How Do You Adjust the Valve Index on a Headset?

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By Valerie Becker

If you have recently purchased a Valve Index headset, you may need to adjust it to ensure that it fits comfortably and securely on your head. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the step-by-step process of adjusting the Valve Index headset.

Step 1: Loosen the Headset

Before adjusting the headset, make sure that it is not tight on your head. If it is too tight, use the dial at the back of the headset to loosen it. Turn the dial in a counterclockwise direction to loosen the headset.

Step 2: Adjust the Top Strap

The Valve Index has a top strap that can be adjusted to fit different head sizes. To adjust the top strap, locate the velcro strap at the top of the headset and pull it apart. Once you have opened up the velcro strap, adjust it according to your head size and then reattach it.


Make sure that the top strap is snug but not too tight. The goal is to distribute weight evenly across your head.

Step 3: Adjust Side Straps

Next, adjust both side straps to ensure that they fit comfortably around your ears. The side straps are located on either side of the headset.

  • Loosen or tighten each side strap by pulling or pushing on its associated tab.
  • Make sure that both side straps are adjusted evenly so that there’s no pressure on one ear or temple.

Step 4: Adjust IPD (Interpupillary Distance)

The Valve Index also allows for adjustment of IPD (interpupillary distance), which is essential for ensuring visual clarity when using VR devices.

  • To adjust IPD:
  • On the bottom left of the headset, locate the IPD dial
  • Turn the dial to adjust the distance between the lenses to match your own IPD.

Step 5: Tighten Headset

Once you have adjusted all straps and IPD, use the dial at the back of the headset to tighten it. Turn the dial in a clockwise direction until it feels snug and secure.


Make sure that you don’t overtighten the headset as it can cause discomfort during extended use.


By following these simple steps, you can adjust your Valve Index headset for a comfortable and secure fit. Take some time to experiment with different settings and find what works best for you. With proper adjustment, you can ensure an immersive and comfortable VR experience.