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November 7th, 2023
Computer Not Detecting Quest 3: How to Fix it
Are you having issues where your computer can’t detect or recognize your Meta Quest 3? I had the same issue, which was weird, because I could connect my Quest 2 just fine. After spending ages trying to figure it out, I finally found a solution:
Step One: Check Your Notifications For “USB Detected”
When you connect your headset to your computer, you have to enable USB debugging. For some reason, I only got this option when I went to “notifications” and clicked on the “USB Detected” message.
“Click on this notification to allow connected device to access files.”
Once you’ve clicked on that, it’ll ask you whether to allow USB debugging. Click “Allow” twice.
After that, you should be able to access your Quest 3 files on your computer and use Quest Link.
If it still doesn’t work, move on to step 2.
Step Two: Restart Device While Connected to PC
If you aren’t getting the “USB Detected” notification, then restart your Quest 3 headset while it is connected to your computer. You can restart by holding the power button for a few seconds.
Once the headset starts up again, check your notifications to see if the message is there. If it is, then follow step one.
If not, move onto step 3.
Step Three: Enable Developer Mode
If you want to play SteamVR games through Quest Link, you’ll need to enable developer mode.
After that is done, you might also need to turn on developer mode on your headset by going to Settings > System > Developer Mode > Turn on Developer Mode
Step Four: Change Network Profile to Private
Someone on Reddit mentioned this, but changing your computer’s network settings to private might help solve your issue:
Step Five: Try Changing Ports and Cables
Try plugging in your cable to a different USB-C port on your PC. For some reason, if I connect to a port in the front of my computer, it doesn’t work. But if I connect to a port behind the computer, I can play Quest Link just fine.
If that doesn’t work, try a different cable to eliminate the possibility of a faulty cable.