How to connect Meta Quest 2 wirelessly to your PC

what to know

  • Open Quick Settings > Settings > System > Quest Link > Quest Link Switch > Enable Quest Link > Use Air Link Switch , select your computer > Pair .
  • Run the Meta Quest application on your PC, verify the code in Quest 2, and click Confirm .
  • Select Continue on Quest 2 and wait for the connection to be established.

This article explains how to connect Meta Quest 2 to PC via Air Link.

Your Quest 2 can play games without being connected to a PC, but it can also act as a wireless VR headset by using a feature called Air Link.

Connected to a PC via Air Link, you can play VR games not supported on Quest 2 and play PC versions of Quest 2 games with better graphics and performance. Because the connection is wireless, you have full range of movement on the Quest 2 for room-scale gaming.

Here's how to wirelessly connect your Meta or Quest 2 to your PC:

  1. If you haven't done so already, download and install the Meta Quest application on your computer.

    You'll need to make sure you're logged into the app with the same Facebook or Meta account you use for the headset.

  2. Press the menu button on the right touch controller to bring up the toolbar in VR.

  3. Select the Quick Settings shortcut (Time, Battery, and Wi-Fi on the toolbar.)

  4. Select Settings .

  5. Select system .

  6. Select the task link .

  7. Select the Task Links switch to turn it on.

  8. Select the Start Task link .

  9. Select the "Use over-the-air link" switch to turn it on.

  10. Select your computer and then select Pair .

    If you don't see your PC, or the pairing option isn't available, make sure the Meta Quest app is running on your PC, you're logged in, and you've selected Quest 2 as your device.

  11. On your computer, verify the code and click Continue .

  12. Your Quest is now connected to your PC via Air Link.

Air Link allows your Quest 2 to act as a wireless VR headset and take advantage of the power of a VR-enabled gaming PC to play games. The easiest way is to buy and play games through the Meta storefront, and if you've purchased games through the storefront in the past and played them on Oculus Rift, you can play them on Quest 2 via Air Link.

However, you also have full access to the connected PC desktop, so you can use Air Link to control your PC in VR, watch movies and other media, and play games via SteamVR.

Here's how to play games on Quest 2 via Air Link:

  1. Once connected via Air Link, you will see this screen. You can launch games you own through Oculus or the Meta Store from this screen, or scroll down to a series of controls if you want to play a non-Meta Quest game.

  2. Select the monitor icon to access desktop mode .

  3. To play a game, you either open it directly from the desktop or open a platform like Steam .

    If you want to play Steam games in VR, you need to install SteamVR first.

  4. Select a SteamVR game from your library and launch a VR-ready game from the SteamVR portal, where it will run on your PC while wirelessly streaming to your Quest 2.

The Meta Quest 2 is a standalone VR headset, which means you don't need to connect it to a PC to play games in VR. It's essentially a small computer and a VR headset rolled into one, and it includes a storefront that allows you to purchase and launch games without any additional hardware. These games are designed or modified specifically for the Quest 2 hardware, so they'll run well even though the Quest 2 is significantly less powerful than most VR-capable PCs.

Since VR-enabled PCs are more powerful than the Quest 2, they can play a wider range of games. You're not limited to the games available in the Quest 2 storefront, even games available on the Quest 2 often have PC versions that run better, have better graphics, or have options that aren't available on the Quest 2.

For example, the Quest 2 version of VR Chat limits the worlds you can access, the avatars you can choose, and even the avatars you can see. If you connect your Quest 2 to a VR-capable PC and load VR chat this way, all of these limitations disappear.

Air Link connects Quest 2 to your PC via a Wi-Fi network. For the best experience, you should connect your PC to the router via a wired Ethernet connection and ensure there is a clear line of sight between the Quest 2 and the router.

Any obstructions between the router and the Quest 2 can create interference that can cause unstable gameplay, blurry graphics, and other issues. If there are many devices connected to your wireless network, congestion can also affect your gaming experience.

In addition to the wireless Air Link option, you can also connect the Quest 2 to your PC via a USB cable via Quest Link. This method requires a high-quality USB-C cable to be connected to your computer while you play games.

Using a physical cable to connect the Quest provides a more consistent experience in terms of smooth gameplay and graphics, but it limits your movement, so it's best used for a seated gaming experience.

When connecting via a wired Quest Link connection, be careful not to yank or pull on the USB-C cable. Sudden head or body movement can damage the USB-C port on your Quest 2 or PC.

  • To wirelessly connect your Quest 2 to your TV via headphones, go to Share > Cast , select your TV, and select Next . On your smartphone, open the Meta app and tap Cast .

  • To connect your Quest or Quest 2 to your PC using a cable, install the Meta Quest app on your PC and power on the headset. Connect a compatible USB-C to the Quest and your PC, then put on the headset and select Allow by looking at the virtual buttons and pressing the headset volume button.

  • To connect your Quest 2 to your phone, go to Settings > About on your Quest 2 and write down the pairing code. Then, open the Meta Quest mobile app and tap Menu > Devices > Pair Headphones > Quest 2 > Continue . Enter the pairing code and click the checkmark .

  • To sideload apps on your Quest or Quest 2, open the Meta Quest app on your computer, go to Settings > General , and turn on Unknown Sources . Then, enable developer mode and install SideQuest on your PC.