- Oct 6, 2011
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The Bixby Button is Samsung's attempt to get those using their millions of new handsets to use the Samsung created voice assistant. Bixby is their answer to Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. In some ways it can actually do more than either voice assistant. On the Galaxy S8 and Note 8 Bixby can seem a bit redundant. Those phones also feature Google Assistant which comes standard with Android. I find myself using Google's service almost exclusively.
That being said I have accidentally launched Bixby a time or two on my Note 8 by hitting that dedicated button that sits just below the volume rocker. If you do that a time or two you start looking for a way to turn it off. Until now Samsung has blocked all apps that allow for the button to be turned off or remapped. It looks like Samsung is finally hearing our pain regarding this matter. The latest Bixby app update include a Bixby button toggle so you can turn the button off if it gets in your way. Even if you toggle off the button you can still access Bixby voice by long pressing the button. If the Bixby button has been giving you heartache you should check your app to see if you have the update with the on/off switch.