How to remap the Bixby button on most recent Samsung Galaxy devices!

A photo of remapping the Bixby Button with a single press
Samsung introduced the Bixby button on the
Samsung Galaxy S8 family
of devices. It is useful for basic
stuff like taking screenshots or setting reminders. However, it’s
also a button you can hit accidentally a lot and the general
consensus says Google Assistant is
simply better
. Samsung listened to the criticism and introduced
Bixby button remapping with the
Android 9.0 Pie and One UI update
.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to remap the Bixby button
on all compatible Samsung Galaxy devices.

A photo of a Samsung Galaxy S10 from the side

Compatible Samsung devices

These methods should work on most recent Samsung devices. It
requires the device to have One UI and the Android
9.0 Pie update
. Otherwise it won’t work at all. The following
devices should be able to use this tutorial:

A photo of the Bixby Button settings screen

How to natively remap the Bixby button

The stock software lets you remap the Bixby button without any
third party software. Simply make sure that your Bixby Voice app
— accessible by pressing the Bixby button once — is up to date
and you’re ready to roll. The first method is the one that
you’ve probably read everywhere so far.

  • Open the Bixby Voice app by pressing the Bixby button one
    time.
  • Tap the 3-dot menu button, click Settings, and then navigate to
    the Bixby key option.
  • Select the Double press to open Bixby option. Under that,
    there’s an option to use a single press to open an app or use a
    quick command. Select the app option.
  • Select the app you want from the list of available apps.

That’s it! From now on, a single press opens your customized
app or command while a double tap still opens the traditional Bixby
app. You can still use Bixby Voice with a double tap and hold. You
can also swap the single and double press actions if you want to.
Simply repeat the above steps and select Single press to open Bixby
and configure your app or command accordingly from there.

Using the button to open an app is awesome. However, we found
Quick Commands a little wanting in real world use.

We recommend the first method to people who don’t really like
Bixby and want to hide it as best as they can. The second method is
still a great option for those who use Bixby and want the double
press to add a bit of functionality. In our testing, we used the
extra functionality to open Samsung Pay or the camera.

There are some restrictions. You can’t natively select

Google Assistant
or Amazon
Alexa
, but all other apps should be available. We also
recommend you avoid the Quick Commands unless you really want them.
We found them to be slow and a little clunky.

A photo of the Bixby Button Assistant Remapper from XDA-Developers

How to remap the button to Google Assistant

People like remapping the Bixby button to Google Assistant. You
can’t use the above method for this, but there is an alternate
method to get what you want:

  • Download the
    Bixby Button Assistant Remapper app from XDA-Developers
    .
    Install it on your device like you would any other third-party APK.

    Here is our tutorial if you need help
    .
  • Repeat the above steps as though you’re selecting an app on
    your phone. However, this time, select the Bixby Button Assistant
    Remapper from your app selection.
  • Press the Bixby button to run the command for the first time.
    It will ask what assistant app you want to use. Select the Google
    Assistant option and tap the Always button.

This worked well in our testing and you don’t have to mess
with anything once it’s up and running. We’re not thrilled that
Samsung forces this type of workaround, but installing a third
party APK isn’t the worst workaround ever.

There is a second method that uses Bixby’s Quick Commands to
open an assistant app. However, we found that method clunky,
inconsistent, and slow. We recommend using the third-party APK
method.

A photo of Bixbi Button Remapper app from the Google Play Store

Remap Bixby with apps from Google Play

There is one final method to remap the Bixby button. This one
uses third-party apps from the Play Store to change what the Bixby
button does. It’s not as clean as Samsung’s method. However,
these apps can do things the native solution can’t. Some examples
include remapping the volume keys, having the Bixby button toggle
the flashlight on and off, and even control your music.


Bixbi Button Remapper
is one of our favorites. It’s free and
includes some fun functions. Button
Remapper
works with a bunch of buttons, but also includes
support for Bixby. Search the Play Store for more if one of those
two don’t work.

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What apps or commands do you want your Bixby button to do? Tell
us about it in the comments!

Source: FS – Android
How to remap the Bixby button on most recent Samsung Galaxy devices!