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January 6th, 2023

SideQuest Not Detecting Quest 2? How to Fix it

Setting up SideQuest so you can sideload apps to your Quest 2 is one of the most exciting things you can do with the headset. You can easily insert third-party apps, experimental apps, and mods for some of the games already on the headset. However, if, for some reason, SideQuest is not detecting Quest 2, here are 6 things you can do.

How To Solve Sidequest Not Detecting Quest 2

1. Make Sure Developer Mode Is Enabled

The essential step of setting up your Quest 2 to work with SideQuest is to enable the developer mode. Without enabling it, your Quest 2 will not be detected correctly, no matter what you do.

To enable developer mode, you will first have to visit this page. After you log in with an account of your choice (that is the same as the one you use on your Quest 2), you should register as a developer by filling in the organisation name and agreeing to the Terms and Conditions.

Quest 2 Setting Up Organization

Once you do that, you should open the Oculus App on your phone and tap on “Menu”, which located in the bottom right corner of the app. After that, tap on “Devices”.

Meta Quest App Devices

Find your Quest 2 in the list of devices, and once it is connected to your phone, you can scroll down and find “Developer Mode”.

developer mode

Upon tapping on “Developer Mode”, you should tap on the check so it turns blue.

Quest 2 Developer Mode

2. Disable Unlock Pattern In Oculus App

You can disable the image under the same menu where you can enter “Developer Mode” on your phone.

Disable unlock pattern Quest 2 app

3. Allow USB Debugging

When you plug-in your Quest 2 into your PC, you will receive a prompt on the headset. You should authorize access and preferably not check “remember this…” as it can get bugged. If you have SideQuest turned on, you will have to authorize access again.

4. Install ADB Drivers

If you are using Android, Mac, or Linux, you will not have to do this. However, if you are using a Windows PC, you cannot skip this step when setting up your SideQuest. Here is how you should install the drivers:

Connect your Quest 2 to your PC with a USB cable

Visit https://developer.oculus.com/downloads/package/oculus-adb-drivers/, and follow the instructions on the site for installation.

5. Try A Different USB Port And/Or Cable

It is important to ensure that the USB port you are using does not have any problems, and the same can be said for the cable. So, if your Quest 2 is not detected by SideQuest even if you did the previous steps correctly, you should try using a different USB cable, as well as a different USB port.

6. Restart SideQuest And Quest 2

If you did everything before this step, you should try restarting both SideQuest and Quest 2. You know what they always say in tech support first – Did you try turning it off and on again?

A more extreme option would be to factory reset your Quest 2 and wipe all your data, but 99% of the time, this won’t be required.

Still Not Working? Try Reinstalling SideQuest

Sometimes, the hardcore “turn it off and on” version, which is a reinstall, is the only thing you can do to fix your issue. After you uninstall SideQuest, make sure to restart your PC, and then install SideQuest once again. If you tried all the previous solutions before this, once you do this, everything should work fine.

If it’s still not working – go on the SideQuest Discord and ask for help there.

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