Samsung is finally allowing users to disable the Bixby button on Galaxy 8 and Note 8 phones. Many users haven't felt the need for the dedicated button or have been annoyed by how often its placement caused them to accidentally launch the assistant - but until now Samsung wouldn't allow users to turn it off. The latest Bixby update, however, includes a new toggle that lets you choose to disable the launching of Bixby Home from the button. Samsung is finally allowing users to disable the Bixby button on Galaxy 8 and Note 8 phones. To do so, install the update, open the new toggle or Bixby setting, and select'don't open anything' To disable the button, install the update, open the new toggle or Bixby setting, and select'don't open anything.'
Samsung has put a lot of effort into launching its Bixby virtual assistant, but the company is finally making a concession to Samsung Galaxy users who've been frustrated with the program's hardware. The company's newest update will allow users to prevent the Galaxy S8's Bixby button from opening its Bixby Home app, according to Sammobile. The update is rolling out gradually to Samsung Galaxy S8 owners, but if you get it, here's what you'll need to do: The move is a notable step down on Samsung's part, as the company has been less than flexible about the virtual assistant in the past. The S8 features a dedicated physical Bixby button on the phone's side that previously opened up Samsung's Google Now-like Bixby Home app, which displayed weather, daily reminders and other situational notifications. Third-party developers had briefly figured out a way to reassign the button for other applications, but Samsung quickly closed that loophole.
Update 9/18/17: Samsung will finally let users turn off the side button so it doesn't open Bixby Home when accidentally pressed. To do that, open the Galaxy Apps store, tap the overflow menu icon in the top right, then My Apps, and Update. If you see it, you're on the latest version and Bixby Voice is active To start using Bixby, swipe over to the Bixby Home screen and it should walk you through the setup process, which is pretty simple. Additionally, there are a few general options in the Bixby Home Settings menu, including background color, feedback sounds, speaking style, and notifications.
Samsung's latest crop of flagship phones -- Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 -- have a dedicated button that can only be used to launch the company's smart assistant, Bixby. Not everyone cared for Bixby (especially since it took forever for Samsung to actually enable it on its phones), so third-party hacks appeared shortly after the launch of S8, letting users change the button's functionality to something else. Samsung wouldn't have that, so it quickly made it impossible to change the button's behavior. Now, Samsung has relented and made it possible to disable the button -- to an extent. SEE ALSO: Here's what Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 looks like on the inside According to Sammobile, Samsung appears to be slowly rolling this functionality out to users in the form of a Bixby update.