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How to Disable Bixby on the Galaxy Note 9

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This guide explains how to disable Bixby on the Galaxy Note 9, or at least prevent accidental taps on the button. And while Samsung gives owners a few different options, you can’t completely get rid of Bixby.

Bixby is Samsung’s virtual assistant similar to Siri, Alexa, or the Google Assistant. And while it’s pretty useful, you might want to turn it off.

The biggest problem is the dedicated button on the side of the phone. It’s too easy to confuse the Bixby key for the volume button or hit it by accident. Opening Bixby when you want something else. The other problem is we can’t reconfigure that key to open other apps, like the camera or Google. So, follow our steps or video below to tone down Bixby on the Galaxy Note 9.

How to Disable the Bixby Button

To prevent Bixby from automatically popping up every time you accidentally hit the button, follow these steps. This works on the Note 9 with Bixby 2.0 after September 2018.

  • 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
  • Change this to Press Twice to open Bixby

Sadly, we have no way to completely disable the Bixby key like you can on the Galaxy S9. Well, not without downloading some 3rd party apps or hacking the phone. That said, this will prevent accidental touches and makes it almost impossible to accidentally launch the app.

If Samsung changes its mind and allows us to fully disable Bixby like older devices we’ll update this article. For now, this is your only option.

How to Disable Bixby Voice

You’ll want to disable Bixby Voice, too. So, while you’re in the Bixby settings menu hit back and scroll up to the top. Look for the Bixby Voice option and turn that off real quick.

  • 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 Wake Up switch to OFF

Once you disable both Bixby Voice and the button on the side of the phone using our instructions above, you’re almost done.

How to Disable Bixby Home & Other Info

Unfortunately, Bixby is still all over your home screen, so that’s our next step. When you swipe all the way to the left you’re greeted by a Bixby landing page full of information, but we can get rid of that too. If you want to completely rid your Note 9 of Bixby this is the last step.

Push and hold any blank area on your home screen. The screen will zoom out to an edit mode, where you typically go to change the wallpaper or add widgets. Swipe to the far left until you land on Bixby. Now, just disable Bixby with the slider switch at the top of the screen. This essentially removes the entire Bixby homepage from your home screens.

Read: 40 Galaxy Note 9 Tips & Tricks

Now, hit the home button and we’re all done. You’ve successfully toned-down Bixby throughout the Galaxy Note 9.

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. Before you go, learn how to disable the Galaxy Note 9 always-on display, and here are 15 of the best Note 9 cases to keep your phone safe.

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