How To Install Custom Home Environments On Oculus Quest

Oculus Quest customers at the moment are capable of choose their very own dwelling environments from a small number of choices offered by Fb. Some customers, nonetheless, additionally discovered a option to set up customized environments rather than the formally accessible ones.

Whereas the brand new Oculus Rift dwelling and Winter Lodge dwelling environments for the Oculus Quest are nice, you may need additionally seen some superb customized environments, such because the Simpson’s lounge room or the throne room from Sport of Thrones.

Right here’s our step-by-step information on putting in customized dwelling environments in your Oculus Quest, utilizing SideQuest.

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Earlier than You Begin

Maybe crucial step earlier than continuing includes checking that the extra environments can be found in your Oculus Quest. The customized environments put in beneath solely work as a result of they primarily set up themselves over the extra two setting choices offered by Oculus, Traditional Residence and Winter Lodge. Nonetheless, the environments function, whereas launched final 12 months, remains to be being progressively rolled out to customers. Because of this you won’t have the function but, and won’t be able to put in customized environments. 

If you happen to’re unsure if in case you have customized environments in your gadget but, merely go to Settings in your Quest, choose “See All” after which search for a tab studying “Digital Surroundings,” as pictured beneath. If this tab is current and also you’re capable of change to Traditional Residence or Winter Lodge, then you definately’re all set.

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If you happen to can’t see the Digital Environments tab, then you definately haven’t acquired the function but. Because of this you simply have to attend till Oculus rolls out the function to your gadget, which may occur each time.

Some customers on-line reported strategies of forcing the function to allow, nonetheless, upon attempting to confirm these strategies ourselves, we couldn’t recreate them and the “Digital Surroundings” tab remained lacking. If you happen to don’t have Digital Environments, you’ll seemingly simply have to attend till you may set up customized ones.

Earlier than continuing, you’ll additionally want to modify to each the Traditional Residence and Winter Lodge environments at the least as soon as, if you happen to haven’t already, to make sure they’re downloaded onto your Quest earlier than the next steps. 


This information makes use of SideQuest, a third-party device that means that you can carry out an entire bunch of duties and modifications in your Quest out of your laptop. So, to put in customized environments, you will have to be conversant in sideloading content material in your Quest and also you’ll want to ensure your Quest is in developer mode. If you happen to’ve sideloaded content material or used SideQuest earlier than, then you may transfer onto the subsequent part.

If you happen to haven’t sideloaded something earlier than, or don’t even know what meaning, take a look at our information on the way to sideload content material on the Oculus Quest. To maneuver on with putting in customized environments, you’ll need to comply with the sideloading information proper up till the “Sideloading content material from the SideQuest retailer web page” part.

If you happen to’ve adopted the whole lot up till that time, you may transfer on with the information beneath.

The Quest Properties Discord Server

The Quest Properties Discord server is the largest group that we all know of for customized Quest environments. There’s a channel particularly for linking new environments for obtain from creators, together with FAQ and Assist channels as effectively.

You’ll need to be a part of the Quest Properties server and go to #quest-home-environments to search out and obtain a customized Quest dwelling .apk of your alternative. You may be a part of the server with this invite hyperlink. 

In some instances, you’ll have the choice to obtain the setting as a Traditional Residence or Winter Lodge model. Because of this it can substitute both the Traditional Residence or Winter Lodge setting, so if you wish to have two customized environments put in, you’ll must ensure you obtain one because the latter and the opposite as the previous.

After getting your customized setting apk downloaded to your laptop, you may transfer to the subsequent step.

For a number of examples of some customized environments we downloaded from the server, take a look at the video beneath:


Eradicating Current Environments, Putting in New Ones

After getting your customized environments downloaded and able to be set up, comply with these steps:

1. Plug your Quest into your laptop and open SideQuest

Navigate to the “Presently Put in Apps” part on the highest proper of the navigation bar (the sq. grid icon).

2. Use the search operate to seek for “setting”

This could carry up two outcomes — a bundle for the Traditional Residence (Rift Residence), and one for the Winter Lodge. Click on on the cog subsequent to the one you need to substitute, and press “Uninstall App” on the pop-up window.

Which setting you need to substitute will rely upon what your downloaded customized setting helps. Some setting downloads permit you to select a Winter Lodge or Traditional Residence obtain, whereas others don’t and pressure you to exchange one or the opposite with the customized setting. Most obtain hyperlinks will point out this clearly, with a title like “Customized Simpsons Residence – Residing Room (Winter Lodge).”

Be sure you uninstall the best setting for the .apk file you’ve downloaded.

Within the occasion that you’re changing each, with two completely different customized environments, you may uninstall each packages in SideQuest.

three. Find your customized setting .apk

When you’ve uninstalled the prevailing environments, as per step 2, merely drag and drop your customized setting .apk file onto the SideQuest window. It should then set up the customized setting rather than the previous one. You may test the set up progress in SideQuest’s duties tab within the prime proper of the navigation bar.

Switching Environments

As soon as put in, you may change environments within the Digital Environments tab in your settings.

Nonetheless, observe that the settings icons received’t change to your customized setting — if you happen to substitute the Winter Lodge setting with the Simpsons front room, it can nonetheless present up because the Winter Lodge in settings. While you change to that setting, nonetheless, your new customized setting ought to show.

If you wish to set up different customized environments sooner or later, merely comply with the identical steps above to uninstall your present environments and substitute them with new ones.

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Restoring Outdated Environments

To revive the default Traditional Residence and Winter Lodge environments, merely comply with steps 1-2 above to uninstall any customized environments out of your Quest, utilizing SideQuest. Then, if you happen to return to the Digital Environments tab in your Quest and change to one of many default properties, your Quest will redownload the default environments as soon as once more.

Earlier than doing this, we suggest switching again to the uninstallable, default ‘Quest Dome’ setting to keep away from any issues. If you happen to encounter any issues with your property setting disappearing fully whereas switching or uninstalling environments, attempt restarting your Quest.

Some Notes

When putting in a customized setting, it can retain the ambient noises of the default setting it replaces. For instance, you may nonetheless have the ability to faintly hear the crackle of the Traditional Residence’s fireside when utilizing the Simpsons Residing Room setting.

Some customized setting downloads additionally supply audio replacements, with music that usually matches the theme of the setting. The method for set up for these variant environments ought to keep roughly the identical, however we might urge customers to proceed with warning. Whereas we haven’t examined customized audio in environments ourselves, we have now seen reviews of customized audio persisting in environments even after switching environments or uninstalling the setting in query.

That ought to cowl the whole lot you should know on the way to set up customized Oculus Quest dwelling environments. Any questions? Tell us within the feedback beneath and we’ll attempt to assist out the place doable.