How Do I Turn on the Valve Index Headset?

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By Ralph Torres

If you are a proud owner of the Valve Index headset, the first thing you will need to know is how to turn it on. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process step-by-step.

Step 1: Connect the Headset

Before turning on the headset, make sure it is properly connected to your computer. The Valve Index headset comes with three cables – a DisplayPort cable, a USB 3.0 cable, and a power adapter. Connect these cables to their respective ports on your computer and plug in the power adapter into an electrical outlet.

Step 2: Put on the Headset

Once you have connected all the necessary cables and adapters, put on the headset. Adjust it as needed until it fits snugly but comfortably over your head and eyes.

Step 3: Turn on SteamVR

Now that you have connected and put on the headset, it’s time to turn on SteamVR – a software platform that powers virtual reality experiences for Valve Index and other VR headsets. Open SteamVR from your computer’s desktop or Steam library.

Option 1: Turn On Automatically

If you have set up SteamVR to turn on automatically when a VR app is launched, then simply launching an app will turn on your headset too. To set up automatic turn-on, go to SteamVR settings > General > Enable “Start SteamVR when an application starts”.

Option 2: Turn On Manually

If you haven’t set up automatic turn-on, click on “Devices” in SteamVR and select “Headset”. Then click “Wake Up” to turn on your Valve Index headset.

Step 4: Verify Connection

Once turned on, verify that your Valve Index headset is properly connected to your computer. You can do this by checking the status indicators on the headset and SteamVR.

  • On the headset, look for a green light on the front of the device. This indicates that it is properly connected.
  • In SteamVR, check the status icons in the bottom right corner of the window. The headset icon should be green with no warning symbols.


In conclusion, turning on your Valve Index headset is a simple process that involves connecting it to your computer, putting it on, and turning on SteamVR. By following these steps, you should be able to enjoy immersive virtual reality experiences with ease.