Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ Disabling Bixby & Adding Google Assistant

April 20, 2017 0 comments 1133 Reads

 4/24/2017 – There is now another working method. Instructions have been updated. 

 As of 4/20/2017 T-Mobile has patched this in the latest update. Still waiting for a work around. 

I recently just purchasing my T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S8+.  One of the features I did not like was Samsung’s new service Bixby.

Bixby is an artificial intelligence system that’s designed to make device interaction easier, specifically designed to avoid the complexity of increasingly fully-featured devices. It will make its debut on the Samsung Galaxy S8 devices, but is designed to work across a range of Samsung products.

On the side of Galaxy S8 & S8+ where the volume up and down buttons you now have another hard button.  This is to activate the Bixby service and ask it something.  I wanted to replace this button using the Google Now/Google assistant.  It’s actually very easy to do; there is rumors that a patch is coming which will not allow you to do this.

What Apps you will need to install:

Package Disabler Pro (Samsung)

bxActions (This will work after the update)

BixBye (This will work after the update)

BixRemap (This will work after the update)

All in one Gestures (This app is no longer working as of the 4/20/2017 update please use bxActions).

Step 1.  First open up the Package Disabler Pro application.   Under “Search Packages” we are going to stop all packages with the word “bixby“.  Like shown below:

Step 2.  Open up the bxActions application.

 

Clickon the “Remap” button and choose which application you would like to launch.

That’s it!  Your bixby button is now mapped using the Google Assistant.  Enjoy.

Please note ever since the patch Samsung released as of 4/20/2017 this method is still not 100% correct.  It seem’s very laggy and sometimes unresponsive.  I will update if I find a more stable release.