Last year, along with Galaxy S8, S8 Plus and Note 8, Samsung integrated its first smart assistant – Bixby. And now, they announced the Bixby 2.0 update just after the day of the launch of Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus. While there are lot more about to come with the new Bixby update, you can use these best Bixby tips and tricks to perform every task elegantly.
Well, we know that Samsung’s S9/S9 Plus, Note 8, and S8/S8 Plus have a few different advance functions compare to other devices and the Bixby is one of them for sure. So, we spent quality time to learn and understand the Bixby tasks and found some nifty things about Bixby. Here we have listed 20 best Bixby tips & tricks for Galaxy S9/S9 Plus, Note 8, and S8/S8 Plus. Let’s see them!
20 Best Tips and Tricks for Bixby Virtual Assistant
#1. Pay with Bixby
If you are using Samsung Pay on your phone, then you can even make your payment easy and secure with Bixby assistant. It will only take a few seconds to get payment done. Just say “Pay with my Samsung Pay,” and then Bixby will automatically get you the Samsung Pay and tell you to scan your iris to pay.
#2. Find the best nearby Coffee shop
Google Maps is always there to help you find every nearby Coffee shop, but which is the best? So, Samsung’s Bixby Vision is there to help find the best nearby Coffee shop. Just ask Bixby “Are there any good coffee shops nearby?” and then it will give you a complete vision of every nearby Coffee shops. You just have to tap on the one you would like to go and start navigation.
#3. Free up your phone
With the help of Bixby, you don’t even need to close down every app to free up your device manually. You can ask Bixby to “optimize my phone” and then it will close all background apps, free up storage space, as well as detect abnormal battery usage, app crashes, and malware apps.
#4. Vision Translator
Are you a traveler who loves to travel a lot around the world, but are you facing the issue of understanding different languages that you don’t? Then you can use Bixby to translate languages on Galaxy S9/S9 Plus, Note 8, and S8/S8 Plus. Once you Scan text through the Bixby vision, then it will help to translate the vision from any language. Samsung is still working to add more languages support in Bixby.
#5. Get in-depth info
One of the most useful features of Bixby vision is you can get full information about any products, places, images, and more. To know more about anything, you will just need to open the camera and tap the Bixby vision icon at the left. And then, you will get more option to know more about the object.
#6. Lock Screen
If you are one of those people who are too lazy that even don’t love to lock the screen by yourself, then Bixby is the lifesaver for you. To make Bixby lock your smartphone’s screen the all you need is to do is tell “Lock the screen” and within a second or so, this virtual assistant of Galaxy S9/S9 Plus, Note 8, and S8/S8 Plus will complete this task for you.
#7. Dictate Messages
We know that the touchscreen makes typing on the phone-screen is really convenient, but if just as we have mentioned earlier if you don’t feel like typing out the sentences manually, then you can make Bixby do this for you.
It will transcribe your sentences or speech and turn it into the text format in any app that you are using. For that, make sure you have enabled the Dictation on Keyboard settings in the Bixby Home settings. And then you can access this function along with the default Samsung keyboard in any app.
#8. Customize Settings
This virtual assistant shines while it comes to the app like Settings. With it, you can toggle and tweak all kinds of settings on your Galaxy S9/S9 Plus, Note 8, and S8/S8 Plus such as turn of Wi-Fi, raising the brightness, turn on/off the flashlight.
You can also do stuff like turn on/off the power saving mode, change your phone’s home-screen or lock-screen wallpaper and Bixby will take you to the exact screen and will perform that task for yours. This can also show you, your IMEI number if you wish to. Overall, at this point, Bixby is 100% strongest virtual assistant.
#9. Wake Up Bixby without Using Button
As being a user of S9/S9 Plus, Note 8, and S8/S8 Plus, you will surely know that there is dedicated a button to Bixby. But do you ever have thought if you can access Bixby without using that button? Well, yes you can do that by merely setting the Bixby to wake-up on your voice. For that, first, go to the Home of the Bixby and here look for Voice Wake-Up and enable that option. This is it!!! Now, you will be able to access Bixby by saying just “Bixby”. And then go to complete most your task.
#10. Use Bixby as Your Photographer
You can even use Bixby as your Personal Photographer. While you are taking selfies and you don’t want to mass with your pose simply say “Hi Bixby, take a selfie” or you can say, “Hi Bixby, take a photo.” Bixby then Capture your phone using any of those commands that you may have enabled for it.
#11. Get a Laugh
Maybe you have experienced the Siri or not that iPhone’s virtual assistant can be a jokester for you. And just like Siri, Bixby is also the jokester for you. But for that, you need to learn some command so that that virtual assistant can perform that task for you. Here those are:
- “Tell me a joke.”
- “Rap for me.”
- “Beatbox for me.”
#12. Social Media Posts
If you are fed up posting on social media manually, try putting this virtual assistant Bixby in that case. For, example if you want to put a photo on any social media platform just say “Hi Bixby, post the last photo to Facebook”. Then the virtual assistant will open up that app and begin posting the new post on your Facebook account. However, if you want to add any caption to it, you need to that by yourself and need to hit the post button.
#13. Look For Photos
With Bixby, you can also make your photo searching easy. For that say “Hi Bixby, open gallery and find the photos of food,” or you can say “Hi Bixby, open gallery and find my last photo.” This is it!!!
#14. Take Notes
Just like typing messages is your one of the hassle, then taking notes is the same task. If you want the Bixby to take notes for you, then just say “Hi Bixby, dictate”, during the note taking app is open. Once you command it will start taking note. This feels just like having a personal secretary who does this task for his/her Boss.
#15. Turn Photos Into Text
This is just another trick that you can make it done with using the Camera on your smartphone. To turn the photo into text open the camera and again tap on the Eye icon that is generally known as Vision button and focus the camera on the words. Now, hit the Text and then tap on Extract. It will turn that image into text that you can save, share or can edit your thoughts.
#16. Create Bixby Shortcut Commands
Just like Google Assistant, the Bixby also lets you create Quick commands like shortcuts. To create those shortcut commands go to Bixby Home → My Bixby → Quick Command and here tap on Add option. Here, you can speak your shortened command like “level up the volume” and so many other shortcuts commands you can add.
#17. Use Bixby for Third-Party Apps
You might be aware of the thing that Bixby works with Samsung Internet, music and health. But do you know that it even works well with the third-party app? Well, this is true that this virtual assistant also works well with the apps like Facebook Messenger, Gmail, Instagram, Twitter and so many other apps those are non-Samsung apps.
#18. Quick Rundown of The Schedule
If you are tight on time when running between meetings and won’t remember anything about what you have to do next, then put Bixby on that task. First, create your schedule in the calendar using Bixby, and then you can ask Bixby to show you the next on your schedule by saying “what is my schedule today?” This will then simply pop up one list and show you, your schedule.
#19. Change Background Color of the Screen
By default, the virtual assistant of Samsung Galaxy S8, S8 Plus and Galaxy Note 8 has an Ombre Purplish-Brown colored background. If you don’t like that or for the change, you want to replace that color of the screen of Bixby Voice with another color then Go to Bixby Home → Settings and here look for the Background Colour and tap on it and change the color.
#20. Explore Google Apps with Bixby
While talking about how Bixby performs the task with other apps, then my answer is awesome! Bixby works greatly with Google app. You just need to say “open maps and show nearby restaurants” “open Google Music and play latest releases” or “open YouTube and show trending videos”.
Furthermore, Samsung will integrate a new function to connect all IoT devices via Bixby. They also open platform for third-party developers to make use of the SDK. And the most exciting thing is Samsung will add Bixby support for Android and Tizen devices.
So these are some of the great and handy Bixby tricks and tips that you can use on your Samsung Galaxy S9/S9 Plus, Note 8, and S8/S8 Plus. If you are using any other skills besides the above ones, then share them here with us.