If you intend to sell or give away your Meta Quest 2, or if the device has stopped working, you may need to factory reset it. But how do you factory reset your Meta Quest 2?
You can factory reset your Meta Quest 2 in two ways. Either by using the Oculus app on your phone, or directly on the headset. But be aware that most of your data will be lost when factory resetting unless you have taken a proper backup.
In this article, I’m going to show you how to factory reset your Meta Quest 2.
How to Use Your Phone to Perform a Factory Reset on Meta Quest 2
You may easily conduct a factory reset if you have the Oculus mobile app for iPhone or Android loaded on your phone, are logged in, and your Quest 2 is listed among the registered devices in the app.
This is the quickest way to reset a Quest headset.
However, if your headset is having problems, it may not always function and you may need to perform a factory reset directly on your Meta Quest 2 headset as described below.
Before you open the Oculus app on your phone to perform the factory reset, make sure your Quest is fully charged. After that, follow this guide:
- Launch the Oculus app on your smartphone.
- Then, at the bottom of the screen, click “Menu“.
- To find your headset, go to “Devices“.
- Tap the headset that is linked to your phone.
- Select “Advanced Settings“.
- Tap “Factory Reset“, followed by “Reset“.
How to Use Your Headset to Perform a Factory Reset on Meta Quest 2
If your Meta Quest 2 has issues and can’t connect to the app or you don’t have access to the app, you can force a factory reset by using the buttons directly on the headset.
- First, turn off your headset.
- Then hold down the power and volume (-) buttons on your headset at the same time until the boot screen appears on your headset.
- Use the volume buttons on your headset to highlight “Factory Reset” and then press the power button.
- Use the volume buttons on your headset to highlight “Yes“, then press the power button.
Note! What Happens When You Factory Reset Meta Quest 2?
After successfully factory resetting your Quest 2, it will be in the same condition as when you first bought it. A factory reset is irreversible and deletes all account information, downloaded games, save games, and other content from the headset.
However, a factory reset will not delete any content you’ve purchased or downloaded from your account.
But there are actions you can take to prevent losing all your data:
Your Meta Quest account is cloud-based so allow your Quest to sync with your online account before resetting it. If you don’t, that data will be lost for good.
Alternatively, you can use a USB-C connector to connect your Quest 2 to a PC. You’ll be asked to confirm data access from the computer through the headset. Once you’ve authorized, the Quest 2 will appear in File Explorer as a drive. From there, you can backup your data to a place of your choice.
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Why Should I need to Factory Reset My Meta Quest 2?
There are two reasons why you should factory reset your Meta Quest or Quest 2:
If you’re having issues with your Meta Quest or Quest 2, completing a factory reset will usually resolve the issue.
However, it should only be used as a last resort because this is an irreversible technique. A good old restart often solves a lot of the issues that may appear with your headset.
But if you’ve tried all other options and don’t mind losing all of your saved data, you can conduct a factory reset.
Selling your headset:
If you’re going to sell or give away your Meta Quest, it’s a good idea to perform a factory reset first.
The individual who receives the headset can then start from scratch as you did the first time you bought it.
You may also have data, such as images or movies, that you do not want other people to have, in which case a complete wipe is a good option.
How To Factory Reset Meta Quest 2 Without Phone
To factory reset your Meta Quest 2, you can either use the Meta app on your phone or directly on the headset. However, be aware that most of your data will be lost when factory resetting unless you have taken a proper backup.
Espen is the Director of PursuitMeta and has written extensively about Virtual Reality and VR Headsets for years. He is a consumer product expert and has personally tested VR Headsets for the last decade.