Bixby button on Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 can now be disabled

By | 18th September 2017

Samsung has put a lot of focus on Bixby, its new digital personal assistant, including putting a dedicated button on the side of the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy Note 8 which allows for the quickest possible access to the feature.

Some folks might not have been fans of the Bixby button, though, especially since Samsung made it so that owners couldn’t remap the button to launch whatever app they wanted. Instead of going that route, Samsung is now making it possible for people who don’t want to use the Bixby button to turn it off.

There is a new toggle at the top of Bixby home and in the Bixby settings. If you turn the Bixby button off, nothing will happen when you press it.

SamMobile points out that this is a feature change that is slowly rolling out to Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 owners. Some people don’t have the setting on their phone just yet, while others are saying that they’ve noticed its arrival after they’ve updated the software. So if you don’t have it yet, you should see it soon.

It’s an interesting decision to see Samsung opt to simply disable the button, effectively removing any effectiveness beyond Bixby, rather than just letting owners map the button. Disabling it might be good enough for some owners, though, especially those who really don’t want to use Bixby.

Are you going to disable the Bixby button?