Samsung Galaxy S20: How to Completely Disable Bixby

Samsung Galaxy S20 with Bixby icon
Justin Duino

Samsung voice assistant, Bixby, is preinstalled on the Galaxy S20, S20 +, and S20 Ultra and is easy to activate accidentally. Fortunately, Samsung allows you to deactivate and deactivate all instances of Bixby so that it is no longer a nuisance.

Bixby can be found implemented throughout your Galaxy S20. It is hidden in the prolonged action of the power button, automation functions, voice recognition and even the device’s home screen. Removing the virtual assistant from one of these locations will not affect any functionality of your phone. Go ahead and turn off anything you don’t use.

Remap side / power button

If you come from almost any smartphone, you will quickly discover that a long press on the side button will launch Bixby, not the power menu. Remapping the pressure and hold function is an easy solution.

Starts with swipe down notification shadeby pressing the Gear icon to open the Galaxy S20 Settings menu, scrolling down and choosing the “Advanced functions” option, then selecting the “Side key” button. Finally, press the “Power off menu” in the “Press and hold” section.

Read our full Side button remapping guide for the Samsung Galaxy S20 if you need additional assistance.

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Disable the wake-up keyword “Hi, Bixby”

When setting up your new smartphone, Samsung may have asked you to configure the “Hi, Bixby” voice recognition feature of the Galaxy S20. Disable it if you are not using Bixby or if the virtual assistant activates on the wrong sentences.

Start by swiping up from the handset home screen to display the application drawer. From there, locate and open the “Bixby” application. By default, the company places the Bixby application in a “Samsung” folder.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Open the Bixby app

Now select the Hamburger menu icon on the left side of the screen.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Tap the Hamburger menu icon

Tap the Gear icon at the top of the drop-down menu that appears.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Select the Gear Settings icon

Scroll through the list and select the “Voice wake-up” option. The text below the element will inform you if the function is activated and the sensitivity level of the voice recognition.

You can now deactivate “Alarm clock with” Hi, Bixby “.” Make sure the icon is grayed out.

Your device will no longer activate every time you say the Samsung keyword.

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Disable Bixby routines

Bixby routines automatically adjust features and settings based on the location of the handset and what you are doing. Available quick actions include turning on Do Not Disturb while driving and opening apps at specific times, and more. Think of them as a slightly different version of Samsung Apple iPhone shortcuts.

Deactivate the functionality of your Galaxy S20 by accessing the Device settings menu. The easiest way to do this is to swipe down from the top of the home page to display the notification panel. From there, tap the Gear icon.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Select the Gear Settings icon

Alternatively, you can swipe up from the bottom of the home screen to open the app drawer. Use the search bar at the top of the screen or browse the pages to find the “Settings” application.

Scroll down and select the “Advanced Features” option.

Finally, press the button that corresponds to “Bixby Routines”. Check that the switch is gray.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Disable Bixby routines

Samsung’s built-in automation feature will now be disabled.

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Delete Samsung Daily home page

Samsung Galaxy S20 Samsung Daily Home Screen
Justin Duino

On previous Galaxy handsets, Samsung included a panel on the far left of the handset called Bixby Home. In the fall of 2019, the company renamed the section for Samsung Daily. While not directly related to Bixby, it does include some of Samsung’s smart information panels.

If you are not using Samsung Daily and you are accidentally opening the content aggregator, you can turn off the feature. To do this, press and hold an empty part of the home screen until the presentation menu is displayed. From there, swipe to the “Samsung Daily” page and press the toggle. Return to the main home screen and you’re ready to go.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Turn off Samsung Daily, then select the Home screen

Adding the Samsung Daily page to the home screen of your Galaxy S20 is as simple as reversing these steps. Discover the whole guide to remove Samsung Daily if you need more help.

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