Samsung finally lets you disable the Bixby button

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As of now, it seems like a major step from Samsung to allow users to disable the Bixby button but most users have instead been demanding the company to allow them to remap the button to launch other apps and services.

When the Galaxy S8 first began rolling out, developers did offer third-party apps to allow users to re-assign the Bixby button to something more useful. Thankfully, Samsung is finally letting Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 owners disable it. Samsung wouldn't have that, so it quickly made it impossible to change the button's behavior.

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When Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S8, it also unveiled Bixby - its very own answer to Siri.

Samsung backed down slightly on Monday, September 18, thanks to an update that lets Galaxy S8 and Note 8 owners stop the Bixby button from launching Bixby Home, The Verge says. After this, users can head to Bixby Home and find the toggle to disable the option from the menu. However, Samsung isn't giving you the tools to re-assign it to something else. To bring down the notification bar, you had to stretch all the way up to the top of the screen, which, on a large handset like the Note 8, involves palm gymnastics, or engaging both hands. Perhaps the company will see reason eventually.

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The toggle button appears in version 2.0.03.3 of Bixby - I was on version 2.0.02.1 but a notice to update awaited me in the settings.

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