Using the Oculus App on your Computer

Access the Oculus Store and your games and apps without being in VR.

The Oculus app lets you download and manage games and apps, update your Oculus account, and manage Rift hardware and devices, all without needing to wear the Rift headset. When you double-click the Oculus shortcut icon on your Windows desktop—we installed it when you ran Oculus Setup—the window that opens on your desktop is the Oculus app.

Click Store, Library, the social icon

, the notifications icon
, the search icon
, or the menu icon
to get started.

Using the Oculus Store in the Oculus App

Here's how to download apps and content when you aren't wearing the Rift headset.

  1. Launch the Oculus app.
  2. You'll start in the Oculus Store by default. (To get back to the store at any time, click Store in the upper left.)

  3. Games and apps are arranged into several different categories. Apps you've previously purchased or installed will be marked.
  4. To search for a specific app, click the search icon
    toward the upper right.
  5. Click any app.
  6. You'll then see that app's main page, which shows a summary of its story and setting, as well as:

    • Comfort rating—cautions for users who are more sensitive to discomfort.
    • Controller information—whether the Oculus remote and Xbox controller are supported or required.
    • Internet requirements—whether the game or app supports offline use.
    • Price—the black button shows the price of paid apps or Free for free apps.
    Note: Click Notify Me on any Coming Soon titles that interest you and we'll email you when they're ready.
  7. Under Additional Details, you'll see info about:

    • Game Modes—multiplayer options, if any.
    • Supported Controllers—whether the Oculus remote and Xbox controller are supported or required.
    • Category—type of game or app.
    • Genres—gives you more information about the content and type of game or app.
    • Languages—supported language options.
    • Age Rating—appropriateness for different audiences.
    • Version + Release Notes—info about that version of the game or app.
    • Developer—the developer of this game or app.
    • Publisher—the publisher of this game or app.
    • Website—the official website for the game or app.
    • Release Date—when this version was released.
    • More Details—the install size of the game or app, recommended system specs, and applicable terms.
  8. To go back to browsing other apps, click the back arrow in the upper left of the screen.
  9. To download or buy the app, click the black button that shows the price of the app, or Free for a free app.
  10. For paid apps, click Buy to confirm your purchase.

    Note:
  11. Apps will appear in your Oculus Library (Using your Library in the Oculus App) after you download or buy them.
  12. After you've downloaded a game or app, click the black Start button to launch it.
  13. Put on your Rift headset.
Note: You may need to approve one or more Windows security challenges on your Windows desktop when installing a game or app.

Using your Library in the Oculus App

Here's how to manage your games and apps when you're not wearing the Rift headset.

  1. Launch the Oculus app.
  2. Click Library toward the upper left.

  3. Click an option on the left:

    • Installed—games and apps you've downloaded on your current computer. This is the default view. You have a few options:

      • Click a game or app to start it. Then put on your Rift headset.
      • To see more information about a game or app, right-click it and select Details. You'll see its main page in the Oculus Store (Using the Oculus Store in the Oculus App).
      • To uninstall a game or app, right-click it and select Uninstall. The uninstalled game or app will move to the Not Installed section of your library.
      Note:
    • Updates—you'll see a notification icon next to this option if any of your apps or games need updates.

      Note: In the Updates section, click any of the update icons on the far right to download and install that update.
    • Not Installed—apps you've previously downloaded or purchased, but that aren't currently installed.

      Note: In the Not Installed section, click any app or game to download and install it.
  4. To leave your library, click the back arrow in the upper left of the screen.
Note: You may need to approve one or more Windows security challenges on your Windows desktop when installing a game or app.

Managing your Oculus Account, Privacy, and Devices in the Oculus App

Here's how to use the other features of the Oculus app.

  1. Launch the Oculus app.
  2. Click the menu icon

    in the upper right to open the dropdown menu, then select settings.

  3. You have several options:

    • Account—in the default Account view you can update:

      • Email—be sure to use a valid email so we can send you purchase receipts and other important notifications.
      • Password—reset your password. This is what you use to sign in to the Oculus app or website.
      • Oculus PIN—choose a new PIN. This is what you use to buy apps in the Oculus Store.
      • Payment Method—add a new credit card to use for Oculus Store purchases.
      • Redeem Code—if you have a promotional code for an app, you can use it here.
      • Purchase History—takes you to the Oculus website.
    • Privacy—here you can change or view:

      • Privacy Settings—change privacy settings to choose what others can see about you on social features.
      • Block List—people you don't want to see or interact with you on social features.
      • Privacy Policy—read the full Oculus Privacy Policy.
    • Devices—a list of the hardware items you've associated with your Oculus account, such as your Rift headset, Oculus sensor, and Oculus remote. You can use the Devices panel to remove or add devices, as described in Rift Basic Troubleshooting.

    • General—lets you:

      • Unknown Sources—use this setting to install apps for Rift that you didn't download or purchase from the Oculus Store.
      • Automatic App Updates—control whether apps you own update automatically whenever a new version is available.
      • Bandwidth Limit—decide how much of your available bandwidth to use for downloading Oculus apps and games.
      • Terms of Service—read the Oculus Terms of Service.
      • Health & Safety Warning—read our full Health & Safety Warning.
    Note:
    • To access social features, click the social icon

      toward the upper right. In the social panel, you can add friends, see your current friends, and review friend requests. When adding friends, you also have the option to add your Facebook friends through Facebook Connect.

    • To see recent notifications, click the notifications icon

      toward the upper right. The notifications panel will open.

  4. To go back, click the back arrow in the upper left.
  5. To sign out from the current Oculus account, click the menu icon
    in the upper right to open the dropdown menu and select Sign out.