How to fix a shaking screen in Google Daydream

There are certain pieces of your phone or VR headset that'll make your virtual experience either great or downright terrible. One that most users are familiar with is pixel density: low resolution displays look like a screen door just a few inches from your eyes, so high-res displays are a must. Another factor that gets less attention is positional accuracy, since this normally just works. The sensors inside your phone know when you turn your body, so you turn in the virtual world. Those same sensors know when you stop physically turning, so you don't overshoot where you're supposed to be.

But all technology is flawed in a way, and some users report that their virtual world will start shaking erratically without the user actually moving their heads. If you've never had this happen to you, know that it's a really fast way to lose your lunch.

Here are some reasons your Daydream world may be torn asunder.

Why your Daydream screen is shaking

I haven't had this happen to me personally, so I can't offer reasons why this could occur. One user reports the screen starts shaking wildly only when watching VR videos, which shouldn't cause an issue with the phone's hardware. Another user noted it happened when a fan was blowing on the headset, which may be enough to mess with the phone's internal sensors. There's no official statement from Google just yet, and this doesn't seem like a widespread enough problem to gather more user data.

How to fix a shaking screen in Daydream

You'll probably rip the headset off of your head when things start going awry, and that sudden movement may be enough to fix the problem. One user reported that setting the phone and headset down flat on a surface for a moment is enough to fix the problem. Unfortunately, there's not enough data right now to suggest a permanent fix.

What say you?

Have you ever had your virtual world go all caddywhompus? Let us know what the fix was down below!

4 Comments
  • It happens to me occasionally, but starts within the first minute or two of putting the headset on. I find that realigning the phone in the headset (using the middle line marker on the phone screen and the middle pressure pad of the headset) is what fixes it. I always thought the shaky screen was due to me not putting the phone in exactly even (50/50 screen per optical viewer in the headset).
  • Daydream uses two pads pressing against the screen to align the display with the lenses. If these aren't making good contact with the screen you can get shake. If putting pressure on the front of the Daydream door makes the shaking stop, this is most likely your issue.
  • It happens a lot with me. I think it's related to your phone heating up. It always seems to kick in when it's toasty warm. Recently I've taken my case off before putting the device in the headset and that seems to work so far with keeping it cooler.
  • Happens to me occasionally, sometimes within a few minutes and sometimes 30+ minutes in. I found rebooting the phone always works but reading these other comments it might just have needed reseated (which I was doing incidentally since I had to remove the phone to restart it)