Samsung Galaxy S8, S9 and Note 9 users can finally remap the Bixby button

By Digit NewsDesk | Published on 01 Mar 2019
HIGHLIGHTS

Reclaim the Bixby button, Galaxy users!

Samsung Galaxy S8, S9 and Note 9 users can finally remap the Bixby button

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Highlights

  • Bixby remapping coming to 8 and 9 series flagship Samsung phones
  • Update will come through the app and not the OS
  • Won't let you remap button to engage Google Assistant

 

Samsung has been pushing hard for customers to use Bixby, to the point that they created a dedicated button on their flagship smartphones just for the AI. Since the button was introduced, users have complained about not being able to remap it to more useful functions like firing up the camera or even Google Assistant. With the Samsung Galaxy S10+, Samsung had announced that they would allow remapping of the Bixby button and now, the feature is also making its way to the 8 and 9 series of the Samsung Galaxy S and Note smartphones.

The update that will allow the remapping of the Bixby button will come not through an OS update, but through an update to the Bixby app itself. The update can be found by going to the Galaxy Store app and searching for the update. Once updated, you will be able to remap the Bixby button to open any app on the phone, assignable using a single or double tap option. Sadly, you cannot reprogram is to bring up Google Assistant. You can find the settings by simply heading to Settings > Advanced Features > Bixby key.

 For the longest time, third-party developers and Samsung have played a cat and mouse game. Developers would release apps that would allow remapping of the Bixby button and then Samsung would shut their work around down. However, BxRemapper has been a popular app that Samsung users have been using to do more with their Bixby buttons, but now, they may no longer need that.

Related Reads: Samsung Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, Galaxy S10e Pre-bookings now open in India: Price, offers, availability and all you need to know

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