot menu present at top right corner. Select “My apps” from the menu and tap on Update. Hit “Bixby” and it will start updating.

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Once you’ve updated the Bixby app, you can disable bixby button following the instructions below.

Now, to disable Bixby button, follow the steps:

  1. You should have the latest version of Bixby installed (2.0.03.3 or above).
  2. Press the Bixby button present on the left side of the device to access Bixby Home.
  3. Tap the three-dot menu present at the top right corner of Bixby Home.
  4. Select Settings from the menu.
  5. Scroll down and select Bixby Key.
  6. Under Bixby Key options, select Don’t open anything.
  7. Go back and reboot your device.


How to disable Bixby Home from showing on home screen

Previously, Samsung devices had “Flipboard” on the left-most home screen panel. Starting with Galaxy S8, this has been replaced by Bixby Home. Now, if you want to disable Bixby Home from the launcher, follow the steps given below:

  1. Go to device’ home screen and hold down on an empty space until you see a menu.
  2. Swipe to the right to reach the left home panel that holds Bixby Home.
  3. You will see a toggle at the top. Turn it off to disable Bixby Home from showing on home screen.

How to disable Bixby Voice

Recently, Samsung started rolling out support for Bixby Voice worldwide, however, if you don’t like it and want to disable it too, follow the steps:

  1. Press the Bixby button present on the left side of the device to access Bixby Home.
  2. Tap the three-dot menu present at the top right corner of Bixby Home.
  3. Select Settings from the menu.
  4. Scroll down and tap the toggle for “Bixby Voice” to turn it off.
  5. On the pop-up menu that appears, select “Turn off”.
  6. Reboot your device.

And that’s it. You are now free from Bixby.

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