How To Remove Bixby From Samsung Galaxy S8
If you’re rocking a Galaxy S8/Galaxy S8+ and you want to exorcise Bixby from your phone for good, as well as kill the Bixby button, simply follow these steps:
- Make sure you’re running the latest version of Bixby. To check this, head to Galaxy Apps, and then My Apps.
- Once you know you have the latest version, head to Bixby home screen.
- Go to Settings and there is a toggle to disable Bixby and the Bixby button.
- Once you’ve done this Bixby will be gone for good. And the button will no longer do anything, so no more pocket-waking your phone or accidental butt-dialling ex-partners, weird uncles, or friends you haven’t spoken to for 10 or more years.
What Is Bixby, Anyway!?
Bixby was announced, came aboard the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, and was, for all intents and purposes, a massive let down. Samsung bet big on the virtual assistant, pitting it against Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and Microsoft’s Cortana, but Bixby – like Samsung Voice before it – failed.
Bixby felt rushed, not all there, and never really stood a chance of taking on Google Assistant. Samsung should have waited until 2019, got it running perfectly, and then released it on the Galaxy S9. But it didn’t and now the company has egg on its face.
Samsung released a means of turning Bixby off earlier on this year, but the hardware button for activating Bixby still worked and if nudged would activate the phone which has been causing users a lot of headaches pretty much all year.
Well, Samsung has now given users the opportunity to kill the button entirely, so even if you press it nothing will happen. It’s now just a sad, weird button on the side of your phone. A physical reminder that things like digital assistants cannot be rushed, that they have to be built and evolved over time, not just slapped inside a phone when they’re half-cooked.
This is my major issue with Samsung; it will happily ship something that just isn’t fit for purpose. We’ve seen it happen so many times over the years, you’d think the company would learn. But, no – the clangers keep on coming.
Is Bixby dead? Maybe. Or, it could do a Siri and just lay dormant until Samsung finally makes it fit for purpose. Thing is, would anyone actually use it after experiencing this first-generation, beta-standard version of it? I’m not so sure; not when you have things like Google Assistant out there as an alternative.