What to do when games don't line up in Daydream

You're all ready to sit down and knock out some rival wizards in Wands after checking out some videos when suddenly your headset doesn't seem to be working properly. When the game or app opens up, it isn't displaying correctly and you're definitely unable to enjoy it the way it is meant to be played. If this has ever happened to you, you're probably aware of just how irritating it is. If this happens, there are a few things to check.

Keeping things official

Not all VR headsets are created equally and unlike Google Cardboard not just any phone with work within Daydream View. While the headset itself can fit plenty of different phones, playing a game in Daydream mode just isn't possible for many people because their phone isn't quite up to snuff. If you're unsure if your phone is compatible you can check out Google's list of Daydream ready phones. If you aren't using a Daydream supported phone, then you won't be able to play Daydream specific titles. You can still play Cardboard accessible games and apps, but the newer apps won't be available until you upgrade your phone.

If you've checked to make sure that your phone is compatible with Daydream, there is another easy solution. The Daydream apps may be trying to open in full-screen mode, which is not usable in VR. If this is happening to you, the first thing you need to do is open up your phone and head to the settings menu. Go to Wireless and Network settings. Make sure that NFC is turned on. If NFC is not turned on, you are basically just using a souped-up Cardboard viewer and Daydream apps will not launch or play correctly.

Step by step instructions

  1. Open your settings
  2. Navigate to Wireless and Network settings
  3. Tap to make sure *NFC is turned on**

Try manually adjusting your phone

Sometimes the problem is just that your phone isn't positioned properly inside of the headset. For me, and my bulky case, I almost never put my phone in properly on the first try. An easy way to fix this is to align your headset by manually adjusting your phone while it's still in the Daydream.

  1. Hold in the Home button on your controller.
  2. Once you are sure that the vision in the headset is straight, you can adjust.
  3. Remove the clasp at the top of the headset while holding your phone in place. (Do this while the headset is still on.)
  4. When your phone is free to move it in any direction needed to attempt to center the screen.
  5. Once you feel confident in the view continue to hold the phone in place while you replace the strap on the headset.


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Essa Kidwell

Essa Kidwell is an expert in all things VR and mobile devices who can always be found with an Oculus Go, a Pixel 2, and an iPhone 7+. They've been taking things apart just to put them back together for quite some time. If you've got a troubleshooting issue with any of your tech, they're the one you want to go to! Find them on Twitter @OriginalSluggo or Instagram @CosmeticChronus.