After Google Assistant launched a year ago, Samsung introduced its virtual assistant, “Bixby,” which primarily runs on Samsung smartphones but was later added to refrigerators. As with Google Home or Assistant, you do not need to press buttons for Bixby. Say “Hi, Bixby,” and it will be at your service. It can do the same things as a typical assistant, such as turning off lights, changing TV channels, and other similar tasks.

Moreover, you can do many accessibility tasks with Bixby. Samsung appliances are entirely hands-free. However, one thing now annoys users and forces them to disable it. There is a reason for this: many smartphones place Bixby buttons near the volume buttons or replace the power buttons, creating a space where users prefer to avoid having Bixby running. If you need help with how to do this, we will guide you through it below.

How to Disable Bixby on Your Samsung Phone

Samsung users are concerned that disabling Bixby could damage their phones. However, before deciding, you should consider how Bixby can interact with your phone’s operation. Meanwhile, there is no issue if you disable Bixby. The reason for this is that Samsung itself provided instructions for deactivating or disabling Bixby. I hope you want to disable Bixby. Samsung has made numerous changes in the past year. Some smartphones are below Android 12, and some are above it. As a result, we’ve included instructions for disabling Bixby on Android 12 or higher smartphones.

Note: Since Samsung smartphones have considerable variations in settings, the below steps are dedicated to the Samsung S20 Fe.

  1. Open Settings > Advanced Features
  2. Turn off the Bixby routine and tap on the side key.
  3. Under the power and hold menu, select power off.
  4. Go back to the Settings menu and tap on Apps > Bixby Voice.
  5. Then tap Bixby Voice Settings and sign into Bixby.
  6. Now turn off the voice wake-ups and any other listed options.
  7. Select Notifications and turn off the “show notifications” option.
  8. Finally, select Unlink device to unlink Bixby from your account.

Android 10 is the operating system for the Samsung Galaxy S10 and Note 10. And here are some additional steps to disabling Bixby on Android 10 Samsung devices. Let’s move on to the next section without further delay.

  1. Open Settings >> Advanced Features.
  2. Turn off the Bixby routine and tap on the side key.
  3. Toggle off by double-pressing the power button to access the power off menu.
  4. Go back to the Settings menu >> Apps >> Bixby Voice and open its settings.
  5. Next, change “Automatic listening” to “Never” and turn off other active options.
  6. Then get into your widgets and toggle off Samsung Daily.
  7. That’s it; Bixby has now been disabled.

If I did the same on Android 9 or an earlier Samsung phone, I could get a different result. This is because the phone’s user interface (UI) changed simultaneously. So to disable Bixby on Samsung devices running Android 9 or below, follow these steps.

  1. Open Settings >> Apps >> Bixby Voice.
  2. Then head to your Bixby settings.
  3. Now change “Automatic listening” to “Never.”
  4. Disable Bixby dictation and allow your voice to wake up.
  5. Then, tap the Bixby Key and toggle it to Double Press.
  6. Lastly, open widgets and toggle off Bixby Home.

Besides that, if you want to remap the key to something else, like a frequently used app, you can do this by opening Bixby Assistant Home by pressing the Bixby key. Then, tap Menu (the three horizontal lines), tap the name of your desired device. Following this, your Bixby is remapped as per your choice. These are things that we find relevant for disabling Bixby. Please ask all users below if they have any questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1. How do you disable Bixby on your Samsung TV?

Ans. You cannot turn off or deactivate Bixby on your TV. However, you can turn off the voice feature in the settings.

Q2. Can I uninstall Bixby from my Samsung?

Ans. You can uninstall it by removing it from the widgets.

Q3. Is there any alternative to Bixby?

Ans. Google Assistant is another excellent alternative.

Q4: Does Bixby require a subscription to use?

Ans. Bixby is entirely free to use, except for the fact that you need a Samsung account.