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[Guide] Disable/Uninstall/Remove Bixby from Samsung Phones

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March 19, 2019

This is a guide simple step-by-step guide to remove Bixby assistant from your Samsung Galaxy device.

A few months back, I added shiny new Samsung Galaxy S9+ to my gadget list. [Yaay! :D] While Samsung flagships are known for their build quality, looks, camera, display et cetera, Samsung is notorious for adding unnecessary bloatware on their phones. One of such bloatwares that comes pre-installed is their virtual assistant Bixby and its related services. Hell, they even added a physical button for the same.

Using S9+ for over 3 months now, I love Samsung’s matured software and features. I, however failed to understand the role of Bixby on my device. I never found any use of it. I rarely even use the Google Assistant so using Bixby was anyway a long shot.

My current job function involves working with Android development time to time. Working on a research project in past, I found one adb command to remove any app (system/user) from the device. Thought, why not try it to throw away all Bixby related bloatware.

Btw, this is precise definition of bloatware:

“Unwanted software included on a new computer or mobile device by the manufacturer.”


Update: March 2019 : S10 Plus

To my surprise, this post is getting some attention from Google. People have been regularly visiting this post so I think it will be a good idea to update this post to add more information.

I’ve recently bought S10 Plus as well, so I will test this method on S10 too.


Steps to remove Bixby from Samsung Galaxy phones

Below method should work for all phones in general.

1. Install device drivers

Install OEM USB drivers this link by Google should help setting up.

Since we are talking about Samsung here, here’s direct link to their driver download page:

https://developer.samsung.com/galaxy/others/android-usb-driver-for-windows

Screenshots


2. Install ADB

[TOOL]Minimal ADB and Fastboot by xda-developers.com will guide you how to do it.

ADB stands for Android Debug Bridge and is used to debug applications from computer.

In essence, download the minimal adb installer and run the setup.

Screenshots

Setup wizard
After installing adb and fastboot

3. Enable Developer Options and USB Debugging on phone

> Go to Settings
> About Phone
> Software information
> Tap on Build number 7 times
> Go back to Settings
> Developer options
> Turn on
> Scroll down at USB debugging
> Turn on
> Accept prompt of Allow USB Debugging

Screenshots


4. Connect device to computer

adb devices
Open command prompt on the computer, and execute command,
adb devicesIf you’re running adb first time then you’ll see a prompt on the device asking to allow USB debugging. Set it to allow always.

 Run adb devices again and you’ll see your device listed there.

Also consider adding adb to the PATH variable.

Screenshots
adb is up and running
After typing adb devices, if this is the first time you’re connecting the device, you would get this RSA prompt.

5. Download and run bat file

To make your life easier, I have put together a simple Windows bat file which you can simply double click and run. It will do all rituals. Download it here.

Alternatively, you can type out below commands one by one on command line.

adb shell pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.samsung.android.bixby.agent

adb shell pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.samsung.android.bixby.es.globalaction

adb shell pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.samsung.android.bixbyvision.framework

adb shell pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.samsung.android.bixby.wakeup

adb shell pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.samsung.android.bixby.plmsync

adb shell pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.samsung.android.bixby.voiceinput

adb shell pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.samsung.systemui.bixby

adb shell pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.samsung.android.bixby.agent.dummy

adb shell pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.samsung.android.app.settings.bixby

adb shell pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.samsung.systemui.bixby2

adb shell pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.samsung.android.bixby.service

adb shell pm uninstall -k –user 0 com.samsung.android.app.routines

adb shell pm uninstall -k –user 0 com.samsung.android.visionintelligence

adb shell pm uninstall -k –user 0 com.samsung.android.app.spage
Screenshots
Since I have already run this file one time, I get Failure [not installed for 0]. You should see Success message.

6. Tada. Done!

Now if you open your launcher and try to search for Bixby, you’ll find no trace of it. Enjoy your cancer free device! 🙂

Screenshots
Bixby gone for good!

Update: Disable USB Debugging

A gentleman sent me an email suggesting me to add a step to disable USB debugging after this is done.

That’s absolutely essential step, go to Developer Options and turn off USB debugging. Leaving the debugging option open is extremely dangerous.


How it works

If you’ve tried to open the .bat file, you’ll see a bunch of adb commands listed there.

adb shell pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.samsung.android.bixby.agent

Let’s break them down and understand what they are doing.


shell pm uninstall – package manager command to uninstall given package name

-k --user 0 – uninstall the app for current user/default user of the phone that is user 0.

com.samsung.android.bixby.agent – this is package name of the application

--user 0 – implies that the application is being uninstalled for the current user – not system wide. Root access it needed to do system wide un-installation.

  This could also mean that whenever you’ll upgrade or factory reset your device, the bloatware would kick in again. The advantage being even if you uninstall a system application using this method, you can still receive official OTA updates from your carrier or OEM.  

Bixby related packages

Below are the packages being uninstalled using the adb commands in the bat file.

com.samsung.android.bixby.agent
com.samsung.android.bixby.es.globalaction
com.samsung.android.bixbyvision.framework
com.samsung.android.bixby.wakeup
com.samsung.android.bixby.plmsync
com.samsung.android.bixby.voiceinput
com.samsung.systemui.bixby
com.samsung.android.bixby.agent.dummy

How did I list them down? Well, pretty simple, using another adb command

adb shell pm list packages | findstr "bixby"


Feedback please

Please let me know in comments if you face any issues. I will be happy to help.

Long live ADB and long dead Bixby. 😀

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38 Comments
  1. Reply

    Stephane

    July 17, 2019

    Great article thank you!
    It looks like you missed a package though to remove Bixby Home

    To remove Bixby Home you need to run:
    adb shell pm uninstall -k –user 0 com.samsung.android.app.spage

    • Reply

      Darpan Dodiya

      July 20, 2019

      Oh thanks! I will edit this post and add it to the list of packages. [Done!]

  2. Reply

    Alex

    July 14, 2019

    Great, that really helps :-)))

  3. Reply

    Tim Mackey

    July 12, 2019

    i ran the batch file here and then installed bxActions and got the button working again to launch camera or google assistant etc. Thanks for a great article!

    • Reply

      Darpan Dodiya

      July 13, 2019

      Wow that’s awesome!

  4. Reply

    Dan

    July 8, 2019

    after removing bixby, is there a way to make the button useful?

    • Reply

      Darpan Dodiya

      July 8, 2019

      I don’t think there’s a way to make it useful if you follow this method.

  5. Reply

    Evan Ravitz

    July 8, 2019

    Will this work for a Galaxy Note 9?

    • Reply

      Darpan Dodiya

      July 8, 2019

      It should work. I see no practical difference in the adb commands for both devices.

  6. Reply

    Neal

    July 8, 2019

    Awesome!!

  7. Reply

    George MIchaelson

    July 8, 2019

    Does it work on the S5e and like tablets?

    • Reply

      Darpan Dodiya

      July 8, 2019

      Yeah, it should work.

  8. Reply

    Jarod

    July 7, 2019

    Hi Darpan

    You’re on the front page of hacker news or https://news.ycombinator.com/

    Congratulations. That is why this post is blowing up. Seems a lot of people hate Bixby.

    • Reply

      Darpan Dodiya

      July 7, 2019

      Oh nice! Thanks for the heads up. 🙂 Never expected that I’d be on front page some day.

  9. Reply

    Gregory

    July 7, 2019

    Bixby Routines

    adb shell pm uninstall -k –user 0 com.samsung.android.app.routines

    • Reply

      Darpan Dodiya

      July 7, 2019

      Thanks! I update the post to add these packages.

      Edit: Done, updated.

  10. Reply

    Gregory

    July 7, 2019

    Bixby vision (on s10 5g at least).

    adb shell pm uninstall -k –user 0 com.samsung.android.visionintelligence

  11. Reply

    J Garell

    June 21, 2019

    Hi Darpan. Thanks for a very useful article on removing Bixby from Samsung phones. Do you know if there’s a way to disable Bixby instead of uninstalling it via ADB like how Package Disabler Pro+ does it? This way, the Bixby may be re-enabled without a factory reset since some users may not be in a position to perform a factory reset.

    Thanks.

    • Reply

      Darpan Dodiya

      June 24, 2019

      I’m unaware of any way to do this. I will experiment with some adb commands over the weekend and update you. Thanks!

  12. Reply

    David D Nordin

    June 8, 2019

    Thanks Darpan
    I been trying to find the fix for this for a few days now. Bixby showed back up on my S8+ after I allowed the Android Pie upgrade in late March. I found a post you did on android.stackexchange.com that pointed me here. After going through the very well laid out steps. The Bixby button dose nothing again. Great, it is also gone from the apps. However Bixby home and Bixby Vision still remain in the apps. Home is not a problem because it can be turned off. And Bixby Vision seems to be tied only to the camera app.

    Thanks and good work !!!

    • Reply

      Darpan Dodiya

      June 15, 2019

      Glad it helped David!

  13. Reply

    Leon

    May 25, 2019

    thank you very much.
    I just got a S9 and Bixby was really irritating.

  14. Reply

    Souf

    April 25, 2019

    Thank you! Finally i get rid of Bixby. But can i use the button for something else now?
    I tried Bxaction and try to enable full remapping. But i receive an error on my PC: please make sure usb debugging is enabled on your phone!
    Please install Samsung or adb USB drivers!

    Which I already have done…

    Anyone a solution?

  15. Reply

    Thiago

    April 9, 2019

    did all the process and after that bxactions stop working, what do i do? when bixby was activated bxactions worked now it doesnt, do you have any tutorial to remap bixby by adb or how to activate it again in bxactions?

    • Reply

      Darpan Dodiya

      April 9, 2019

      Hey yeah, BxActions will indeed stop working after removing all packages.

      Factory reset will get back the removed packages. Also, a system update from Samsung will also reactivate all the packages.

  16. Reply

    John

    March 26, 2019

    Worked great, but one question. When I mistakenly right swipe on the home screen, Bixby still rises like the Phoenix. I did restart the phone after the procedure, I was not expecting anything to still be around.

    • Reply

      Darpan Dodiya

      March 26, 2019

      Oh! I wonder if this could be related to the Samsung launcher?

      Samsung’s default launcher maybe re-enabling all Bixby related stuff automatically on right swipe. That’s my guess. I use Nova launcher so haven’t seen this happen.

  17. Reply

    Alpaca

    March 19, 2019

    I was looking for a tool to remove bloatware and espacially Bixby, after typing something like “remove bloatware and bixby” your page has been listed as second search result after tom’s guide. Yours was better documented and in much more accessible form. Works fine for samsung s9.

    Once again thanks you for your work.

    • Reply

      Darpan Dodiya

      March 19, 2019

      Thanks a lot!

      I have recently bought S10 so I just updated the post with support for S10 Plus too. 🙂 Also added refined steps and added a few screenshots for more clarity.

      Cheers!

  18. Reply

    Alpaca

    March 19, 2019

    I am really thankful for this guide, thanks to you i finally got rid of bixby. It saved me a lot of time and nerves.

    • Reply

      Darpan Dodiya

      March 19, 2019

      Appreciate this!

      I should plan on updating this guide to make sure this works on S10 too.

      Just curious, how did you find this article?

  19. Reply

    Marcel

    March 19, 2019

    Hey guys,

    Did u use it on the S10? Because I hate Bixby and I was wondering if this works for the S10 too…

    • Reply

      Darpan Dodiya

      March 19, 2019

      Hey Marcel,

      I have Samsung S10 Plus. I will try out this commands on my device and will let you know.

    • Reply

      Darpan Dodiya

      March 19, 2019

      Just tried on my S10 Plus and it works without a hitch.

      Give it a try!

  20. Reply

    Vasek

    March 8, 2019

    Hi, thank you! I knew there is some easy and direct way to delete this Bixby shit 🙂

    • Reply

      Darpan Dodiya

      March 19, 2019

      Haha nice! Glad to hear this helped!

  21. Reply

    Zach

    February 20, 2019

    Thank you so, so much, Darpan!! Now I have full remapping instead of limited remapping in bxActions and the undisableable Bixby 2.0 doesn’t appear and delay my programmed actions. Freaking lifesaver

    • Reply

      Darpan Dodiya

      February 21, 2019

      Hey Zach!

      Happy to know that!

      Well, to be honest though, I am actually surprised someone found this article and tried out the steps. I never imagined anyone to see this post. I am more happy for that. 🙂

      Mind sharing how did you end up on this article?

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