The Oculus Quest 2 and Oculus Quest can be a blast as a solo experience or for online multiplayer, but they're less great as a social activity with friends or loved ones. Thankfully, it's surprisingly easy to cast your Oculus Quest 2 to a Chromecast or smartphone so friends can see you taking on the best Oculus Quest 2 games as you take turns. We'll outline the equipment you need and the simple steps involved to cast your Quest 2 feed directly to your television.
Products used in this guide
- Standalone VR: Oculus Quest 2
- The lastest way to cast: Chromecast with Google TV
- The software you need: Oculus app for iOS or Android
How to cast your Oculus Quest 2 from your phone
Casting an Oculus Quest 2 or Oculus Quest to a Chromecast allows you to share your VR experience with friends and family in a living room. Games like Beat Saber illuminated on your TV can really take over a room and create an energetic party atmosphere. To do so, all you'll need is your Oculus app and any compatible Chromecast, with Chromecast with Google TV as the latest and greatest option.
- Open the Oculus app on iOS or Android.
- Tap the cast icon in the upper right-hand corner (right next to the bell icon).
- Select Next when prompted to "allow Oculus to access your local network".
- Select Quest 2 or Quest. The headset will need to be turned on for your phone to find it.
- Turn on your TV and make sure your Chromecast is ready to receive a signal.
- If This Phone appears under Quest 2, tap the **drop-down menu arrow next to it.
- Tap the name of your Chromecast device if it appears, such as Living Room TV. If it doesn't, tap Other Devices and it should appear.
- Tap Start.
Once you've connected, the Oculus Quest will cast to your TV through your Chromecast device. There are some apps that block casting due to potential performance issues, but more games support it than not.
How to cast your Oculus Quest 2 from your headset
Once your Oculus Quest is running version 10.0 or later, you can initiate casting directly from the headset. You don't need to use your phone to cast your Oculus Quest 2 to a device like a Chromecast with Google TV.
- Go to the Oculus Quest Home screen on your headset.
- Select Sharing.
- Select Cast.
- Select the Device that you want to cast to. You can choose your phone, computer, or Chromecast.
- Select Next.
- You may need to select Start Casting on your target device depending on what device you're casting to.
Being able to cast to a device directly from the headset is a nice addition. The more the Oculus Quest 2 can run independently, the better it is for immersion.
How to cast your Oculus Quest 2 to a phone
While the Oculus Quest can cast to a TV, it also has the handy ability to cast to a phone. This is a nice option for anyone who doesn't have a supported Chromecast device or only wants to share their Oculus Quest 2 or Quest with one device.
The steps for this are practically identical to casting to a Chromecast. You simply select "This Phone" instead of any other device as a casting target. Make sure that your phone and your Quest 2 are on the same wireless network before starting this process.
- Open the Oculus app.
- Tap the Cast icon in the upper right-hand corner (right next to the bell icon).
- Select your Quest or Quest 2 (any supported devices will show up on this list).
- Select This Phone in the "Cast To" menu.
- Tap Start.
While you can technically stream to your phone or computer, that's not exactly the most enjoyable or communal way to watch someone play! So you'll really want to invest in one of the best Chromecasts for Oculus Quest. Or, if you're not able to hang out in person with your VR buddies, you can record and share your gameplay footage instead.
Living room champ
The fourth generation of the Google Chromecast is a huge upgrade over its predecessors thanks to the new Google TV interface, 4K support, and a well-designed remote for an impressively low price. It's also a nice way to cast your Oculus Quest 2 or Oculus Quest to a TV.
A device that can handle VR casting and media
This device is a bit older, but can show your Oculus Quest's display on your TV and can also handle a wide range of media casting, if you want to save a few bucks.
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Michael spent years freelancing on every tech topic under the sun before settling down on the real exciting stuff: virtual reality, fitness wearables, gaming, and how tech intersects with our world. He's a semi-reformed Apple-to-Android user who loves running, D&D, and Star Wars. Find him on Twitter at @Michael_L_Hicks.