Talk to Bixby using Voice wake-up on your Galaxy device

Bixby Voice Wake up screen on Galaxy S22 Ultra

You don’t need to press a button when you want to call Bixby on your Galaxy phone or tablet; you can do it hands-free with Voice wake-up. Once this feature is set up, all you have to do is say “Hi, Bixby,” and Bixby will be at your service. You can ask a question or give a command.

Turn on Bixby Voice wake-up

Note: These instructions apply to Galaxy phones and tablets. You can also set up Voice wake-up on a Galaxy Watch.

If you didn't turn on Voice wake-up during Bixby Voice setup, that's no problem. You can do it any time from Bixby settings.

  1. Open Bixby by pressing and holding the Bixby or Side key, depending on your device's settings.

  2. Tap the Discover icon (it looks like a compass), and then tap More options (the three vertical dots).

  3. Tap Settings, and then tap Voice wake-up.

  4. To turn it on, simply tap the switch at the top. If you ever need to turn it off, just tap the switch again.

Bixby Voice wake-up on a Galaxy S22 utlra

More Voice wake-up options

Do you keep waking up Bixby by accident? No worries, you can adjust Bixby's wake-up sensitivity and some other settings, so Bixby will be easier to use.

Open Bixby by pressing and holding the Bixby or Side key. Tap the Discover icon (it looks like a compass), and then tap More options (the three vertical dots). Tap Settings, then tap Voice wake-up, and then tap Respond to my voice. Tap the switch to turn this setting on. Next, tap Wake-up sensitivity, and then choose Low, Medium, or High. Tap OK.

The following additional options are also available under the Voice wake-up menu:

A list of Respond to my voice options for the Bixby app
  • Wake up phrase: You can choose to get Bixby's attention with either "Hi, Bixby," or just "Bixby."

  • Respond to my voice: You can teach Bixby to respond to your unique voice.

  • Wake up when sound is playing: Bixby will wake up even when a ringtone, alarm, or media is playing.

  • Speak seamlessly: Say your command right away after Voice wake-up, without waiting for sound feedback.

Voice wake-up on multiple devices

If you have multiple devices with Bixby, it might be frustrating if they all responded every time you said "Hi, Bixby." Multi device wake-up takes care of that. As long as all of your devices are on the same Wi-Fi network, Bixby will only react to your voice command on the device that hears you most clearly. Now you don't have to worry about Bixby interrupting the music on your phone when you say "Hi, Bixby" to your refrigerator. The best part is you don't have to dig through your settings to enable it. It's just how Bixby works!

This functionality is only supported on devices running Bixby 2.0 and higher. If you have an older device that continues to wake up when you don't want it to, you can turn off Bixby Voice wake-up on that specific device or update it to Bixby 2.0 if your device is compatible.

If your devices are connected to different networks, like an LTE watch and a Wi-Fi tablet, both devices might wake up. For the best results, connect them to the same network. If that is not possible it may be best to keep some distance between the devices, or disable Voice wake-up on one of them.

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