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Buh-Bye, Bixby: Galaxy S8, Galaxy Note 8 Owners Can Finally Disable The Bixby Button

4 November 2017, 10:44 pm EDT By Vincent Lanaria Tech Times
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Remember the Bixby button on your Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8 Plus, or Galaxy Note 8? If you aren't using it, then you can finally disable it now.

Samsung has launched a new update that provides you with the long-awaited option, but just to be clear, it isn't letting up on the whole remapping deal, though.

How To Disable The Bixby Button

According to SamMobile, the patch is already making its way to users here and there. That means you have to first head on over to Galaxy Apps, look for the three-dotted icon in the upper-left corner and tap it, select "My apps," Update, and just click on "Update all."

Now that the apps related to Bixby are up-to-date, all you have to do from here on out is to head to the virtual assistant's settings to completely disable it.

By "completely," we mean that users already could — for want of a better word — partly disable it before. Back then, you can only keep the button from launching Bixby Home, though, and pressing it will still wake your device, which is the cause of the many instances where the screen turned on by accident.

Needless to say, the update takes care of that issue, and the Bixby button is practically a useless key that does nothing at all when switched off.

For those who don't know, the Bixby button is the dedicated physical key found in the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8.

Why All The Hate For The Bixby Button Again?

For starters, a lot of Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 owners kept accidentally calling up Bixby whenever they picked up their phones or while their phones were in their pockets. As anyone can imagine, that gets annoying quick.

If it weren't as intrusive, most people probably wouldn't mind it at all. That said, there are users out there who aren't bothered by it. Some even like it, so there's that. But from the look of things, the majority would like to see it gone — or better yet, remappable.

Of course, Samsung doesn't see eye to eye with that sentiment. It's even rumored to roll out the Galaxy A (2018) lineup with it.

With everything cleared up, feel free to let us know what you think of Bixby and the Bixby button in the comments section below, particularly whether if you use it frequently or if you've been waiting for an option to disable it completely.

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