Tips & Tricks: Making the Most of Your New Quest 2

Oculus Blog
December 25, 2021

The presents are unwrapped. The resulting giant pile of paper and ribbons is cleaned up. You’ve opened your new Quest 2 and set it up, and you’ve already downloaded and started having fun with new games and other great experiences. Now it’s time for some killer tips and tricks that will help you get even more out of your new VR headset.

Level Up Your VR Experience

Passthrough Shortcut: VR is immersive, and it’s easy to forget that you’re actually still in the real world while playing Echo VR. With Quest 2’s Passthrough shortcut, you can see your surroundings—including pets, cups of coffee, chairs, and so forth—and recognize things that require your attention. To access this feature for the first time, look for the Passthrough Home “eye” icon in the Quick Settings menu to switch between the real and the virtual. After enabling it, you can initiate Passthrough anytime you want by double-tapping the left or right side of your headset.

Bring Your Real Workstation Into VR: You may be wearing a VR headset, but you can still get things done between gaming sessions—from checking in on a work project to checking your social feed. You can pair a Bluetooth mouse with your Quest 2 using the Experimental Features settings, selecting Bluetooth Pairing from the menu, and choosing your mouse. And if you want to bring the rest of your real workstation into your virtual environment, you can easily connect your Logitech K830 Bluetooth keyboard (if you have one) so you can type all you want, bring your real life desk into VR, and jump into our new personal workspace environment in Horizon Home if you’re looking for a professional setting to get some work done.

Get Phone Notifications in VR: If you have an iPhone 7 or above or any Android phone, you don’t have to take off your headset to see your device’s lock screen notifications. To use this feature while wearing your Quest 2, enable it in Oculus App settings. Now you can dive into a rowdy game of SUPERHOT VR without worrying about missing that important text message.

Light Theme and Night Display: If you want to switch things up, you can change your Quest 2 menus and settings display to a lighter shade than the darker default theme. You can also use Night Display to go easier on your eyes by selecting warmer colors. Click here to learn how.

Use Voice Commands: Quest 2’s Touch controllers are amazing, but sometimes you want your hands free while you switch between apps, check in on what your friends are up to, take a photo, find out how to use a Quest 2 feature, and much more. With voice commands (click here for instructions on how to use them), you can do all that to navigate in VR without typing, pointing, or selecting. Click here for a full list of commands you can use.

Change Your Home Environment: Many people love the default VR Home environment, but if you want to keep things fresh, we offer a collection of alternatives, festive and otherwise. You can choose from a list that includes Winter Lodge, Space Station, and Studio. To see those choices and others, and to customize your Home environment, click on Settings → Virtual Environment.

Adjust Guardian Sensitivity: You’ve already learned how to set up your Guardian—Quest 2’s built-in safety boundary—but if you think it’s popping up too often, or not enough, you can adjust the distance at which it activates. Click here to see how to modify the sensitivity to whatever makes you feel most safe and comfortable.

Make Gaming More Social

Casting: Want to show your friends how much fun VR can be? You can share what you’re seeing while in-headset by “casting” to your computer screen, TV, phone, or tablet—so now you don’t have to explain how cool it is that you can rock out to Billie Eilish songs in Beat Saber—they can actually see it. Casting is also great for getting a friend’s help solving a puzzle or navigating a game like Resident Evil 4. Click here for instructions on how to cast from your Quest 2.

Recenter Your View in VR: Sometimes you move around so much when playing a Quest 2 game that your view needs to be reset. You can recenter it without going through the mapping process again—even while you're in-game. Simply press and hold the Oculus button on your Touch controller until your view resets.

Multi-User and App Sharing: If multiple people will be using your Quest 2, no problem. You can even share supported games between different accounts on your headset. That means you and your friends can compete to see who survives the most mayhem in Lies Beneath, while keeping your game progress, achievements, and friends lists separate. Click here for Multi-User and App Sharing instructions.

Use Headphones: Quest 2 has built-in audio that pumps out clean sound, but if you want to play a horror game without frightening your dog (or your friends), you can plug in your favorite headphones. When you do, those scary sounds will be even creepier because it’s right there. The headphone jack is under the strap arm, next to the charging port.

Film Yourself In-Game With the Mobile Mixed Reality Camera: Want to really show your friends how good you are at dodging bullets in Pistol Whip? With the latest Oculus software update, you can use mixed reality capture to film yourself playing your favorite VR game and share video that shows you inside the game—without any specialized equipment or technical skills. All you need is an iPhone XS or later running iOS 11.0 or above and the most recent version of the Oculus mobile app. Get a friend to help you with setup and you can easily capture your footage from many different angles.

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