Bixby logo with Remap it words added.

We’ve said before, and we’ll say it again: Bixby sucks. You’re better off using Google Assistant any day of the week. The good news is, it’s now possible to remap the pointless Bixby button without using a third-party app.

You Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Bixby

Bixby is a pretty pointless addition to Galaxy Phones, and you’d be hard-pressed to name anything Bixby can do that Google Assistant can’t do better. Disabling Bixby typically tops our list of how to improve a new Samsung phone.

Unfortunately, until recently, you couldn’t do much about the Bixby button that Samsung insists slapping on phones like the Galaxy S8, S9, S10, Note 8, and Note 9. You could turn it off, but then you’d be left with an equally pointless button that does nothing. The good news is, with new updates you can now remap the Bixby button without having to resort to other apps. The bad news is, you can’t turn it off entirely anymore. But there’s a second best option. Here’s what to do.

Note: It’s not currently possible to remap the Bixby button to invoke the Google Assistant (or any other digital assistant). Just another app.

Remapping the Bixby Button

The first thing you’ll have to do is open the Bixy app, so go ahead and hit that Bixby button to launch it. Once the app opens (and you run through any setup it may require), tap on the three vertical dots at center-right of the screen.

Bixby app with arrow pointing to three vertical dots.

Tap the “Settings” option.

Bixby submenu with arrow pointing to settings option.

First, you’ll want to make sure the Bixby app is up to date, or you won’t get the remap option. Scroll down and choose “About Bixby.”

Bixby settings menu with "About Bixby voice" call out.

Bixby needs to be on at least version 2.1.04.18 for this to work. If you don’t have that, tap the update button.

Bixby about dialog with update button call out.

After the update, tap the three vertical dots and tap “Settings” again. Scroll down and find “Bixby Key.” Tap on that.

Bixby settings with Bixby key option call out.

You can’t completely disable Bixy anymore, which is terrible. The next best thing is to choose the “Double press to open Bixby” option, you’re unlikely to double press by accident.

bixby key settings with Double press to open Bixby call out.

Under the “double press” option toggle on the “use single” press option, this will let you remap the single press to another app.

Bixby key settings with use single press call out.

On the next screen, you can choose “Open app” or “run quick command.” To set the single press to something like Google Assistant, choose Open app.

Bixby single press settings with open app call out.

Then scroll to the app you want to use and tap it—in this case, the Google app.

Open app dialog with Google call out.

And now your Bixby button is more useful. This isn’t perfect, and it’d be great if you could turn off Bixby entirely. But at least you’re less likely to accidentally trigger it. And if you don’t want the button to do anything, you can get close to it—just make Bixby a double press and don’t assign anything to the single press option.

Josh Hendrickson Josh Hendrickson
Josh Hendrickson has worked in IT for nearly a decade, including four years spent repairing and servicing computers for Microsoft. He’s also a smarthome enthusiast who built his own smart mirror with just a frame, some electronics, a Raspberry Pi, and open-source code.
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