Before we make our software available to everyone, we put it through a variety of tests in an effort to ensure there are no major issues. The Oculus Gear VR Public Test Channel Program is an opportunity for our community to test pre-release builds of the Oculus apps, and join in to help with the process. Together we can work to build better features and updates, and we look forward to hearing your suggestions, issues you report, and feedback on new features and changes.

You can choose to join the Gear VR Public Test Channel anytime, and by enrolling, you’ll be given the option to report any issues you encounter while testing potential changes. You can also choose to leave the program anytime after you’ve enrolled. Keep in mind enrolling in the Gear VR Public Test Channel means you’ll be testing a beta version of the Oculus apps that aren’t a finished product, so you may encounter issues ranging from minor issues to app crashes. If you run into any issues that cause discomfort or safety features to stop working, we recommend you stop using your Gear VR or use it with caution.

Enrolling in the Gear VR Public Test Channel

You’ll automatically get the pre-release version of the Oculus apps when one is available. Otherwise, you’ll get the public version.

Once you’ve enrolled in the Public Test Channel, you can choose to opt-out at any time by returning to the Advanced Settings section of the Oculus app and toggling the Gear VR Public Test Channel off.

To enroll in the Oculus Gear VR Public Test Channel:

  1. Open the Oculus app on your phone
  2. Tap More and then tap Advanced Settings
  3. Next to Gear VR Public Test Channel, tap to enroll
  4. On the popup screen, read the messaging and tap 'OK'

To opt-out of the Gear VR Public Test Channel:

  1. Open the Oculus app on your phone
  2. Tap More and then tap Advanced Settings
  3. Next to Gear VR Public Test Channel, tap to opt-out
  4. On the popup screen, read the messaging and tap 'Confirm'

Once you’ve enrolled in the Gear VR Public Test Channel, you can choose to leave at any time by returning to the Advanced Settings section of the Oculus app and tapping next to Gear VR Public Test Channel. If you experience any issues leaving the Gear VR Public Test Channel, please uninstall and then reinstall the Oculus apps.

Note: Turning this setting on or off won’t immediately change your app version. The setting only controls which app version you will receive during the next app release.

Was this answer helpful?