How Do I Install an APK on Quest 2?

APK, APK Installations

If you’re the proud owner of an Oculus Quest 2, you might be wondering how to install an APK on it. APKs are Android application packages, and they’re not officially supported by Oculus. However, with a bit of know-how, you can sideload APKs onto your Quest 2 and enjoy a wider range of apps and experiences.

Step 1: Enable Developer Mode

Before you can sideload any APKs on your Quest 2, you’ll need to enable Developer Mode. This is a feature that allows you to install and test unofficial apps on your device. To do this:

  • Firstly, download the Oculus app on your smartphone.
  • Connect your Quest 2 to your phone using the USB-C charging cable that came with it.
  • Open the Oculus app on your phone and select your headset from the Devices tab.
  • Select More Settings > Developer Mode and toggle the switch to turn it on.

Once Developer Mode is enabled, you can connect your Quest 2 to your computer and start sideloading APKs.

Step 2: Download SideQuest

To sideload APKs onto your Quest 2, you’ll need a tool called SideQuest. This is a third-party app that lets you manage unofficial apps on your device. Here’s how to get started:

  • Go to the SideQuest website and download the app for Mac or Windows.
  • Install SideQuest onto your computer.
  • Connect your Quest 2 to your computer using the USB-C charging cable.

Step 3: Install an APK using SideQuest

Now that you have SideQuest installed and connected to your Quest 2, it’s time to install an APK. Here’s how:

  • Download the APK you want to install onto your computer.
  • Open SideQuest on your computer and select the My Apps tab.
  • Click on the Install APK button and select the APK file you downloaded earlier.
  • Once SideQuest has finished installing the app, it should appear in your Quest 2’s Library under Unknown Sources.

Step 4: Launch Your New App

Congratulations! You’ve successfully sideloaded an APK onto your Quest 2. To launch it:

  • Put on your Quest 2 headset and go to Library > Unknown Sources.
  • Select the app you just installed and enjoy!

Conclusion

Sideloading APKs onto your Quest 2 isn’t officially supported by Oculus, but it’s a great way to expand your device’s capabilities. With SideQuest and a bit of know-how, you can install all sorts of unofficial apps and experiences.

Just be sure to download trusted APKs from reputable sources, and always be cautious when installing unknown apps on any device. Enjoy!