What you should do with Oculus Quest 2 and your Android phone

By Ben Schoon

Meta's Oculus Quest 2 is one of the best ways to dive into the world of VR, and with an Android phone, you can do even more with the headset. Here are the first 5 things you should try.

Get familiar with the Oculus app First and foremost, you'll want to get familiar with the Oculus app for Android. This app is crucial to using the Quest 2, as you'll need it to complete setup, but it does a lot more. You can message your friends, view notifications from VR apps and games, and see challenges.

Remotely install apps and games One of the best uses of the Oculus app is to remotely install apps and games on your headset. It's convenient to scroll through the Oculus Store on your phone, buy a game, and have it fully installed and ready to go when you next strap on your headset. 

Sync notifications from your phone to VR You can also see notifications from your Android phone in VR, which is super useful for longer sessions. Instead of taking the headset off to look at your phone, you can view messages, calls, and other notifications directly from the Quest 2's notifications hub.

View screenshots and videos recorded on Quest 2 Another nice trick is the ability to view screenshots and videos from the Quest 2 on your phone. To do this, simply open the Files app on your headset and ensure cloud sync is enabled. After that, you'll be able to see your captured media on the "Gallery" tab of the Oculus app.

Cast your VR session to your phone's screen Perhaps the best way to use your Android phone with an Oculus Quest 2, though, is casting what you see in VR to your phone's screen. This allows friends and family to join in on the fun. The Quest can also send casts to TVs and computers, but we've found that streaming from a smartphone is far more reliable.