Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S10 line last month, and during the hands-on section it was discovered that Samsung would soon allow users.
The previous button has called Bixby, Samsung's personal assistant, without any possibility of actually disabling the feature.
This week, Samsung Bixby updated the Galaxy Store, allowing users to customize how the button works.
Which devices will receive the update?
According to Samsung, Bixby Key Customization will be available on Bixby-compatible flagship phones running Android Pie 9.0.
This qualification goes down to:
- Galaxy S10, S10 Plus, S10E
- Galaxy S9, S9 Plus
- Galaxy S8, S8 Plus
- Galaxy Note 8
- Galaxy Note 9
How to get the update
Odds are, if you have a qualified device that has been updated to Android Pie, the Bixby updates have already been installed.
Double-check that you have the latest Bixby updates installed on your device by opening the Galaxy Store app and pressing the three-point icon in the upper-right corner menu. From there, go to My page > Updates .
If your device has not yet installed the Bixby updates, there will be a handful of updates available on the Updates screen. Hit Update All and wait for them to be installed.
Make the Bixby button the job for you
After installing the updates, open Bixby with the Bixby button once or twice. I had to press the button on a S10 Plus, but on a S9 it was a single press.
Then select the three-point icon but then Settings > Bixby key .
You have two options for the Bixby key. You can activate the personal assistant with the button once or twice. But here's the nice part: you can use the remaining setting to launch an app of your choice.
For example, if you sets Bixby to start with a double press, you can set a single press to open Facebook, Gmail or any app you want.
If you'd rather not assign an app to a particular action, you can trigger a Bixby Quick Command. Bixby has some ready-made quick commands from you to choose from and customize, or you can create your own. Quick commands string different device actions such as disabling DND, turning on the screen and reading your calendar.
There is an approach because of course there is: You cannot reshape the Bixby button to start Google Assistant.