You Got a Quest 2—Here’s How to Set It Up

Oculus blog
25 December 2021

That big present under the tree with your name on has been tantalizing you for days. When you finally ripped open the wrapping paper, you saw “Quest 2” and a picture of a headset staring back at you from the box. And now that you’ve got Quest 2—our most advanced all-in-one virtual reality system—in your hands, you can’t wait to get going. Welcome to VR.

We know you’re eager to dive into a wide world of great games like Beat Saber or Resident Evil 4, amazing fitness experiences like Supernatural or FitXR or taking in a live show with friends in Venues. But before you do, here are some things you should know about getting started.

Initial Setup

Unbox: After you’ve taken your Quest 2 and its accessories out of the box, you’ll first need to charge the headset. Plug the charging cord into a power source and into the USB-C port on the left side of the headset. The charging indicator will change from orange to green when the battery’s fully charged.

Comfortable Fit: Next, adjust your headset. If you wear glasses, you’ll want to put on the headset from the front of your head first. Check out this video for tips!

Turn It On: Power up your Quest 2 with the button on the right side (next to the charging indicator). Then hold the headset on both sides, slowly sliding it up and down your face until the image is clear.

Get the Oculus App

Using a supported phone (iOS 10+ or Android 5.0+), download the app and follow the onscreen instructions.

Sleep and Power Off

We know that once you discover all the great things you can do with Quest 2, you’ll want to spend hours with it. But we also know that sometimes real life—or a low battery—gets in the way. When you’re not using your headset, you can put it to sleep or power it off completely.

To put Quest 2 to sleep, press the power button. The headset will wake up automatically when you put it back on your head. While Quest 2 is asleep, it still draws a little power, but much less than when you’re actually using it.

To turn Quest 2 off completely—which uses even less power than sleep mode—hold down the power button for at least three seconds until the indicator light goes dark. Turn it back on by holding the power button.

Connecting Quest 2 to Wi-Fi

Using Quest 2 requires Wi-Fi. Fortunately, setting that up is easy.

Press the Oculus button on your right Touch controller, which brings up the universal menu. Then, point at the clock on the left side of the menu, which pulls up the Quick Settings panel. Next choose Wi-Fi, toggle it on, and pick the network you want to connect to. Then enter the password using the pop-up keyboard. Finally, select Connect.

Setting Up Guardian

With Quest 2, you can move, dance, or dodge around your play area. This requires setting up Roomscale in Guardian, which defines a safe play boundary.

To begin with, you need an unobstructed area of at least 6.5 feet by 6.5 feet (2 meters by 2 meters). Don’t have that much clear space? You can still use Quest 2 in Stationary Mode and play seated or standing still.

If you haven’t already set up Guardian, or you’re using Quest 2 in a new space, you’ll be prompted to set it up when you turn on the headset. But you can always switch between Guardian modes or redraw the boundaries. To do this, press the Oculus button on your right Touch controller to pull up the universal menu. Hover over the clock on the left side of the menu, and hit the Quick Settings panel. Choose Guardian. Then, select Stationary or Roomscale, and follow the on-screen instructions for drawing your new Guardian boundary.

The Touch Controllers

Touch controllers bring your hands into many Quest experiences. They have traditional action buttons, a pair of thumbsticks, and analog triggers that will feel familiar to many people. While individual apps often have their own tutorials for using Touch controller buttons, here’s a few general things to know about these buttons:

  • Thumbstick: Use your thumbsticks to navigate around virtual environments.
  • Triggers: The trigger on the front of both controllers, and the A and X buttons, let you select objects. The B and Y buttons bring you back to the previous screen or menu.
  • Oculus button: Pressing the Oculus button pops up the universal menu. Holding the button recenters your view.
  • Grip button: Pressing the Grip button on the side of the controller makes a fist or grasps objects with your virtual hand.

Now that you’ve learned the basics, you’re ready to jump into VR! You can also learn a few more things about setting up Quest 2 here, in addition to some killer tips and tricks for getting the most out of your headset. Or if you're ready to jump into some games? Check out our recommendations!