Using your Oculus Quest Headset and Controllers



Using your Oculus Quest headset

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

To reset your view:

  1. Put on your Oculus Quest headset.
  2. Press the Oculus button on your right Touch controller to bring up your toolbar menu.
  3. Select Settings.
  4. Select Reset View.
  5. Move your head to your preferred position, ensuring the screen view feels natural and comfortable.
  6. With your head in the preferred position, press the A button on your right Touch controller to set your position.

To reset your controller orientation:

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

If you continue experiencing issues with your headset position or controller tracking, power down your Oculus Quest and power it back on again before trying again.

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Depending on the color and whether they're solid or blinking, the lights on your Oculus Quest headset and controller will indicate the following:

Headset
ColorStateIndication
White SolidScreen is on
White BlinkingRebooting or turning on
Purple BlinkingPerforming factory reset
Headset is Plugged In
Green SolidBattery is charged
Orange SolidBattery is charging
Red SolidBattery is low
No light NoneBattery is not charging

Controllers
ColorStateIndication
WhiteSolidControllers are on
White BlinkingControllers are in pairing mode
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To turn off your Oculus Quest headset:

When you aren't wearing your headset:

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

When you're wearing your headset:

  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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Using your Oculus Touch controllers

The included lanyards are used to secure the Oculus Quest controller to your wrists during use.

To connect the lanyards to your Oculus Quest controllers:

  1. Pick up one of your controllers and remove the magnetic battery cover by lightly sliding your thumb down the battery door until it comes loose.
  2. On the inside edge of your controller, below the open battery compartment, you'll see a circular cutout. Slide the plastic end of your lanyard into the small hole in the center of the circular cutout. When the lanyard is seated correctly, the plastic piece sits entirely inside the hole.
  3. Slide the string of your lanyard downward so that it's sitting in the lanyard cutout at the bottom of the controller. If it's seated correctly, it won't obstruct the battery door cover you removed in step one.
  4. Slide the magnetic battery door cover back into place until it clicks and sits flush against the controller.
  5. Before using, pull down on your lanyard to ensure it's securely connected to the controller and doesn't unseat the battery cover.
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To manually pair your Oculus Touch controllers:

  1. If you haven't already, insert the included battery into your controller, then tap continue on the Oculus app.
  2. Open the Oculus app.
  3. Tap Oculus Quest in the top left corner of your Oculus app.
  4. Tap Settings in the bottom right corner of your app.
  5. Tap Oculus Quest under your name and email.
  6. Tap Controllers then tap Left or Right to choose which hand you’d like to pair.
  7. Hold the Oculus and back buttons on your controller until the controller LED blinks and then lights up to finalize the pairing.

Once you've paired your Oculus Quest controllers, the controllers will automatically connect to your headset each time you turn it on, if it's nearby.

To unpair your controller:

  1. Open the Oculus app on your phone.
  2. Tap Settings from the bottom menu.
  3. Tap the Oculus Quest headset you currently have paired.
  4. Tap Controller, then tap the controller that you want to unpair.
  5. Tap Unpair Controller.
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The Oculus Quest Touch controllers are a pair of tracked controllers that give you hand presence—the feeling that your virtual hands are actually your own. Touch controllers feature traditional action buttons, thumb-sticks and analog triggers that add familiarity to new experiences.

To pair your controller:

  1. Download the Oculus app and follow the onscreen instructions to connect your Quest to Wi-Fi.
  2. Insert the included battery into your controller, then tap continue on the Oculus app.
  3. Tap Controllers then tap Left or Right to choose which hand you’d like to pair.
  4. Hold the Oculus and back buttons on your controller until the controller LED blinks and then lights up to finalize the pairing.

Once you've paired your Oculus Quest controllers, the controllers will automatically connect to your headset each time you turn it on, if it's nearby.

To unpair your controller:

  1. Open the Oculus app on your phone.
  2. Tap Settings from the bottom menu.
  3. Tap the Oculus Quest headset you currently have paired.
  4. Tap Controllers, then tap the controller that you want to unpair.
  5. Tap Unpair Controller.

Once your controller is paired, you can use your controller to interact with apps and games, using the buttons on your controller to do the following:

  • Trigger, A and X buttons: Press to select things.
  • B and Y : Press to go back to the previous screen or menu.
  • Oculus button: Press to go back to Oculus Home or press and hold to reset your controller orientation.
  • Grip button: Press to grab objects or make a fist when using your virtual hands.
  • Menu button: Press the menu button from Oculus Home to bring up the menu.
  • Press any button to wake the controller after you turn on your headset.

Note: Individual apps may include their own tutorials for how to use the buttons on your Oculus Touch controllers in each VR experience.

To remove the battery from your Oculus Quest controller:

  1. Remove the battery cover of your controller by lightly sliding your thumb downwards along the battery door until it unclicks and comes loose.
  2. Remove the battery from the bottom end of the controller and replace the battery so that it matches the direction shown inside the battery compartment.
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Quest Setup Video


Rift S Setup Video


Setting Up for the First Time

If you’re setting up Guardian with your Oculus Rift S or Quest for the first time, follow the on-screen instructions.

Guardian Sizes

Guardian lets you create boundaries in VR that appear when you get too close to the edge of your play area. When setting up Guardian, your play area will show as one of these sizes:

  • Below Minimum: If your play area is below minimum, it doesn’t meet the 3 feet by 3 feet (1 meter by 1 meter) requirement to use Guardian.
  • Minimum: You have enough space for the minimum required play area, but some apps may recommend at least 6.5 by 6.5 ft for the best experience.
  • Recommended: You have the recommended play area for Roomscale experiences. This means that your play area meets or exceeds the 6.5 feet by 6.5 feet (2 meters by 2 meters) space needed to set up the Guardian System.
Resetting Your Guardian

To reset your Guardian in VR:

  1. Select Settings from the bottom toolbar.
  2. Select Guardian in the left menu.
  3. Click Set Up Guardian.
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions to reset your Guardian.
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Using Hand Tracking with Oculus Quest

Hand Tracking is a feature for Oculus Quest that allows you to use your hands in place of your touch controllers.

Right now, Hand tracking is primarily used to navigate around your Quest home screen and interact with things like your library, settings panel, and Oculus Store. In the future we expect this functionality to expand to additional apps and features.

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Hand tracking works by using Oculus Quest’s inside-out cameras. Your Quest will detect the position and orientation of your hands and the configuration of your fingers. Once detected, computer vision algorithms are used to track the movement and orientation of your hands.

For more information on how Hand Tracking works and what information we collect, visit our Hand Tracking Privacy Notice.

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To turn Hand Tracking on or off:

  1. While wearing the headset on your Oculus Quest’s home screen, select Settings.
  2. In the panel to your left, select Devices.
  3. Select Hands and Controllers.
  4. In the Hand Tracking section, use the toggles next to Hand Tracking to turn the feature on or off.

You can also turn the auto switching feature of hand tracking on or off.

  • If this setting is on, your Quest will automatically switch between using your hands or controllers.
  • If this setting is off, you will need to manually enable and disable hand tracking using the button on your universal menu.
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Hand Tracking for Oculus Quest currently supports the following gestures:

GesturesWhat it's used forHow to do itDemo
Point and PinchTo select something.When the cursor appears, point your hand at what you want to select. Then, pinch your thumb and finger together to select.
Pinch and ScrollScrolling up, down, left, or rightPinch your fingers inward. While still pinched inward, move your hand up, down, left or right to scroll. When you’re done scrolling, release.
Palm PinchBrings you back to your Oculus Home menu.Look at your palm at eye level, then hold your thumb and index finger together until the Oculus icon fills up, then release.
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You can see if Hand Tracking is enabled in an app by viewing its product details page in the Oculus Store. If Hand Tracking is enabled, it will be listed as one of the input methods for that app or game.

We expect that Hand Tracking will become compatible with more apps and features over time.

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Yes, hand tracking can be used with Oculus TV and its associated channels to play, pause, and stop the content that you’re viewing. To do this:

  1. Place your palm in the face up position to show the laser pointer.
  2. When the control menu becomes available, use the pinch gesture to select the appropriate control.

Please note: Third party media apps like Netflix and Hulu do not currently support hand tracking.

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