4. Upgrade Your Headstrap—You’ll Thank Us Later
The soft strap that’s included with Quest 2 is one of the worst on any Oculus headset to date. It does a poor job of distributing the headset’s weight. The Elite Strap accessories are rigid and offer a counterweight to better balance the headset. With better balance, you don’t need to tighten the strap nearly as much to keep the headset in place, sparing you from discomfort and the unsightly ‘VR face’ after taking off the headset.
Get the low-down in our full review of the Quest 2 Elite Strap accessories.
5. Avoid Direct Sunlight in Your Lenses or Risk Ruining Your Quest 2
This one has been catching unlucky VR headset users off guard since the early days. Quest 2 is no different.
If you let direct sunlight stream into the lenses for a long period the lenses can focus the light and burn a hole in the headset’s display, permanently damaging it (much like you can use a magnifying glass to focus sunlight enough to burn a hole in a piece of paper).
Make sure you don’t leave your Quest 2 sitting out with its lenses facing windows.
If many people use the headset, you might want to consider making it a ‘rule’ that it gets put away in a closet, drawer, or under a dishcloth to prevent anyone from accidentally leaving it the wrong spot for sunlight damage.
6. Check out Experimental Apps Through App Lab
While Oculus only allows select apps into the main Oculus Quest store, you can easily install early and experimental apps, as long as you know where to look. Oculus App Lab allows developers to officially distribute their apps on Quest outside of the main store. Installing them is as easy as having the link to the app, then clicking the button to install the app to your headset. But where do you find them?
SideQuest is a popular alternative to the official Oculus Quest store. While many of the apps on SideQuest require a more complicated ‘sideloading’ method, SideQuest also lists the easier-to-install App Lab apps in a special section. Here’s how to find and install them:
- Browse the App Lab section of SideQuest
- When you find the app you want, click the ‘Oculus App’ button at the top right of the page, you’ll be directed to the app’s official Oculus page
- Click the blue button to buy or install the app, then it will appear in your Oculus library like any other app
7. Check Your Privacy Settings
Oculus is Facebook company and all Quest 2 users are required to sign in with a Facebook account in order to use the headset.
It’s a worthwhile exercise to double check your privacy settings so that you understand how your activity in the headset is seen by others. You can easily access the settings in the Oculus Privacy Center.
Here’s the settings you can control and what each does:
- Who will see your activity on Oculus?
- This controls how your current activity in VR is displayed on your profile (like which app you’re using). If you don’t want anyone to know what you’re currently up to in VR, change this to ‘Only Me’.
- Who can see your friends list on Oculus?
- This controls who can see the people you are friends with through your Oculus profile. If you don’t want anyone to see who your VR friends are, change this to ‘Only Me’.
- Who will see your Facebook name on Oculus?
- This controls which name people will see associated with your Oculus profile. Depending upon your setting, people may see your Oculus username or the first and last name of your Facebook profile. This also controls whether or not people can search for your Oculus profile by your Facebook name. If you don’t want anyone to see your real name in VR or be able to find your Oculus profile with your real name, change this to ‘Only Me’.
You can also see much of the data that Facebook collects about your VR activity; it’s worth browsing through this info to understand what kind of information is being stored about your activity in VR. To see the info, browse to the View Your Information section of the Oculus Privacy Center.
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