Feb 17, 2021 · Updated: Jul 12, 2021 · by Tim Kamanin
I recently bought a Samsung Galaxy phone. It is OK, but I was very annoyed when I found out that I couldn't disable Bixby apps on your phone. In my opinion, Bixby apps (like Bixby Voice, Bixby Vision and Bixby Routines) are useless. But the trick is you can't disable them. And what's worse, these apps get unrevokable permissions to your camera, microphone, contacts, phone calls. Ouch, big red flag!
But we're developers, right? So the challenge was accepted, and I managed to disable Bixby apps without much trouble. In this tutorial, I will show you how to disable those pesky apps with the help of our lovely command-line tools!
A big disclaimer: complete the following steps at your own risk. You may mess up or even break your phone!
Here are the things you need to have/know to complete this tutorial:
To enable Debugging mode, on your phone, go to the Settings > About phone > Software information and tap seven (7) times on the Build number, the magic will happen, and now you should see a new Developer options menu item.
Go to Settings > Developer options, find the USB debugging option, and turn it on. Now you're ready for hacking!
Connect your phone to your computer via USB cable. Check a prompt on your phone and tap Allow.
Now launch a terminal on your computer and run the following command:
You should see an output similar to:
List of devices attached XXXXXXXXX device
If you see a device in the output, that means everything is connected correctly, and you can proceed.
You will use Android Shell to disable services. Open a terminal and run the following command:
You should see an active shell prompt:
To disable the bixby service, type the following command into a shell and press Enter:
pm disable-user com.samsung.android.bixby.service
You should see the following confirmation:
Package com.samsung.android.bixby.service new state: disabled-user
Now repeat the same step entering the following commands:
pm disable-user com.samsung.android.bixby.agent
pm disable-user com.samsung.android.bixby.wakeup
If you want to disable Bixby Vision.
pm disable-user com.samsung.android.bixbyvision.framework pm disable-user com.samsung.android.visionintelligence
If you want to disable Bixby Routines
pm disable-user com.samsung.android.app.routines
Now disconnect your phone and restart it. Then go to Settings > Apps, and you should see all Bixby apps as disabled.
Congratulations, you've done it!
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