7 Ways to Fix Oculus Quest 2 Controller Vibration Issues

If you’re spending your hard-earned money on a toy that’s supposed to vibrate, you’d really be bummed out if it isn’t vibrating – talking about the virtual reality one, of course.

This is not a small issue by any means, as the feedback from vibration adds greatly to your immersive experience.

In this article, I’ll be talking about different methods and techniques you can use to fix Oculus Quest 2’s controller if it’s having different vibration problems.

The main seven ways to fix Oculus Quest 2 vibration issues in your controller are:

  1. Increase Controller VIbration Level
  2. Take Out the Batteries and Put Them Back
  3. Replace the Batteries With New, Fully Charged Ones
  4. Restart the Quest 2 Headset
  5. Unpair and Repair the Controller via the Oculus App
  6. Try Different Games
  7. Contact the Oculus Support Team

Let’s talk about these different techniques in a bit more detail now.

1) Increase Controller Vibration Level

Now before you judge me, or even yourself, hear me out. There is actually a possibility that there’s no problem with your controller at all. Perhaps the vibration function has been accidentally set to a level where you can’t feel it.

But fear not, because this fix is just as simple to check as it sounds. Just follow the steps below:

  • Go to the Settings on your Quest 2
  • Go to “Devices”
  • Select the “Hand & Controllers” option
  • On the screen in front of you, there should now be settings for vibration intensity. Change these settings to “High”
  • Check to see if the problem has been resolved

2) Take Out the Batteries and Put Them Back

Since the dawn of computer processing, the “have you tried turning it off and on again?” trope has come this far for one reason only. It works more often than not.

Taking out the batteries, waiting a couple of minutes, and then putting them back will reset your headset’s connection to the controllers and help to solve the vibration issues. 

If you aren’t sure how to take out the batteries, or would just like to have some assistance rather than risk anything, check out my other article. You’ll get a good idea of how to take the batteries out.

Be sure to repeat this process with both controllers before you turn them on again.

3)Replace the Batteries With New, Fully Charged Ones

The power of vibration doesn’t come from the Heavens as much as it comes from the electrodes in the batteries in your controllers.

It’s possible that your controller’s batteries have lived as long as they were going to. It is now time to lay them to rest and get new ones.

If you are already using rechargeable cells, try recharging them or placing them in another device to see if they work normally. For example, a TV remote.

Now while I don’t want to be the guy that links the same article twice in one guide, my other article really does lay out the procedure to do this in simple detail. So if you need a little extra guidance, I got your back!

4) Restart the Quest 2 Headset

The heading really does say it all.

Rather than just hitting restart, consider powering off the Quest 2 headset, waiting a couple of minutes, then manually turning it on again.

5) Unpair and Repair the Controller via the Oculus App

The Oculus App is often deleted once people are done with the initial pairing. In this case, we’re going to have to use it yet again.

It is possible that the vibration issues are caused by your controllers not being properly paired with your Quest 2 headset.

To resolve this, simply follow the steps below:

  • Open the Oculus App; if you haven’t downloaded it, do so first!
  • Navigate through the universal menu to your paired devices
  • Tap Quest 2 currently already paired
  • Tap Controllers
  • Tap any one controller
  • Tap Unpair Controller
  • Tap Unpair
  • Repeat the unpairing process with the second controller as well

To pair both controllers once again, stay in the Controllers menu and tap on the option to pair a new controller. You can find my step-by-step tutorial for pairing / unpairing Quest 2 controllers (with images) in my previous article.

6) Try Different Games

Thinking about the problem from a different angle is always important. In this case, we should consider whether there’s anything wrong with the controllers in the first place.

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You should try putting on a few different VR games where you know the vibration is supposed to kick in.

If it works perfectly in these other games, there’s a high chance that your Quest 2 controllers are just fine. The bug is in the game you’re playing.

In that case, your options are to either:

  1. Update the game to the latest version
  2. Uninstall and reinstall the game
  3. Wait for another update patch that fixes the vibration issues
  4. Write to the developers to inform them of the issue so that they release an update patch just for you!

7) Contact the Oculus Support Team

If you’ve tried everything on this list and the issue persists, it is finally time to call in the big guns. That’s right: The Oculus Support Team.

The ideal situation would be one where your warranty is still valid for both controllers. In most cases, you can claim the warranty and get a fresh pair of perfectly good controllers shipped right to your doorstep.

Even if your warranty is no longer valid, contacting the Support Team could resolve the issue for a fee. Since it is most likely a hardware issue at this point, you can even take your controllers to your trusted local electronics repair shop and have them take a look.

Note: Do be mindful of warranties being void if you choose to go to a local repair shop.

Oculus Quest 2 Controllers Vibrating Constantly?

So, when you say there’s “Vibration Issues”, I have so far written from the perspective that your Quest 2 controllers are not vibrating like they should. But what if the issue you are facing is the opposite? 

What if your Quest 2 controllers are vibrating constantly and just won’t stop? The steps to solve the problem are the same:

  1. Change the Controller Vibration Level
  2. Take Out the Batteries and Put Them Back
  3. Replace the Batteries With New, Fully Charged Ones
  4. Restart the Quest 2 Headset
  5. Unpair and Repair the Controller via the Oculus App
  6. Try Different Games (especially if a specific game causes the nonstop vibration)
  7. Contact the Oculus Support Team

And that is all from me. I do hope this article was useful and helped you resolve the vibration issues with your Oculus Quest 2 controllers.

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* TP-Link Archer C6 (budget dedicated router for Air Link, see my full setup tutorial)

* VR Cover Foam Replacement (one of the easiest & cheapest ways to improve headset comfort)
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Martin Rakver

I am a software engineer and tech enthusiast. During my free time, I like to immerse myself in the world of virtual and augmented reality, which I believe will be more and more prominent in the years to come.

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