+ Wednesday November 20th, 2019

When Samsung announced the Galaxy S10 series, it made an announcement that would be quite popular amongst users; the Bixby button can be remapped to something else (perhaps more useful).

Fortunately the feature isn’t just for Samsung’s newest handsets, but for many of their recent devices as well.

Available now, the new feature allows users of the following phones to remap the Bixby Button:

  • Galaxy S8 / S8+
  • Galaxy S9 / S9+
  • Note 8
  • Note 9
  • Galaxy S10 range

The update comes via an update to the Bixby app itself, so head into Samsung’s Galaxy Apps and download the update.

Here’s how to set it up:

  1. Update Bixby via Samsung Galaxy Store
  2. Access Bixby button settings (Settings -> Advanced Features -> Bixby key)
  3. Remap your keys

You can remap a single press of the Bixby key, or a double press, but it seems not both. A long press will always launch Bixby voice, so you won’t (or can’t) lose access to that.

However, for many users this will be a welcome official update to allow that button to be remapped to something a little more useful than Samsung’s AI assistant.

Chris Rowland   Managing Editor

Chris Rowland

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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Nancy Hall
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Nancy Hall

I would like to get rid of bixby altogether on my s8. Is there any way?

Vincent Bayliss
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Vincent Bayliss

It doesn’t allow for the Google Assistant app to be mapped to the button.

Jesse
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Jesse

you should also mention the fact you still have to agree to bixby terms and conditions in order to get the remapping to be available. I am never buying another samsung as long as those choices are compulsory…

Tymelord
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Tymelord

Lmao.. I’m sure samsung will bankrupt.. piss off to apple where the exact issue exists..

Geo
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Geo

I can’t seem to remap to google assistant? Bloody Samsung…

Oldmike
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Oldmike

According to one of the youtube techies , the use of google assistant will not be possible ,
No idea why , but this what he said .

CoD511
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CoD511

Rather dissapointed that I can’t just have a double press for launching an application, with a single press doing nothing.

Either way, it’s better than nothing and I’m glad to have it.

Rick
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Rick

If I could I would delete and uninstall Bixby, biggest pain in the are.

Oldmike
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Oldmike

I actually don’t mind bixby for some of the stuff it can do..
But it does annoy me for the simple things it can’t..

Al
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Al

This should be part of the OS. Why do I have to install a program to remap a button so that I can NOT use that app? What happens if I uninstall the app (assuming one can tell me said Clare)?

M j
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M j

Is that actually the Broken English headline you’re going with? Hahah doesn’t make sense.

Azu
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Azu

No update for S8+ int. version Oreo, but +1 to bxactions

Joseph Gould
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Joseph Gould

I still haven’t got the update for Bixby on my S8+

Ian Mackereth
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Ian Mackereth

There’s an app for that! Bxactions allows mapping single, double, and long presses to other functions. (The app is always needing updates when Samsung change things, but it’s been working well so far)

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