Change the AI assistant on your Galaxy phone

Last Update date : Oct 03. 2020
Change the AI assistant on your Galaxy phone

Bixby and Google Assistant are both handy AI programs that you can use on your phone, but you're not limited to those two - you can even set Samsung Internet as a phone assistant. Each assistant is awesome in its own way, but Bixby is made specifically for Galaxy phones and has its own special features. However, you can change the default assistant on your phone if you'd like.

Information provided applies to devices sold in Canada. Available screens and settings may vary for smartphones sold in other countries.

Why Bixby should be your default AI assistant

As amazing as Google Assistant and the other AI assistants are, Bixby is the only one that can access Samsung-exclusive services. For example, Bixby can control your devices in SmartThings and even make purchases in Samsung Pay. It can connect to your Spotify account to make finding songs easier.

Why Bixby should be your default AI assistant

And don't forget Bixby’s key functions. Bixby Reminders helps you stay on track of your schedule. There's also Bixby Vision for browsing, shopping, and doing so much more. Even if the other AI assistants have some similar features, they aren’t integrated with your phone the same way Bixby is.

Change your default phone assistant (One UI)

Bixby will always be at your beck and call even if you use other assistants. But if needed, you can set another one, like Google or Alexa, as your default assistant in addition to Bixby.

Change your default phone assistant (One UI)

On some phones, this feature may be called Phone assistance app.From Settings, search for and select Device assistance app. Tap Device assistance app again, and a list of available assistants will appear. Choose your desired option, and then tap OK. However, please be aware that Bixby will remain active and will wake up when you press the Bixby key. If you like, you can remap the Bixby button.

On some phones, this feature may be called Phone assistance app.

Change your default phone assistant (Oreo OS)

Maybe you want to try out Google Assistant for a while. Just make it your default AI assistant.

Change your default phone assistant (Oreo OS)

Navigate to Settings, and then search for and select Device assistance app. Tap Device assistance app again and a list of available assistants will appear. Bixby won't be displayed on this list because it's going to always be the main voice assistant for Galaxy phones. Choose your desired option, and then tap AGREE. However, please be aware that Bixby will remain active and will wake up when you press the Bixby key.

On some phones, this feature may be called Phone assistance app.

Set up Google Assistant

Don't be shy; Google Assistant is friendly and easy to use. To open Google Assistant, touch and hold the Home button. Swipe up and then tap GET STARTED.

Set up Google Assistant

Follow the on-screen prompts to set up Google Assistant. Say "OK Google" three times to teach Google Assistant to recognize your voice and complete the setup.

Use Google Assistant

Now that the ice has been broken, Google Assistant will help you whenever you want. To open Google Assistant, touch and hold the Home button. Google Assistant will begin listening to you right away.

Use Google Assistant

But if needed, you can tap the Speak icon to interact with Google Assistant. Ask "What can you do?"and then swipe down to see a list of things Google Assistant can help with, like adjusting your smart home features.

Call your AI assistant with navigation gestures

If you prefer to use full screen gestures instead of the navigation bar, you can still call your AI assistant, such as Google Assistant.

Call your AI assistant with navigation gestures

Here's what to do, depending on what gesture setting you're using:

  • Swipe from bottom: To call your device assistance app, swipe up from the bottom and hold.
  • Swipe from sides and bottom: To call your device assistance app, swipe inward from one of the bottom corners.

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