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How to use Facebook Messenger on Oculus Quest to chat with and call friends

Oculus app library with Quest 2
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Nothing can ruin a great VR session like getting interrupted by a phone notification. When you’re right in the middle of a game, hearing that familiar Facebook Messenger sound can deflate your fun in an instant. Replying means that you’ll need to go through the hassle of pausing what you’re doing and unstrapping your headset to check your phone. But did you know that you can talk to your friends without ever having to unplug from your headset? Here’s how to use Facebook Messenger on Oculus Quest to chat with and call friends.

How to use Facebook Messenger to chat with friends on Oculus Quest

1. Press the Oculus button on your right controller to bring up the Universal menu.

2. Click on the People icon located in the middle.

Screenshot of the People icon on Oculus Quest

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3. Click the Messenger icon on the left sidebar to access all your current Messenger conversations. You can reply to them straight away just like you would on your phone or computer.

How to use Facebook Messenger to call friends on Oculus Quest

If you’re looking to start an audio call with your friends rather than just chatting with them through text, the process isn’t quite as straightforward. Technically, you can’t create Messenger calls in VR — at least not yet. But there’s a way to get around this. To call your friends straight from your Quest headset:

1. Press the Oculus button on your right controller to bring up the Universal menu.

2. Click on the People icon located in the middle.

Screenshot of the Messenger audio call icon for Oculus Quest 2.

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3. Choose the friend you want to start an audio call with and select Party.

How to turn off Facebook Messenger notifications on Oculus Quest

The convenience of not having to take off your Quest headset to talk to friends is great, but there are times when you’ll want to unplug. If you’re finding your Messenger notifications to be distracting, you can silence them without having to log out of Messenger completely.

Screenshot of notification preferences on Oculus Quest 2.

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On the left side of the Messenger panel is a gear icon that lets you access your settings. You can then change your Messenger notifications to your liking.

Staying Connected

Now you know how to stay in touch with your friends right from your headset! Using Facebook Messenger makes it easy to plan for a multiplayer gaming session with the best Quest 2 games. If you like being able to use Messenger without interrupting your virtual fun, you can also link your phone notifications to the Quest 2 and keep from missing anything important.

Nick is a freelance journalist and games reviewer with a passion for RPGs, bad puns, and VR. When he isn’t guesting on podcasts or streaming on Twitch, he’s probably playing Borderlands with his husband.