What is Bixby and how do I use it?
PLEASE NOTE: Available Bixby functions and features can differ by region and by device.
Bixby is a virtual assistant that learns, evolves, and adapts to you, and comes with a number of useful functions and features.
- Text - you can write a message to ask Bixby to do something, for example "remind me to feed the cat when I get home"
- Bixby Home - Bixby's home page collects information personal to you - the weather, reminders of upcoming meetings, news articles and so on
- Bixby Vision - when using Bixby with the camera, Bixby can tell you information about what it sees, for example it can tell you where to buy a sofa that is in the camera's view
- Bixby Voice - you can speak to Bixby to ask it to do certain functions for you, for example "call Mum"
Bixby learns how you interact with it to give you a more individualised experience.
The Bixby Key
Located under the volume button, the Bixby Key can access Bixby Voice or Bixby Home at the touch of a button. Pressing the Bixby key will open Bixby Home, whether you're on the Lock screen or in the middle of a game. To activate Bixby Voice, you will need to press and hold the Bixby Key.
PLEASE NOTE: the Bixby button is available on selected Samsung devices.
To enable or disable the Bixby Key, you will need to:
To enable the Bixby key, tap Bixby Home or Press once to open Bixby
To disable the Bixby key, tap Don't open anything or Press twice to open Bixby.
If you haven't set up Bixby before, make sure you are connected to the internet and have signed into your Samsung Account. More information on how to set up or log into your Samsung Account, can be found here.
Before setting up Bixby make sure you are connected to the internet and have signed into your Samsung account. To do this you will need to:
PLEASE NOTE: that this will not disable the Bixby Key. To disable the Bixby Key, please view Enable or Disable the Bixby Key
Bixby Home can be personalised to show your preferred apps, news and reminders. However, if you do not wish to use Bixby home or do not wish for it to show on your screens, you can remove it from your Home screens.
The Bixby Home page consists of sets of cards - each showing a different supported app or function on your device such as the calendar, weather or reminders.
From the Bixby homepage, tap the menu icon at the top of the card (three dots), then choose what you wish to do with it.
Pin to top - Bixby will automatically show the most relevant cards. So for example, it will show you your To Do list first thing in the morning, and your alarm before you go to bed. If you have particular card or cards, you wish to always see first, you can select this option to pin them to the top of the screen.
Hide for now and Don't show again - Bixby will automatically show the most relevant cards. 'Hide for now' will remove anything you don't wish to see right now. If you never wish to see that card, select 'Don't show again'.
You can manage which cards are shown on the Bixby Home page. To manage the cards you see, you will need to:
To enable or disable the notifications on your Bixby Home page, you will need to:
To reset Bixby Home, Bixby Service, Bixby Vision and Bixby Voice, you will need to:
Bixby Vision is an image search feature. Simply point the camera at an object, image or location and Bixby Vision. You can use Bixby Vision to identify and shop for items, translate text or identify locations.
To enable Bixby Vision, open the camera on your device, and tap Bixby Vision or the Bixby Vision icon.
If you are not signed into your Samsung account, you will be asked to sign in. The first time you use Bixby Vision you will be asked to read and agree to terms and conditions, and to allow the permissions necessary for Bixby.
PLEASE NOTE: that icons will only be shown if applicable. For example, if there is no text in the picture, Bixby Vision will not show the Translate icon.
To use Bixby Vision, simply tap the Bixby icon or Bixby Vision then point your camera at the image or item you wish Bixby Vision to look at, then select the icon for the function you wish to use.
Shopping. Bixby Vision can recognise products and search for information such as the product name and its price, so you can find and purchase products even when you don't know what it is called.
Nearby places. Bixby Vision can recognise landmarks and share information about it and what's near by.
Text Translation. Need to know what a sign or menu says? Tap the Translate icon to translate it.
Wine information. Bixby Vision can tell you a wine's vintage chart, food pairing and world ranking from the bottle's label.
Similar images. Search for images similar to the Bixby Vision is looking at.
QR codes. Quickly view the information from QR codes.
To enable or disable the Bixby Vision shortcut on your device, you will need to:
With the Bixby Key, you will be able to conveniently access Bixby and navigate through services and apps with simple voice commands.
Bixby Voice allows you to talk to Bixby and get a response back. To enable or disable Bixby Voice, you will need to:
You will need to enable Bixby Voice on your device before the language can be changed. To change the language, you will need to:
To activate Bixby Voice, you will need to:
Talking to Bixby has never been easier with the Bixby Wake-Up command. Without pressing any keys, simply say "Hi Bixby" to wake Bixby up. To do this, you will need to:
If you have enabled the Voice wake-up feature, you will need to follow the on-screen instructions to complete the set up.
PLEASE NOTE: that the below images may differ depending on your device and operating system.
Quick Commands can simplify your Bixby conversations. It allows multiple commands to be put together or make a long command easier to say.
PLEASE NOTE: that the below example is setting an alarm as a Quick command.
If you're experiencing unusual behaviour on Samsung mobiles, tablets or wearables, you can send us an error report or ask us a question in the Samsung Members app.
This allows us to a closer look at what is happening. The data is anonymised and only held for the duration of the investigation. Find out more about sending an error report through the Samsung Members app.
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