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Samsung brings Bixby key remapping to older flagships

We reported last week that Samsung had finally struck a compromise by allowing Galaxy S10 users to remap the Bixby key to launch a third-party app. Since this is a software feature, there was a possibility that Samsung would bring it to older devices.

It’s not waiting for the Galaxy S10 to come out to do that. Samsung has rolled out an update for the Bixby app today which allows users to remap the Bixby key on the Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S9/S9+ and the Galaxy S8/S8+.

Remap Bixby key on older flagships

Once the update is installed from the Galaxy Store, just go to Advanced features in the Settings app followed by Bixby key. You will be presented with two options. You can either set a third-party app to launch with a single or double press of the key.

The caveat here is that you can only select one option. So either a single or double press can be remapped, not both. The option you don’t select will continue to launch Bixby Home. A long press will always bring up Bixby Voice.

This compromise means that users don’t just disable the Bixby key entirely and never open Bixby Home. By allowing them to remap a key press, Samsung is ensuring that Bixby Home doesn’t get shut out by users for good.

You can try this out for yourself on the Galaxy Note 9, Note 8, Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S8 series. We have and the feature works as expected.



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obsydian
obsydian

Got Android Pie for my Note 8, then the Bixby app updates, found the setting, but i want to use Alexa, which along with Google is NOT even listed.

stondec
stondec

Useless! It requires that you first unlock the screen.

Vuk995
Vuk995

I have Note9 on Pie 9.0, amd Bixby Home updated yestarday to 3.0.02.6 and it doesnt seem thay I have option of remapping button in those settings

MarWess
MarWess

Samsung is ensuring that Bixby Home doesn’t get shut out by users for good..

Yes Samsung!!!!!! sjuff this Bixby crap trough our throats………

joec081103
joec081103

I have an S9+ running Android Pie and updated the Bixby app…Still no option to remap Bixby key.

nack37
nack37

still don’t have this option on my note 8 and I did update it few minutes ago

henklbr
henklbr

Are you on Pie?

nack37
nack37

yes! I got it over the night… and it works πŸ™‚ great!

pcoruganti
pcoruganti

Wow… That was quicker than expected πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘

rockykv2
rockykv2

hope they can do a single click to open flash

wlado.walko@gmail.com

1. you can use quick commands, just set it to turn on flashlight, and add this command to bixby button

2. you can use third party flashlight app, and then chose this app when setting bixby key

mirotuh
mirotuh

The remapping from Samsung still sucks as its only partial. Its still not possible to completely disable Bixby while setting own single/double/long press functionality. I am keeping the bxActions on for now.

Lucas_Skyline
Lucas_Skyline

It won’t let me remap to Google Assistant πŸ™

wlado.walko@gmail.com

just use quick command, and create new one “open google assistant” then set this quick command to bixby button, then it will open google assistant

brendonx
brendonx

Just set it to open Pokemon Go on a single press. Thank you Samsung

siaho
siaho

I was hoping I would had the option to change the “double press” action to app… sadly if I enable this, single press will bring up bixby and that’s a no go. Single press can be unintentionally activated and don’t want to use it for any action. Samsung did the update in a way that you will have to use it (either for the app launch or bixby – both are bad as it will lead to unintentional opening of X).

zizibuba
zizibuba

This still aint good. I’ll just continue using bxActions which works perfectly. One press to cycle through sound modes, double press to activate split mode and long press for flashlight.

siaho
siaho

Split mode? You mean split screen? I tried split screen command for single press and no go… bixby says it’s not supporting it. πŸ™

henklbr
henklbr

Yeah: finally! πŸ˜‰

Emraan100
Emraan100

Thank you Samsung a Lot…