- There are two ways to factory reset Oculus Quest 2 headsets: using the app on a smartphone or tablet, or using button combinations on the headset itself.
- Before resetting the headset, it’s important to know that it will erase all data, information, and apps, so it’s recommended to back up your data and think carefully before wiping it.
- Cloud backup is available on Quest headsets and can save settings and game data from your device, preventing you from losing progress in a game.
The Oculus Quest 2 is a fantastic VR headset, but like most tech, it’s not perfect. If you’re experiencing issues with the device or want to sell it, you’ll need to know how to factory reset Oculus Quest 2 headsets. Thankfully, Meta has made things easy. There are two ways to wipe and reboot the virtual reality headsets to their original condition. Whether you want to use the app or a headset, we’ll tell you how to factory reset Oculus Quest 2 in four steps.
Resetting an Oculus Quest 2: What You Need to Know
Before you reset your VR headset, you’ll want to know that it will erase all of your data, information, and apps. While it can clear up several issues with the device, think long and hard before you wipe it unless it’s going up for sale.
With any type of gadget where you’ve entered personal information, you should always wipe it before selling it. That includes smartphones, computers, and virtual reality headsets like the Meta Quest 2. You’ll also want to de-register devices linked to your account before passing them alone or selling them online.
You should also ensure the battery is charged above 50% before attempting to factory reset Oculus Quest 2 headsets. Do you want to save your progress and back things up before resetting your headset? That’s an option with cloud backup.
Oculus Quest 2 Cloud Backup
Cloud backup is a nifty feature on Quest headsets that can save settings and game data from your device. If you’re already using cloud backup, you can skip to the next section. Otherwise, it’s something we recommend setting up if you don’t want to lose your progress in a game.
To start cloud backup, put on the headset and access the Quick Settings panel. Choose Settings, and then select System. From this menu, choose Backup and click the toggle to turn the service on for your headset.
How to Factory Reset Oculus Quest 2 with Phones
You can reset a Meta Quest 2 using any smartphone or tablet with the Meta Quest app. To use this method, grab your Android or Apple device and open the Meta Quest app.
With the Meta Quest app open, tap Menu and choose Devices.
2. Sync the Headset
Choose the headset that’s connected to your phone and then select Headset Settings.
3. Advanced Options
Look through this section and choose the option labeled Advanced Settings.
4. Reset the Oculus Quest 2
From the Advanced Settings Menu, select the option for Factory Reset and choose Reset to begin a factory reset of the Oculus Quest 2.
How to Factory Reset Oculus Quest 2 from Headset
If you want to reset your VR headset without the app, the process is almost as simple. Use the button combinations to begin a factory reset of an Oculus Quest 2.
1. Power Down the Oculus
Take your Meta Quest 2 headset and turn the power off. You can do this by pressing and holding the power button for a few seconds.
2. Access Boot Screen
To access the boot screen, press and hold the Power and Volume buttons simultaneously until you see the Boot Screen appear. If your button timing is wrong and the headset restarts, repeat step one.
3. Navigate the Menus
Use the volume buttons on the Oculus Quest 2 to navigate the menu until you see Factory Reset. Select this option using the Power button.
4. Reset the Headset
From the Factory Reset menu, use the volume keys to navigate to the Yes option and select it using the Power Button to begin the factory reset process.
A factory reset can clear up a variety of glitches in these popular headsets. It’s also the first thing you should do if you plan on selling your Oculus Quest or passing it along. Just remember to back up your data if you plan to stay in Meta’s virtual ecosystem, and make sure your battery is above 50% before beginning.
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