Quest 2 has simple built-in video capture capabilities. In this article you’ll see how to use them and, for advanced users, you’ll learn how to increase the quality of the videos captured on Quest 2 and how to transfer videos to your computer.

Record, Stream, or Cast Your VR Gameplay on Quest 2

With something as cool as VR, it’s natural to want to share the experience. Luckily Quest 2 has many sharing options built right in. You can record videos of your gameplay, take screenshots, cast a video to your phone or TV, or even stream to viewers online. Here’s how:

  1. In your headset, bring up the Quest menu by pressing the Oculus button on your right controller. Find the Share section.
  2. At the top of the Share menu you can now choose between Record Video, Take Photo, Go Live, and Cast.

If you have set up Quest Voice Commands, you can even say “record video,” “take screenshot,” “cast,” or “stream” to quickly do any of these actions in the midst of gameplay.

‘Cast’ allows you to stream video of your experience devices on your local network. You can cast to your smartphone through the Oculus smartphone app or to your PC by visiting You can also cast to any compatible devices on your network like a TV with Chromecast.

‘Go Live’ allows you to stream your Quest 2 experience out to the internet, but unfortunately you can only stream to Facebook.

Recorded videos and captured photos are stored on the headset, you can access them by clicking the ‘View All’ button in the Share menu. You can also plug Quest 2 into a computer to download videos for editing and sharing (see section further below).

Increase Capture Quality on Quest 2 Recordings (advanced)

The default Quest 2 capture settings are fine for sending quick clips to friends, but painfully low quality for doing much else. If you’re an advanced user, it’s possible to increase both the resolution and framerate of Quest 2 recordings. A PC will be required.

ℹ The commands below will also work on the original Quest, but the values may be too high for the headset to handle;  tweak them down if you run into performance issues during capture.

  1. Install SideQuest via these instructions.
  2. Plug the headset into your PC.
  3. On the SideQuest menu bar, click Run ADB Commands > Custom Command.
  4. Input the following commands one line at a time, and press ‘Run Command’ for each:
    1. adb shell setprop debug.oculus.capture.width 1440
    2. adb shell setprop debug.oculus.capture.height 1080
    3. adb shell setprop debug.oculus.fullRateCapture 1
    4. adb shell setprop debug.oculus.capture.bitrate 30000000
  5. Once complete, you can unplug your headset and use the built-in ‘Record Video’ function (see the top of the article) to capture higher quality video with the new settings.
  6. Resetting your headset will return to default settings
Tweaking Capture Settings

In the above steps we set the Quest 2 capture resolution to 1,440 × 1,080, the capture frame rate to 72 FPS, and the capture bitrate to 30,000,000.

ℹ For reference, the default values are 1,024 × 1,024 resolution, 30 FPS framerate, and 5,000,000 bitrate

The settings above can be tweaked based on your needs, but be warned that if you push them too high you can cause performance issues both in the game you’re capturing and in the captured video itself (stuttering and encoding artifacts).

The settings we shared above are based on a balance of quality and performance, and we’ve found they work well for most games. However, if you’re going to be capturing a lot of footage, we’d highly recommend you first test against any new game to ensure the captured output is error free.

Aspect Ratio

One important thing to note is that the resolution options we set above also control the aspect ratio of the Quest 2 video capture. The default aspect ratio is 1:1 (square), while our settings above are a bit wider at 1.33:1, which gives the crop a bit more room to breath on the sides.

If you’d like a traditional widescreen 1.77:1 (16:9) crop, 1,920 × 1080 will give you the shape you’re after. However, 16:9 tends to feel ‘cut off’ on the top and bottom compared to what the view feels like against the headset’s field of view.

How to Transfer Videos from Quest 2 to Your Computer

If you want the raw video files captured on your Quest 2, you can transfer them from the headset in two ways.

With no additional software:
  1. Plug the headset into your PC.
  2. Put on your headset and accept the prompts to allow your PC to access the headset.
    1. If you see no prompt the first time, your headset is not correctly connected to the PC. You may need to accept your Guardian boundary before you will see the prompt. You can also try a different USB port, or try resetting the headset.
  3. Open Explorer in Windows and access ‘This PC’. ‘Quest 2’ will be listed under ‘Devices and Drives’.
  4. Your videos are stored in Quest 2 > Internal Shared Storage > Oculus > VideoShots.
  5. Drag and drop videos where you’d like to copy them. You can also delete them from here if you don’t need them on your headset anymore.
With SideQuest (advanced):

If you’re using SideQuest already, it has the advantage of allowing you to browse the headset’s files without needing to accept the prompt every time. Here’s how:

  1. Install SideQuest via these instructions.
  2. Plug the headset to your PC.
  3. On SideQuest’s menu bar, click ‘Manage files on the headset’ (folder icon)
  4. Browse to Oculus > VideoShots
  5. Click to highlight videos you wish to save, then mouse-over the ‘plus’ sign at the bottom right and click ‘Save selected items to computer’
  6. You can use the trash icon in the same menu to delete videos you no longer need on your headset

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Got any other video capture tips for Quest 2? Let us know below!

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  • Graham J ⭐️

    Just a note that you can stream to a different service by casting to your PC and streaming that.

    Thx for the tip RE changing record quality.

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  • Nice tutorial!

  • How about a tutorial on how to fix the audio-sync issue with videos recorded in the headset? I have yet to find a reliable solution.

    • silos1559

      hey brian have u figured out audio video sync problem

      • nope, still an issue . . . some games worse than others

        • jesse silos

          do u have access to a pc or even a android phone will work

          • Yes, please. This is for editing or playback? Either way, interested in what you have.

          • jesse silos

            this is how to fix playback can i send u a little video i made

          • jesse silos

            actually heres a vid to edit
            let me know if this helps

  • Czech4Life

    If you cast to your phone, there is an option to record in full wide view, which is around 4k resolution. It’s high quality. No need for all this side quest stuff. Just take the mp4 from your phone and then upload where you want to share it.

    • EduVR7

      How you record in your phone?

    • EduVR7

      and the mic audio?

    • emma_jo_k_

      I recorded it on my phone, but now I can’t find where the recording went. Help?

  • Brian Phillips

    Please . . . audio sync. Tell us how to easily fix that issue with Quest recordings. THAT would be ncie.

    • Hecc

      The only thing I can think of is manually syncing your audio through a video editor after copying it to a computer.

  • Ghostie

    Thank you for this in-depth article. Quick question Is there also a way to change the Audio sample/bit rate?

  • Has anyone been able to record both your mic AND the audio from the Quest 2 game? All the test recording I did only saved the audio from the mic. I’m only using the native record option found in the Quest 2 headset.

  • jordi

    I followed all the steps, I executed all the commands.

    The resolution changed, now I see it in 16/9, I put 1920×1080 but the frame rate stays the same at 24 FPS.

    Is there a new way to record at 60 FPS or 72 FPS?

    Thanks in advance