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How to Completely Disable Bixby on the Galaxy S9

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This guide explains how to completely disable Bixby on the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 8. In fact, we’ll show you how to disable the button but still use some of its features, or get rid of it completely. Bixby is Samsung’s virtual assistant similar to Siri, Alexa, or the Google Assistant. And while it’s pretty useful, some will want to turn it off.

Read: 175 Awesome Things Bixby Voice Can Do

While Bixby has a lot to offer, the dedicated button on the side of the phone gets in the way. It’s too easy to confuse the Bixby key for the volume button, or simply hit it by accident. The other problem is we can’t reconfigure that button to do something else, like open the camera. Follow our instructions or video below to get rid of Bixby once and for all.

How to Disable the Bixby Key

To prevent Bixby from automatically popping up every time you accidentally hit the button, follow these steps.

  • Press the Bixby Key on the middle left side of the phone
  • At the top right corner, tap the 3-dots menu button (or settings icon)
  • Tap Settings from the menu
  • Scroll down and select Bixby Key
  • Set to Don’t Open Anything

Keep in mind that once you do this the button still works, but you have to long-press the key to open Bixby. That means those accidental taps won’t do anything, but you’re not losing functionality either.

However, if you want to completely get rid of Bixby, you’ll need to disable Bixby Voice too.

How to Disable Bixby Voice

While you’re in the Bixby settings menu, hit back and scroll back up near the top. Instead of disabling the key, uncheck Bixby Voice like you see in our screenshot above.

  • Press the Bixby Key on the middle left side of the phone
  • At the top right corner, tap the 3-dots menu button (or settings icon)
  • Tap Settings from the menu
  • Flip the Bixby Voice switch to OFF

Once you disable both Bixby Voice and disable the button on the side of the phone using our instructions above, you’re almost done. Take note that the button does absolutely nothing now, even if you hold it down. You’ve successfully completely killed the frustrated Bixby button for good.

Disable Bixby Home & Other Details

However, Bixby is still all over your homescreen, but we can get rid of that too. If you want to completely disable Bixby on your phone this is the last step. When you swipe all the way to the left you’re greeted by a Bixby landing page full of information.

Push and hold any blank area on your home screen. The screen will zoom out to an edit mode, where you can change wallpapers and such. Swipe to the far left until you land on Bixby. Now, just disable Bixby with the slider at the top of the screen. Hit the home button and we’re all done. You’ve now successfully killed Bixby throughout the Galaxy S9.

If at any point you want to bring back Bixby simply follow these steps in reverse. Long-press on the screen and enable Bixby Home, then open the app and turn the button back on. While you’re here, take a look at these best Galaxy S9 screen protectors. Or, read our Galaxy S9 problems and fixes guide.

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