How to customize the Bixby button on a Samsung Galaxy S10, and assign commands or specific apps to it

Galaxy S10Henry Nicholls/Reuters

The Samsung Galaxy S10 includes a dedicated button to launch Bixby, the personal assistant that's somewhat similar to Google Assistant. The good news is that you can reconfigure the button to do other things.

By default, the Bixby button launches Bixby with a single press of the button. You can remap the button to launch a different app, or assign a quick command to it with a double-press.

If you prefer, you can make the app of your choice launch via the single press, and relegate Bixby to a double press. Either way, you can't get rid of Bixby entirely.

How to remap the Bixby button on a Samsung Galaxy S10

1. Press the Bixby button to start Bixby.

bixby 1Press the Bixby button below the Volume controls.Dave Johnson/Business Insider

2. Tap the three dots to open the Bixby menu.

3. Tap "Settings."

bixby 2The three dots open the Bixby menu, where you can find the settings for the personal assistant.Dave Johnson/Business Insider

4. Tap "Bixby key."

5. Decide how you want to use your Bixby key. Choose "Single press to open Bixby" (which is the default) or "Double press to open Bixby" depending upon how frequently you expect to start Bixby via the button.

bixby 3The Bixby key page lets you decide what happens on both the single- and double press.Dave Johnson/Business Insider

6. Whichever you choose, you can assign an app to the button's other mode (single or double press). If you selected "Single press to open Bixby," assign an app to the button by tapping "Use double press."

7. On the Use double press page, turn on the double press by sliding the button to the right.

8. Tap "Open app" to choose the app you want to run when you double press the button.

bixby 4The Bixby button is now configured to start Facebook with a double press (and Bixby with a single press).Dave Johnson/Business Insider

How to assign a quick command to the Bixby button

You can also choose to assign one of Bixby's quick commands to the button, instead of an app. Quick commands are routines that often include multiple actions in a single step. The "Let's go run" command, for example, starts the running tracker, changes the media volume, and starts playing music from your running playlist.

To assign a quick command, follow the steps above, but when you reach the Use double press page, tap "Run quick command" instead of "Open app." Choose a quick command you've enabled.

If you haven't yet enabled quick commands, tap "Go to Quick commands," choose a command, and save it. After you do that, it'll be available in the list of commands to assign to the button.

bixby 5If you want to enable a quick command so you can invoke it from the Bixby button, tap &quotGo to Quick commands."Dave Johnson/Business Insider

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