Fix: Oculus Quest 2 Not Pairing to Phone, PC or TV

Despite having an Oculus Quest 2 in the house, you can’t take advance of virtual reality games or events. This can be frustrating for many VR folks who like to explore a new kind of world. Oculus Quest 2 is one of the best VR headsets you can find on the market. But, many users have complained that they cannot pair the VR headset to their phone, PC, or TV. If you are in the same boat, stick to this article; we’ll discuss various effective ways to fix the Oculus Quest 2 not pairing issue.

Oculus Quest 2 not pairing to phone, PC, or TV

The Oculus Quest 2 is an all-in-one virtual reality (VR) headset developed by Facebook Reality Labs. It offers you the best immersive experience. And the best part is that you can pair it even with your phone or the television. So, having a high-end PC is not a barrier. But before you enjoy the VR experience, you’ll have to pair the VR headset with another device, which is a problem for many users. Check out the fixes I’ve mentioned below in this article.

Why Won’t My Oculus Quest 2 Pair With Phone, PC, or TV

There could be many reasons your Oculus Quest 2 refuses to pair with a phone, computer, or television. Here are some well-known reasons:

  • Your device might be running an outdated version of the Oculus app. The latest version not only includes new features but also includes fixes to known issues.
  • You’ll face many problems if your PC does not meet the minimum requirement to support Oculus Quest 2. Hence, you should check if your PC is supported to work with Quest 2 VR headset.
  • A defective or not working USB port can be a reason for the device to not work on your PC.
  •  The problem can knock on your gate anytime if the device has outdated USB and graphics drivers.

Now that we understand the problem let’s move on to the solutions.

Oculus Quest 2 Not Pairing to Phone, How to Fix?

Here are some efficient and working solutions to fix the pairing issue with your Oculus Quest 2. If you already know the reason, navigate to the suitable solution. Otherwise, apply the fixes in order and see which one spells out success for you.

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Fix 1: Ensure That Both the Devices Are Connected to the Same Wi-Fi Network

For the Oculus Quest 2 to pair with your phone, both the devices should be connected to the same Wi-Fi network. So that they will be able to communicate effectively with each other. Also, you need to make sure that the internet connection is not unstable or slow.

Fix 2: Restart Your Phone and the VR Headset

Restarting the device does the trick many times in fixing any connection-related issues. After you restart the device, all the background processes refresh, and the device clears temporary cache files. Also, minor system glitches or temporary bugs can be removed by rebooting the device.

You need to restart both the devices, your Oculus Quest 2 VR headset and the phone. To reboot the phone, press and hold the power button until the power menu appears. Select restart or reboot. Similarly, you can also reboot the Oculus Quest 2.

Fix 3: Update Oculus App

As mentioned earlier, if your phone is not running the latest Oculus app version, you might have problems with the VR headset. The latest version contains fixes to previously known issues. Hence, keeping the Oculus app up to date is a must.

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To update the Oculus app, go to the Google Play Store or App Store, search for the Oculus app, and grab the latest version. Once you update the app, try pairing your Oculus Quest 2 with the phone and check if the problem is fixed.

Fix 4: Reinstall Oculus App

There might be some issues with the Oculus app that you are unaware of or not showing on your phone. In such a case, either clear the app data or a better approach is to uninstall and reinstall the app.

Steps to Clear Oculus App Data:

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  1. Open the Settings app on your phone.
  2. Go to the Apps section.
  3. Find Oculus and tap on it.
  4. Click on Clear Data.
  5. Restart your phone.

Steps to Reinstall Oculus App:

  1. Close the Oculus app from the recent menu.
  2. Uninstall the app.
  3. Open Google Play Store or App Store and search Oculus.
  4. Download and install the app.

Once done, pair the VR headset with your phone and check if the issue persists.

Fix 5: Use a Different Phone

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We also need to verify that your smartphone is not the source of the problem. Pair your Oculus Quest 2 headset with a different phone to check this. Use the same Facebook account to pair the devices. If the pairing succeeds, you know there’s some issue with your previous phone. And, if the pairing fails on a new phone, chances are that the VR headset has some hardware issues. You need to contact Oculus Support for the solutions or replacement.

Oculus Quest 2 Not Pairing to PC, How to Fix?

If you cannot pair the Oculus Quest 2 with your PC, try these nifty workarounds to eliminate the problem.

Fix 1: Make Sure Your PC Meets the Minimum Requirements

Yes, you heard it right. Not all PCs are compatible to run the Oculus Quest 2 VR headset. Your PC should meet the minimum requirements to handle the Oculus Quest 2.

Minimum PC specifications to handle Oculus Quest 2:

  • OS: Windows 10
  • Port: USB 3.0
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-4590 or an AMD Ryzen 5 1500X
  • GPU: Nvidia GTX 970, 1060 3GB or better. Also, all GTX 16-series graphics cards apart from the GTX 1650. Any from the AMD RX 500, 600, 5000, and Vega series.
  • Memory: 8GB

If your PC does not meet the minimum requirements, consider upgrading it. If your PC fulfills all the requirements and still the Oculus Quest 2 is not pairing, try the fixes below.

Fix 2: Check the USB Cable/Port

Make sure you are using a high-quality USB cable that is not defective to connect the PC and the Oculus Quest 2. Because low-grade USB cables might fail to transfer data at high speed and cause pairing issues. Also, you need to verify that the USB ports on your PC are working fine and the devices are connected properly.

Fix 3: Disable USB Power Saver Settings

Try disabling the USB power saver settings to fix the pairing issue with the VR headset. Here’s how you can do it:

  1. Press Win + R to open Run.
  2. Enter devmgmt.msc and press Enter. It will open Device Manager.
  3. Expand the Human Interface Devices and right-click on the USB Input Device.
  4. Select Properties.
  5. Go to Power Management and disable the “Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power” option.
  6. Close the window, try pairing your Oculus Quest 2 to the PC, and check if the problem is fixed.

Fix 3: Install the Latest Version of the Oculus App

There can be issues with pairing the device if your Oculus app is not updated to the latest version. You might even face more issues soon if you continue running the same version of the software.

To update the Oculus app on your PC, go to the official website of Oculus, download the latest version of the Oculus app, and install it. After that, try pairing the VR headset to your PC and check if the issue is resolved.

Fix 4: Disable Air Link

If you have recently changed from the wireless Oculus Air Link to a wired Oculus Link connection, you might face issues with pairing the device. Disable Air Link and check if it solves the problem.

  1. Open the Oculus Quest 2 settings.
  2. Go to Experimental.
  3. Disable the Air Link option.

Fix 5: Update Device Drivers

Outdated or faulty drivers can cause many problems. For the Oculus Quest 2, the USB driver and the Graphics driver are the two most important drivers. You need to make sure that both the drivers are updated.

There are multiple ways to update drivers on your PC. You can download the latest driver version from the manufacturer’s website and install it on your PC. Another handy method to update device drivers is through Device Manager.

  1. In the search box, type Device Manager and hit Enter.
  2. Expand the Display adapters option.
  3. Right-click on the graphics driver and select Update Driver.
  4. Tap on Search automatically for drivers. Windows will automatically look for a new update and install it.
  5. If you have already downloaded the latest driver from the manufacturer’s website, select Browse my computer for drivers, select the downloaded driver and install it.
  6. Similarly, you can update the USB driver.

Oculus Quest 2 Not Pairing to TV, How to Fix?

You need to make sure that you are following the right steps to pair the Oculus Quest 2 to the TV. Here are the steps you need to follow:

  1. Turn on your TV and Oculus Quest 2.
  2. Connect both the devices to the same Wi-Fi network.
  3. Press the Oculus key on your right-hand controller.
  4. Point to the Share icon and tap on it.
  5. Tap on Cast. It will open a Cast From This Headset window.
  6. Select your Chromecast-enabled TV, and you are done.

Even after following the correct steps, try these fixes if your Oculus Quest 2 fails to make a connection with the TV.

Fix 1: Make Sure Your TV Has Chromecast Support

Not all televisions are compatible with Oculus Quest 2. The VR headset greatly works with a TV with Chromecast support. So, before you try multiple times to pair the devices, verify that your TV has support for Chromecast.

Fix 2: Connect to the Same Wi-Fi Network

The casting feature on the Oculus Quest 2 does not work if the secondary device (your TV) is not connected to the same Wi-Fi network your Quest 2 is connected to. Firstly, connect both the devices to the same Wi-Fi network and try to pair the device.

Ensure the internet connection is stable and working and has no issues with the speed.

Fix 3: Use the Oculus App On Your Phone

If you don’t see your TV name on the Oculus Quest, there’s a way to fix it using the mobile app. Download and install the Oculus app on your phone. Open it and tap on the Cast option. Select the VR headset as the source and your TV as the receiver. You should be able to cast Oculus Quest 2 on your TV.

Fix 4: Use a Different Wi-Fi Network

If you can not pair the Oculus Quest 2 with your TV, there might be some issues with the internet connection. First, reboot the router. If you don’t know how to reboot it, simply remove the power cable for a minute and plug it again into the wall socket. Now, try pairing your VR headset and check if it solves the problem.

If rebooting the router does not help, connect your Quest 2 and the TV to a different Wi-Fi network. Do this to ensure that the internet connection is not an issue here.

This blog post briefly discussed why you could not pair Oculus Quest 2 to your phone, PC, or TV. We also looked at various solutions. Did you manage to fix the problem? Let us know which method worked for you in the comment section below.

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