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Galaxy S8, Galaxy Note 8 users can now disable the Bixby button entirely

Published Nov 5th, 2017 9:51AM EST
Galaxy S8: How to disable Bixby button
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When Samsung announced that it would launch its own virtual assistant called Bixby alongside the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8, we were skeptical. When we actually got our hands on the phone and tried it for ourselves, we were disappointed. Not only was Bixby a subpar virtual assistant compared to the likes of Google Assistant, Cortana and Siri but Samsung went as far as to put a dedicated button on the phone just for activating Bixby.

In September, Samsung finally caved and gave S8, S8+ and Note 8 users the ability to stop the button from opening up Bixby. It was a long time coming, but this week, the company took matters a step further by giving users the ability to deactivate the button altogether. If you disable the button now, it won’t even wake the phone when you press it.

As SamMobile notes, the option to disable Bixby has been around since September, but the button was still active. Pushing it would wake the phone, which many users found frustrating. No one really needs two power buttons, and many users were hitting the button accidentally. This is the fix they’ve been waiting for.

If you want to download the latest Bixby updates (and banish the button’s functionality from your phone once and for all), just open Galaxy Apps on your Samsung phone, tap the three dots in the top right corner, then tap My apps > Update > Update all. Once you’ve installed the necessary update, you can head to the Bixby Home screen and find the Settings menu to disable Bixby and the button. No more waking your phone up on accident.

Jacob Siegal
Jacob Siegal Associate Editor

Jacob Siegal is Associate Editor at BGR, having joined the news team in 2013. He has over a decade of professional writing and editing experience, and helps to lead our technology and entertainment product launch and movie release coverage.

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