Using Oculus Apps and Features

Oculus 360 Photos

You can create a folder to view your own 360 photos you’ve taken on your phone or ones you’ve transferred from your computer in Oculus 360 Photos on your Samsung Gear VR.

To view your 360 photos in Oculus 360 Photos:

From your phone:
  1. From your phone’s home screen, go to My Files
  2. Tap Internal storage and then tap Oculus
  3. Tap More in the top right and then tap Create folder
  4. Create a folder named 360Photos and then move your 360 photos to this folder
  5. Put on your Gear VR headset and open Oculus 360 Photos
  6. Select My Photos at the bottom and then select the photos you added
From your PC:
  1. Connect your phone to your PC using a USB cable
  2. Under the Oculus folder, create a new folder named 360Photos and then move your 360 photos to this folder
  3. Put on your Gear VR headset and open Oculus 360 Photos and then select My Photos at the bottom
From your Mac:
  1. Download Android File Transfer to connect your phone to your Mac
  2. Under the Oculus folder, create a new folder named 360Photos and then move your 360 photos to this folder
  3. Put on your Gear VR headset and open Oculus 360 Photos and then select My Photos at the bottom

Note: We recommend the following resolutions for these panorama formats:

  • Equirectangular: 4096x2048
  • Cube map: 1536x1536
Oculus Arcade

You’ll need to be connected to Wi-Fi and use a compatible gamepad to play games in Oculus Arcade on your Samsung Gear VR.

To play games in Oculus Arcade:

  1. Connect a gamepad to your Samsung Android phone and then open Oculus Arcade in Gear VR
  2. Select Sega, Midway or Bandai Namco and then select a game to play
  3. Select Play Free to play 20 minutes for free or select Buy [price] to purchase the game

Note: Once your 20 minutes of free play is up in a game, you’ll no longer be able to play it for free.

Oculus Events

Oculus Events are social gatherings hosted by developers that let you play, watch and interact with other people while using your Samsung Gear VR. Right now, only developers can create and host events.

Finding an Event

You can find upcoming events you're interested in by using your Gear VR or the Oculus app on your Samsung Android phone. When you tell us you're interested in an event, we'll help you remember to attend it by sending a push notification reminder to your phone and Gear VR. You'll receive a push notification the morning of the event and another one before it starts.

To find an upcoming event you're interested in:

  1. Put on your headset and go to Oculus Home
  2. Select Events at the bottom
  3. Select the event you want to attend and then select Interested
Joining an Event

Once an event has started, you can join it while using your Gear VR. Keep in mind you may have to download the app of the developer hosting the event before you can join.

To join an event you've expressed interested in:

  1. Put on your headset and go to Oculus Home
  2. Select Events at the bottom and then select My Events at the top
  3. Select the event you want to join and then select Join Now

When you join an event, we ask that you follow the Oculus Code of Conduct when interacting with other people.

Privacy

When you tell us you're interested in an event, people may see the events you're planning to attend depending on your privacy settings. If you don't want people to see the events you're attending, you can control who can see your info and activity when using your Gear VR.

Note: Oculus Events isn't available to everyone right now.

Oculus Home

You can change the Oculus Home environment after you put on your Samsung Gear VR headset.

To change your Oculus Home environment:

  1. Put on your headset and go to Oculus Home
  2. Select Library at the bottom
  3. Select Environments and then choose a new environment
Oculus Livestream

Before you livestream to Facebook on your Samsung Gear VR, you'll need to connect your Facebook account to your Oculus account.

To livestream to Facebook on your Gear VR:

  1. Connect your Samsung Android phone to your headset and then put it on.
  2. Press and hold the back button on the side of your headset to open the Universal Menu.
  3. Select Livestreaming from the left menu.
  4. Select Who can see this on Facebook? to pick your audience:
    • Public: Anyone on Facebook.
    • Friends: Your friends on Facebook.
    • Only Me: Only you.
  5. Choose if you want to allow Oculus access to your phone's microphone so you can talk during your livestream.
  6. Choose if you want to allow viewers to have the ability to comment on your livestream.
  7. Select Start Livestream to begin your broadcast. To end your broadcast, hold the back button to open the Universal Menu and then select End Livestream at the bottom

Once you end your livestream, it'll be posted to your Facebook Timeline.

Note: You may not be able to livestream certain games and apps due to licensing agreements.

If you own a Google Chromecast, you can stream content to it using your Samsung Gear VR. Before you start streaming your Gear VR content, check to make sure your Chromecast and your Samsung Android phone are on the same Wi-Fi network.

To stream content to your Chromecast:

  1. Open the Oculus app on your phone.
  2. Click in the top right and then select your Chromecast. You'll know it's working if you see the Oculus logo on your monitor or TV.
  3. Put your headset on to start streaming.

When you're done streaming your content, go back to the Oculus app and tap again to turn off streaming.

Note: This feature may not be available to everyone right now.

Oculus Parties

You can create a party using your Samsung Gear VR to chat or play games online with up to 3 of your friends. You can also invite your party to hang out in a room together. In order to join a party, you’ll need to allow Oculus access to your phone’s microphone. Once you join a party, we recommend that you wear headphones so that everyone can hear you well.

Creating and Leaving Parties

To create a party:

  1. Connect your Samsung Android phone to your Gear VR headset and then put it on
  2. From Home, move your head to the right and then select a friend from your friends list to join your party
  3. Select Confirm to start your party

Once your friends accept your invite, they’ll join your party.

To leave a party:

  1. From Home, select Party from the menu on your right
  2. Move your pointer over your party and then select Leave Party
Adding Friends to a Party

To add friends to a party:

  1. From Home, select a friend from your friends list you want to add to your party
  2. Select Confirm to add your new friend to your party

Keep in mind that anyone who joins your party can also invite their friends until you reach a party of 4 people.

Controlling Your Mic

To mute or unmute your mic:

  1. From Home, select Party from the menu on your right
  2. Move your pointer over your party and then select Party Settings
  3. Select Mute Mic at the bottom to mute your mic or Unmute Mic to unmute it

If you join a party and then disconnect your phone from your headset, your mic will also be muted.

Note: Parties doesn’t support Bluetooth® headphones right now.

Oculus Rooms

Once you create a party using your Samsung Gear VR, you can enter a room to hang out with your friends. We recommend that you wear headphones so that everyone can hear you well.

Joining and Leaving a Room

To meet in your party’s room:

  1. Connect your Samsung Android phone to your Gear VR headset and then put it on
  2. Below your profile picture in the top right, select Party and then start a party
  3. Select Meet in Your Party’s Room

To leave your room:

  1. Press and hold the back button on the side of your headset to open the Universal Menu
  2. Select Oculus Home in the left menu to leave your room
Hanging Out in Your Room

Once you join a room, you can go to the following areas to do things together with your friends:

  • Group App Launcher: Pick a multiplayer game or app to launch together
  • Games Table: Pick Lights, Words or Pairs to play together
  • TV Area: Browse and play Facebook videos together
  • Chat Area: Socialize with everyone together
Oculus Video

You can watch the following things in Oculus Video on your Samsung Gear VR:

  • New Videos: Watch new featured 360 videos.
  • Entertainment: Watch 360 videos about movies, TV shows, apps and more.
  • Travel & Nature: Watch travel and nature videos from around the world.
  • News & Documentary: Watch newsworthy and educational videos.
  • Horror: Watch scary 360 videos.
  • Thrills: Watch adventurous and exciting videos.
  • Movies: Watch featured or purchased movies and movie trailers.
  • My Videos: Watch movies you've taken on your phone or movies you've purchased.

Note: You may need a Wi-Fi connection to watch some videos.

You can adjust mobile data usage, storage and notifications for Oculus Video on your Samsung Android phone.

To adjust your settings in Oculus Video:

  1. From your phone’s home screen, go to Settings
  2. Tap Apps and then tap Oculus Video

You can view videos you’ve recorded on your Samsung Android phone or ones you’ve transferred from your PC computer in Oculus Video on your Samsung Gear VR.

To view your own videos in Oculus Video:

From your phone:
  1. Record a video on your phone
  2. Put on your Gear VR headset and open Oculus Video
  3. Move your pointer to the Categories menu on the left and then select My Videos
  4. Select the video you added
From your PC:
  1. Connect your phone to your PC using a micro USB cable
  2. Transfer your videos to your Movies folder
  3. Put on your Gear VR headset and open Oculus Video
  4. Move your pointer to the Categories menu on the left and then select My Videos
  5. Select the video you added
From your Mac:
  1. Download Android File Transfer to connect your phone to your Mac
  2. Transfer your videos to your Movies folder
  3. Put on your Gear VR headset and open Oculus Video
  4. Move your pointer to the Categories menu on the left and then select My Videos
  5. Select the video you added

Note: Videos you’ve bought from other places (example: Play Store, iTunes) won’t show up in My Videos.

You can view 360 or 3D panoramic videos you’ve recorded on your Samsung Android phone or ones you’ve transferred from your computer in Oculus Video on your Samsung Gear VR.

360 videos

To view a 360 video in Oculus Video on your Gear VR:

From your phone:
  1. Find the 360 video you want to watch and then add "_360" to the end of the file name (example: test_360.mp4)
  2. From your phone’s home screen, go to My Files and move the 360 video to the Videos folder
  3. Put on your Gear VR headset and open Oculus Video
  4. Move your pointer to the Categories menu on the left and then select My Videos
  5. Select the video you added
From your PC:
  1. Find the 360 video you want to watch and then add "_360" to the end of the file name (example: test_360.mp4)
  2. Connect your phone to your PC using a micro USB cable
  3. Transfer you 360 video to your Movies folder and then put on your Gear VR headset and open Oculus Video
  4. Move your pointer to the Categories menu on the left and then select My Videos
  5. Select the video you added
From your Mac:
  1. Find the 360 video you want to watch and then add "_360" to the end of the file name (example: test_360.mp4)
  2. Download Android File Transfer to connect your phone to your Mac
  3. Transfer your 360 videos to your Movies folder and then put on your Gear VR headset and open Oculus Video
  4. Move your pointer to the Categories menu on the left and then select My Videos
  5. Select the video you added
Panoramic Videos

To view a 3D panoramic video in Oculus Video:

  1. Add one of the following stereoscopic video support types to the end of the file name:
    Top-bottomBottom-topLeft-rightRight-left
    [video name]_360_TB.[file type][video name]_360_BT.[file type][video name]_360_LR.[file type][video name]_360_RL.[file type]
  2. Transfer the video to your phone’s Videos or Movies folder
  3. Put on your Gear VR headset and open Oculus Video
  4. Move your pointer to the Categories menu on the left and then select My Videos
  5. Select the video you added

Note: For 3D panoramic videos, we recommend the following specifications:

Resolution:

  • 3840x1920 resolution at 30 FPS
  • 2048x2048 resolution at 60 FPS

Bitrate:

  • 20 Mb/s

Oculus Video on your Samsung Gear VR supports the following formats:

Video:
  • mp4
  • m4v
  • 3gp
  • 3g2
  • webm
  • mkv
  • wmv
  • avi
Audio:
  • mp3
  • aac

Note: Some mp4 videos may have unsupported audio formats that won’t work in Oculus Video.

Oculus Voice

You can use Oculus Voice on your Oculus device to ask Oculus to help you do things like search for a game or app in the Oculus Store, launch a game or app you’ve downloaded or cancel an experience you're loading.

To use Oculus Voice on your Oculus Rift:

  1. Put on your headset and go to Oculus Home
  2. Select Voice Search at the bottom and then select Turn On
  3. Speak "Hey Oculus" out loud and then say one of the following commands:
    • Find (ex: action games)
    • Launch (ex: Oculus Video)
    • Cancel That (cancel an experience you’re loading)

To use Oculus Voice on your Samsung Gear VR:

  1. Put on your headset and go to Oculus Home
  2. Select Voice at the bottom and then select OK to turn on voice search
  3. Speak "Hey Oculus" out loud and then say one of the following commands:
    • Find (ex: action games)
    • Launch (ex: Oculus Video)
    • Cancel That (cancel an experience you’re loading)

Note: Oculus Voice currently supports English and won’t work with Bluetooth® headphones right now.

Oculus Voice clips are sent to a server for request processing and may be used to improve our recognition quality.

Learn more about when Oculus Voice records your voice.

Note: Oculus Voice only supports English right now.

Once Oculus Voice is turned on, we only record your voice if you’re wearing your headset and say, "Hey Oculus" while in VR. Once you say, "Hey Oculus," we listen for a command for a limited period of time.

Note: Oculus Voice only supports English right now.