How Do I Activate Passthrough on Valve Index?

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By Valerie Becker

If you’re looking to activate passthrough on your Valve Index, you’ve come to the right place. Passthrough is a feature that allows you to see the real world around you while wearing your VR headset, making it easier to navigate and interact with your surroundings. In this tutorial, we will walk you through the steps to activate passthrough on your Valve Index.

Step 1: Put on Your Valve Index

The first step in activating passthrough on your Valve Index is putting on the headset. Make sure it is properly adjusted and fits comfortably.

Step 2: Access SteamVR Settings

Once you have the headset on, open up SteamVR by clicking on the icon in your system tray or by launching it from your Steam library. From there, click on the “Settings” button located at the bottom of the window.

Step 3: Navigate to Camera Settings

In the settings menu, navigate to the “Camera” tab located in the left-hand column. This is where you will find all of your camera settings, including passthrough.

Step 4: Activate Passthrough

To activate passthrough, simply toggle the switch labeled “Enable Camera” to “On”. This will turn on both front-facing cameras and allow you to see what’s going on in the real world while still wearing your headset.


If you want to customize how passthrough works or adjust other camera settings such as brightness and contrast, those options are available in this same menu.

Step 5: Exit Settings

Once you have activated passthrough and made any desired adjustments to camera settings, simply exit out of the settings menu by clicking “OK”. You should now be able to see a live feed of what’s happening in front of you through your Valve Index headset.


Activating passthrough on your Valve Index is a quick and easy process that can greatly enhance your VR experience. By following these simple steps and adjusting the camera settings to your liking, you can seamlessly move between the virtual and real world without ever having to take off your headset. So go ahead, try it out for yourself and see how passthrough can improve your VR experience!