It might not be Siri or the Google Assistant, but Samsung’s Bixby can do some pretty cool things. In fact, this virtual assistant could be the best one. In this guide we’ll show you everything you need to know about Bixby Voice commands on the Galaxy S8, Galaxy Note 8, and Galaxy S9. In fact, we’ll share an awesome list of over 175 voice commands Bixby can do. Things that will help you do more with your phone.
Bixby isn’t just another Alexa, and it actually has a few cool tricks up its sleeve. One is that it’s open to 3rd party developers, and will get better over time. Then, instead of only doing small tasks like Siri or Google Assistant, Bixby can interact with almost every app, setting or option on Galaxy phones. Essentially turning your voice into a powerful automation tool.
The competition can turn on WiFi or use the camera flash as a flashlight, and Bixby can too. However, Bixby can also order an Uber, take and send a screenshot, open and install apps, find specific vacation photos and more. Bixby can take a photo and upload it to Instagram with a filter and a hashtag. Seriously. These hands-free controls are one voice command away.
Once you install Bixby and go through the setup, you’re ready to start talking. We recommend turning on wake-up so you can do this all hands-free. In addition to the “enhanced voice recognition” where Bixby will have you read aloud 5 sentences to learn how you talk.
With that out of the way, what can Bixby do? First, we’ll list off 15 or so of the best Bixby Voice commands, then share a huge list of over 150 more commands you’ll want to learn and master.
15 Best Bixby Voice Commands
- Open the camera and record a video
- Install Clash of Clans from the Google Play Store (it does everything, 100%)
- Take a selfie and send it to David (take a screenshot and send it as a message to David)
- Open Gmail and show me unread emails (or show me emails from David)
- Open Gallery and find pictures from Chicago (at the lake, pictures of my car, etc)
- Read aloud my last notification
- Call the last number that called me
- Open Instagram and post the last photo I took (post my last photo with the caption “vacation”
- Keep my screen on for 5 minutes
- Turn up ringtone volume to 70% (Turn on do-not disturb, turn up the brightness to 50%, etc)
- Call me an Uber to take me to the Airport
- Open YouTube and show my history page (or subscriptions)
- Clear all notifications
- Open Pandora and play my 90’s station
- Decline call and send a text saying I’ll call back in 5 minutes
Those are just a few of the hundreds of commands you can ask, then watch them magically happen. Seeing the phone automatically open apps, navigate the settings menu, or write comments is pretty neat. We recommend opening the Bixby app by pressing the dedicated button under the volume keys on the left side of most new Galaxy phones. From here, tap the three dots button at the top right and select My Bixby. In here you’ll get more information, full instructions for some commands, and help understanding everything Bixby can do.
We also recommend customizing Bixby as you see fit. You can change the background color, set up voice wake-up strength and then get started with any and all the commands below.
175 Helpful Bixby Voice Commands
Bixby can do essentially everything we can do on a smartphone, as long as you ask the right way. This includes changing settings, turning up volumes, scrolling on web pages, or recording video and uploading it to YouTube. It’s pretty powerful, and it’s only getting better over time.
Without enabling the “Hi Bixby” wake-up command, you’ll have to press and hold the button to try any of these, taking away the magic of it all. So do that in settings first, then you can do these commands without ever touching your phone.
Popular Voice Commands
- Open Instagram (or any app)
- What time is it?
- Turn the volume up/down
- Restart my phone
- Flashlight on/off
- Turn on do not disturb
- Open Google Play Music (play music)
- Stop the music
- What song is this?
- Turn up the music volume to 80%
- Remind me to take out the trash tomorrow at 6 PM
- What’s the weather like?
- How will the weather be tomorrow?
- Will it rain today?
- What time is it in New York City
- Show me today’s reminders
- Delete the doctor visit reminder
- Install Pokemon Go from the Google Play Store
- Hi Bixby, remember where I parked
- And much more, you get the idea
Control Samsung Apps
Bixby can control, navigate and use any Samsung app on your phone. Start each of these commands with “Open gallery and” or Open Browser and” or other commands. It works with most other apps too.
- Open Gallery and Find pictures taken in Chicago
- Show me the last picture I took
- Delete this picture
- Send my last picture to David
- Open Gallery and show me my California Vacation album
- Show me the most recent pictures as a slideshow
- Rotate this picture to the right
- Play the most recent video
- Add the most recent picture from Friends album to Favorites
- Add auto adjust effects to my last picture (remove effects from my last picture)
- Delete the location info from the most recent picture
- Delete the travel album
- Move Photos that taken in Chicago to a new album
- Open Video Player and edit my last video
- Open Video Player and share an animated GIF
- Play the next video, delete this video
- Make an animated GIF from this video
- Move the Play position forward by 20 seconds
Now we’ll share some controls you can do inside the contacts or phone application.
- Create a new contact as David with the number 123-4567
- Search for David and call him on speakerphone
- Search for David and call his cell (mobile)
- Call this number on speakerphone
- Call my office number
- Call John
- Text John
- Show profile updates for John
- Video call John’s mobile phone
- Show my friends group
- Change my status message to busy
- Link David to Jane
- Add David to favorites
- Send a message to everyone in Friends
- Merge all contacts with the same info
- Turn on Google account sync
- Decline call and send David a message I’ll call back after my meeting
- Send call to voicemail
- Add John to speed dial 2
- Open phone and call 123-4567
- Open phone and block the last number that called
These same neat controls and options are available in messages, Samsung’s text message app. Sadly it doesn’t look like Bixby supports most 3rd party text message applications right now. I tried Textra and it failed, but Samsung recently opened access to 3rd party developers. For now, try these if you use Samsung’s Messages app.
- Show me my most recent message
- Show me pictures from my conversation with David
- Delete the last message or conversation
- Pin the most recent conversation to the top
- Block the most recent conversation
- Delete all texts with the word ex, or Jessica
- Show me notification settings for my last conversation
- Turn off notifications for the conversation with John
- Copy the most recent text and send it to John
- Mark all unread messages as read
- Delete all conversations
- Take a photo and send it to David
- Show me settings
- Send my last photo to David and say, “Hey, I’m on vacation”
- Save the most recent text to my reminders
- Navigate to the address in my last message
- Forward my last text to John
- and much more
Control Settings With Bixby
One of our favorite aspects of Bixby is how advanced the automation tools are. Bixby can do just about everything, and that includes changing any settings on your phone. While Siri or Google Assistant can turn on WiFi or your flashlight, take a look at what Bixby can do.
- Turn on WiFi, Turn off WiFi
- Search for nearby WiFi networks
- Disconnect from WiFi network
- Turn on Bluetooth
- Turn on Blue light filter
- Turn on Do Not Disturb
- Scan for Bluetooth devices
- Go to dual audio
- Show me my Data usage
- Turn on Data saver
- Turn on Performance mode
- Show me my battery usage
- Turn on Airplane mode
- Turn up ringtone volume to 80
- Increase the system volume
- Keep my screen on for 5 minutes
- Set the display brightness to 50
- Make the screen brighter
- Turn on One-handed mode
- Open my last two apps in split-screen
- Turn off the LED indicator light
- Turn on battery saver mode
- Uninstall Clash of Clans (confirm)
Use your Camera with Bixby
Bixby can control the camera and manage any settings inside the camera app, too. Whether you want to record a video for YouTube, take photos, or send your friend a selfie, it does it all.
- Take a picture
- Take a Selfie and send it to Jessica
- Record a video
- Turn on the front camera
- Turn on HDR
- Turn on Flash
- Show me pictures
- Set the timer for rear camera to 10 seconds
- Apply an effect
- Turn on Save RAW and JPEG files for rear camera
- Turn on video stabilization
- Adjust the ISO of Pro mode to 200
- Adjust the exposure value of Pro mode to 1
- Turn on grid lines
- Take a Panorama photo
Twitter, Facebook & More
- Open Facebook and post a recent picture
- Post the last photo I took
- Post a recent picture with the message “birthday party”
- Post a message that I’m going on vacation to Hawaii
- Show all posts
- Open Facebook and display my notifications
- Write on John’s wall that we should go grab a beer
- Open Facebook and search for Amanda
- Open Twitter and show recent tweets
- Show Twitter notices
- Open Twiter and show me recent messages
- Search Twitter for Donald Trump memes
- Open Instagram and post my last photo with hashtag “no filter”
Smart Home Products
In the future, Samsung Smart TV’s and appliances will all have Bixby built-in, for now though, we can use the Galaxy phones and Bixby to control certain smart home products. More will slowly arrive throughout 2018. These include anything that works with Samsung Connect or robot vacuums. Once Bixby 2.0 gets going more, we’ll see it in everything from Samsung.
- Turn on the Robot cleaner
- Turn off the Robot cleaner
- Recharge the Robot cleaner
- Change Robot cleaner suction power to high
- Show me the Robot cleaner battery life
- Add a new Robot Vacuum cleaner to Samsung Connect
- Add a Rule
- Show my rules
- What’s the thermostat temperature set at
- Turn on the TV
- Open Samsung Connect and go to ESPN
- Open Samsung Connect and open YouTube on my TV
- Turn off the thermostat
- Turn the Air conditioner down to 75 degrees (change cooling point temperature to 75)
- Open Samsung Connect and turn on my outlet
- Open Samsung Connect and turn off power cool for the fridge, etc.
This is just a small sample of what Bixby is capable of doing on our smartphones and devices. Samsung promises that the service will learn over time, understand the context in conversations, and slowly learn to work with any and all apps and services. It’s already starting to learn my habits, when I turn off WiFi, and other things. And with 3rd party developer access, unlike Siri or the Google Assistant, apps, games, and almost anything can take advantage of Bixby.
Again, this is just the beginning for Bixby. Right now it’s only available on Galaxy smartphones, but more products are coming soon From a Bixby 2.0 smart speaker to take on HomePod, Samsung Smart TVs, refrigerators, washing machines and other appliances in the future. Not to mention the upcoming Galaxy Note 9.
Keep in mind that as more Bixby products arrive this list will grow substantially. For now, most of them are geared for smartphones or smart home items. If you’d rather not use Bixby at all, or have the button wake up your phone, Samsung lets you disable it with the most recent update. We’ll update this list with more voice controls and options as they become available.