Entertainment How to sideload apps onto the Oculus Quest 2

Entertainment How to sideload apps onto the Oculus Quest 2

How to sideload apps onto the Oculus Quest 2

Quick Steps 

  • Install Sidequest to your PC
  • Sign up to be an Oculus Developer
  • Enable developer mode on your headset
  • Install Sidequest on your Quest 2 and sign in to it

How to sideload apps onto your Oculus Quest 2 

While the Meta Quest 2 (previously called the Oculus Quest 2) is home to many of the best VR games, its curated store of titles is just the tip of the iceberg of what players can do in VR. If you want to experience some of the zanier and creative fan-made and indie projects out there, you’ll need to know how to sideload apps onto the Quest 2. Thankfully, our guide is here to help. 

  • A PC that can install Sidequest
  • A smartphone with Oculus app installed
  • A USB-C to USB or USB-C cable
  • An Oculus Quest 2 VR headset 


  • Install Sidequest to your PC by heading to the official download page (opens in new tab). Here you’ll see two options, though we’d recommend opting for the “Easy Installer (Beta)” which is at the top of the page. This version of the app installs directly onto your Quest 2 to give you an in-VR store to use just like the official Quest store.
  • Sign up to be a Developer on the Oculus Quest website (opens in new tab). This will give your Quest 2 the permissions it needs to install non-official games like those on Sidequest. As part of the process, you’ll need to accept a developer agreement – which has terms and conditions you’ll want to read first – and then you may need to verify your account with a phone number or bank card. 

There are no payments involved, though. It’s a free and easy sign-up process – your bank card number would just be a way to determine whether you are indeed a real person. As part of the process, you’ll also need to come up with an organization name to create an organization in the Quest ecosystem and finish your developer application.

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  • Enable developer mode in the Oculus mobile app. You can do this by connecting to your Quest 2 headset over Bluetooth and in the Headset Settings options, you’ll see Developer Mode. Tap on this and in the sub menu toggle Developer Mode on (the toggle is to the left and the bar turns blue).
  • Run the Sidequest installer. Once you’re ready it’s time to boot up the Sidequest easy installer. At this point, you’ll also want to connect your Quest 2 to your PC. You can tell when it’s connected when the red dot and “No Headset Detected” turns green and says “Quest Detected.”

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