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Why Is My Oculus Quest 2 Not Loading Games?

Many people report that their Oculus Quest 2 has a problem loading games. In some cases, the app may not work at all, and in others, there may be a three dot symbol that never seems to change. On this page, we are going to tell you exactly how you can deal with this problem. Some of this advice may even prevent it from happening again.

In the vast majority of cases, the problem can be fixed by switching the Oculus Quest 2 off and then on again. This clears the memory. In other cases, you may need to update the Oculus Quest 2 and the game that you are planning on using, or factory reset your device. It is rare that you will need to do anything more drastic than this.

Because we know how irritating it can be to have an Oculus Quest 2 that seemingly doesn’t load anything, we do want to go into a bit more depth on how you can fix the games not loading problem. We have the answers right here! 

Why Is My Oculus Quest 2 Not Loading Games?

Honestly, it is pretty tough to give a reason why your Oculus Quest 2 isn’t loading games. If the game is rated for use on the Oculus 2, then it should work on the Oculus 2.

99% of the time, if a game is not loading, then it is going to be down to a temporary software glitch. This happens with computer hardware every so often. It is why you need to reset your computer. If you don’t, then there could end up being issues with the memory (RAM), which makes it difficult for the computer to run most programs with any degree of efficiency. 

This means that, in the vast majority of cases, the quickest way to deal with a Quest 2 not loading games is to just give it a quick reset. If you do that, then the bulk of the issues are going to be cleared up. Resetting your Oculus Quest 2 is helping to empty the system cache and clearing out the system memory. If this doesn’t seem to work, then there are a few other options that you can try.

Update The Software Or Your Oculus Quest

If it just appears to be one game that isn’t loading, then the software may be out of date.

In theory, the Oculus Quest should update the software for you. However, if it doesn’t, then you will be able to easily update the software by heading to the Oculus store and hitting ‘update’. It should only take a few minutes.

Factory Reset Your Oculus Quest 2

This should be an absolute last resort. As the name suggests, you are going to be restoring your Oculus Quest 2 to factory settings. This means that all of the data on your Oculus Quest 2 will be wiped. You will have to set it up from scratch. Any personal information not saved anywhere else is going to be gone too. So, we must stress how important it is that you use one of the other methods before you even contemplate factory resetting your Oculus Quest 2. Got it? Ok. If you insist on a factory reset, then these are the steps that you are going to need to follow.

If you do not have your Oculus Quest 2 paired to a phone, or can’t do so for some reason, then you can also do it from your headset. In that case, follow these steps:

  • Hold both the Power and the Volume Down buttons at the same time.
  • Wait for the Oculus Quest 2 to reboot
  • Navigate to factory reset
  • Select yes

Games Are Not Loading On My Oculus Quest 2. Is It Broken?

If you can actually boot up your Oculus Quest 2, then chances are that it isn’t broken. It is a problem that can be easily be fixed and is normally a software glitch.

The only time you can safely consider your Oculus Quest 2 broken is if, no matter what you do, the Oculus Quest 2 doesn’t boot up at all. We can assure you that if you are able to boot into the menu on your Oculus Quest 2, then there is nothing that you will not be able to fix, even if you have to go through a few different troubleshooting steps to get there.

Why Is My Game Stuck On Installing On The Oculus Quest 2?

This seems to be an incredibly common problem at the moment. There seems to be an issue where you cannot install a game at all. The installing progress bar just gets stuck.

Like most issues, there will be a few options here.

For starters, you could try and cancel the download. Once you have canceled it, restart and see if it installs. In the vast majority of cases, it should install without any issues. 

If that doesn’t help, then you may want to check your network connection. Obviously, if you are not connected to the internet, or if your internet is acting a little bit odd, then you won’t be able to install any app or game on your Oculus Quest 2.

If it still doesn’t work, then cancel the download again. Now you will need to reset your Oculus Quest 2. Once you have restarted your Oculus Quest 2, restart the download. It should be fixed.

Some people have also fixed regular issues with downloads by carrying out a factory reset of their Oculus Quest 2. However, this is very much going to be a last resort type of thing. After all, it will result in you wiping all of your data. 

Can You Install Oculus Quest 2 Games On An Oculus Quest 1?

Only if they are labeled as being compatible with an Oculus Quest 1.

This is a common issue that people run into. They have games designed for the Oculus Quest 2 installed on their 1. This can stop the games from loading up.

Now, in theory, the Oculus Store should prevent this from happening. However, there have been cases where software has received updates that have made it incompatible with the Oculus Quest 1.

If you have an Oculus Quest 1 and can’t load up a game, then we suggest that you look at the Oculus Quest store to see whether it is still compatible with your device.  


There are many reasons why an Oculus Quest 2 may not load games. However, in most cases, it is going to be down to a temporary software bug. The quickest way to rectify the issue is to give your Oculus Quest 2 a restart. If it is a problem that only seems to be limited to certain games, then you may want to check whether there are any updates to your Oculus Quest 2 or games that need to be installed. As a last resort, you will be able to carry out a factory reset of your device.

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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