If you were envy on the Apple users who get to enjoy Siri’s presence, with Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus you have Bixby to help you. So, you can stop craving for an assistant because you have one. Whether you want to know the time in Van Nuys, California – or in any other place of the Globe – or you want to say Hi Galaxy and look at your smartphone as it activates all by itself, you can do it with Bixby.
So, at this point, all you have to do is to go ahead and test it, decide if you want to use it and learn how to disable it, in the event that you will come to the part when you will feel like it is too much for you and you don’t really need it.
This assistant that will answer all your voice commands and questions is easy to enable or disable by using the same standard settings. Just bear in mind that, because it can be activated, by default, from the Home button, the options to deactivate it will refer to:
- Disable Bixby from automatically activating from the Home screen;
- Or completely turn Bixby off from the general Settings of the Galaxy S8/S8 Plus.
#1 – Disable Bixby from the Home button:
- Head to the Home screen;
- Long press on an empty space of the screen;
- Swipe left and find the Bixby dedicated toggle;
- Tap on it to turn the voice assistant Off and return to the home screen.
You’ve just disabled the Bixby activation from the Home button, but the feature will still be active on your Samsung Galaxy S8 or Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus. To shut it off for good…
#2 – Disable Bixby completely:
- Start, again, from the Home screen;
- Open the notification panel with one swipe from the top of the display;
- Hit the Settings icon;
- Navigate to Applications, All Applications;
- Browse until you find the Bixby feature;
- Tap on it to access its settings;
- Select the Disable option;
- Tap Disable in the warning window that will pop up and let you know that the action could inflict other apps.
Now you can say that you have officially disabled Bixby from your smartphone. As you’ve had the chance to see in that warning message from the final step, this is a built-in app and turning it off can, in some instances, affect the functionality of other built-in apps.
If you notice that, soon after that, the Samsung Galaxy S8 or Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus no longer functions properly, you should at least consider reactivating Bixby, just to rule out the possibility that its absence is actually messing with everything else. Do not worry, all it takes is repeating the above steps and using the Enable button instead.