How to completely remove Bixby from your Samsung device

One digital assistant to rule them all is not something any free market wants to see but, like it or not, Google Assistant is a go-to solution for most users. However, Samsung, a tech giant in its own right, decided to stir things up. Samsung Bixby is not everyone’s cup of tea, and many people want it gone from the amazing handsets Samsung makes. But how to disable or remove Bixby? We know a way to do it and it’s fully presented in the text below.

Table of contents:

  1. Set up your PC
  2. Enable USB Debugging
  3. Use ADB to disable Bixby

Use ADB to disable Bixby from your Samsung for good

You can indeed disable Bixby but we all know that Samsung (like every other OEM with their proprietary services) will try and force it down throat whenever an opportunity arises. And some users are reporting that, even when disabled, certain Bixby features are still reappearing.

It’s debatable if certain features are actually useful, especially if you are more inclined to use Google Assistant. However, we can all agree that nothing should be mandatory but that users (paying customers) should be the ones that choose.

Luckily, the advantages of Android allow for more access and, with a bit of knowledge and a few tools, one can take better control of their user experience. What you need for this particular endeavor is as follows:

  • PC or laptop running Windows 7 or, preferably, Windows 10.
  • ADB Toolkit
  • Samsung USB drivers

The procedure can seem a bit too tedious if you are not accustomed to it but, believe us, it shouldn’t take more than a few minutes to set everything up.

1. Set up your PC

Firstly, we need to install ADB Toolkit in order to access ADB on your PC and gain developer access to system packages. But, in order to gain access to your Samsung, you first need a proper set of drivers. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. On your PC, navigate to Samsung’s official webpage and download a USB driver for Samsung devices.
  2. Make sure to install them regardless if Windows automatically installs drivers as soon as you connect the device via a USB cable. Those generic drivers might not suffice.
  3. After that, download and install ADB Toolkit.

2. Enable USB Debugging

That’s it regarding the PC setup. Now, let’s enable Developer options and then USB Debugging on your device. This option allows for developer access to system resources via the USB cable and ADB toolkit.  Here’s what you need to do:

  1. On your phone, open Settings.
  2. Tap About phone.
  3. Select Software information.
  4. Tap 7 times on the Build number.
  5. Get back to Settings and open Developer options.
  6. Locate USB Debugging and enable it. If there are more related options, enable those as well.

3. Use ADB to disable Bixby

Finally, all that’s left is to connect your Samsung handset to your PC and, after a few commands, remove every trace of Bixby. Follow these instructions to remove/disable Bixby on your Samsung handset:

  1. Connect your device to your phone and, when prompted with the USB Debugging permission, tap Allow. You can also check the “Always allow from this computer”, for future purposes.
  2. Now, on your PC, navigate to the ADB folder. It’s usually installed on the System partition if you haven’t changed the location during the installation.
  3. While in the ADB folder, hold Shift and right-click to open the contextual menu. In the menu, select “Open PowerShell window here”. It can also say Open Command Prompt window here, based on your settings. Any of the two should suffice, so it doesn’t really matter.
  4. In the PowerShell (or Command prompt), type the following commands and press Enter after each:
    adb shell
    pm disable-user
    pm disable-user
    pm disable-user
  5. So, one command (adb shell) to gain access, the next 3 lines to disable Bixby services, and finally the last one (exit) to close the PowerShell.
  6. Disconnect phone and PC and restart your phone.

That’s it. After that, Bixby is no more. Of course, this procedure is completely reversible and all you need to do is change the “disable” word with “enable” in the aforementioned command lines. And that alone should restore Bixby’s full functionality.

With that said, we can conclude this article. Thank you for reading, follow us on our social media profiles (Facebook and Twitter), and make sure to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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7 thoughts on “How to completely remove Bixby from your Samsung device”

  1. Removal and disabling are not the same thing. The foregoing is a DISABLING guide. The following is a REMOVAL guide. Still valid as of Android 12, tested on Galaxy Tab S6 Lite.

    I just got my tablet back from Samsung after telling them NOT to mess with the data and just fix the charging port, They ignored my wishes and reset the thing so here’s my revenge. This is not just how to remove Bixby but anything else Samsh0t puts in that you don’t want.

    My way is to install Application Inspector (, then use it to find the real name of the app or process you want gone. Then use ADB as indicated in the guide above, but substitute the removal command and others below. ALSO NOTE THAT BIXBY PROCESSES MAY NOT BE THE SAME FROM DEVICE TO DEVICE, so use the search function in Application Inspector to hunt down all Bixby processes. Samsung likes to get cute sometimes. Be VERY accurate in your typing. For your convenience, I put in the processes that my inspector found and the commands I used in the shell.

    Syntax: pm uninstall -k –user 0

    From ADB SHELL:

    pm uninstall -k –user 0

    pm uninstall -k –user 0

    pm uninstall -k –user 0

    pm uninstall -k –user 0

    pm uninstall -k –user 0

    I remove just about everything but Android this way, including all the Gargle and Microsuck bloatware. The tab usually goes to bed with more than 90% battery.

  2. ADB Toolkit looks like a myth. Every link to download it takes me to the same page and the download button simply refreshes the page.

  3. THIS IS NOT “How to completely remove Bixby from your Samsung device”this is “How to DISABLE Bixby from your Samsung device”

  4. my S8 complied with all except the first command line: pm disable-user

    Screen showed error java.lang.illegalargumentexception: unknown package:

    Any clues on this??


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