Can you remove your Facebook account from Oculus Quest?

Oculus Quest and Quest 2 split in half and connected to compare the two headsets' size and look
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Can you remove your Facebook account from Oculus Quest?

Best answer: Yes. Users are no longer permitted to log into their Quest headsets with a Facebook account. Instead, you'll need a Meta account, which is not linked to social media.

When forever doesn't mean forever

Up until August 23, 2022, Meta required a Facebook account just to use an Oculus Quest or Oculus Quest 2 (opens in new tab). Thankfully, the company reversed its policy and now asks users log in with a Meta account (opens in new tab) instead of a Facebook account.

That means users will actually be required to remove their Facebook accounts from their Oculus Quest or Meta Quest 2 headsets and, instead, log in with a social media-free Meta account.

This Meta account appears to be similar to the original Oculus accounts system and is used only to manage payments and ensure digital ownership of games and apps.

Users can optionally link their Facebook or Instagram accounts to a Meta account for easier social media access, but there’s no requirement to do this just to use Meta’s VR services.

A better way to play

Opening a gift box with a Meta Quest 2 inside

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With the advent of Meta accounts, users no longer have to worry about their social media behavior affecting their ability to play VR. With the previous policy, users who incurred a Facebook account ban lost access to their Meta Quest headsets and all purchased games or apps. This policy caused a number of problems (and unhappy users) when it was originally enforced in 2020 with the Quest 2 launch.

As of August 23, 2022, a user’s social media account can be optionally linked to a Meta Horizon profile but will not affect a user’s ability to play on their headsets, even if they are banned from linked social media accounts. That’s because a Meta account is a separate account that’s only used for managing payments and a user’s library of games and apps.

This should solve the conundrum many players found themselves in since the Quest 2 launched. Similarly, a Meta Horizon profile is a separate social presence that includes a user’s name, username, and digital avatar and is also separate from their Facebook account. That means you won’t have to worry about your Facebook friends following you in VR if you don’t want them to. 

Nicholas Sutrich
Senior Content Producer — Smartphones & VR
Nick started with DOS and NES and uses those fond memories of floppy disks and cartridges to fuel his opinions on modern tech. Whether it's VR, smart home gadgets, or something else that beeps and boops, he's been writing about it since 2011. Reach him on Twitter or Instagram @Gwanatu