Using Oculus Apps and Features

Apps

You can download new content from the Oculus Store on your phone or directly on your Oculus Go. Whenever you buy or download something, it’ll show up in your Oculus Library.

To download new content:

From your Oculus Go:
  1. Select Store from the bottom menu.
  2. Select what you want to download.
  3. Use your pointer to select the price to buy it, or select Free if it’s a free download.
From your phone:
  1. Open the Oculus app and tap Store from the bottom menu.
  2. Tap what you want to download.
  3. Tap the price at the top to buy it, or tap Free if it’s a free download.

Note: If you experience trouble downloading new content to your Oculus Go, put your Oculus Go headset on and check the Not Installed section of your Library to view content you've added or purchased that hasn't finished downloading yet.

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If you're unable to download new apps or transfer files to your Oculus Go, you may not have enough storage space left on your headset.

To check how much space is left on your Oculus Go:

  1. Turn on your Oculus Go and put on your headset.
  2. Select Settings from the bottom toolbar menu.
  3. Select See All.
  4. From the Device tab, find Storage to see how much space is left on your Oculus Go headset.

To check how much space is needed to download content from the Oculus Store:

  1. Open the Oculus app on your phone.
  2. Find and tap on the content you'd like to download to your Oculus Go.
  3. Scroll down to find the amount of space is needed.

Note: You can increase available space on your Oculus Go by uninstalling apps from your library.

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Oculus Rooms

Oculus Rooms lets you hang out with your friends in VR. In your personal room, you can customize the way things look and invite friends to play games, watch videos, or open apps together.


Getting Started

To download Oculus Rooms:

  1. On your Oculus Go or Samsung Gear VR, select Search from bottom right of your home screen menu.
  2. Type Rooms into the search field and select Go.
  3. Select Oculus Rooms and then Download.

Note: Oculus Rooms can not be used on Android phones running Android software version 5.0-5.1.1 (Lollipop) or lower. In order to use Oculus Rooms, you must upgrade your Android software to version 6.0 (Marshmallow) or higher.


Customizing Your Room

You can customize the following in your room:

  • Walls and floor
  • Furniture
  • Sky
  • Photos on the wall
  • Time and length of day.

To customize your room:

  1. Put on your Oculus Go or Samsung Gear VR headset.
  2. From your library, open Oculus Rooms.
  3. From the on-screen tablet, select Customize Room.

Joining and Leaving a Party in Your Room

To meet in your party’s room:

  1. Put on your Oculus Go or Samsung Gear VR headset.
  2. From Home, select the People tab from the main toolbar.
  3. Select Friends.
  4. From your friends list, select next to the people you'd like to invite to your party and room.
  5. Select the Party tab to join your party, view pending invitations, and meet in your room.

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

To leave a party:

  1. From Home, select the People tab from the main toolbar.
  2. Select Friends.
  3. Select the Party tab
  4. Select the red telephone icon to leave the party.

Games and Activities in Rooms

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

  • Games Table: Pick a game to play with friends in your party.
    • Pairs
    • Lights
    • Reversi
    • Chess
    • Checkers
    • Words
  • Media Area:
    • TV: Browse and view Facebook videos together.
    • Music: Browse and listen to music together.
    • App Launcher: Pick a multiplayer game or app to launch together.
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Oculus Gallery

Oculus Gallery allows you to view pictures and videos you've taken with your Oculus Go, or media that's stored outside your headset.


Viewing Media Stored on Your Oculus Go Headset

To View media that is stored on your headset, like screenshots and videos you've taken using your Oculus Go:

  1. Turn on your Oculus Go and put on your headset.
  2. Select Gallery from the bottom toolbar menu.
  3. Select Internal Storage to view media that is stored on your headset.

Viewing Media that Isn't Stored on Your Oculus Go Headset:

Using Gallery, you can also connect and view media that isn't stored on your Oculus Go headset.

You can connect the following media sources to your Oculus Go:

To connect additional media sources to your Oculus Go:

  1. Turn on your Oculus Go and put on your headset.
  2. Select Gallery from the bottom toolbar menu.
  3. Select Connect Media.
  4. Select the media source you'd like to connect and follow the on-screen instructions.

You can also connect your Oculus Go to a computer move content to or from your headset.

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Using a DLNA or Home Streaming server, like Plex, you can share video, music and pictures from a storage device, like a computer or media player, to your Oculus Go, without using additional storage space on your headset. Home Streaming servers can be connected to your Oculus Go using Gallery.

To connect a Home Streaming server:

  1. Turn on your your DLNA supported device and connect it to your local WiFi network.
  2. Enable DLNA on your DLNA supported device.
    • On Windows, turn on Media Streaming from the Network and Sharing Center in your Control Panel.
    • On Mac, you'll need to install a third party media server, like Plex.
  3. Turn on your Oculus Go and put on your headset.
  4. Make sure your Oculus Go headset is connected to the same WiFi network as your DLNA supported device.
  5. Select Gallery from the bottom toolbar menu, then select the Home Streaming or DLNA server you'd like to connect.
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Before accessing photos and videos on your phone, make sure:

  • Your phone and your Oculus Go headset are connected to the same WiFi network.
  • Camera Roll Access is enabled in the Oculus app:
    1. Open the Oculus App on your phone.
    2. Tap Settings from the bottom menu.
    3. Tap Camera Roll Access and then tap next to Allow Oculus Go to access your camera roll to enable camera roll access.
  • You allow access to your phone's camera roll from your phone's settings:
    • Android: From your phone's settings menu, tap Apps > Oculus app > Permissions > allow Storage Permission.
    • iPhone: From your phone's settings menu, tap the Oculus app > allow Oculus to access Photos.

To access photos and videos you've taken with your phone:

  1. Put your Oculus Go headset on and turn on your headset.
  2. Select Gallery from the bottom toolbar.
  3. Select Connect Media.
  4. Select Phone Camera Roll and follow the onscreen instructions.

Note: You can also transfer photos and videos from your computer to your Oculus Go.

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To transfer photos and videos from your computer to your Oculus Go headset:

  1. Connect the included USB 2.0 cable to your computer and Oculus Go headset.
  2. Put on your headset and select Accept to confirm you want to allow your computer to access files on the headset.
    • On Windows, Oculus Go will automatically appear as a drive on your computer.
    • On Mac, you'll need to install Android File Transfer to successfully transfer files between your Oculus go and computer.
    • On Chromebook/Chrome OS, you'll need to use the Files app to access your Oculus Go headset.
  3. Click and drag files to and from your Oculus Go headset on your computer.

If you're Oculus Go headset is not appearing as a drive on your Windows PC:

  • Make sure to use the included USB cable from your Oculus Go package.
  • Make sure to select Accept in VR to allow your computer to access files on your headset.
  • Update your device driver:
    1. From your PC desktop, right click on This PC or My Computer.
    2. Select Manage and then Device Manager
      • If you don't see the Manage option, just select Device Manager directly.
    3. Select to expand Oculus Devices or Portable Devices.
    4. Right click on Oculus Composite ADB Interface and select Update Driver.
    5. Select the Browse my computer option, then the Let me pick from a list option.
    6. Select MTP USB Device and then select Next to complete the update.
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To connect and access a USB storage device on your Oculus Go:

  1. Plug your USB storage device into the headset's USB port.
    • Your USB device must be OTG compatible and formatted using FAT32 file system.
  2. Turn on your Oculus Go and put on your headset.
  3. Select Gallery from the bottom toolbar menu, then select the Connect Media.
  4. Select USB Storage and follow the onscreen instructions.

If you experience issues connecting your USB storage device to your Oculus Go, make sure your Oculus Go is charged to at least 60%.

Notes:

  • Using a connected USB storage device may use more battery life on your Oculus Go than with ordinary use.
  • At low battery life, connecting a USB storage device and access the files on a USB storage device may not work as expected.
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Oculus Video

Oculus Video lets you watch trailers, movies, or your own videos in a variety of virtual environments on your Oculus Go.

To download Oculus Video:

  1. On your Oculus Go, select Search from the bottom right of your home screen toolbar.
  2. Type Video into the search field and select Go.
  3. Select Oculus Video and then Download.

You can watch the following things in Oculus Video:

  • 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 Oculus Go or movies you've transfered to your headset.

To watch a video in Oculus Video:

  1. Turn on your Oculus Go and put on your headset.
  2. From the home screen toolbar, select Library.
  3. Select Oculus Video to open the app.
  4. Select a video category in the left menu, then select the video you'd like to watch.

Notes:

  • You need a WiFi connection to watch some videos.
  • Purchased videos are available for streaming and are not downloadable.
  • Some mp4 videos may have unsupported audio formats that won’t work in Oculus Video.

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Oculus Video 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.

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Oculus TV

Oculus TV allows you to watch TV and entertainment in a 3D living room environment with a screen and seating area in VR. Oculus TV also provides shortcuts to standalone TV and entertainment apps and tells you when new content is available.


Watching TV

You can watch TV from the following apps directly in Oculus TV:

  • Facebook Video: Watch Facebook videos, including Facebook shows, videos from friends and Pages you follow and top live and recommended videos. You can also revisit the videos you've watched or shared on Facebook.
  • Pluto TV: Watch free TV and movies in VR. You can watch over 100 live channels and thousands of movies from NBC, CBS, Bloomberg, Paramount and Warner Brothers and exclusive channels like Pro Wrestling Channel, Anime All Day, Food TV, and live college sports channels.
  • Red Bull TV: Watch live events, action sports, and music and entertainment videos from world adventurers. Red Bull channels include Music, Snow, GoPro, Bike, Water, Esports and more.
  • Neverthink TV: Watch a variety of videos from the internet. Neverthink TV Channels include LOL, Comedy, Learn Something, Memes, World Cup, WTF, and YOLO.
  • Newsy: Newsy lets you watch short video news and analysis videos covering top stories from around the world. Newsy channels include Top Stories, Trending, World, Politics, Business, Tech and more.

You can open the following standalone apps from Oculus TV:

  • Netflix
  • Hulu
  • SHOWTIME
  • SHOWTIME ANYTIME

Notes:

  • Pluto TV, Newsy, Hulu, SHOWTIME and SHOWTIME ANYTIME are only available in the US.
  • You must be 18 years or older to use Pluto TV and Neverthink TV.

Logging into Oculus TV Apps
Facebook Video

If your Oculus app is linked to your Facebook account, you'll automatically be logged into Facebook Video. To link your Facebook account through the Oculus app:

  1. Open the Oculus app on your phone.
  2. Select Settings from the bottom menu.
  3. Under the Account section, select Linked Accounts and follow the onscreen instructions.
Pluto TV

An account for Pluto TV is not required. To create or log into a Pluto TV account:

  1. Open Pluto TV from the Oculus TV app.
    • If prompted, download the Pluto TV app.
  2. From the left menu, select Activate and follow the onscreen instructions.
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Casting

Using the Oculus Go casting feature, you can stream what you see in VR from your Oculus Go headset to the Oculus mobile app.

Before casting, make sure your Oculus Go and your phone are connected to the same WiFi network. Some apps for Oculus Go do not allow casting functionality.

To start casting from your Oculus Go headset:

  1. Turn on your Oculus Go headset and put it on.
  2. From the bottom toolbar, select Sharing.
  3. Select Cast from the Sharing menu.
  4. Select Start from the in-VR prompt.
  5. On your phone, select the notification to open the Oculus app and begin casting.
    • If you already have the Oculus app open on your phone, select Start Casting from the in-app prompt.

A red dot in the upper right corner of your view in VR will indicate you've started casting.

You can stop casting from within VR or from the Oculus app by selecting the back button in the top left of your casting screen.

To stop casting from your Oculus Go headset:

  1. Select Sharing from the bottom menu.
  2. Select Cast from the sharing menu.
  3. Select Stop Casting from the in-VR prompt.
Notes:
  • You may experience issues casting and recording simultaneously.
  • Casting will automatically return you to the Home screen in VR. Once you've started casting, you'll need to return to the app or experience you were originally in prior to casting.
  • Exiting or minimizing the Oculus app will interrupt casting.
  • Casting may increase battery usage or degrade in-app performance.
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Passwords and Security

The password you create for Oculus is used to log into your Oculus account. All your Oculus devices share the same account and password.

To change your password using the Oculus app on your computer:

  1. Open the Oculus app on your PC.
  2. Select Settings in the left menu.
  3. Under Account, click Password.
  4. Enter a new password and then enter your old password to confirm the change.
  5. Click Submit.

To change your password using the Oculus app on your phone:

  1. Open the Oculus app on your phone.
  2. Tap Settings and then tap Change Oculus Password.
  3. Enter your old password, your new password, and your new password again to confirm.
  4. Tap Save to save your new password.

To change your password using the Oculus app for Gear VR:

  1. Open the Oculus app on your phone.
  2. Tap More and then tap Change Password.
  3. Enter your old password, your new password, and your new password again to confirm.
  4. Tap Save to save your new password.
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The Oculus PIN you create for your Oculus account is used to verify your identity and to make it easy to buy things in the Oculus store. All your Oculus devices share the same PIN.

To reset your Oculus PIN using the Oculus app on your computer:

  1. Open the Oculus app on your computer.
  2. Select Settings in the left menu.
  3. Under Account, click Oculus PIN.
  4. Enter a new PIN and then enter your password to confirm the change
  5. Click Submit


To reset your Oculus PIN using the Oculus app on your phone:

  1. Open the Oculus app on your phone.
  2. Tap Settings from the bottom menu.
  3. Tap Reset Oculus Pin.
  4. Enter your password, then enter your new PIN and tap Submit.

To reset your Oculus PIN using the Oculus app for Gear VR:

  1. Open the Oculus app on your phone
  2. Tap More and then tap Reset Oculus PIN
  3. Enter your password, then enter your new PIN and tap Save.
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You can set your Oculus Go to require an unlock pattern when you power on or wake your device.

To set an unlock pattern for your Oculus Go:

  1. Open the Oculus app on the phone connected to your Oculus Go headset.
  2. Tap Settings in the bottom menu.
  3. Tap the headset connected to your phone.
  4. Tap More Settings.
  5. Tap Unlock Pattern.
  6. Use your finger to "draw" the unlock pattern you'd like to use, then tap Create.
  7. "Draw" the same pattern to confirm, then tap Confirm.
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Headset and Controllers

From Home on your Oculus go, you can navigate the store, access content, and control basic settings and features.

Using the toolbar, you can view and adjust the following things:

  • Navigate
    • Home: Return to your home screen.
    • Library: View your library of apps and games.
    • Store: Browse the Oculus Store to download and purchase apps and games.
    • Browser: Open a web browser to access websites.
    • Gallery: Use Oculus Gallery to view your photos and videos in VR.
    • Search: Search for content on your Oculus Go.
  • People
    • Profile: View your Oculus profile.
    • Friends: View your friend list, requests, and parties.
    • Events: Browse and save upcoming events.
  • Sharing
    • Go Live: Share your current view in Oculus Go live on Facebook.
    • Record Video: Record a video of your current view in Oculus Go.
    • Take Photo: Take a photo of your current view in Oculus Go.
    • Share Photos: Share photos you've taken in VR on your Oculus Go to Facebook.
  • Notifications: See new notifications.
  • Settings
    • Brightness: Control screen brightness.
    • Volume: Control volume.
    • Reset View: Reset the angle and orientation of your view while using Oculus Go.
    • WiFi: Select your network and turn WiFi on or off.
    • See All: See additional settings options.
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Depending on the color and whether they're solid or blinking, the lights on your Oculus Go headset and controller will indicate the following:

Headset
ColorStateIndication
Red SolidLow Battery (Less than 15%)
White SolidScreen is On
White BlinkingOculus Go is Rebooting
Blue BlinkingConnecting to App
Purple BlinkingFactory Reset
Orange SolidHeadset is Starting Up
Headset is Plugged In
Green SolidBattery is Charging (Above 95%)
Orange SolidBattery is Charging (Below 95%)

Controller

The Oculus Go controller will blink and then light up when you are pairing your controller.

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Both your headset view and controller orientation can be reset or recentered at any time while using your Oculus Go.

To reset your view:

  1. With your Oculus Go headset still on, press and hold the back button on your Oculus Go remote to open the Universal Menu.
  2. Select Reset View.
  3. Move your head to your preferred position, ensuring the screen view feels natural and comfortable.
  4. With your head in the preferred position, click the Trigger button on your Oculus Go remote to set your position.

To reset your controller orientation:

  1. With your Oculus Go headset still on, point your controller straight ahead and press and hold the Oculus button until your controller orientation resets.

If you continue experiencing problems, power down your Oculus Go and power it back on again before trying again.

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To turn off your Oculus Go headset:

With your headset off:

  1. Press and hold your power button for 10 seconds.

With your headset on:

  1. Press and hold the power button until you see a shut down menu in VR.
  2. On the shut down menu, select Power off.
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You can use Bluetooth 3.0 class 2 gamepads with your Oculus Go.

To connect a gamepad to your Oculus Go:

  1. Turn on your Oculus Go and open the Oculus app on your phone.
  2. Tap Settings from the bottom menu.
  3. Tap the headset you'd like to connect the gamepad to, then wait for your phone to connect to your headset.
  4. Tap Controller from the drop down menu.
  5. Tap Pair New Controller.
  6. Tap Pair Gamepad
  7. Turn on your gampepad and turn on bluetooth discoverability on the gamepad.
  8. On your phone, tap the gamepad you'd like to connect to your Oculus Go.
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