Having a smart assistant right on your Android phone is extremely helpful, and useful. From turning lights on and off in your home to sending messages when your hands are full, the possibilities are almost endless.
Although Google, Apple, and Amazon have a significant lead in the smart assistant department, some companies have tried to combat the big boys. Samsung is arguably the largest company to try and take on the trifecta of smart assistants with Bixby. But even though it’s built into your phone, you will probably want to turn off Bixby on the Galaxy S23 in favor of Google Assistant.
What is Bixby?
Bixby was originally introduced back in 2017 with the launch of the Galaxy S8 lineup. This was meant to be a competitor to the likes of Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and Siri.
As expected, Samsung has integrated Bixby in a wide variety of ways across all Galaxy phones, including the Galaxy S21. Samsung has put plenty of work into Bixby to try and make it a viable option. However, the truth is that it just ends up getting in the way of using the vastly-superior Google Assistant.
How to turn off Bixby on Galaxy S23
As is the case with last year’s Galaxy S22 (and many other Galaxy phones), Samsung tries to “force” you into using Bixby right out of the box. Instead of having a traditional Power Menu when you press and hold the Power button, Samsung opts to use this as the default method for activating Bixby. It’s an extremely frustrating proposition, but one that can easily be remedied if you don’t mind jumping into the Settings app.
- Open the Settings app on your Galaxy s23.
- Scroll down until you reach Advanced Features.
- Tap Side key.
- Under Press and hold, tap Power off menu.
- Exit the Settings app.
After you disable Bixby from the Side Button, you’ll be presented with the traditional Power Menu whenever you press and hold down the Side button. This transforms it back into the Power Button that we’ve been accustomed to for years.
Disable “Hi Bixby” Voice Detection
Another way that Samsung wants you to use Bixby is with your voice. Much like Apple’s Siri and Google Assistant, you can summon Bixby with a simple “Hi Bixby” phrase. Once your Galaxy S23 recognizes the request, a little pop-up menu will appear at the bottom, ready for you to ask Bixby some questions. here’s how you can disable Bixby from appearing with voice detection:
- Open the Bixby app on your Galaxy S23.
- Tap the browser-looking icon in the bottom right corner.
- In the top right corner, tap the three vertical dots.
- Tap Settings from the drop-down menu.
- Tap Voice wake-up.
- At the top of the page, tap the toggle next to Voice wake-up.
Now, you will no longer need to worry about your Galaxy S23 accidentally triggering Bixby with your voice. If you want to try Bixby out, you can still do so by opening the Bixby app on your phone. But it won’t be an “in your face” approach, and you can just use your Galaxy S23 the way that you want.
Can you use Google Assistant instead of Bixby?
Although Samsung does not allow you to explicitly use Google Assistant instead of Bixby, there are a few workarounds. If you happen to be using gestures instead of the navigation bar, this is the easiest way to activate Assistant. Simply swipe inwards from the bottom left or right corners, and Google Assistant will activate.
Additionally, you can actually set the Side Button to activate specific applications with a double tap.
- Swipe down to reveal the notification shade.
- Tap the Power button in the top right corner.
- From the Power Menu, tap the Side Key Settings button at the bottom.
- Select Open app under Double Press.
- Scroll down and select Google.
Now this will exactly activate Google Assistant, but it will automatically bring up the Google app. It’s kind of a wonky workaround, but it’s still a quick shortcut to activate Google whenever you want, from wherever.
Samsung really has gone to great lengths to try and improve Bixby since its inception. Bixby Routines are rather impressive, as it’s similar to Apple’s Siri Shortcuts on iOS. But the fact remains that Bixby just isn’t powerful enough to handle the day-to-day needs.
Let us know what you think about Bixby. Have you decided to stick with it? Or did you give up the goose, opting for Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa instead?