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Facebook Accounts on Oculus

For Oculus Quest 2:

  • Quest 2 requires everyone to use a Facebook account to log in.
  • If you are an existing Oculus user and have an Oculus account, you will have the option to log in with your Oculus account and merge your Facebook and Oculus accounts.
  • When you log in with a Facebook account, you can still create or keep your VR profile. So you might be Monique Smith on Facebook, but WarriorMama365 in VR.

For previous generation Oculus devices, including Quest, Rift S, Rift, Go, and Samsung Gear VR:

  • Everyone using a previous generation Oculus device for the first time will need to log in with a Facebook account.
  • If you are an existing Oculus user and have an Oculus account, you will have the option to log in with your Oculus account and merge your Facebook and Oculus accounts. You can also choose not to merge your accounts and continue using your Oculus account for two years.
  • You can continue using your Oculus account until January 2023, but you will not have access to social and some new and updated features. After that, full functionality will require a Facebook account.
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Oculus is owned by Facebook and is one of Facebook’s apps and technologies. Using a Facebook account provides a single way to log into Oculus devices and makes it easier to find, connect and play with friends in VR. It also enables Facebook-powered social experiences, like live streaming gameplay to your Facebook timeline, making calls with parties, joining events, and exploring new experiences like Facebook Horizon. And as Facebook adds new privacy and safety tools, they can be added in VR too.

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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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Yes. If you already have a unique username from your Oculus account, you will be able to continue using that username in VR. For example: you might be Monique Smith on Facebook, but WarriorMama365 in VR.

If you don’t have a VR username, you’ll be able to create one when you set up your profile for VR.

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No. If you log into your Oculus device with your Facebook account, you can choose what information about your VR activity you post to your Facebook profile or timeline, either by giving permission to post or by updating your settings. If you are an existing user and you choose not to merge your Oculus account and Facebook account, you will not have access to Facebook-powered social features and you will not be able to post your VR activity to your Facebook profile or timeline.

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Yes, the Facebook account requirement applies in all countries where Oculus devices are sold.

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When creating a Facebook account, please sign up with the name you use in everyday life and use your correct date of birth. If you run into difficulties logging into Oculus with your Facebook account, please follow the advice here or contact Oculus Support.

There’s nothing special you need to do with your Facebook account to prevent you running into problems with it -- you don’t need to add a certain number of friends, post on Facebook, or log into the Facebook app or website regularly (you are logging into Oculus with Facebook). Please ensure you follow Facebook's Community Standards and Conduct in VR policy. It’s also a good idea to follow our tips on account security, including turning on two-factor authentication as an additional layer of protection.

There is no need to use Facebook for anything other than logging into Oculus if you don’t want to. And although you’ll have a Facebook profile, you can also create a unique VR profile - so you might be Monique Smith on Facebook, but WarriorMama365 in VR. And if you don’t want people on Oculus to find you by your Facebook name, they won’t — just make your Facebook name visible to ‘Only Me’ in your Oculus settings. You can also read more about Facebook’s privacy settings here and Privacy Checkup tool here.

Even if you don’t use Facebook regularly, we believe that social VR has so much more to offer, and over time we plan to bring new Facebook-powered experiences to Oculus, like Messenger and Horizon. Using a VR profile that is backed by a Facebook account and authentic identity also helps us protect our community and makes it possible to offer additional integrity tools. And as Facebook adds new privacy and safety tools, Oculus can adopt and benefit from them too.

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  1. If you're having difficulty logging into Facebook, this article in the Facebook Help Center covers common fixes.

  2. If you experience a problem after you log in, follow the instructions in the Facebook app.

  3. If you’re still looking for additional help in setting up or using your Oculus device, please contact Oculus Support.

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Logging into Oculus with a Facebook account

It means that you will no longer have a standalone Oculus account and will now use your Facebook account to log into your Oculus device.

If you merge your Oculus account and your Facebook account, you won’t be able to unmerge them. Once your accounts are merged, you’ll use your Facebook login for Oculus, but you’ll still be able to create or maintain a distinct profile for VR experiences with a username you select.

If you merge your accounts, we’ll use information about how you use Oculus and Facebook for purposes such as:

  • Providing and improving your experience across Facebook products.

  • Promoting safety and integrity on our services.

  • Showing you personalized content, including ads, across Facebook products. This could include recommendations for Oculus Events you might like, ads about Facebook apps and technologies or ads from developers for their VR apps.

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Yes. If you choose not to merge your accounts, you will no longer be logged in with Facebook on Oculus, and you’ll lose access to Facebook-powered social features. As we update and launch new features, some of these features won't be available to you.

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Previously, if you connected your Oculus and Facebook accounts you could later choose to disconnect them. When you disconnected your accounts you would lose access to Facebook-powered social features and go back to having two separate accounts, one for Oculus and one for Facebook.

Now, if you merge your Oculus account and your Facebook account, you won’t be able to unmerge them. Once you merge the accounts, you’ll only be able to log into your Oculus devices with your Facebook account. You'll still have access to the same apps, games and Facebook-powered social VR features that you did before.

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When you're prompted to log into your Oculus device, you can create a Facebook account.

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No— Facebook is a community where everyone uses the name they go by in everyday life, so you always know who you're connecting with.

We know that people want to control how they show up in VR and that having a distinct VR username and friends separate from your Facebook profile is important. You can still have a unique VR profile— so you might be Monique Smith on Facebook, but WarriorMama365 in VR. And if you don’t want people to find you by your Facebook name, they won’t— just make it visible to ‘Only Me’ in your Oculus settings.

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If you already log in using your Facebook account, your VR experience will remain the same. You will still have your VR profile and username, as well as access to games and apps you have downloaded or purchased.

If this is the first time you are using a Facebook account to log into Oculus, you will have access to Facebook-powered social features, like live streaming gameplay to your Facebook timeline, making calls with parties, joining events, and exploring new experiences soon like Facebook Horizon.

If you don’t want your Oculus friends to find you by your Facebook name, they won’t—just make it visible to ‘Only Me’ in your Oculus settings. You can choose what information about your VR activity you post to your Facebook profile or timeline, either by giving permission to post or by updating your settings. You can also control who can see your activity on Oculus and who can see who your friends are on Oculus.

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Facebook is a community where everyone uses the name they go by in everyday life, so you always know who you're connecting with. If you need to change your name on Facebook, we have a form available in our Help Center. Learn more about what names are allowed on Facebook.

VR is a new type of environment and we’ve heard from our community that being able to have a distinct VR username and separate friends is important. This isn’t changing. You can still create or maintain a unique VR profile — so you might be Monique Smith on Facebook, but WarriorMama365 in VR.

And if you don’t want your Oculus friends to find you by your Facebook name, they won’t — just make it visible to ‘Only Me’ in your Oculus settings. You can also choose what information about your VR activity you post to your Facebook profile or timeline, either by giving permission to post or by updating your settings.

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If you encounter problems with your Facebook account, we want to try to help you resolve them as quickly as possible.

  • If you have a temporary issue with your Facebook account after logging in to your Oculus device — for example if it uses a name that does not follow our policies — you'll still be able to use your device while you resolve the issue, so long as you remain logged in to your device and do not log out. If you're in this situation, you'll have the opportunity to fix or request a review of the issue when you log into Facebook.

  • Repeated or particularly serious violations of our Community Standards may lead you to lose access to your Facebook account, meaning you won't be able to log into your device using that account.

For additional help in setting up or using your Oculus device, please contact Oculus Support.

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This means that there is an issue with your Facebook account that has been flagged by our systems. We provide this notice so you can take action and continue logging into Oculus. Please go to the Facebook app or Facebook.com to resolve the issue soon, otherwise you won't be able to log into Oculus or use your headset. If you need more help, please contact Oculus Support.

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No. Facebook is a community where everyone uses the name they go by in everyday life, so you always know who you're connecting with. It's against the Facebook Community Standards to maintain more than one personal account. If you run into difficulties logging into Oculus with your Facebook account, please follow the advice here or contact Oculus Support.

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No. Once the accounts are merged, this cannot be reversed and you'll be required to use your Facebook account on all of your Oculus devices.

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Not right now, but we plan to introduce the ability for multiple users to log into the same device using their own Facebook account, so people can easily share their headset with friends or family while keeping their information separate.

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Controlling your experience

You can visit the Privacy Center to learn more about your Oculus privacy settings and how and where to change them, view your information, download your information, and delete your Oculus data.

You can also update and manage your privacy settings in the Oculus app on your phone, in your Oculus headset, and on your computer (for Rift and Rift S).

Learn more about your Facebook privacy settings and data rights and how to exercise them in the Facebook Data Policy and through your Facebook settings.

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Yes. You can have friends in VR that are separate from your Facebook friends.

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Yes. You can control whether or not people can search for you in VR by your Facebook name in your privacy settings.

To view and adjust your privacy settings:

On the Oculus website:

  1. Go to the privacy center on Oculus.com.
  2. Scroll down to Privacy Settings.

On the Oculus app on your phone:

  1. Open the Oculus app on your phone.
  2. Tap Settings from the bottom menu.
  3. Tap Privacy Settings.

On your computer (Rift S and Rift):

  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.

Using the app on your Samsung Android phone (Gear VR):

  1. Open the Oculus app on your phone.
  2. Tap More.
  3. Tap Privacy Settings.
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How your data is used

When you log into your Oculus device with your Facebook account or merge your Oculus and Facebook accounts, we'll use information related to your use of Oculus and Facebook for purposes such as:

  • Providing and improving your experience across Facebook products.

  • Promoting safety and integrity on our services.

  • Showing you personalized content, including ads, across Facebook products. This could include recommendations for Oculus Events you might like, ads about Facebook apps and technologies, or ads from developers for their VR apps.

Examples of the information we use include:

  • The VR apps you use, so we can recommend new apps you haven’t tried yet.

  • Your Facebook friend list, to make it easier to find and interact with your Facebook friends who are also in VR.

  • Invites and acceptances for events you create.

  • Information like your name and messaging metadata for chats in VR, so that you have access to your chats across devices.

  • Your photos and related content like captions, likes and comments if you share photos from VR to Facebook.

  • Information about your VR activity, like which apps you use, to show you ads for other VR apps you may like.

  • Information about your activity on other Facebook products, such as Pages you like and groups you join, to recommend content and things to do in VR.

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Yes. Facebook will use information related to your use of VR and other Facebook products to show you personalized content, including ads, across Facebook products. This could include recommendations for Oculus Events you might like, ads about Facebook apps and technologies, or ads from developers for their VR apps. You can update your interests, choose what Facebook information we use to show you ads and adjust your general ad settings by going to your Ad Preferences page.

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We do not currently display ads in Oculus devices.

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No. Even if you don’t log into your Oculus device using your Facebook account, we will use your VR information to create a consistent and safer experience across Facebook apps and technologies. For example, taking action on an Oculus account if it is flagged for spam or abuse.

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If you previously logged in with your Facebook account and choose to log out of Facebook instead of merging your Facebook and Oculus accounts, we will keep data from your use of social features for 90 days. If you then log back into the Oculus platform with your Facebook account within 90 days of logging out, you will be able to restore information about your use of social features.

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Yes. Previously, the platform was managed by Oculus (also known as Facebook Technologies), which has been part of Facebook since 2014. We updated our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy on October 11th 2020, to reflect that this responsibility was transferred to Facebook, Inc. (or Facebook Ireland Ltd. for European Region users). In practice, this means Facebook manages all decisions around use, processing, retention and sharing of your data. This change applies to all users.

If you choose not to merge your Oculus and Facebook accounts:

  • We updated the existing Oculus Terms of Service and Privacy Policy, to reflect that Facebook is responsible for the Oculus platform.
  • The policy also provides further details on how your information is collected, used and shared.

If you log in to your device with a Facebook account:

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This means that Facebook Inc. (or Facebook Ireland for European Region users) manages all decisions around use, processing, retention and sharing of data for Oculus users. Oculus is already one of the Facebook Apps and Technologies, and this will allow us to be clear and consistent with everyone who uses our products about how their data is used, and what controls are available. And as Facebook adds new privacy tools, they can be added in VR too.

Previously, the platform was managed by Oculus (also known as Facebook Technologies) and this responsibility has been transferred to Facebook Inc. (or Facebook Ireland for European Region users). This applies whether you log in with your Oculus account or a Facebook account.

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You can find more information in the Privacy Policy and the Facebook Data Policy.

The Oculus Terms of Service and Oculus Privacy Policy apply to existing users who choose to continue using their Oculus account to log into their device, rather than merging their Oculus account and Facebook account.

The Facebook Data Policy and Supplemental Oculus Data Policy applies to people who log in to their Oculus devices for the first time using their Facebook account, or who have merged their Oculus and Facebook accounts. These policies describe how your information is collected, used and shared by Facebook.

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