How Do You Use Passthrough on Valve Index?

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By Ralph Torres

If you’re using the Valve Index headset, you may have come across a feature called Passthrough. This useful tool allows you to view the world around you without removing your headset. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to use Passthrough on the Valve Index and get the most out of this feature.

What is Passthrough?

Passthrough is a feature that allows you to see the world around you while wearing your Valve Index headset. It uses cameras mounted on the front of the headset to capture real-world images and display them in your virtual reality environment. This can be incredibly useful for quickly checking your surroundings or finding objects in your immediate vicinity.

How to Use Passthrough

Using Passthrough on your Valve Index is easy. Here’s how:

  • Make sure your headset is properly fitted and secured.
  • Press and hold down the System button on either controller.
  • You should see a menu appear in front of you. Use the thumbstick or touchpad to select the “Passthrough” option.
  • Your view will now switch to Passthrough mode, allowing you to see the world around you through your headset.

While in Passthrough mode, you can move around as normal but be aware that there may be some lag due to processing time. You can also adjust various settings, such as brightness and contrast, by using the options available in the Passthrough menu.

Tips for Using Passthrough

Here are some tips for using Passthrough effectively:

  • Use it sparingly – While it’s great for quickly checking something, using it too much can break immersion and disrupt gameplay.
  • Adjust settings – Experiment with brightness and contrast settings until you find what works best for you.
  • Use it for safety – If you’re in a new environment or unsure of your surroundings, Passthrough can be a great tool for ensuring your safety.


Passthrough is a handy feature that can add an extra layer of immersion and safety to your Valve Index experience. By following these simple steps, you can easily switch to Passthrough mode and get the most out of this useful tool. Remember to use it sparingly and adjust settings as needed to achieve the best results.