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 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 and Streaming

Using the casting feature, you can stream what you see in VR from your Oculus Go or Oculus Quest headset. Choose your headset below to learn more.


Casting with Oculus Quest





Before casting, make sure your Oculus Quest and Chromecast device are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. Keep in mind that some apps for Oculus Quest do not allow casting functionality.

Casting from your Oculus Quest headset and phone:

  1. Turn on your Oculus Quest headset and put it on.
  2. From the Universal Menu, select Sharing.
  3. Select Cast from the Sharing menu.
  4. Select Oculus app from the list of devices you want to cast to, then select Next.
  5. Select Start from the in-VR prompt.
  6. 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.

Casting from your Oculus Quest headset to casting enabled devices:

  1. Turn on your Oculus Quest headset and put it on.
  2. From the Universal Menu, select Sharing.
  3. Select Cast from the Sharing menu.
  4. Choose the device you want to cast to.
  5. Select Start from the in-VR prompt.

Casting from the Oculus app on your phone:

  1. Open the Oculus app on your phone.
  2. Select from the top right of your screen.
  3. Under Cast From, select the headset you'd like to cast from.
    • Make sure it says Connected under your listed headset.
  4. Under Cast To select This Phone or the Chromecast device you want to use.
  5. Tap Start at the bottom of your screen, put on your headset and accept the in-VR prompt to start casting.

There are a few things to keep in mind when casting to a Chromecast device:

  • This feature is still in beta.
  • Currently, the only devices supported for casting with Quest are:
    • All generations of Google Chromecast
    • Google Home Hub
    • Nvidia Shield and Nvidia Shield TV
  • TVs with built-in Chromecast or other smart functionality may be supported, but compatibility cannot be guaranteed with all models.
  • Your Quest and your Chromecast device all need to be on the same Wi-Fi network.
  • If you'd like to control what you see on your Chromecast device, you'll want to have Google Home installed on a mobile device and connected to the same Wi-Fi.
  • Your network should allow P2P connections.

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 Quest headset:

  1. Select Sharing from the bottom menu.
  2. Select Cast from the sharing menu.
  3. Select Stop Casting from the in-VR prompt.
  4. .
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.

Casting with Oculus Go

Before casting, make sure your Oculus Go and your phone are connected to the same Wi-Fi 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 Universal Menu, 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.

To start casting from the Oculus app:

  1. Open the Oculus app on your phone.
  2. Select from the top right of your screen.
  3. Under Cast From, select the headset you'd like to cast from.
    • Make sure it says Connected under your listed headset.
  4. Under Cast To select This Phone.
  5. Tap Start at the bottom of your screen, put on your headset and accept the in-VR prompt to start casting.

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 that you create for your Oculus account is used to verify your identity and to streamline purchasing in the Oculus store. Because the PIN is associated with your account, all of your Oculus devices share the same PIN.

To reset your Oculus PIN using the Oculus PC app:

  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 mobile app:

  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 Samsung 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

Your Oculus Go headset will update automatically when connected to Wi-Fi and turned on. To make sure your Oculus Go software updates automatically, make sure to:

  • Ensure your headset is charged, turned on, and connected to Wi-Fi.
  • Allow your headset to sit on a flat surface without moving the headset or blocking the inside sensor for an extended period of time.

Note: Your Oculus Go will not update automatically while turned off.

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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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