Set up and use Bixby Routines

Note 20 displaying Bixby Routines app on screen

Even if you're an avid Bixby user, you may not know about the new Bixby Routines feature, which can help you navigate your daily routine. For example, when you get to work in the morning, Bixby can mute notification sounds and turn on Wi-Fi. Or, when you’re going to sleep, Bixby can activate the Blue light filter and lower your screen's brightness level.

Note: This feature is only available on Galaxy S10, S20, Note10, Fold, and Z Flip series phones.

Access Bixby Routines

There are two different ways to access Bixby Routines on your phone:

From Settings, swipe to and tap Advanced features, and then tap Bixby Routines. Or, you can open the Quick settings panels by swiping down from the top of the screen. Swipe left, and then touch and hold Bixby Routines.

To make accessing Bixby Routines easier, you can add an icon to your phone's App screen. While in Bixby Routines, tap More options (the three vertical dots), and then tap Settings. Tap the switch next to Add Bixby Routines to Apps screen.

Bixby Routines switched on and highlighted in the Advanced features menu

Add common routines

From getting out the door in the morning to getting ready for bed, there’s a Bixby Routine for every part of your day. You can activate recommended routines or make your own:

  1. Open Settings, then swipe to and tap Advanced features, and then tap Bixby Routines. Tap the Discover tab. You’ll see all kinds of routines, from Good morning to Workout.

  2. Tap a routine to customize it – you can select widgets and apps to use, and change the conditions.

  3. Tap Edit to customize the settings to your liking. You can also set a notification to display when the routine is running.

  4. When you're finished, tap Next. You can set a name for your custom routine, as well as an icon and color that will be displayed in My routines. Then, tap Done.

Discover Bixby routines on Samsung Galaxy Phones

If you chose to see Routine notifications on the Lock screen, you can tap Stop on the notification to end the Routine. Or, you can turn it on or off from the My routines tab in Bixby Routines.

Create a custom routine

Bixby routines are powerful tools that you can use to customize your experience in very specific ways. You can choose from a wide variety of triggers that can perform almost any task on your phone.

  1. Open Settings, then swipe to and tap Advanced features, and then tap Bixby Routines. Tap the Add routine tab.

  2. Tap the picture under If. Tap an item on the list of possible triggers. Each trigger will have additional options and instructions.

    Add routine screen in Bixby Routines
  3. Once you've set up the trigger, tap the picture under Then. Tap a category for the action you'd like to perform, and then tap the action you'd like to perform. Many actions will have addition options and settings.

  4. By default Bixby routines will stop the action when the trigger ends, and return any changed settings to their previous state. You can disable this by tapping Reverse these actions and the tapping the switch at the top of the screen.

  5. When your trigger and action are set up, tap Next. You can set a name for your custom routine, as well as an icon and color that will be displayed in My routines. Then, tap Done.

If you chose to see Routine notifications on the Lock screen, you can tap Stop on the notification to end the Routine. Or, you can turn it on or off from the My routines tab in Bixby Routines.

Favorite routines

If you’d like to set a frequently used routine as a favorite, you can do so with the My routines tab. Your favorites will appear at the top of the screen in My routines, and all routines, including your favorites, will be below.

  1. Open Settings, then swipe to and tap Advanced features, and then tap Bixby Routines. Tap the My routines tab.

  2. Tap a routine and then tap the favorite icon (the star) in the top right corner.

  3. Tap Back to see your routine listed under Favorites.

Routine with a star icon highlighted on a Galaxy phone

You can also check on your completed routines using the History option. Tap More options (the three vertical dots), and then tap History. You’ll see the start and end times for your recent routines, as well as when they were used.

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