Set up Bixby on your Galaxy phone or tablet

Bixby on Samsung Note20

Bixby is a digital personal assistant on your Galaxy phone or tablet that automatically adjusts to your lifestyle and needs. Over time, Bixby will learn your habits and interests so it can better assist you. But first, you'll need to set up Bixby.

Note: Available screens and settings may vary by wireless service provider and software version. The following instructions only work on phones that have a dedicated Bixby key on their left side, such as the S10 and lower. The Note10, Note20, Fold, Z Flip, and S20 series have a Side key instead of a Bixby key. The Side key can be customized to open Bixby or perform other actions.

Set up Bixby Voice

Bixby Voice lets you have conversations with Bixby! You can ask Bixby to create a reminder, search for something online, and tons of other cool stuff. It provides you with the best AI assistant.

Note: The S10 series and lower have a dedicated Bixby key on their left side. The Note10, Note20, Fold, Z Flip, S20 series, and up have a Side key instead of a Bixby key. The Side key can be customized to open Bixby or perform other actions.

Set up Bixby Voice with a Bixby key

  1. To set up Bixby Voice, press and hold the Bixby key.

  2. If you want to change Bixby's language, tap English, and then choose your desired language.

  3. Sign into your Samsung account if you haven't already, and then tap Next again.

  4. Read the information, and check off your desired settings. Then, tap Next.

  5. If prompted, tap Next, and follow the instructions to set up Voice wake-up. When you’re finished, tap Done.
    Note: You can tap Skip if you want to set it up at a later time. If you've set up Bixby Voice wake-up in the past, it may remember your voice and set it up automatically.

Language, email, and the Next button in the Bixby Voice app

Now Bixby will listen to your commands whenever you press and hold the Bixby key. If you'd like to use the Bixby key to open an app or run a command, you can do that too.


Set up Bixby Voice with a Side key

  1. First, press and hold the Side key to open Bixby. Read the information about the Side key, and then tap Next.

    Bixby Voice set up page on Note10
  2. If you want to change Bixby's language, tap English, and then choose your desired language.

  3. Sign into your Samsung account if you haven't already, and then tap Next.

  4. If you would like to have a shortcut to Bixby added to your Home screen, or to open Bixby with a double press of the Side key, tap the options to place or remove a check mark. Tap Done.

  5. If prompted, tap Next, and follow the instructions to set up Voice wake-up. When you’re finished, tap Done.
    Note: You can tap Skip if you want to set it up at a later time. If you've set up Bixby Voice wake-up in the past, it may remember your voice and set it up automatically.

  6. If want to add a shortcut to the Home screen, tap Add when prompted.

  7. Press and hold the Side key when you want to talk to Bixby. If you choose to change your default AI assistant, other options are available.

    Note: If you'd like to change Bixby's language later on, you can do so in Bixby's settings.

Set up Bixby Vision

Do you wish you could learn about something just by looking at it? Bixby Vision can help you do just that.

  1. Open the Camera app, and then tap MORE.

  2. Tap BIXBY VISION at the top of the screen, and then allow the different permissions.

BIXBY VISION highlighted on a Galaxy phone

Set up Bixby Reminder

Never miss another important event. Whether it’s a to-do list or a specific reminder, Bixby Reminder can handle it.

The app icon for Bixby Reminder doesn't appear by default; there's a trick to make it show up. Navigate to Settings, and then tap Apps. Find Reminder in the list of apps, and then tap Reminder settings. Tap the switch next to Add Reminder icon.

If you don't want to add an icon, you can still use Reminder through Bixby Voice. For example, you can say "Bixby, create a reminder about the company dinner."

Reminder app with Settings icon next to it

Reset Bixby

Feel like you’re talking to a wall? If Bixby is not responding to your voice, here's how to solve the problem and start communicating again.

  1. Navigate to and open Settings.

  2. Tap Apps, and then swipe to and tap Bixby Voice.

  3. Tap Storage, and then tap Clear cache.

  4. Tap Clear data, and then tap OK.

  5. Bixby will be refreshed and ready to chat again. However, you'll need to perform the initial setup for Bixby Voice again.

Bixby Voice Storage screen with Clear data and Clear cache options

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