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Bixby is the default personal assistant of Samsung Galaxy devices. While some like it, some think it is far from being the default assistant as compared to the Google Assistant. Bixby is quite essential when it comes to system level commands or functions like opening a App. However, there are limitations to what it can do for everyday tasks. Moreover, Bixby uses quite some background data, RAM, and is heavy on battery drain. So here is a tutorial on how to either disable Bixby, uninstall it, or remap the Bixby Button.
The most annoying thing I find is the accidental click of the Bixby hardware Button. It is positioned to have many accidental presses. There are easier ways to remap the Bixby button to changes its functionality into doing something else instead of opening the Bixby System UI. However, there is no solution to accidental Bixby Button press. So we have also listed a tutorial on how to uninstall Bixby completely to avoid accidental clicks.
While Samsung did roll out the update to disable Bixby at an extent, it cannot be fully disabled, uninstalled, or remap the Bixby button out of the box for that matter. Moreover, according to sources, Samsung does not allow remapping Bixby 2.0 button on the Note 9. So BxAction, Button Mapper may not work in the future.
Here is a tutorial on how to either remap Bixby button, disable Bixby, or uninstall Bixby completely on any Samsung device including Note 9, Note 8, Galaxy S9, Galaxy S8.
How to Remap Bixby Button?
There are multiple and easier ways to remap Bixby button. You can find many apps to remap any hardware button on the Play Store.
The bxActions – Bix Button Remapper app can easily remap the Bixby button. You can set it to open Google Assistant, toggle between silent/vibrate mode, turn on flash light, open notifications panel, and do much more. The latest version of bxActions now supports Bixby 2.0 and Samsung Galaxy Note 9 as well.
Here is another great app that can – not only remap Bixby button but also remap any hardware button like volume up, down, etc. This app is called Button Mapper. However, it requires write permission using ADB commands.
How to Disable Bixby without removing it completly?
It is not something new that Packages can be disabled on the Samsung Galaxy devices. Bixby services come in packages and can be disabled with or without rooting Android device.
If you have root access on you Samsung Galaxy device, then you can download and install a System App Remover (Root) app.
However, if you want a non root solution, then you will need Knox based Samsung Apps like Adhell, SABS, etc.
If you can’t or don’t want to go through the long procedure to install Adhell or SABS, then you can also settle for a paid version of Package Disabler Pro specifically designed for Samsung.
Note: Read reviews before purchasing.
Remove Bloatware: How to Uninstall Bixby completely with ADB commands
This method can be used to uninstall or remove any Bloatware or package from the system – and not just Bixby and its services. What we are going to do here is that we are going to access ADB Shell on Android device using ADB Debugging and uninstall system packages.
- Make sure you have setup ADB environment on your PC.
- Enable USB Debugging on your Samsung devices from Developer Options.
- Connect Android phone to your PC using USB cable running Windows, Linux, MacOS, ChromeOS, etc.
- Accept allow this computer to communicate with your device for the first time you connect phone to computer.
- Open a command prompt (cmd) window or terminal on your PC.
- Type the following command in terminal or cmd to check device connectivity
- Once you see the device ID, your phone has established successful connection and ready to proceed.
- Open ADB shell. Enter following command:
- Now you can list the Bixby package names using the following string:
pm list packages bixby
Note 1: Here, you can modify the string to get list of all packages like
pm list packages | grep '<App or Package Name>'
Just replace <App or Package Name with the actual name>. For instance, to know all the Samsung packages enter:
pm list packages | grep 'samsung'
Note 2: You can also use apps like Package List to get the exact package name for various Bixby services.
- To know the package names for Bixby, enter the following command:
pm list packages bixby
- You will get a list of packages related to Bixby.
- Uninstall each and every Bixby related package using the string: pm uninstall -k –user 0 <package name>
- Usually the list is:
pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.samsung.android.bixby.agent
pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.samsung.android.bixby.es.globalaction
pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.samsung.android.bixby.wakeup
pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.samsung.android.bixby.plmsync
pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.samsung.systemui.bixby
pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.samsung.android.bixby.agent.dummy
pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.samsung.android.bixby.voiceinput
That’s it. Once done, reboot device once.
Bixby 2.0 cannot be disabled anymore on Note 9. Here is a simple way to remove, disable, uninstall, or Remap Bixby on Samsung Galaxy Note 9, Note 8, S9, S8, Disable Bixby, Uninstall Bixby, Or Remap Bixby Button.