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15 handy Samsung Bixby tricks you need to know



Samsung's assistant Bixby can handle a variety of tasks on your phone. Once you've learned the basics here are 15 additional tricks to help you make the most of your assistant.

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Add Quick Commands

You do not want to remember long strings of commands? You can shorten it by going to My Bixby > Quick Commands . Press from there Make Your Own Quick Command . Then tap + Bixby Command and select the command you want to replace. To exit, tap the microphone icon and record your new command. For example, the Disable Bluetooth and Enable Wi-Fi command can become Home Settings.

Tell people where you are

A few months ago I wanted to visit a friend in two states. Once I arrived in their state (Kansas), I was completely lost. Luckily I had Bixby. I said, "Hello Bixby, text Angie my location." My friend looked at the SMS card where I was and called me with directions.

Find out where you are

If your friend has no help, Bixby can tell you where you are. Open your camera and tap Bixby Vision> AR and point your phone to the floor. Bixby searches for information about the location and displays it on the screen.

Turn off the Bixby button

Do you always accidentally press the Bixby button when trying to adjust the volume of your phone? There is a solution for that. You can disable the Bixby button with these instructions . Do not worry, you can still use it without the button.

Turn on an elusive setting

I remember terribly how certain features are turned on and off. Bixby is a lifesaver for people like me. All you have to do is say which setting you want to change and it will take you to this screen and toggle the setting.

For example, I could not remember how I turned on my lock screen, so instead of fumbling for five minutes, I said, "Hello Bixby, turn on the lock screen." Within a second, Bixby had done the job.

Use Bixby Vision as a translator

Next time you see something written in another language and ask yourself what it means, try putting Bixby on the case.

Open your camera and tap the Vision button (the symbol that looks like an eye) as you aim the camera at the words. Tap Text then crop the words you want to translate and tap Translate . Pull your finger over the words you want to translate, and Bixby will tell you what they mean.

Use Vision to turn a photo into text

You can also use the Vision button to enter all the words displayed instead of typing them. This can be useful if you want to copy an employee's meeting notes or use a quote found in a book.

Open your camera and tap the Vision button while focusing the camera on the words. Tap Text and then Extract . The words can then be edited, saved or shared.

Put Bixby Cards on Your Lock Screen

You know how to open handy little cards that show you your latest social media activities, sports news, weather, and more when you press the Bixby button? You can add it to your lock screen so it's instantly updated each time you look at your phone.

Open Bixby and go to Settings in the menu. Then tap Show on lock screen turn on the switch next to the desired app as a map and you're done. From now on, this app will appear with updates on your lock screen.

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Cards on my lock screen


Screenshot by Alina Bradford / CNET

Use Bixby as your personal photographer

If you've ever missed a perfect shot because you could not open your camera in time, you'll love this feature.

Whenever you want to take a selfie, strike a pose and say, "Hi, Bixby, take a selfie." The camera turns on and takes a snapshot. "Hi, Bixby, take a picture," works too. Bixby takes a picture with the camera you have activated for this command.

You can also change the camera settings as needed. For example, after opening the camera, say, "Take a panoramic photo" or "Increase 50 percent."

Fix Bixby if he's stubborn

Can not Bixby hear your orders? The hearing sensitivity may be too low. Tap the Bixby > Menu > Settings > Voice wake-up and slide the sensitivity bar to Medium or High .

Laugh

Like Siri, Bixby is pretty much the joker. Here are some commands that can make you laugh:

  • "Rap for me."
  • "Tell me a joke."
  • "Beatbox for me."
  • "I love you."
  • "OK, google."
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Bixby's rap is pretty funny.


Screenshot by Alina Bradford / CNET

Search Photos

I hate scrolling through my gallery to find a photo. Luckily, you can make Bixby look for you. Just say something like "Hi, Bixby, open the gallery and find pictures taken in Paris" or "Hi, Bixby, open the gallery and find pet photos."

Take notes

It can be tedious to tap out long notes on your keyboard. You can have Bixby type for you. Say "Hi, Bixby, dictate" while your notes app is open. After saying "dictate", say what Bixby should type. It's like a willingness secretary.

Publish to social networks

You can post a photo on social networks with just one command. For example, you can say, "Hi, Bixby, post my last photo on Instagram." Bixby opens the app and launches a new post. All you have to do is add a caption and hit the post button.

Setting a language password

You can unlock your phone using Bixby. Go to Settings> Unlock with Voice Password and follow the instructions on the screen.

Editor's note: This article was originally published on September 8, 2017 and has been updated.

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