What You Must Know

If you're a fan of Bixby, there is good news: you can now download the app on Windows 10 and 11. So far, the only way to use Bixby on Windows has been through an Android emulator. So it's good to see Samsung (for the most part) remedying this.

While this is exciting news, there are a few things you need to know before downloading the Windows version of Bixby.

Bixby is now available in the Microsoft Store

Google Assistant and Amazon's Alexa are the biggest names in the virtual assistant market, but Samsung's Bixby has proven to be a good competitor. Now it is becoming more accessible with its release on the Microsoft Store.

On Windows, you can perform various actions using simple voice commands. These actions include opening apps, checking the weather, accessing complex settings, finding files, checking the time, and controlling apps in your SmartThings ecosystem.

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How to install Bixby on Windows

To download Bixby, open the Microsoft Store by typing "store" in the search bar and clicking the top result. Then click in the store seek Enter "Bixby" in the top right corner and select the app from the search results. Then click To install to start the installation process.

Before downloading Bixby, you need to make sure that your PC meets the minimum requirements. You need at least Windows 10 version 17763.0 or higher and a storage space of 95.83 MB.

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Just like on a Galaxy smartphone or tablet, you need to wake Bixby up by saying "Hello Bixby". However, since this is a PC app, you can also use the hotkeys Ctrl + Shift + B or FN + B to activate it. Alternatively, you can start the app by searching for “Bixby” in the search bar and clicking on it in the search results.

Bixby is optimized for Galaxy Book devices

The description in the Microsoft Store says that Samsung has optimized Bixby for its Galaxy Book range Products. In theory, this means that you can install the app on third-party products and it may work, but its functionality may be limited. So if you want to get the most out of Bixby, you need to invest in a Galaxy Book laptop.

Currently the list of officially supported devices includes:

  • Galaxy Book Pro
  • Galaxy Book Pro 360
  • Galaxy Book Odyssey
  • Galaxy Book Go
  • Galaxy Book Go 5G
  • Galaxy Book Flex2 α

If your laptop is not one of the models above, there is a high chance that Bixby is not working. The app will still be available for download in the store. However, when you try to run it you may get a "Bixby Voice is not available on your device" message.

If Bixby isn't working on your device and you still want to use voice commands to control certain aspects of your PC, Cortana is an alternative. While Cortana is pre-installed with Windows 10, it's one of the features Microsoft no longer bundles with Windows 11. That said, if you're using Windows 11, you'll have to download it manually.

Now you are ready for Bixby

The release of Bixby on the Microsoft Store is great news if you can't get enough of the app on your Samsung Galaxy mobile devices. You can also try it out if you're looking for a new voice assistant for Windows. Keep in mind that while Samsung isn't necessary, it does recommend a Galaxy Book device if you want to enjoy the full Bixby experience on your PC.

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