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How to disable Bixby on your Samsung Galaxy phone in 2022

Bixby isn't everyone's cup of tea. Get rid of it!
January 29, 2022

One feature you’re guaranteed to find on Samsung Galaxy phones is Bixby, its in-house AI assistant. Bixby isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, though, so you might have a hard time truly enjoying your new Galaxy handset if you aren’t a fan. Lucky for you, after following just a few quick steps, you can disable Bixby altogether on your Samsung Galaxy phone.

Also read: Here’s a full Bixby guide to learn how to use the service

How to disable the Bixby button on Galaxy S21, S20, Note 10, and Note 20 phones

Galaxy S21 Ultra face down on desk
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The Bixby button is placed right below the volume keys on the right side of Samsung’s Galaxy S21, S20, and Note 20 phones and the left side of the Note 10 phones. It’s also the power button for those phones. Bixby is activated by long-pressing on that button, but you may just want it to be your power button. Here’s how to disable Bixby altogether on that button.

samsung side key options
  1. Swipe down on the screen to bring up the notifications menu, and then tap on the power icon on the top right side of the screen.
  2. You should see the power menu pop up on the screen, along with the Side Key settings selection. Tap on it to continue.
  3. You should see the settings, which include the Press and Hold options. There’s a Wake Bixby setting that’s on by default, but you can tap on the Power off menu selection instead to disable Bixby.

That’s it! Now you can press the side button to your heart’s content, and it won’t activate Bixby. Feels good, doesn’t it?

How to disable the Bixby button (sort of) on older Galaxy phones

If you own a Galaxy phone older than the S20 or Note 10 with Bixby installed, here’s how to require a double press to activate Bixby on those handsets. It doesn’t disable Bixby altogether, but it’s better than nothing. Samsung did allow users to disable Bixby on those phones at one point, but a software update has since eliminated that feature.

Note: Instructions for the rest of the article were put together using an older Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus running Android 11.

  1. Open the Settings.
  2. Scroll down and tap on the Advanced Features selection.
  3. Tap on the Bixby Key option.
  4. Finally, tap on the Double Press to open Bixby selection.
  5. You can also pick what a single press does.

Read more: The best Samsung smartphones

How to disable the “Hi, Bixby” feature

For most people, Bixby Voice is probably the most useful Bixby feature. It’s an easy way to ask your phone a simple question without first unlocking your phone. Some people aren’t big fans of Bixby Voice — Google Assistant is much more useful in specific scenarios — and luckily, there’s an easy way to disable it.

  1. Open the Bixby app.
  2. Tap the Hamburger menu button on the left side of the screen.
  3. Hit the settings gear icon on the top of the screen.
  4. Tap on the Voice Wake Up option.
  5. Toggle the Wake with “Hi, Bixby” option off. You can also turn it on here, if it’s off.

Also: Google Assistant vs Amazon Alexa

Just sign out of your Samsung account!

Samsung logo Galaxy S20 3

You can ignore this section if you happen to take advantage of your Samsung account in any way. If, like me, you don’t really use Samsung’s dedicated services, simply removing your Samsung account also stops Bixby from working! This is a simple solution that will save you the headaches of finding specific settings and going through more complex processes.

  1. Go into the Settings app.
  2. Tap on your name/email on top.
  3. Scroll down to the button and tap on Sign out.

Next: Want more options? These are the best Android phones you can find!

How to disable Samsung Free

One UI 3.0 Features Samsung Free
C. Scott Brown / Android Authority

It’s hard to find a good reason to use Samsung Free (which replaced Bixby Home and Samsung Daily). Samsung Free is the vertically scrolling list of content that lives on your left-most home screen. It’s the list of content that shows you “useful” things. The problem is most things it shows aren’t that great. If you agree with us, here’s how to get rid of it!

  1. Long-press on an empty area (somewhere with no icons or widgets) on your Galaxy phone home screen to access your home screen settings. You can also pinch inwards with two fingers to get to this screen.
  2. Swipe over to the left-most home screen, where you’ll find Samsung Free.
  3. Tap the toggle at the top of the screen to disable Samsung Free.

To re-enable Samsung Free, perform steps one and two again, then toggle the same Samsung Free option on.

Now that you’ve gotten rid of Bixby, do you want to learn more about other digital assistants? Give the articles linked below a read and see which is your favorite.