What is Bixby button?

The Bixby button is a new hardware feature that has been introduced to the Samsung s8 and s9 series. Located at the left side of the phone and below the volume button, the Bixby button can come in quite handy when you want to access the Bixby assistant. It performs two major functions; it can be used to access the Bixby home from any app or screen just with a single click and it can also be used to access Bixby voice option by long pressing the Bixby button. Although the button is beautifully designed and easy to control, most Samsung users prefer not to use the button. This is because of its proximity to the volume button which leads to unwanted pressing of the Bixby button. Not only that, but also owing to its limitation to the Bixby app and inability to remap the button.

How to disable Bixby button

Due to the need of most Samsung users to get rid of the Bixby button which is rather impossible to do, an option has been provided by Samsung to disable the button. It’s either you use it or you don’t and there’s no two ways to go about it. If you love using the Bixby button and enjoy its features then there’s no need to disable it. But if you aren’t a fan you can follow these simple steps to make you Bixby free.

  • Press the Bixby button located on the left side of the phone, below the volume
  • Tap the three cogs in the top menu bar
  • Tap the settings button
  • Click the toggle bar

After these few steps, the Bixby button is being disabled and you can press it without having to worry about opening the Bixby home.

How to remap Bixby button

Shortly after the introduction of the Bixby button and the need of the users to remap it, various software companies developed apps that could successfully remap the Bixby button. One of such apps is the BxAction app.

Unfortunately, Samsung wants the Bixby button to do one thing which is access the Bixby assistant features. This led the company to block off all third-party app that tried to remap the button. Sadly, remapping the Samsung Bixby button is currently impossible. The only option available is disabling the Bixby button and its features. Hopefully, Samsung will pay attention to the customer’s plight and create an option for remapping the Bixby button. For now, there are just three options; use it, disable it or do nothing.

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2019-04-02T13:10:52+00:00March 27th, 2019|How to|5 Comments


  1. Hugh Sellers Tuesday April 23rd, 2019 at 12:04 AM - Reply

    I never heard of the Bixby button until I came across this article. I researched Bixby and it’s a smart virtual assistant from what I can tell. The only problem is that it sounds like Samsung wasn’t smart about where they put it. Does anyone know what is the Bixby button’s current status with Samsung as far as fixing this problem?

  2. Bailey Thomas Thursday April 25th, 2019 at 01:10 PM - Reply

    Thanks for posting a way to disable the Bixby button. It seems like Samsung had a good idea when they created the Bixby button but someone was asleep at the wheel when they designed its location. I wonder if Samsung will fix this problem with future models? I don’t understand why they don’t allow third-party apps to fix their mistake. You’d think they’d want to address the problem.

  3. J.J. Anderson Friday April 26th, 2019 at 02:42 PM - Reply

    I’d like to know who came up with this design for the Bixby button. You have a great idea and then you put it in the worst possible location. Hard to remember a design flaw this bad since you had phones bursting into flames. Anyone recall any other tech snafus like this?

  4. Devin Tice Monday July 29th, 2019 at 03:26 AM - Reply

    How does one uninstall this crap program that I DO NOT want on my phone?

  5. Planter Wednesday February 12th, 2020 at 09:30 AM - Reply

    Bixby is a complete solution: it is designed to let you carry out a full range of interactions, rather than launching an app, for example, or carrying out a single task. Samsung says that Bixby will be able to do just about everything you can do with an app using touch. Bixby is contextually aware: this is one of the buzzwords of AI, demonstrated by Google Assistant, for example. This will mean that Bixby can recognise the state that the app is in and take the right actions based on your requests, also letting you mix voice or touch.

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