How to sideload apps onto the Oculus Quest 2

How to sideload apps onto the Oculus Quest 2

How to play unofficial VR games on your Quest 2.

Quick Steps

  • Install Sidequest to your PC
  • Sign up to be an Oculus Developer
  • Enable developer mode on your headset
  • Install Sidequest on your Quest 2 and sign in to it

How to sideload apps onto your Oculus Quest 2

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Tools and requirements

  • A PC that can install Sidequest
  • A smartphone with Oculus app installed
  • A USB-C to USB or USB-C cable
  • An Oculus Quest 2 VR headset 

Steps

Install Sidequest to your PC by heading to the official download page(opens in new tab). Here you’ll see two options, though we’d recommend opting for the “Easy Installer (Beta)” which is at the top of the page. This version of the app installs directly onto your Quest 2 to give you an in-VR store to use just like the official Quest store.

Sign up to be a Developer on the Oculus Quest website. This will give your Quest 2 the permissions it needs to install non-official games like those on Sidequest. As part of the process, you’ll need to accept a developer agreement – which has terms and conditions you’ll want to read first – and then you may need to verify your account with a phone number or bank card.

However, there are no charges necessary. Your bank card details would only be used to verify that you are a real person throughout the free and simple sign-up procedure. In order to complete your developer application and build an organization in the Quest ecosystem, you’ll also need to think of an organization name as part of the procedure.

  • Enable developer mode in the Oculus mobile app. You can do this by connecting to your Quest 2 headset over Bluetooth and in the Headset Settings options, you’ll see Developer Mode. Tap on this and in the sub menu toggle Developer Mode on (the toggle is to the left and the bar turns blue).
  • Run the Sidequest installer. Once you’re ready it’s time to boot up the Sidequest easy installer. At this point, you’ll also want to connect your Quest 2 to your PC. You can tell when it’s connected when the red dot and “No Headset Detected” turns green and says “Quest Detected.” 

We advise using the Open Setup Instruction button if this doesn’t happen or if you receive another warning message, simply to be sure you’ve done everything required to start sideloading.

If everything goes well, you may click the new “Install Sidequest in your headset” button on the Sidequest home screen.

  • Once installed, put on your Quest 2 and head into VR to sign into Sidequest. Go to your Library and in the top right corner press where it says “All” and select “Unknown Sources” from the dropdown menu that appears. Now you should be able to see Sidequest at the top of this menu. Open it up, and when you do you’ll be asked to go to a web browser and sign in using a code at a link (sdq.st/link).

You’ll be set up once your headset and account are connected. There is no longer a need for your PC or phone to be used for sideloading because you can now access all of the Sidequest applications directly from your headset. You will need to provide Sidequest access to install programs to your headset the first time you do this, but it just takes a single button push and a switch to toggle before you’re done.

Final thoughts

A few advantages come with sideloading programs via Sidequest. It provides you with a ton of additional games to play on your Meta Quest 2, as we said before.

Additionally, even if you haven’t yet played every single top Quest 2 game available on the official site, you could not have the money to do so. Sidequest offers a ton of fantastic, cost-effective free games to try out.

Additionally, Sidequest offers you a variety of options for customizing your headset’s settings. These can affect battery life and performance, but if you’d want, you can also change the aesthetics and refresh rate of your Quest 2 games.

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