Change the AI assistant on your Galaxy phone

Default digital assistant app screen on Galaxy S22 Ultra

Bixby is made specifically for Galaxy phones and has its own special features. However, you're not limited to just Bixby or Google Assistant - you can even set Samsung Internet as a phone assistant. Each assistant is awesome in its own way; keep reading to learn how to swap your assistant.

Note: Available screens and settings may vary by wireless service provider, software version, and phone model.

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.

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.

Bixby icon surrounded by SmartThings icons

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

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.

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, even if you change the default app, Bixby will remain active and will wake up when you press the Bixby key. If you like, you can remap the Bixby button.

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

Device assistance app screen with Google chosen

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. 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.

If you've set up Google Assistant before on the same account, it may skip the setup steps.

Note: If you changed the default Device assistance app, that app will open when you touch and hold the Home button.

Google Assistant screen with "Unlock more Assistant features" displayed at the top

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 Home. Google Assistant will begin listening to you right away.

But if needed, you can tap the Speak icon (the microphone) to interact with Google Assistant. A colored line will appear when Google Assistant is listening. 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.

Google assistant listening for a command and suggesting voice commands

Call your AI assistant with navigation gestures

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

Swipe gestures chosen as the Navigation bar on a Galaxy phone
We're here for you

Contact Samsung Support

Contact us online through chat and get support from an expert on your computer, mobile device or tablet. Support is also available on your mobile device through the Samsung Members App.
Table of contents