Can You Still Load Games on a Oculus Quest?

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By Eric Wilson

Are you a proud owner of an Oculus Quest and wondering if you can still load games on it? The answer is yes!

The Oculus Quest has built-in features that allow users to load games and applications, even those that are not available in the official Oculus Store. In this article, we will explore how to load games on your Oculus Quest.

What is sideloading?

Sideloading is the process of installing apps or games from sources other than the official store. This means that you can install apps and games that are not available in the Oculus Store. However, keep in mind that sideloading may have some risks, so be sure to only download from trusted sources.

How to enable developer mode

Before you can start sideloading, you need to enable developer mode on your Oculus Quest. Here’s how:

  • Connect your Oculus Quest to your computer using a USB-C cable.
  • Go to the Oculus app on your mobile device and click on the Settings icon.
  • Select Oculus Quest, then click on More Settings.
  • Scroll down and select Developer Mode.
  • Toggle the switch next to Developer Mode.
  • A pop-up will appear asking for confirmation. Click ‘Confirm’.

Sideloading apps and games

Once you’ve enabled developer mode, you’re ready to start sideloading apps and games onto your Oculus Quest. Here’s how:

  • Download an APK file:
  • If you’re looking for an app or game that’s not available in the Oculus Store, you can search for it online and download the APK file. Be sure to only download from trusted sources.

  • Install SideQuest:
  • SideQuest is a free desktop app that allows you to sideload apps and games onto your Oculus Quest. Download and install SideQuest on your computer.

  • Connect your Oculus Quest:
  • Connect your Oculus Quest to your computer using a USB cable.

  • Enable Unknown Sources:
  • On your Oculus Quest, go to Settings > Device > Unknown Sources, then toggle the switch to enable it.

  • Sideload the app or game:
  • Open SideQuest on your computer and click on the Install APK File button. Select the APK file you want to install and click ‘Open’. The app or game will start installing on your Oculus Quest.

    Conclusion

    Sideloading apps and games onto your Oculus Quest is a great way to expand its capabilities beyond what’s available in the official store. However, be sure to only download from trusted sources and understand that sideloading has some risks. With developer mode enabled, you can now start exploring new apps and games on your Oculus Quest!