Oculus Quest 2 is one of the best VR headsets out there because of its great design, ease of use, and a large library of games you can get right on the headset. However, you can get even more benefits if you connect Oculus Quest 2 to your PC.
There are two ways to connect Oculus Quest 2 to your PC. Gamers can connect using an Oculus Link cable or using Air Link for Oculus Quest 2.
So, if you want to connect your Oculus Quest 2 to your PC, here’s how you can do that.
What do you need to set up Oculus Link
For the Oculus Link, you will need a USB-C cable to connect the Quest 2 to your computer. The USB-C cord included will work with Link (for any headset). If your computer has a USB-C port, you can plug it directly into it. If not, you’ll need a USB-C to A adapter.
The Oculus Quest 2 doesn’t come with a cable long enough to use with Oculus Link, so you’ll have to buy one yourself. Meta sells the official cable for $79, which is a thin, flexible optical cable 5 meters long. Despite the higher price, the official cord guarantees reliability.
Alternatively, any USB-C cable that meets at least the USB 2.0 specification should work (or you can use USB-A with an A-C adapter, both of which must be at least USB 2.0). The cable should be at least 3 meters long, ideally 5 if you need maximum range.
You will also need to download the official Oculus Quest app, which will run Oculus Link and allow you to play VR computer games on the headset. You can get it here as an Oculus Link installer.
Oculus Link also works with SteamVR, so be sure to download Steam and install SteamVR if you want to play relevant content.
How to set up Oculus Link
Before you can use Oculus Link, you will need to do your first setup. Make sure your Quest 2 is turned on and connected to your computer with a USB cable. From there, open the Oculus PC app, go to the “Devices” menu, click “Add Headset” and select Oculus Quest 2. The app will then walk you through the simple initial setup process.
Once you set up Oculus Link, it will be available for use whenever you connect the headset to your PC. The VR should prompt you if you want to enable Link. From there, you can run any Oculus games directly or run SteamVR on your PC to immerse yourself in other games.
How to connect Oculus Quest 2 to your PC via Air Link
With the Quest 2 Link app, players will be able to experience new games for Oculus Quest 2. After opening the PC app, go to “Quick Settings”, open all settings. Select the “Experimental” tab and scroll down to the “Air Link” option. Enable Air Link.
Then go back to the main settings menu and select Oculus Air Link. A window will appear showing all PCs on your network with Air Link available. Select your PC.
On your Oculus Quest 2, you will see a pairing code on the screen. Remove the headset and make sure it matches the code that appears on your PC screen. Finally, put the headset back on and finish the pairing process.
Players using the Air Link feature can also adjust their bitrate as needed. They can do this by going to the Air Link panel, selecting either Dynamic or Static, and then moving the slider. To disable Air Link, players simply need to go to the same tabs they used to enable it and disable Air Link by clicking the slider next to that option.
Regardless of whether players use the Air Link wireless connection or the Oculus Link wire, they will be able to access the full Rift gaming library by connecting their Quest 2 to their PC.
If you will have any trouble with your Quest, you can check out this guide on how to factory reset an Oculus Quest 2.