How to Reconnect Oculus Quest/Oculus Quest 2 Controller?


If you own an Oculus Quest or an Oculus Quest 2 and your controller is not pairing properly or is disconnecting at random times, you may need to reconnect or reset the controller itself. Reconnecting, repairing, and resetting your Oculus Quest and Oculus Quest 2 controller can help you to restore it to its original factory settings without a hassle.

How can I reconnect and re-pair my Oculus Quest and Oculus Quest 2 controller?

If your Oculus Quest or Oculus Quest 2 controller has become disconnected or is no longer picking up a signal when you attempt to use them, you can use the following steps to reconnect and re-pair the controller: 

  1. Open the Oculus app on your Android or Apple smartphone.
  2. Select ‘Devices’ from the bottom main menu of the app itself.
  3. Select the headset or controller that is paired with your Oculus Quest. This will typically require you to select the headset that is already paired and in working order.
  4. Choose ‘Controllers’ from the following screen after selecting the appropriate headset and choose which controller(s) you want to unpair and re-pair.
  5. Press and hold the Oculus power button along with the ‘B’ button if you are un-pairing and resetting your right Oculus Quest controller. If you want to reset the left Oculus Quest controller, hold the option/settings button along with the ‘Y’ button for a few seconds.
  6. Allow the controller’s LED lights to blink, which will indicate that the controller has been successfully re-paired to your current Oculus Quest setup. 

How do I unpair my Oculus Quest or Oculus Quest 2 controller?

If you are having difficulties with your Oculus Quest controller (original or Oculus Quest 2), one of the first steps to take is to unpair your controllers. To unpair your Oculus Quest controller, complete the following steps:

  1. Launch the Oculus app on your Android or Apple smartphone.
  2. Select ‘Devices’ from the main menu of the Oculus application, located at the bottom of the Oculus app screen.
  3. Choose the headset you are currently using and the one that is connected to your controllers and to your Oculus Quest system.
  4. Select ‘Controllers’ to view the controllers that are currently paired with your Oculus Quest setup.
  5. Click on the controller(s) you wish to unpair.
  6. Confirm that you would like to unpair your controllers by selecting ‘Unpair Controller’ once you have selected the right controllers to remove from your Oculus Quest system.
  7. Allow the Oculus Quest a few seconds to unpair and remove the controllers you wish to remove.

How can I get my Oculus Quest/ Quest 2 controller to work again?

At times, you may find that your Oculus Quest controller will not turn on or work properly without turning off after a short period of time. In this case, the most common culprit is likely the controller’s batteries. To remove the batteries from your Oculus Quest controller, follow these steps:

  1. Power off your Oculus Quest system and headset, along with any controllers you are using with your Oculus Quest setup.
  2. Open the battery compartment on one of your controllers and replace the batteries, inserting them in the proper order and fashion. Ensure that you are using new batteries to avoid trying to reboot a controller with dead batteries.
  3. Allow up to 30 seconds for your controllers to disconnect from previous batteries while also making a new electronic connection before turning on your system.
  4. Turn on your Oculus Quest rift system and attempt to turn on your controllers. While you may need to pair your controller(s) with new batteries, they should turn on immediately with a fresh pair of batteries.

How can I factory reset my Oculus Quest controller?

Whether you have the original Oculus Quest or the Oculus Quest 2, you may be thinking of using a factory reset option on your controller(s) to help bring them back to their default settings. If you want to use a factory reset on your Oculus Quest or Oculus Quest 2 controller, complete the following steps:

  1. Launch your Oculus app using your smartphone.
  2. Choose the ‘Devices’ tab, located towards the bottom of the navigation of the Oculus app.
  3. Select the headset you are currently using, which will then display controllers and other Oculus devices you currently have paired with your Oculus Quest or Oculus Quest 2.
  4. Select the ‘Advanced’ tab, which will provide you with advanced settings and options.
  5. Click ‘Factory Reset’ to begin the factory resetting process. You will also be asked to confirm a factory reset before it is executed and completed. 

It is important to keep in mind that any time you choose to use a factory reset option for your Oculus Quest controller or your Oculus Quest 2 controller, your personal saved settings and preferences will be erased. Once you have successfully reset your Oculus Quest controller using a factory reset, you will need to manually implement preferences and configurations that are suitable for you again. 

What do I lose when I factory reset an Oculus Quest controller?

Whenever you choose to factor reset an Oculus Quest controller, you will lose gaming preferences and account settings. It is important to note that you will not lose saved or purchased games with a factory reset. 

How much does it cost to repair an Oculus Quest or Oculus Quest 2 controller?

Repairing an Oculus Quest controller can cost upwards of $70, depending on the root cause of the issue(s) you experience with the controller. In some cases, it is best to purchase a brand new controller rather than invest in repairs.

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Steven Carr

Steven is a certified IT professional and gaming enthusiast. He has been working in the tech industry for over 10 years, and specializes in all things Tech-related. When he's not geeking out over the latest hardware or software release, he can be found testing out the latest video game.

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