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How to use Bixby on Samsung Smart TV

Virtual assistants are the new trend in 2021. There are now many different voices and virtual assistants. They are used for a wide variety of tasks.

Some are just for playing alerts and for finding out the latest news and all sorts of little things. They can make your life much easier.

Another type of assistant is made specifically for entertainment. They offer you funny responses to your messages and you just want to have a fun evening with your friends.

The same way most voice assistants are made to simplify interaction with smart devices. Usually, such assistants are built right into the device and you can interact with them with a remote control or voice command.

Modern Smart TVs have such features as well. One of the largest companies on the smart TV market remains Samsung. Not surprisingly, not long ago they released their own virtual assistant for their TVs called Bixby.

What is Bixby

Bixby is a virtual assistant that was developed by Samsung in 2017. It’s essentially a re-launch of the S Voice service, which was previously a voice assistant on Samsung devices.

It consists of three main things: Bixby Voice, Bixby Vision, and Bixby Home.

  • Bixby Voice is the name of the assistant’s activation method. It can be done with a voice command or with the Bixby button on the remote.
  • Bixby Vision is an augmented reality camera, it identifies objects in real-time and offers the user to buy them online. It is also able to read QR codes, translate text or recognize landmarks.
  • Bixby Home is a vertically scrolling list of information that Bixby can interact with, such as the weather, fitness activities and buttons to control their smart home gadgets.

Being built into your TV, it was designed to enhance your TV experience so that instead of pushing buttons, you can control your device with your voice.

It is able to collect information from all devices connected to the TV and analyze the content and channels you watch. Based on this information, it builds its list of recommendations.

Bixby is not available on all Samsung TVs. It was introduced in Samsung Smart TV 2018. If your device is from an earlier year, you may not have the Bixby voice assistant.

How to set up Bixby on your TV

On devices that support Bixby, it will already be installed and ready to use. All you need to do is connect your TV to the Internet and log in to your Samsung account. If you do not do this, you may not be able to use some features.

To connect your Samsung TV to the Internet, you just need to:

  • Press the Home button on your remote.
  • Then select Settings in the menu.
  • Next go to General.
  • Select Network.
  • Then locate and click on Open Network Settings.
  • All you have to do is specify what type of connection you have – Wireless or Wired.
    • If you connect via wire, then you will only need to plug the LAN cable into a connector of your TV and it will automatically join the Internet.
    • If you use a wireless connection, you will need to select your network name from the list and then enter your Wi-Fi password.

Once you have successfully connected to the internet, you will need to create a Samsung account to unlock all the functions of your TV. To do this:

  • Press the Home button on your remote.
  • Then select Settings in the menu.
  • Go to the System Manager.
  • Then select Samsung Account.
  • Then select Sign In or Create Account.
  • Then simply follow the on-screen instructions to sign in to your account or create a new account.

How to activate Bixby on your TV

Bixby has two ways to activate it: With a button on the remote and with a special voice command.

To set up activation with voice command you first need to:

  • Press the microphone button on your remote
  • Select Explore Now
  • Then go to Settings
  • Select Voice Wake-Up

After this, you only need to say the phrase “Hello, Bixby” to get your voice assistant working. Then you can say whatever command it needs to do.

In the case of the button, it’s even easier, just press the microphone button on the remote and say the command, then release the button.

What are the commands

There is a whole set of universal commands for Bixby, You can use this list of commands to get started with the assistant, which should make it as easy as possible for you to use your Samsung Smart TV.

Open an app: “Open (App Name)”
Change the video source: “Show source list” or “Change source to HDMI 1”
Change the channel: “Change to channel 2”
Check the weather: “What’s the weather?”
Change the volume: “Turn the volume down by 5”
Change the mode: “Turn on Ambient Mode”
Control media content: “Play”, “Pause”, “Rewind”, “Fast Forward”
Open the internet browser: “Open the internet”
View images: “Show my holiday photos”

You can combine these commands in different ways and try other options. Just try asking Bixby what you want to do and see what happens. In most cases, he will be able to comply with your request.

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