Updates to Facebook Accounts on Oculus

Starting in October 2020:

  • Everyone using an Oculus device for the first time will need to log in with a Facebook account.
  • If you are an existing user and already have an Oculus account, you will have the option to log in with Facebook and merge your Oculus and Facebook accounts.
  • If you are an existing user and choose not to merge your accounts, you can continue using your Oculus account for two years.

Starting In January 2023:

  • We will end support for Oculus accounts.
  • If you choose not to merge your accounts at that time, you can continue using your device, but full functionality will require a Facebook account.
  • We will take steps to allow you to keep using content you have purchased, though some games and apps may no longer work. This could be because they require a Facebook account or because a developer has chosen to no longer support the app or game you purchased.

All future unreleased Oculus devices will require a Facebook account, even if you already have an Oculus 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. Oculus Quest 2 and future Oculus devices will require a Facebook account.

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Yes, the Oculus account changes are applicable to all countries where Oculus devices have been sold.

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Logging into Oculus with a Facebook account

If you merge your Facebook and Oculus accounts, 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.

Once you merge your Oculus account and your Facebook account, you won’t be able to unmerge them. After 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 choose to 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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No. However, you can log in to your Oculus device using your Facebook account to access Facebook-powered social features. You can read more in this Oculus blog post.

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Yes. If you choose not to merge your accounts at that point, 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.

Additionally, all future unreleased Oculus devices, including Oculus Quest 2, will require a Facebook account, even if you already have an Oculus account.

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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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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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Controlling your experience

You can visit My 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 account.

You can update and manage your privacy settings in the Oculus application on your computer if you have an Oculus Rift or Rift S and on the Oculus mobile app if you have an Oculus Quest, Go or Gear VR, as well as in your Oculus headset for all devices.

You can also 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'll still be able to 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 your privacy settings:

For Oculus 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 Settings from the bottom menu.
  3. Tap Privacy Settings.

For 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.

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

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

  • We will update the existing Oculus Terms of Service and Privacy Policy, to reflect that Facebook will be responsible for the Oculus platform.
  • The policy will also provide further details on how your information is collected, used and shared.
  • We will provide a notice to existing users before the changes take effect.

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

  • We will introduce a Supplemental Oculus Terms of Service and a Supplemental Oculus Data Policy that, together with the Facebook Terms of Service and the Facebook Data Policy respectively, will apply to you.
  • You will be able to access the terms and policy before logging in with a Facebook account.
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Please note, the articles on this page will take effect in October. For more on how logging in with Facebook works today, check out our Social features on Oculus page.