Remapping Bixby Button on Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ to Google Assistant (No Root Required)
I wanted a bigger screen, I didn’t think the form factor change (mainly a taller phone) was going to be a problem, and of course having the newest thing to play with is also fun in its own right. I had even read that pre-launch users had found a way to remap the Bixby button to something else using an application called “All In One Gestures”.
But about a week before launch I read some troubling reports – Samsung was going to ensure that the Bixby button could not be remapped to something more useful (such as the Google Now cards, or other commonly used application or function).
However I have found a way around this, and it’s very simple.
Note: Depending on the software build of your phone, you may have mixed results. Samsung has pushed out patches that break the mapping of the side button again. We will post updates here.
This solution requires two applications. One of them is the already-mentioned “All In One Gestures” and the other is an app called “BK Package Disabler”. I have long used “BK Package Disabler” to remove the bloatware Samsung ships on its phones… everything from S-Voice, to the Samsung versions of common Google applications (Calendar for example), to the NFL and other applications that are present.
In fact between “BK Package Disabler” (to disable a lot of Samsung stuff in favor of a cleaner Google experience) and “Action Launcher” (to allow for icon packs, swipe from left for Google Now, etc…) my Samsung phones have always felt pretty close to stock.
Once you have “BK Package Disabler” installed, launch it and search for all related Bixby services as shown. Disabling them not only stops Bixby from running in the background and taking up memory, but also will stop the service that Samsung is using to intercept the hard button press from being trapped by the “All In One Gestures” application. While you’re in there, feel free to disable other apps under “Bloatware” that you may not desire running.
With Bixby no longer running, “All In One Gestures” can be used as it had been previously documented to trap the hard button press and remap it to a different application. In this example I selected Google.
The end result is that when I press the Bixby button on the left side of the phone, my Google Now launches in all its glory.