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The most useful Bixby Voice commands

Samsung’s Bixby makes your phone helpful – assisting in completing tasks, telling you what you’re looking at, learning your routine and remembering what you need to do. Just push the Bixby button.

New Bixby frees you to focus on what matters most. Ask for directions, make a dinner reservation, book a hotel, or call a ride home — all with your voice. Bixby learns what you like and works with your apps and services to help you get more done.

How Bixby Works?


Bixby keeps track of your current conversation and understands the context for a more natural, interactive dialogue. Bixby will guide you through the conversation and propose things you can do next to complete the task most efficiently.

Bixby only recognizes certain accents and dialects of English (US), Korean and Mandarin Chinese. Other languages to be supported.


On-demand access to apps and services within new, immersive Bixby Voice UI. Get more done with end-to-end task completion – e.g., book a hotel, make a restaurant reservation, call an Uber, check flight status, or buy concert tickets.

Open & Ubiquitous

Bixby expanding to more of your favorite Samsung devices across mobile, consumer electronics, home appliances, and more. Bixby Voice unleashes the power of your smart home and enables new cross-device / Multi-Device Experiences (MDE).

Compatible Devices

New Bixby is currently only compatible with the Samsung Galaxy Note 9. Bixby is available on Galaxy S8/S8+, Galaxy S9/S9+, and Note 8.

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New Bixby should now be more in tune with recommending things based on your individual preferences. If you ask Bixby for a new restaurant to go to, it will show you options based on the type of places you’ve made reservations at in the past.

So, if you tend to prefer French restaurants, it should deliver those options first. Then, when making the reservation, Bixby will autofill in fields like time and number of people in your party also based on how you’ve made decisions in the past.

The update will also allow users to call Uber rides or browse nearby events. All of this, according to Samsung, is meant to make Bixby a more personal experience.

The Bixby 2.0 would have faster response times, the tech appeared slow to respond to prompts and commands onstage. Bixby 2.0 was first announced in October 2017 at its developer conference in San Francisco.

At the time, Samsung said that this new version of Bixby will “act as the control hub of your device ecosystem,” which includes things like phones, TVs, and speakers.

As Samsung continues to improve Bixby Voice, adding more commands and supported apps or services, this list is updated.


Bixby can also answer questions, but you have to open an app first. Samsung included a Q&A app with Bixby for your questions: Start with “Open Q&A,” then ask away.

The next time you’re talking with someone and they recommend an app, have Bixby install it for you.

“Open the Play Store and install the [App Name] app” will launch the Play Store, search for the [App Name] app, and automatically install it. If there are multiple results and Bixby isn’t sure which one you want to install, you’ll have to manually select it.

Alternatively, you can tell Bixby, “Download the [App Name] app from the Play Store” and achieve the same result.

Quickly share a screenshot

Bixby can take a screenshot of whatever is on your screen then bring up the share menu, or if you’d rather skip the share sheet, you can specify it in the voice command itself.

“Take a screenshot and share it”
“Take a screenshot and send it with Messages to [contact name]”

Music controls

Using the Google Play Music app or Pandora (or any future supported Bixby Labs apps — Spotify isn’t on the list at the time of writing) you can use Bixby to control your tunes. Here are some useful commands:

“Play music”
“Stop the music”
“Play next song”
“Start this song over”
“What’s the name of this song?”
“Whose song is this?”
“Set sleep timer for X minutes”
“Show new releases”
“Play [artist/genre] radio station in [Play Music/Pandora]”

App management

Want to close a recently used app? Or all open apps? Activate split-screen with a specific app? Bixby’s got your back.

“Open [app name] in split-screen view”
“Show my recent apps”
“Close [app name]”
“Close all recent apps”
“Open this app as a pop-up”
“Switch windows”


Bixby will read your notifications out loud, or clear notifications you don’t care about with these commands:

“Real all notifications in notification panel”
“Read all [app name] notifications in notification panel”
“Read the latest notification in notification panel”
“Show me all notifications”

Camera control

Forget buying some sort of Bluetooth shutter button, your voice is the remote shutter when using Bixby. Here are some helpful commands for Bixby’s voice:

“Change the camera mode to [mode name]”
“Take a picture”
“Take a selfie”
“Set the timer for the rear camera to 10 seconds”
“Apply an effect”

Quick commands

The way you have to talk to Bixby can be tedious at times. To help you be more efficient, Bixby Voice allows you to create quick commands. Basically, you take a specific command, e.g. “Open Play Music and play [artist name],” and create your own, shorter command.

Open the menu in the Bixby app and tap My Bixby. Scroll down until you see Quick Commands and tap on it. Pick which command you want to use from the list of recent commands, then record your personalized Quick Command.

Be more efficient with Gmail

Start with basic commands such as, “Open Gmail and show me unread messages,” and then progress to commands such as, “Show the last email from [contact name] that has an attachment.”

App-specific commands

If an app is open when you summon Bixby, any commands you give will stay specific to that app. For example, if you have Facebook Messenger open and tell Bixby to send a message, it will assume you want to do so in Facebook Messenger.

Developers don’t need to integrate with Bixby’s commands in order to work. Instead, you have to learn what actions are called within apps.

As another example, the Twitter app Flamingo isn’t officially supported by Bixby, but when using the app I can compose a new tweet and if it’s ready to be posted, I can tell Bixby, “Tweet.” (The name of the button to post a new tweet is actually “Tweet.” If it was “submit” or “send” you’d use that instead, because Bixby can read the command names.)

Previous commands list:

The commands are grouped by categories :

Common Commands

Open Facebook
What time is it?
What’s the date today?
Turn the volume up/down
Restart off my phone
Flashlight on/off
Turn on an Emergency mode
Play music

Stop the music
What song is this?
What’s the name of this song?
Remind me to buy milk tomorrow at 9 am
Show me my most recent reminder
Delete the shopping reminder
What’s the weather like?
How is the weather going to be tomorrow?
Will it rain today?
What’s the weather in Boston tomorrow?
What’s the UV index in Miami tomorrow?

Screen & Navigation

Take a screenshot
Go back
Show the Home screen
Scroll up/down
Swipe left/right
Scroll to the top/bottom
Zoom in/out
Turn on auto rotate
Set the phone to portrait mode
Turn off the screen

Notifications & System Tasks

Show me my most recent app in split screen view
Close Messages
Close all recent apps
Open Messages in split-screen view
Show me my recent apps
Open this app as a pop-up
Minimize this app
Switch windows
Close Messages
Clear notifications from Messages
Show me all notifications
Open the quick panel
Close the notification panel
Expand the notification from Messages
Control the brightness on the notification panel
Read all notifications
Read the latest notification

Questions & Answers

How far is the sun from the Earth?
What is the definition of doodle?
How do you spell restaurant?
Who was the 44th president of the USA?
Show me how to make cheesecake
When is Thanksgiving?
Who was the first man on the moon?
How long is a cheetah’s tail?
What is 10×5?
How many calories in a bagel?
When is sunrise in Paris?
What is a fathom?
How many feet in a mile?

Samsung Apps

There are also some commands specific to Samsung Galaxy Apps.
Open Gallery and …

Find pictures taken in New York
Show me the most recent picture
Share this picture
Delete this picture
Show me the travel album
Show me the most recent pictures as a slideshow
Auto adjust the picture
Rotate this picture to the right
Play the most recent video
Show me the list of albums
Add the most recent picture from Friends album to Favorites
Remove the auto adjust effects from the most recent picture
Delete the location info from the most recent picture
Delete the travel album
Copy pictures taken at Christmas to a new album
Show the details for the most recent picture

Open Contacts and …

Create a new contact as David with the number 123–4567
Search for David and call him on speaker phone
Search for David and call his home
Call this number on speaker phone
Call my office number
Call David
Text David
Show David’s contact info
Show profile updates for David
Video call David’s mobile phone
Show my friends group
Make my birthday shared
Change my status message to busy
Link David to Jane
Add David to favorites
Send a message to everyone in Friends
Merge all contacts with the same info
Turn on Google account sync

Open Phone app and …

Show Recents
Show missed calls
Decline the call and Send the text as I am in a meeting
Call 123–4567 on speaker phone
Block 1234–5678
Call with speed dial number 2
Open the keypad
Make a call to 123–4567
Call the most recent number
Delete the most recent number
Show recent searches
Block David
Video call the most recent number
Block the last number called
Call this number
Add David to speed dial 2
Turn on vibrate when call ends

Open Settings and …

Turn on WiFi in Settings
Search for nearby WiFi networks in Settings
Disconnect from WiFi in Settings
Turn on Bluetooth in Settings
Scan for Bluetooth devices in Settings
Go to dual audio in Settings
Show me my Data usage
Turn on Data saver
Turn on Airplane mode
Show me NFC settings
Set the ringtone volume to 50
Increase the system volume
Turn on Do not disturb
Don’t disturb me between 10 pm and 7 am
Set the display brightness to 50
Make the screen brighter
Turn on Blue light filter

Open Messages and …

Show me the most recent message
Block the most recent conversation
Turn off notifications for the conversation with David
Copy the most recent text
Show me pictures from the conversation with David
Mark all unread messages as read
Delete all conversations
Take a photo and send it to David
Show me settings

Open Camera and …

Take a picture
Record a video
Turn on the front camera
Turn on HDR
Turn on Flash
Show me pictures
Set the timer for rear camera to 10 seconds
Apply an effect
Turn on Save RAW and JPEG files for rear camera
Turn on video stabilization
Adjust the ISO of Pro mode to 200
Adjust the exposure value of Pro mode to 1
Turn on grid lines

Open Clock and …

Set an alarm for tomorrow at 6 am
Turn off the 6 am alarm
Show me the time in New York
Dismiss the alarm
Show the timer
Open the stopwatch
Add London to my world clock
Open the time zone converter in the world clock

Open Calculator and …

Calculate 5 + 10 x 4
Show the unit converter
Convert 25 inches to cm

Open Calendar and …

Create an event
Show me March 23rd
Show me the month of October
Delete my completed tasks
Mark grocery shopping as done
Delete all of my meetings for today
Show me the settings
Change the first day of the week to Sunday
Show week numbers
Turn on notifications
Lock the time zone
Change the time zone to New York

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