The Oculus Quest is among the best all-in-one VR headsets on the market, allowing you to immerse yourself in different worlds through unique virtual reality technologies. To set up your Oculus (and make the most of its endless potential), you’ll need to connect to a smart device, like an iPad or iPhone, and download the Oculus app.
In this article, we will take you through a detailed guide on how to connect your Oculus Quest to your iPad via the app. It may seem daunting at first, but it’s a fairly simple process. By following a few easy steps, you’ll be up and running in no time.
How to Connect an Oculus Quest to an iPad
Connecting your Oculus Quest to your iPad will allow you to have a unique and exciting VR experience.
By running video off your smart device, you’re able to view and experience different VR worlds through your headset.
Before you get going, you need to set up your device.
As a side note, Oculus will only work on devices with IOS 10 or higher.
If you’re connecting your Oculus Quest to your iPad for the first time, begin by downloading the Oculus app.
To do this, open the App Store on your device, and search “Oculus.”
If the Oculus app does not show up in your search results, it may be because the Quest is not specifically designed for iPad.
A simple workaround is to set your App Store search to iPhone instead of iPad.
Once the Oculus app appears, download it to your device. Open the app and sign in (if you have a previously created Oculus account). If you do not have an account, you will need to create one on the app.
Once you’re logged in, you should see a list of headsets. Select the relevant one, which in this case will be the Quest.
Allow your device a moment to set up the headset.
Next up, your iPad will likely send you a notification asking you to plug in your Oculus. Connect it to a power source.
The app will tell you how much charge your device has. If it’s straight out the box, it may be on low power. No worries, though, as it will charge up in no time.
Hold down the power switch on the side of your headset to switch on your device.
At this point in time, the app on your iPad will ask you to enter a 5-digit code. You need to look into the headset and locate the code in the lower right corner of your vision zone.
If all goes well, you’ll receive a notification to say that the headset is pairing with your device.
So far, so good.
The next step to connecting your Oculus to your iPad is to ensure both devices are on the same Wi-Fi network.
The app should ask you to select a network to connect your headset to. Select the same network as your iPad, and enter the security key (password).
Now, if your Oculus is fresh out of the box, you may find that the app asks for updates to the headset. This is perfectly normal and is no cause for concern. Similarly, if you’ve used your headset with other devices before, but not this specific iPad.
Allow for updates. It shouldn’t take more than a few minutes.
The next part of your set-up will be ensuring your controllers are connected.
The app may ask you to check if there are batteries in the controllers, and if not, insert them so that your device can register the controllers.
Once connected, your app will ask you to select a language preference of your choice. Enter your chosen language and proceed.
You’re almost ready to get started with your VR fun.
If everything has connected as it should, the app will show you a short safety video.
This pertains to safety when operating the Oculus, concerning, for example, having a play space clear of obstacles. It’s a good idea to watch it, so you know what to look out for.
Once you’ve finished watching the video, the app will ask you to accept and acknowledge the terms and conditions of using Oculus, and then you’re ready to proceed.
If your app is still updating your headset at this stage, you can browse the library or store for fun VR experiences.
Once the update is complete, you’ll be ready to play any of your chosen games.
How to Cast From an Oculus Quest to an iPad
If you want to show friends, family, or clients your VR gameplay, you can do so on your iPad via a process known as casting.
- To set up casting, start by turning on your headset and putting it on.
- From the toolbar that appears at the bottom of your vision field, select “Sharing.”
- A prompt should appear that allows you to press “Start.”
- At this stage, if you’ve connected your Oculus Quest to your iPad and allowed for notifications to come through, you should receive a prompt asking you to open the Oculus app.
- Once open, select the “Start Casting” prompt.
- Conversely, you can start the casting process from the app rather than from your headset.
- Open the app and select “Cast From” at the top right corner of your screen.
- Choose the relevant headset (Quest) and make sure that the device is connected.
- When the “Cast To” prompt appears, select “This iPad.”
- Then press “Start.” A red dot in the top righthand corner of your viewing zone will indicate if you are casting successfully.
To stop casting via either method, select “Stop Casting.”
Don’t be alarmed if casting via your iPad take you to your VR home screen. This is part of the casting process, so it’s best not to start casting during play.