Update – Nov. 3 – Samsung has rolled out yet another Bixby update for the Galaxy S8, S8 Plus and Note 8. This update will still let you disable the Bixby button on those phones, but it will also shut down the button’s ability to wake up those phones when pressed.

Original story – Sept. 18 – When the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus launched earlier this year, they included a new hardware button on the left side dedicated just for activating the company’s new Bixby digital assistant. However, there was no official way in the Bixby software to disable this feature for people who didn’t want or need it. This caused many third-party software makers to create apps and root methods to shut down the Bixby button.

Despite this obvious desire from customers to add such an option officially, Samsung did nothing for months on this front. Indeed, the brand new Samsung Galaxy Note 8 was released with the same issue last week. Today, however, things changed as Samsung quietly pushed out a software update specifically for Galaxy S8, S8 Plus, and Note 8 owners that finally includes an official way to disable the Bixby button, at least in part.

Wondering how to disable the Bixby button on your Galaxy device? It’s easy:

  • Open up Bixby as you normally would.
    • If a new Bixby update is available, you should see a message notifying you about it. If you see this message, download the update.
    • If you don’t see the message, you probably already have the update installed.
  • From the main Bixby screen, tap the gear icon on the upper right corner of your screen.
  • You’ll now see a toggle called Bixby key, with the slider set to the on position.
  • Tap on the slider to turn it to the off position.

And that’s it!

The Bixby Voice function will continue to work if you press and hold on the Bixby key for a couple of seconds, and if you really want to keep using Samsung’s digital assistant, you can simply swipe left from your Galaxy S8, S8 Plus, and Note 8 home screen. However, this much requested feature should be a huge help for owners of Samsung’s flagship phones who might have been accidentally accessing Bixby by pressing on the dedicated button.


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John Callaham

John was a newspaper reporter before becoming a technology and video/PC gaming writer in 2000. He lives in Greer, SC with his wife and five cats.