‘Oculess’ device unlinks Oculus Quest 2 from Fb account
There’s a new tool that Oculus Quest 2 owners can use to remove the Facebook account requirement from their virtual reality headsets.
‘Oculess’ is a script that can be loaded onto the Oculus Quest 2 to log the user out of Facebook while the headset can still be used. The specific tool comes after Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp went down worldwide earlier this week. The Oculus Quest 2 and Ray-Ban Stories glasses were also unusable during the failure, as they all require an active Facebook account.
The tool can separate the Facebook account from the Oculus Quest 2 so that it still works if the social media network fails again. Oculess can also disable system telemetry, which is the app data sent to Facebook and firmware updates, as future updates could potentially damage the tool.
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Oculess is breaking Oculus Store apps and standard apps like the Oculus Browser as they need to be verified by Facebook, but the headset can still use side-loaded apps. The tool can be removed from the headset with a factory reset if you want to revert to official programs.
Oculess can be downloaded from GitHub and requires sideloading to be enabled on Oculus Quest 2 or Oculus Quest, although the process requires a Facebook account and credit card to set up the headset and developer account. The tool works to unlink an existing Facebook account rather than completely setting up the headset without one.
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