How To See Your IPhone Notifications On Oculus Quest 2
Every seasoned VR user knows the experience: slitting boxes to the sound of the beat in Beat Saber or exploring the zombie-infested world of The Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners when you hear your iPhone beeping. Is it an important message or just an annoying game notification?
While you previously had to take the Oculus Quest 2 off to review, an update now allows you to mirror your iPhone notifications and display them in VR so you can quickly review and get back to the action.
Unfortunately, it’s exclusive to iPhone users for now with no Android support available at the time of writing. However, if you have an iPhone and an Oculus Quest 2, here’s how you can view your notifications in VR.
How to get iPhone notifications in VR with Quest 2
Before we start, it’s worth noting that you will need Oculus Quest software v30.1 or higher to mirror your iPhone notifications on the standalone headset. You can check this for yourself in Quest 2 by going to Settings> About. If there is an update button there, click it to update to the latest software.
Once you run the latest Quest software, it will teach you how to view your iPhone notifications in VR.
On your iPhone
- Open the Oculus app on your iPhone (the smartphone you used to set up the headset).
- At the bottom of the screen, tap the Devices tab.
- Your Oculus Quest 2 should appear in the list when it’s nearby and powered on – tap on it.
- Tap Phone Notifications.
- Tap on Next.
- Confirm the pairing request on your iPhone by tapping on Pair in the pop-up.
- In the next popup, tap Allow to give the app permission to mirror your iPhone notifications.
- Tap Power On to activate the function.
- You will then be taken to the phone notification settings menu where you can customize which notifications you receive in your headset.
On your Oculus Quest 2
- Put on the Oculus Quest 2 headset.
- Go to Settings> Notifications and turn on phone notifications.
- You can also customize the notification settings from the Phone Notifications menu in the headset.
That’s it! Once you’ve followed these steps and enabled features on both your iPhone and Oculus Quest 2, you should see notifications in VR. They will be shown at the bottom of the screen and clicking on them will take you to the notifications menu.
It’s worth noting that while you can see notifications, you can’t yet edit messages (so you can reply to texts in the headset) or delete them from your iPhone, although these would be nice additions in the future.