When the Galaxy S8, S8 Plus, and Galaxy Note 8 launched in 2017, they had a new hardware button on the left dedicated to activate the company’s digital assistant Bixby. However, there was no official way in the phone’s software to disable the Bixby button for people who didn’t want or need it. This caused many third-party software makers to create apps and root methods to disable the Bixby button.
read more: Bixby Guide: Features, Compatible Devices, Best Commands
Despite this obvious customer desire to officially add such an option, Samsung did nothing on this front for months. However, things changed in September 2017. Samsung has quietly released a software update specifically for Galaxy S8, S8 Plus, and Note 8 owners that finally includes an official way to (slightly) reduce the use of the Bixby button . Specifically, you can change its settings, so you have to press the button twice to activate Bixby. This will be of great help to owners of those phones who may have accidentally accessed Bixby by pressing the dedicated button.
This is how it works:
- Tap the Settings icon.
- Scroll down and tap on it Advanced functions selection.
- Tap on it Bixby key choice.
- Finally, tap on it Double click to open Bixby selection.
You can also take advantage of some of the third-party apps that have made ways to use that Bixby button for things other than activating Bixby. You can check it out at the link below.
read more: How to remap the Bixby button
Some of you may 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 handled that task. Unfortunately, the company has opted to get rid of that feature in a future software update.