When the Galaxy S8, S8 Plus, and Galaxy Note 8 launched in 2017, they included a new hardware button on the left side dedicated to activating the company’s Bixby digital assistant. However, there was no official way in the phone’s software to disable the Bixby button for those who didn’t want or need it. This prompted many third-party software makers to create apps and root methods to turn off the Bixby button.
read more: Bixby Guide: Features, Compatible Devices, Best Commands
Despite this clear desire from customers to officially add such an option, Samsung did nothing on this front for months. However, things changed in September 2017. Samsung quietly pushed out a software update exclusively for Galaxy S8, S8 Plus and Note 8 owners that eventually included an official way to reduce the use of the Bixby button. Notably, you can change its settings so that you have to press the button twice to activate Bixby. This will be a great help to owners of phones who might have accidentally accessed Bixby by pressing the dedicated button.
Here’s how it works:
- Tap on the Settings icon.
- Scroll down and tap on advanced features selection.
- tap on bixby’s the option.
- Finally, tap on Double press to open Bixby selection.
You can also use a number of third-party apps that have built in ways to use that Bixby button for things other than activating Bixby. You can view them at the link below.
read moreHow to Remap Bixby Buttons
Some of you might be wondering if Samsung has provided a way to completely disable the Bixby button on those phones. The answer is that the company released an update that took over that task. Unfortunately, the company opted to get rid of that feature in a subsequent software update. It doesn’t look like these will change before phones reach their software update limits.