Oculus Quest swinging Touch ControllersSource: Android Central

Beat Saber is one of the best games on the Oculus Quest 2 and the Oculus Quest. It has you slash blocks and dodge bombs to the rhythm of pop, drum, bass, and more. While Beat Saber has a nice selection of songs built-in and has more songs through DLC, it falls short when it comes to most contemporary music. Thankfully, users have created custom song levels for Beat Saber.

It's worth noting that some updates to Beat Saber stop some methods for sideloading songs from working. This guide includes the latest method that's been confirmed to work, but might not work with all versions of Beat Saber. For example, the multiplayer update does not currently allow sideloading songs.

How to unlock developer mode

The first thing you need to do to install custom songs onto Beat Saber is download SideQuest. SideQuest is a free tool that makes it simple to sideload content, including apps and games, onto your Oculus Quest 2 or Oculus Quest.

To instal SideQuest onto your Oculus Quest 2 or Oculus Quest, you need to enable developer phone, which can be done through the Oculus app on your phone.

  1. Open the Oculus app.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Select your Oculus Quest headset.

    Oculus Quest developer mode settingsSource: Android Central

  4. Tap the arrow to the right of your device name to drop down more options if they don't show up immediately after selecting your device.
  5. Select more settings.
  6. Select developer mode.
  7. Toggle the developer mode setting to on.

    Oculus Quest developer mode settingsSource: Android Central

  8. This opens a website (unless you've unlocked developer options on an Oculus device before).
  9. Scroll down and select the link below create an organization.
  10. Log in to your Oculus account
  11. Enter the name of your "organization" (this can be anything).
  12. Select submit
  13. Agree to the terms of the agreement.
  14. Open the Oculus app again.
  15. Select Settings.
  16. Select your Oculus Quest headset.

    Quest Developer ModeSource: Android Central

  17. Tap the arrow to the right of your device name to drop down more options if they do not show up immediately after selecting your device.
  18. Select more settings.
  19. Select developer mode.
  20. Toggle the developer mode setting to on if it isn't already switched on.

How to set up SideQuest on your PC

Now, you need to get SideQuest setup on your computer. You can grab SideQuest through GitHub, which is easily accessed through SideQuest's website. The links on SideQuest's website download an executable file for SideQuest. Here's a quick breakdown of those steps.

  1. Go to SideQuestVR.com.
  2. Click on the GET SIDEQUEST button at the top of the page.
  3. Select the version for your computer's operating system, either Windows, Mac, or Linux.
  4. Open the downloaded installer file.
  5. Accept any security dialogs that appear and run through the installation process.

    Sidequest Windows InstallerSource: Android Central

  6. Once the installer has completed, launch SideQuest from your Start Menu, applications menu, or quick launch bar.

    Sidequest Windows Star MenuSource: Android Central

How to connect your Oculus Quest and SideQuest

Once SideQuest is ready, you can connect your Oculus Quest 2 or Oculus Quest to it on your computer.

  1. Connect your Oculus Quest or Quest 2 to your PC using a USB cable.
  2. SideQuest should recognize the headset and show a green circle with the name of your headset on the top bar.

    Sidequest ConnectedSource: Android Central

  3. Put on your headset, and select Allow USB debugging.
  4. Make sure to check Always allow from this computer.

How to create a backup of Beat Saber

While we haven't run into any issues sideloading custom songs onto the Oculus Quest, it's always a safe practice to create a backup. That way, you can restore previous versions if anything goes wrong. SideQuest has a tool built-in to create and manage backups.

  1. Select browser.
  2. Select my downloads.
  3. Select backups.
  4. Scroll down to Beat Saber and select the settings icon
  5. Select backup APK file.

You now have a backup of your Beat Saber APK in case anything goes wrong. You can also use this same section of SideQuest to backup and manage backups of apps you have on your Oculus Quest.

How to install BMBF and prepare to sideload songs

BMBF is a relatively new way to sideload songs onto Beat Saber. BeatOn and other methods of sideloading songs stopped working after Beat Saber updated to version 1.6. If you have a newer version of Beat Saber, you'll need to use BMBF to sideload songs.

The first thing you need to do is download BMBF from GitHub and install it onto your Quest.

Note: The most recent time we performed these steps loading Beat Saber took a significant amount of time waiting on a black screen. It did, however, load eventually.

  1. Go to the BMBF GitHub page.
  2. Download the latest BMBF apk.
  3. Install BMBF onto your Oculus Quest by dragging the APK files onto the SideQuest logo of SideQuest.
    • Alternatively, you can use the Install APK from File Folder option on the title bar of SideQuest.
  4. Put on your Oculus Quest.
  5. Open the Oculus Menu and select Library.
  6. Select Unknown sources
  7. Select BMBF
  8. Scroll down and press Continue.
  9. Select Uninstall Beat Saber.
  10. Select OK.
  11. Select Patch Beat Saber (this step will take a while).
  12. Select Install modded Beat Saber.
  13. You might receive a prompt regarding unknown sources. If not, skip to step 15.
  14. Select Settings
  15. Toggle on Unknown Sources.
  16. Press B to go back.
  17. Select Install patched Beat Saber.
  18. Select Install.

You're now ready to sideload songs!

How to sideload songs

The easiest way to sync songs to your Oculus Quest is to use SyncSaber. This is built right into BMBF, so you don't need to install more software. You do, however, need an account that works with SyncSaber.

The first few steps are easiest to do on a computer.

  1. Go to the bsaber.com.
  2. Select Log in.
  3. Enter your desired username and a valid e-mail address.
  4. Go to your e-mail and follow the link to create a password.

Now, put on your Oculus Quest for the next steps.

  1. Open BMBF.
  2. Select the SyncSaber tab on the top of the screen.
  3. Enter your Beat Saber username.

You can now actually sideload songs! To sideload a song just follow these steps:

  1. Browse the BMBF website, which you get to by opening BMBF and the Oculus Quest.
  2. For any song that you'd like, just select the Arrow icon for "Download a zip file from Beat Saver."

    Saving songs to sideload onto Beat SaberSource: Android Central

  3. When you've selected all your songs, select Sync to Beat Saber in the upper right-hand corner.
  4. Select Start Beat Saber in the upper right-hand corner.
  5. The first time you do this, it will prompt you to allow storage permission for Beat Saber, select Allow.

You can now install and play custom songs on Beat Saber!

How to install custom songs onto Beat Saber

Following an update of Beat Saber to version 1.6, some older methods of sideloading songs no longer work. We've left this here in case you've elected to keep an older version of Beat Saber.

  1. Click on browser on the left panel of SideQuest.
  2. Navigate to https://bsaber.com (the browser opens on this page by default).
  3. Click on the songs dropdown menu and go to the category you'd like to select music from, such as "most liked this week."

    Beatsaber BrowserSource: Android Central

  4. Tap on the down arrow icon to download any song that you'd like.
  5. Click on My Downloads in the upper right-hand corner of SideQuest.
  6. Drag and drop songs into My Song Packs.
  7. Select sync songs.
  8. Select run patcher. This creates an APK that can be put onto your Oculus Quest.

    Beatsaber patchSource: Android Central

  9. Select install APK.

You're good to go! The custom songs are now on your Oculus Quest. To play them, select the custom maps section within Beat Saber.

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