Sidequest guide: How to sideload Apps on your Meta Quest (2024)

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With Sidequest you can extend the app catalog of your Meta Quest 2 or Quest Pro. In this guide, you will learn how to install and use Sidequest.

Sidequest launched shortly after the first Meta Quest in May 2019. The Sidequest program facilitates “sideloading” of VR apps. Sideloading is installing VR content outside of the tightly curated Meta Quest store. The Sidequest platform has a variety of VR apps uploaded to the platform by developers.

Sidequest has advantages for both users and developers. Users have a wider choice of VR apps, while developers can test experimental or in-development VR apps early in the market and get valuable feedback.

Sidequest quickly became a popular platform with thousands of VR apps and more than two million monthly active users (as of May 2022).

With the opening of the App Lab in February 2021, Meta copied the idea of a more open app store and experimentation platform for developers. The App Lab exists alongside the Oculus Quest Store and does not require sideloading, which further simplifies access to (largely) uncurated VR apps – a major advantage over Sidequest.

However, the platform still has a right to exist. It offers great VR apps that you won’t find in the Meta Quest Store or the App Lab, as well as special tools and settings for Quest headsets.


Why Sidequest?

The App Lab is where most experimental VR apps are now found.

The following VR content is still only available at Sidequest:

  • great VR ports of 2D classics like Doom, Quake and Half-Life
  • the Beat Saber mod BMBF, which allows you to install custom songs for Beat Saber (guide)

With Sidequest you can also:

  • easily download special home environments
  • use special tools and adjust the settings on your headset

Are there dangers to sideloading?

Sideloading can be problematic in two ways.

First, Meta prohibits certain forms of sideloading in its own abuse policy. These include sideloading of pirated VR apps and content that infringes on the intellectual property rights of others.

Meta reserves the right to take action against such abuse and to restrict or block the functionality of corresponding user accounts. In the worst case, Meta may even file criminal charges. So far, however, there are no reports that (rule-compliant) sideloading has been punished by Meta in any form.

The creators of Sidequest, husband and wife team Shane and Orla Harris, are cooperating with Meta to ensure compliance with Meta’s policies. Sidequest offers neither p*rnography nor pirated content. Sidequest also offers a control system that identifies abusive or dangerous content before sideloading. Content you find on Sidequest should therefore be largely harmless.

Another risk is that improper sideloading can crash your Meta Quest 2. In the worst case, the VR headset has to be reset to factory settings. This will delete all apps and settings.

What do I need for sideloading?

To install Sidequest, you will need a computer and a USB-C cable to connect your VR headset to the computer.

Sidequest supports the operating systems Windows 10, macOS and Linux. This guide is limited to the installation of the Windows 10 version.

The Sidequest installer is available in two versions:

  • The Easy Installer installs Sidequest on your Meta Quest 2 (review). After the installation, you don’t need to connect the VR headset to the computer and can use Sidequest directly in virtual reality.
  • The Advanced Installer installs Sidequest on your computer and optionally on your Meta Quest 2 (like the Easy Installer). If you use Sidequest on the computer, you get access to special tools and settings options.

Because only the Advanced Installer offers the full range of Sidequest features, I explain how to install this version in this guide. The procedure should be identical for the first Meta Quest series and the Meta Quest Pro (info).

There is a third way to install Sidequest that does not require a computer. You will need a newer Android smartphone and a USB-C cable to connect your VR headset to the smartphone. You can find a video tutorial for this variant of the Sidequest installation on YouTube.

How do I install and use Sidequest?

1. How to download Sidequest and install it on Windows

Go to the official website on your computer. Download the Advanced Installer and install the program on your computer.

2. How to install the Android driver on Windows

Download the Oculus ADB Drivers 2.0.

Unzip the ZIP archive to a folder of your choice. Look for the file “android_winusb.inf”. Right-click on it and select “Install”. If a window appears with the message “The process was completed successfully”, the driver was installed correctly.

3. How to create a developer account and activate developer mode

For sideloading you need to create a Meta developer account.

Log in to your meta account and then create an organization in the developer dashboard under a name of your choice. Note that you will need to provide credit card details and a phone number.

Next, go to the Meta Quest app on your smartphone. Tap on “Menu” and then on “Devices”. Connect the smartphone app to the running headset. Scroll down and tap “Development Mode.” Activate it, and restart the Meta Quest 2.

4. How to connect Meta Quest 2 to your computer

Connect your running Meta Quest 2 to your computer via USB-C cable. For owners of the Elite strap with battery, the cable must be plugged into the housing of the headset.

As soon as you put on the headset, two windows should appear that allow you to grant your PC access to Meta Quest 2. Confirm both requests.

5. How to check the connection status

Now start Sidequest on your computer and click on the speech bubble with the question mark in the black bar in the upper right corner.

Under “Connection Status” you can check if Sidequest has recognized your headset. If all four dots are green, you have done everything correctly.

The large green dot at the top left also indicates that your headset is connected to Sidequest. If something is wrong, you will find short videos on the left that will guide you through the most important steps.

6. How to use Sidequest on your computer

Now you can use all Sidequest features on your computer. You can find them in the black bar in the upper right corner.

The functions include, among others:

  • Web browser: Search for VR content on Sidequest and install it on the headset. If an app is already available on the App Lab, you will be redirected to the App Lab product page instead.
  • Install APKs: Selects APKs (Android and VR apps) on your computer and manually installs them on the headset.
  • File Manager: Examine the folders on your headset and copy files from your PC to your headset or vice versa.
  • Examine VR apps: Here you can make backups of your VR apps and saves.
  • Settings: Adjust various settings on the headset.

To find VR apps that you have installed on Meta Quest 2 via Sidequest, open the app library and then the tab at the top right. Select “Unknown sources” there. Now you should see all installed VR apps.

7. How to install Sidequest on Meta Quest 2

To avoid having to connect Sidequest to your computer every time you want to download Sidequest content to your headset, you can install Sidequest as a VR app on Meta Quest 2.

To do this, click on the speech bubble with the question mark again. You should now see a red button with the text “Install Sidequest in Your Headset” in the upper right corner. Click on it while the headset is connected to Sidequest and the Sidequest app will be installed on Meta Quest 2.

If the installation worked, you should see “Latest Version installed”. Now you can disconnect Meta Quest 2 from your computer and continue in Virtual Reality.

8. How to use Sidequest with Meta Quest 2

Open the app library and then the tab in the upper right corner. Select “Unknown sources” and then “Sidequest”.

Before you can get started, you’ll need to create a Sidequest account and link it to the Sidequest app.

Write down the code and open the URL on your PC or smartphone.

Create an account and then enter the code to link the user account to the Sidequest app on your headset. Now Sidequest should start.

At the top right, there are filters and a search box for VR apps, on the left side you can switch between “Games & Apps” and “Custom Homes” and go to Unknown Sources. All VR apps that you have installed via Sidequest appear there.

If an app is already available in the App Lab, you will be redirected to the respective App Lab product page instead.

If you want to use the advanced features of Sidequest (see step 6 after “Web browser”), you have to connect your headset to the computer and start the Sidequest program. The Sidequest VR app is only suitable for searching and installing VR content on Sidequest.

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Sidequest guide: How to sideload Apps on your Meta Quest (2024)


Can Meta Quest 2 sideload apps? ›

Sideloading Apps and Games (Android)

In the SideQuest app, you can browse and search all of the available content from the app's homepage. Once you've found something you want to install, open up that app's listing page, pictured below. To install the app, click the “Install to Headset” button.

How do you get a Sidequest in Meta Quest 2? ›

Using SideQuest requires having your Quest running in developer mode. To start, you'll have to register as a developer with Meta. Go to, read the instructions, then click the Sign Up button.

Can you get banned for sideloading on Oculus Quest? ›

Note: Do not sideload illegal content on your Oculus Quest 2. This includes (but is not limited to) things like mods, cracked games and apps, etc. Doing so can result in your Facebook and/or Oculus account getting banned. We don't condone piracy, and you should only use licensed apps and games on your devices.

Will there be a meta Quest 3? ›

The Meta Quest 3 has seemingly been confirmed by a single line in a Meta financial report. A quarterly earnings report from Meta, spotted by IGN, has seemingly confirmed the launch of the Meta Quest 3, a new VR headset aiming to land in 2023.

Who created SideQuest? ›

SideQuest raises $12M Series A Led by Google Ventures.

SideQuest is an alternative app store for the Meta Quest VR headset created by Orla and Shane Harris.

How do I sideload an apk? ›

Installing/Sideloading the APK file
  1. Locate the file on your phone. The downloaded APKs can be found in the Downloads app. ...
  2. Tap on the file name to start the installation. ...
  3. Tap on Install, and the application will be installed successfully unless there are compatibility issues.
28 Oct 2022

Is SideQuest approved by Oculus? ›

SideQuest is trusted by thousands of developers and millions of users and has collaborated with Oculus almost from day one.

Does SideQuest void warranty? ›

will using 3rd party apps like sidequest void the warranty if not, what will? Editing the f-ware, software, breaking, modding the device can and usually will void your warranty.

How do I open APKS on Quest? ›

Step 3: Install the APK file on your Oculus Quest
  1. Connect your Oculus Quest to your computer with an USB cable.
  2. Put on your Oculus Quest and allow Access Permissions.
  3. Obtain an .apk file for install on your Oculus Quest.
  4. Drag & drop the .apk file onto the VRsideloader and wait for the installation to finish.
22 Sept 2020

Is Oculus Quest 2 now called meta quest? ›

Initially called the 'Oculus Quest 2', it was later rebranded to, 'Meta Quest 2'. However, both names refer to the same headset device. The Quest 2 is actually a follow-up to the short-lived (2019-2020) Oculus Quest, which allowed for 1440 x 1600 resolution per eye and offered a refresh rate of 72 Hz.

Is there Roblox on Meta Quest 2? ›

Roblox isn't available as a Quest or Quest 2 game, so you need to connect your headset to a PC using a link cable. Once you're connected, you can enable VR from the Roblox setting menu. If that doesn't work, install and run SteamVR to enable VR in Roblox.

Is the Meta Quest 2 region locked? ›

Your headset isn't region locked per se, but it is tied to the region you're connected to and playing in. Once you make it to your next stop, you'll notice that your shop and everything will update to reflect your current location.

Can you get banned from Meta? ›

Violating the Code of Conduct for Virtual Experiences may result in actions taken against your account, including but not limited to, suspension or termination of your account. Please reach out to Meta Store support if you wish to appeal.

What happens if Quest 2 gets banned? ›

Temporary bans will not affect your Quest 2 VR gaming. Either way when a warning ban is placed on your account, a restriction on posting, or other temporary bans, you are still able to use your Meta Quest 2 without issues. Even if this is your 3 or 4th warning, your VR account is fine.

Which Meta Quest is best? ›

With that in mind, the Meta Quest 2 is the clear winner. It combines good-enough specs with the ability to use it cord free, but you can also plug it into a computer, which opens up even more options for how and where you can use it. The controllers are intuitive and easy to hold.

Is Meta Quest worth buying? ›

In short, yes, we'd say that the Meta Quest 2 is worth buying if you're looking to embrace the world of virtual reality. This headset offers a great introduction into VR and a wide array of games are available on it.

Is 128GB enough for Oculus Quest 2? ›

With enough space to comfortably fit at least 30 games at a time, the 128GB Quest 2 is an excellent choice for anyone looking to get the best-priced version of Meta's latest VR headset. And it's the headset I chose for myself, with no regrets.

Does SideQuest have Minecraft? ›

QuestCraft, utilizing MCXR and PojavLauncher, is a standalone port of Minecraft: Java Edition to Oculus Quest Headsets. Sign up to SideQuest to get updates for your favourite apps, as well as support the apps you like with reviews, posts and comments. You can also sideload apps from anywhere.

What was lost SideQuest? ›

What Was Lost is a Companion Side Quest you receive from Kotallo at The Base after the events of Seeds of the Past. This Horizon Forbidden West What Was Lost walkthrough will contain information on who to talk to, what to do, and any tips or tricks to help you defeat machines that come your way.

Is SideQuest better than Oculus? ›

The content library of SideQuest is considerably larger than the official Oculus store, and it attracts many users who want to try something different. SideQuest also has many free demos and games in early stages of development which allows users to access free content and help developers improve their games.

How do I manually install APK? ›

To install an APK file on Android:
  1. Open your Android device's file explorer app. ...
  2. Locate your APK file in your file explorer app and select it.
  3. The APK installer menu will appear—tap Install. ...
  4. Allow time for the app to install.
  5. Tap Done or Open once the installation is complete.
1 Jun 2022

Can an APK install itself? ›

Normally, when you visit Google Play and download or update an app, the store automatically installs the APK for you. In this way, the Play Store also acts as a package manager—a tool for easily installing, updating, and removing software on a device.

How do I manually install apps? ›

Download apps to your Android device
  1. Open Google Play. On your phone, use the Play Store app . ...
  2. Find an app you want.
  3. To check that the app is reliable, find out what other people say about it. ...
  4. When you pick an app, tap Install (for no-charge apps) or the app's price.

Do you need developer mode for SideQuest? ›

Before you can do any sideloading, you'll need to enable developer mode on your Oculus account and your Quest.

How can I get Quest games for free? ›

On the Quest: Open the store, select Pricing, select Free, select a game you want, and then select Get. In the mobile app: Tap Store, tap the filter icon, tap Pricing, select Free, tap a game you want, and tap Get. Free App Lab games: > games > app lab, select a game, Download App (Oculus), click Get.

How do I open APK from SideQuest? ›

Follow the steps below to install it on your computer and set it up for use with your Quest.
  1. Download & install. Go to the Sidequest download page and click the button to download Sidequest for your operating system.
  2. Enable USB debugging. ...
  3. Install a featured app.
  4. Install a custom apk.
  5. Launch apps on Quest.

How do you beat a lightsaber in SideQuest? ›

To do it, google bslegacy and find the oculus APK downloads. Then USING SIDEQUEST uninstall your current Beat Saber version and then install the 1.17. 0 apk you downloaded from there. Then BMBF will work like a charm, just don't update your Beat Saber.

Why does SideQuest exist? ›

SideQuest is an unofficial way to play games not accepted into the store.

Does Quest 2 steal data? ›

The Oculus Quest 2 features a set of four infrared cameras used to locate itself in the room and a microphone. Not only could this raw data be used to compromise your privacy. But all of the other data resulting from your use of the Quest 2 could be used to infringe on your personal privacy too.

How much does SideQuest cost? ›

The flies are fast and zippy but on occasion will tire so you can give them what for. For 3.99 this is a fun game to play, I would love for this to have a coop mode. OMG this game is so satisfying. The loud zappop sound when you whack a fly gives you such a great feeling.

How old do you have to be for SideQuest? ›

You cannot create a SideQuest account if you are under 13 years of age for your safety.

What app can open an APK file? ›

#4) BlueStacks

Bluestacks is designed to make Android applications run on PCs and Mac. It is one of the best and most free emulators for PC and an incredibly popular tool for both Windows and Mac. It is a safe and legit way to open APK files.

Are Quest games APK? ›

Oculus Quest is run on Android. Oculus Quest uses APK files — even if you can't see them. However, APKs are available all over the internet. There are websites offering them for download.

Who is Meta owned by? ›

Mark Zuckerberg

Who owns the Meta Quest 2? ›

Meta Quest 2 (initially sold as Oculus Quest 2) is a virtual reality (VR) headset developed by Meta Platforms (formerly Facebook, Inc.).

Is Meta replacing Oculus? ›

In October 2021, Facebook renamed itself Meta. At the same time, it was said that Meta would phase out the Oculus brand. At least, as a name for VR hardware. Everyone who buys a Meta headset should know by whom the headset is built, Meta CTO Andrew Bosworth explained the rebranding in spring.

Is Roblox coming to VR? ›

Enhance your Roblox experience with virtual reality! Roblox supports Oculus Rift and HTC Vive on Windows PCs.

Is Roblox a VR? ›

The good news is that you can use your PC to play Roblox on your Oculus Quest 2. It just takes a few extra steps, and then you'll be ready to go. You can do this either by using an Oculus Link cable, or can connect wirelessly to your PC and play that way. We'll explain everything next.

How do you get Minecraft VR without a computer? ›

Simply sign up for a developer account via the official Oculus website and activate developer mode in the settings of your Oculus app. Once the file has finished installing, unzip the zip file you downloaded earlier and drag the “Android” folder into your Quests internal storage to merge and replace the existing files.

Can Quest 2 use VPN? ›

Compatibility: You can set up NordVPN on your router to secure the connection and change your IP address on Oculus Quest 2 since it supports the OpenVPN tunneling protocol. It will not only protect your VR headset but also the entire home network.

Can Meta Quest 2 run VRChat? ›

VRChat plays the same on Quest and Quest 2 as it does on PC, with the only exception being you can't visit PC-only worlds or use PC-only avatars. The interface is the same, the controls are the same, and you can even meet and interact with PC players.

Is there a VPN for VR? ›

Yes — and it's highly recommended that you do. Getting a VPN for Oculus Quest or Meta Quest 2 adds an extra layer of security to your VR experience and lets you safely access your home content when you take the headset abroad.

Can you sideload any games on Oculus Quest 2? ›

Now you can sideload apps wirelessly from your phone to your Quest! SideQuest in VR! The new OFFICIAL SideQuest app that works in Quest 2 headset!

Can I use Quest 2 with metaverse? ›

With its affordable pricing, incredible features, and compatibility with numerous VR games, the Oculus Quest 2 is an excellent choice for those looking to enter the Metaverse.

Can you sideload Android apps on Oculus Quest 2? ›

To just install an Android app on the Oculus Quest 2 without going through the store, you can do what is called Sideloading. You might need to do this if you are a programmer and you just want to test your app and want to publish to the store.

How do I install APK on Oculus 2 with SideQuest? ›

Step 3: Install the APK file on your Oculus Quest
  1. Connect your Oculus Quest to your computer with an USB cable.
  2. Put on your Oculus Quest and allow Access Permissions.
  3. Obtain an .apk file for install on your Oculus Quest.
  4. Drag & drop the .apk file onto the VRsideloader and wait for the installation to finish.
22 Sept 2020

How do I deploy an APK to Oculus 2? ›

Locate the APK file you intend to download, click the button marked in blue on the toolbar. Drag the APK file you have (for my case, it is called test. apk) to SideQuest. If following message shows up on SideQuest, then the installation is successful.

Is Oculus Quest 2 jailbroken? ›

An Oculus Quest 2 jailbreak that bypasses its Facebook login has reportedly been discovered. Non-profit research company the XR (Extended Reality) Safety Initiative said it had confirmed root access on the recently-released Oculus Quest 2, which was first claimed on reddit just over a week ago.

How do I install non Oculus games on Quest 2? ›

How to use your Oculus Quest 2 to play any PC VR game wirelessly
  1. Installing and enabling Oculus Air Link.
  2. Switch Air Link on within your Quest headset.
  3. Activate Air Link to play a game.
  4. Alternatively, buy the Virtual Desktop app for Quest.
  5. Download Virtual Desktop Streamer.
  6. Open Virtual Desktop on your Quest headset.
30 Apr 2021

How do I turn on developer mode in Quest? ›

The first thing you need to do is register as a developer on the Oculus website. Once you've done that, you can enable developer mode from the Oculus app on your phone. Just go to Settings, then Devices, and select your Quest 2. Under the device settings, you'll see an option to enable developer mode.

Who owns the metaverse? ›

In the case of the Facebook Metaverse, it is owned by the company founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg.

Which metaverse is best? ›

The 12 Best Metaverse Platforms for 2022
  • RobotEra – Overall Best Metaverse Platform for 2022.
  • Tamadoge – New P2E Metaverse Platform to Invest in 2022.
  • Battle Infinity – Another Great Metaverse Platform and Gaming Ecosystem.
  • Decentraland – Huge Metaverse Platform Offering Virtual Land.
16 Nov 2022

Is VRChat the metaverse? ›

While VRChat does not actually describe itself as a metaverse platform (yet?), it is by far the leading contender in that space.

Does Oculus allow sideloading? ›

How do I enable sideloaded apps for Oculus for Business? This feature requires v25. Sideloaded apps are apps added via a third-party mobile device management (MDM) tool or USB cable. By default, these apps do not appear in-headset, but you can configure this setting in Device Manager.

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