How to safely decorate your Oculus Quest

Oculus Quest with face
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The Oculus Quest is the absolute easiest and least expensive way to get into the world of proper roomscale VR, but it's only got one problem: each one looks exactly the same. There are no alternative colors, no special editions, and no real way to differentiate your Oculus Quest from anyone else's. As the old saying goes, sometimes you need to do something yourself if you want it done right. That's why were giving you some guidelines to follow if you want to make your Oculus Quest a little more unique.

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Keep clear of the cameras

Pointing to Oculus Quest camera

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All motion-tracked VR headsets have sensitive areas on the headset you don't want to cover. In the Oculus Quest's case, it's the four cameras located around the front corners of the headset. Oculus Insight tracking works by seeing the room from the cameras and creating a 3D model of the room to help track your position in it. Covering any of these cameras, even a tiny bit, could negatively affect the tracking abilities of the Quest.

This means the safest place to decorate your headset is right up front, but make sure whatever you're adding doesn't stick out too much. It only takes an object sticking out a few millimeters to obstruct your Quest's vision of its surroundings. Googly eye stickers or anything flatter than that is acceptable, but don't place them too close to the cameras either.

Don't add too much

Don't block the Oculus Quest's cameras

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Aside from blocking the vision of any one of the cameras, protruding objects run the risk of getting snagged by a controller that's flying by at top speed. It's already easy to knock the Oculus Quest off your head if you fling it around just right, so there's no need to add ways of prying it off accidentally, either.

Feel free to get creative with paint or other mediums as you decorate your headset, but keep a few things in mind before proceeding. Since the Oculus Quest is a standalone headset and has all the computational hardware inside, it can get a little warm during extended play sessions.

Ensure that whatever you're using to decorate it doesn't melt easily, especially if you go with paint, glitter, or anything else that starts as a liquid. The Quest never gets so hot that you can't touch it, but it could get warm enough to cause things like hot glue to get a little melty.

We've put together a guide on how to paint the Oculus Go, and most of the same principles apply here. Alcohol-based ink paint is the safest way to go and is inexpensive. If you do decide to paint, keep in mind that the sides and inside of the headset are cloth and likely won't be as easy to decorate as the plastic plate in front.

Protect your Quest

Before you begin painting, here are a few helpful steps to ensure you protect your Oculus Quest during the process.

Remove the foam faceplate

Gif of removing Quest facepad

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  1. Place your Oculus Quest lenses up on a flat surface, away from sunlight.
  2. Grab the top portion of the facial foam and gently pull outward. You'll find two clips on top.
  3. Then, pull on the foam from the bottom to fully remove it. A single clip holds the foam in place from the nosepad portion.
  4. Remove the head strap by unhooking the velcro straps on the left and right sides, as well as the top.

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Cover the lenses and microphone holes

Masking tape is typically the best way to cover crucial components like the lenses and microphone holes. Here are all the important bits you'll want to cover:

  1. Starting with the inside, place masking tape over each lens, as well as the proximity sensor between both lenses.
  2. On the right side of the headset, place masking tape over the power button, as well as the 3.5mm audio jack.
  3. On the left side, place masking tape over the 3.5mm audio jack.
  4. On the underside, place masking tape over the volume rocker, as well as the IPD slider.
  5. On the front, place masking tape over all four cameras, as well as the microphone hole above the Oculus logo.

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Mind the ring

Don't cover this part of the Oculus Quest controllers

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Just as you don't want to cover the cameras on the headset, you don't want to cover the ring on the controllers. While our eyes can't see them, the ring around the controllers is filled with little LEDs that emit infrared light. The cameras on the headset see this light and can track the positioning through physical space, so it's imperative that you never, ever cover these rings.

You'll also want to be wary of decorating the grip portion of the controller with anything that'll make it slippery or sticky. While the wrist straps are there to keep the controllers from flying across the room, it's a bit hard to play Beat Saber when they're regularly falling out of your hands, and sticky buttons it difficult to press them reliably.

Most skins, as you'll see below, only cover the faceplate of the controller, which is the area between the buttons and joysticks. As such, you may want to only decorate this part of the controller.

Skin it

DecalGirl Retro skin for Oculus Quest

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While doing it yourself is a great way to make something truly your own, some folks may not have the time or creative means to pull off such tasks. That's why the wonderful world of device skins exists! Companies like Decal Girl and Slickwraps make it incredibly easy and cost-effective to customize your Oculus Quest with little effort.

Both of these companies offer unique designs that are sure to appeal to a wide variety of players. Want your Oculus Quest to look like an NES? How about a black and orange color scheme instead? There are tons of options at both sites.

DecalGirl Retro skin for Oculus Quest

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Skins from DecalGirl

DecalGirl's skins are a cost-effective and simple way to make your Oculus Quest as unique as can be.

Slickwraps Oculus Quest Red

Slickwraps skins

Want to add a splash of color or a unique pattern to your Oculus Quest? Slickwraps has your back.

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