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How to disable Bixby on the Samsung Galaxy S10

You may not want to use it, for good reason.
July 23, 2021
Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus Home Screen

The Samsung Galaxy S10 phones have the company’s Bixby digital assistant pre-installed. However, many people simply don’t want to use Bixby; they would rather use Google Assistant, or just use the phone without a digital AI helper.

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Officially, there’s no fast way to disable Bixby, but there are a couple of methods that can be used to keep Bixby from opening. Here’s how to disable Bixby on the Samsung Galaxy S10 (sort of).

How to disable Bixby on the Samsung Galaxy S10

Before you start, make sure your Galaxy S10 is signed up to your Samsung account. After that’s done, here how to disable Bixby Home:

  1. Go to your home screen on the Galaxy S10 and then long press on an empty space on the screen. You should see the home screen get smaller, and two more screens show up on either side.
  2. Slide over to the right screen, where the Bixby Home screen is located. You should see a slider on the top right corner with a blue indicator.
  3. Press on that slide to turn it off, and the Bixby Home screen should gray out, indicating your success.

Now you can change the settings on the Bixby hardware button on the left side of the Galaxy S10 to make it harder to activate Bixby accidentally.

  1. Go to your app screen and tap on the Settings app.
  2. In the Settings menu, go to the Advanced features selection.
  3. Then tap on the Bixby key option.
  4. You should see that the Single press to open Bixby selection is active. Just tap on the Double Press to open Bixby. With that setting selected, you will need to double press the Bixby hardware key to launch the AI assistant. That should keep you from activating it when you don’t want to do so.

Obviously, this doesn’t fully disable Bixby, but it’s pretty close. Samsung also allows Galaxy S10 owners to remap the Bixby button in the same menu so that it can launch other apps, with the exception of voice-based helpers like Google Assistant. Just press on the Use single press slider and then select the app you want to launch with the button.