Galaxy Note 10 Power Button

For years Samsung flagship customers have complained about the way the company has pushed the Bixby button. We’re back down to three buttons with the Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+, but the third button doesn’t function the way people think it does. Thankfully, there is a simple way to change it back to just a regular Power button.

I don’t want to get my hopes up here because Samsung has had moments when it treated this Bixby button thing fairly. It was either the release of the Galaxy S9 or the Galaxy Note 9, but there was a time when you could flat out disable the Bixby button from within Samsung’s OneUI software. The sad thing is that this didn’t last long.

A software update after launch changed this to where you could only disable the single press action.

So, we could see Samsung have a change of heart with the Galaxy Note 10 and 10+. . .we will just have to wait and see if things change in the future. For now, though, the feature is put right into the OneUI software again and there’s even a shortcut to the Settings app page when you bring up the Power Menu on the smartphone.

By default, pressing and holding the Power button does not bring up the Power Menu. Instead, Samsung has configured things so that this will actually activate Bixby instead. This is going to confuse a lot of people but thankfully it only takes a few seconds to dive into the Settings application and change this back to normal.

Galaxy Note 10 Power Menu Button

Change the Galaxy Note 10 Power Menu Button

  1. Open the Settings application
  2. Tap on the Advanced Features menu
  3. Now go into the Side Key feature
  4. So you can change the Press and Hold option to Power Off Menu

As I said, it just takes a few seconds and then you can use that third button exactly like you would any other Power button on any other Android smartphone. I personally disagree with the approach Samsung has taken here but I can understand it from a business perspective. They have such a loyal customer base that they are able to push 1st-party services like this.

There is a line though, there is no doubt about it. I just don’t think there is any legit competition for Samsung in many markets around the world (sales-wise). If they had not included this software feature then I do think there would have been a much bigger outrage. But with how it is now, there seems to be a tolerable trade-off since it only takes a few seconds to fix.

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