Social VR

Please note: To use social features, you’ll need to be logged into Oculus with Facebook

Messenger in VR

To access Messenger in VR:

  1. Press on your right Touch controller to pull up your Universal Menu.

  2. Select or .

  3. Navigate to the profile switcher in the top left corner of the Messenger panel.

  4. Select your Facebook profile, and then enter your password.

Please note: Messenger is rolling out progressively over time on Quest and Quest 2, so you may not see the feature right away.

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You can message your Facebook friends from Messenger in VR. To do this:

  1. Press on your right Touch controller to pull up your Universal Menu.

  2. Select or .

    • If you haven't logged into Messenger yet, select your profile photo to login

  3. From the left sidebar, select .

  4. From the left sidebar of your Messenger panel, select the person you want to message.

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Similar to using Messenger on mobile, you will get a notification when one of your Facebook friends messages you. If you don't want to have Messenger notifications while you're in VR, you can turn them off in your Messenger settings.

To adjust your Messenger Settings:

  1. Press on your right Touch controller to pull up your universal menu.

  2. Select or .

    • If you haven't logged into Messenger yet, select your profile photo to login

  3. Select from the left side of your Messenger panel.

  4. Select Notifications to adjust your notification settings for Messenger.

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Currently, you can't make a Messenger call or use Messenger Rooms with Messenger in VR.

If you'd like to use audio to talk to your friends on Messenger, you can create a party. To do this:

  1. Press on your right Touch controller to pull up your universal menu.

  2. Select or .

    • If you haven't logged into Messenger yet, select your profile photo to login

  3. Select the friend you want to start a party with.

  4. Select Create Party.

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Even if you use Messenger to connect with your Facebook friends from Messenger in VR, you'll still be able to access your Oculus Chats. To access your Oculus chats:

  1. Press on your right Touch controller to pull up your universal menu.

  2. Select or .

  3. Using the profile switcher in the top right corner of your panel, select your Oculus profile.

  4. You can also open Oculus chats by selecting an Oculus Chat notification.

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You can still use parties in the same way that you did before Messenger in VR. You can also start a party with your Messenger friends who are in VR. To start a party with your friends on Messenger:

  1. Press on your right Touch controller to pull up your universal menu.

  2. Select or .

    • If you haven't logged into Messenger yet, select your profile photo to login

  3. Select the friend you want to start a party with.

  4. Select Create Party.

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If you don't want to use Messenger in VR, you can log out. To do this:

  1. Press on your right Touch controller to pull up your universal menu.

  2. Select or .

  3. Select from the left side of your Messenger panel.

  4. Select Messenger, then select Sign Out.

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General Social Features

Some examples of social features that Facebook provides on Oculus include:

  • Chats: Chat with friends in or out of the headset, and quickly hop into games together.

  • User and developer-created events: Organize tournaments or multiplayer games with friends.

  • Livestreaming: Share gameplay to your Facebook timeline from VR.

  • Sharing to Groups: Post to VR-related Facebook Groups under your VR username.

  • Parties: Create open parties to meet up with friends in-VR.

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You can add friends to your account on Oculus to invite to games and parties. All of your Oculus devices share the same friend list.

To add friends to your account from your computer:

  1. Open the Oculus app on your computer.
  2. Select Friends from the bottom-left menu.
  3. Click Add Friends.
  4. Search by username or first and last name.

To add friends to your account from your Oculus Quest or Go Headset:

  1. To bring up your bottom toolbar, press the Oculus button.
  2. Tap from the bottom menu and then tap Add Friend
  3. Search by username or first and last name to add them.

To add friends to your account from your Oculus Rift S or Rift Headset:

  1. To open Dash, press the Oculus button.
  2. Select the Social menu from Dash and choose Friends.
  3. Select the Add Friend icon at the top of the Friends panel.
  4. Search by username or first and last name.

To add friends to your account using the Oculus app on your phone:

  1. Open the Oculus app on your phone.
  2. Tap from the bottom menu and then tap
  3. Search by username or first and last name to add them.

To add friends to your account using the Oculus app for Gear VR:

  1. Open the Oculus app on your phone.
  2. Tap Friends from the bottom menu and then tap Add Friends.
  3. Search by username or first and last name to add them.

Note: Some people choose not to have their first and last name visible in search.

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With the new Oculus avatars, you can build an avatar that feels like you. You can create an avatar for your account on Oculus that you'll see in some Oculus Store content. All of your Oculus devices share the same avatar.

To create an avatar:

  1. Put on your Oculus headset, then select your profile picture from the universal menu.
  2. Select Edit Avatar. If this is your first time creating a new avatar, select Create Avatar.
  3. From the avatar creation menu, you can customize all of your physical features and style preferences.
  4. When you're done, select Save Avatar & Exit.
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When you block someone in the Oculus app, they won’t be able to see your info or activity. Blocking a friend will also remove them from your friend list on all your Oculus devices.

Oculus Quest 2 and Quest

To block someone you’ve friended using the Oculus app on your phone:

  1. Open the Oculus app on your phone.

  2. Tap Social from the bottom menu and then tap next to the person you want to block.

  3. Tap Block to block that person, then tap Block to confirm.

To unblock someone using the Oculus app on your phone:

  1. Open the Oculus app on your phone.

  2. Tap your profile picture in the top left and then tap Privacy Settings.

  3. Tap List of users under Blocked Users.

  4. Tap the person you want to unblock and then confirm that you want to unblock that person.

Note: If you unblock a friend, you’ll need to add them again to see them on your friend list.

Oculus Rift S and Rift

To block someone you’ve friended using the Oculus app on your PC computer:

  1. Open the Oculus app on your computer.

  2. Select Friends from the bottom left menu.

  3. Click next to the name of the person you want to block, then click Block.

To unblock someone using the Oculus app on your computer:

  1. Open the Oculus app on your computer.

  2. Select Settings in the left menu.

  3. Select the Privacy tab.

  4. Click Block List and then click Unblock next to the person you want to unblock.

Note: If you unblock a friend, you’ll need to add them again to see them on your friend list.

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When you create an account, you can choose who can see your real name, activity and friend list in the Oculus app.

From your privacy settings, you can control the following info:

  • Facebook Name: Choose who can see your real name and if you want people to find it in search.

  • Activity: Choose who can see your activity in games and apps.

  • Friend List: Choose who can see your friend list.

Oculus Quest 2, Quest and Oculus Go

To control who can see your info using the Oculus app on your phone:

  1. Open the Oculus app on your phone.

  2. Tap in the top left.

  3. Tap Privacy Settings.

Oculus Rift S and Rift

To control who can see your info using the Oculus app on your PC computer:

  1. Open the Oculus app on your computer.

  2. Select Settings in the left menu.

  3. Select the Privacy tab and then click Privacy Settings.

Gear VR

To control who can see your info using the app on your Samsung Android phone:

  1. Open the Oculus app on your phone.

  2. Tap More.

  3. Tap Privacy Settings.

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If you notice someone isn’t following the Community Standards or Conduct in VR Policy you can report them from your device or by completing a form on the Oculus website.

Quest 2 and Quest

  1. Press the Oculus button on your controller to access the toolbar.

  2. Select People from the toolbar.

  3. Select Report

  4. If you wish to capture video of the user or interaction you are reporting, select Record Video from the prompt. Otherwise, select Continue.

    • If you select Video Report, you will be taken back into the app you were in, a recording will automatically begin and a small red light will appear on your screen. You can end the recording by hitting the b or y button on your controller.

  5. Select the user you would like to report from the pre-populated list or search their username in the search bar at the top.

  6. Select the reason for your report from the Let Us Know What Happened menu.

  7. Review the details of your created report and select Submit Report.

Rift S and Rift

  1. Press the Oculus button on your touch controller to access the toolbar.

  2. Using your touch controller, point at the clock on the right side of your toolbar to view the menu.

  3. Select Report Abuse.

  4. If you wish to capture video of the user or interaction you are reporting, select Video Report from the prompt. Otherwise, select Report.

    • If you select Video Report, you will be taken back into the app you were in, a recording will automatically begin and a small red light will appear on your screen. You can end the recording by hitting the Oculus button on your controller or waiting for 2.5 minutes.

  5. Select the user you would like to report from the pre-populated list or search their username in the search bar at the top.

  6. Select the reason for your report from the Let Us Know What Happened menu.

  7. Review the details of your created report and select Submit Report.

Oculus website

  1. Go to our Report a Person For Abuse form.

  2. Fill out the required information and select Submit to submit your form.


When you report someone, make sure to include the following info:

  • The username of the person you're reporting.

  • The issue or reason for reporting.

  • The app the issue happened in.

  • The date and approximate time of the abuse.

  • A description or additional details of what happened.

  • A video recording of what occurred (if available).

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