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Samsung kills hated Bixby button

20 September, 2017, 15:10 | Author: Nadine Todd
  • Samsung finally allows you to disable the Bixby key

The newly launched, Galaxy Note 8 also has a Bixby Key and this new update will help the users of this device in future as well.

Press the Settings gear button on the top of the screen.

The latest update to Samsung's Bixby lets users disable the Bixby button to prevent accidental triggers.

It seems Samsung has finally given in to users' demand by allowing them to turn off the Bixby button.

I can't tell you how many times I've tried to adjust the volume one of the recent Samsung Galaxy devices, only to have Bixby Home open. The high-end smartphones have a dedicated button for Samsung's resident artificial intelligence helper, which has been compared to Apple's very own Siri. Thankfully, Samsung is finally letting Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 owners disable it. Disabling it might be good enough for some owners, though, especially those who really don't want to use Bixby. If you turn the Bixby button off, nothing will happen when you press it.

I'm not alone in my dislike of Bixby, which is impossible to completely deactivate and tries to impose itself on your life at inopportune moments, like when you're trying to, say, take a picture. The option also doesn't shut off Bixby Home which can still be accessed by a left hand swipe of the home screen, and Bixby's voice commands are still powered-up by pressing and holding the button. While it suggests that it disables Bixby, a long hold on the button will still open the virtual assistant. However, with the launch of the Galaxy Note 8 in August, the company made the Bixby Voice available for users. If you see this message, download the update.

The ability to disable the Bixby button is a step in restoring some usefulness in the sense that it stops an undesirable impact from having the button present.

From the main Bixby screen, tap the gear icon on the upper right corner of your screen.

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