Bixby, Samsung’s digital assistant, can help you with just about anything on your phone or TV. Want to know the score of the game? Or how to make vegetable soup? Or even what the weather will be like tomorrow? Just open Bixby and ask away! But sometimes, you may want to disable Bixby so that it doesn’t take up screen space, or simply because you prefer using other functions on your phone or TV.
Method 1: Root Your Phone
The first way is to root your phone. This might be risky for people who aren’t very tech savvy, so make sure you research the process before making any changes. Rooting the phone requires modifying the system partition and usually voids any warranty you have. After rooting your phone, there are multiple programs that will do the trick of deactivating Bixby Voice; they are just a Google search away.
There are also instructions available online that can teach how to disable Bixby Voice through some simple coding on an app called Odin (free). Odin is software exclusively used for flashing firmware images onto Samsung devices and software updates. Using Odin, it’s possible to modify voice commands without having physical access to the smartphone device in question.
Simply put, it would require somebody else to flash a modified version of the bixby_agent binary file. To use this method, go to Settings> About Phone> Software Information> More Info> Software Updates. You’ll see Download now. Click on Download now and wait for the download to finish.
When it does, click Install Now after reading all of the information about what installing this update entails. Once installed, go back into Settings > Applications > Manage Applications > All tab > Samsung Gear VR Service > Clear Data/Clear Cache and then reboot your phone . Reboot it again after doing this. You should now be able to enjoy your phone free from the tyranny of Bixby Voice.
Method 2: Use ADB Commands
To disable Bixby on your phone, follow these steps:
Turn off your device and place it into airplane mode. Next, boot into recovery mode. To do this, turn off the device, then press and hold the volume up key and the power button at the same time for a few seconds. Select English, then click Next. On the next screen, scroll down and select wipe data/factory reset. Next tap Yes to confirm you want to delete all user data. Once you have finished doing this, unplug your device from any power source and wait a minute before powering it back on. Enter English language.
Choose wipe data/factory reset. Tap Yes to confirm that you are deleting all user data. Wait one minute after disconnecting your device from any power source before turning it back on. If this doesn’t work, try Method 3 below. You can also use ADB commands to disable Bixby on your phone. You will need to enter adb shell first in order to issue the command.
Enter adb shell by typing adb shell into Terminal Emulator (or Command Prompt). Then type in pm clear com.samsungmobilebpapkg. You should see output saying Bixby has been disabled. Now, you’ll be able to use your touchpad or keyboard again without opening an app! If disabling Bixby using either of the two methods above does not work, you may want to check out Method 3 below.
Method 3 is the most difficult method but is still much easier than rooting your phone. First, make sure you are using a Windows computer with USB debugging enabled. Go to Settings>Developer Options>USB Debugging and toggle it on if it isn’t already. Connect your phone to the computer with a USB cable. Download Minimal ADB & Fastboot and extract the zip file onto your desktop (if necessary).
Open up CMD with admin privileges by pressing Start>All Programs>Accessories>Right-click on Command Prompt then click Run as Administrator>Click YES when prompted>. In CMD type cd desktop\Minimal ADB & Fastboot folder which will change directory to where you extracted the ZIP file. Type in adb devices which lists connected devices connected via USB cables.
Method 3: Deactivate Bixby Voice in Settings
To disable Bixby Voice on your Samsung phone, follow these steps:
*Launch the Settings App.
*Tap Language and input.
*In the next screen that opens, tap Advanced settings.
*Scroll down until you see Voice wakeup command and uncheck it if it is checked. *Hit the back button on your device to go back to the previous menu. *Once there, head over to Languages and input again. *Then scroll down until you find Google voice typing, click it and hit Deactivate button below (it should be at the bottom of this menu).
*Hit back again and go over to Security > Lock Screen & Security > Secure lock settings > Privacy protection for fingerprint unlock > Remove fingerprint data after a set time (the recommended setting is 30 minutes). *Restart your phone to finish the process. You can also go through the same process in your TV’s settings as well. You will find an option for disabling Bixby Voice under Accessibility settings in your TV’s main menu or General Preferences.
If you have disabled Bixby Voice on your phone but still want to use it from time to time, make sure to activate it everytime before using by following the instructions mentioned above. As for your TV, you need to access its menus each time to turn it on. There are no shortcuts available to enable/disable Bixby Voice on your TV.