How To Pair and Unpair Quest 2 Controllers (with Pictures)

In this article, you will find detailed step-by-step instructions about how to pair and unpair your Quest 2 controllers. In case you are having issues, I have also provided some troubleshooting steps. So without further ado, let’s dive in!

How to Pair Meta Quest 2 Controllers

  1. Open Oculus mobile app on your phone.
  2. Enable Bluetooth / Location on your phone and connect your Quest 2 headset.
  3. Tap on “Menu” in the bottom right corner of the app.

    Open Oculus Mobile App Menu

  4. Click on the “Devices” menu item.

    Open Oculus Mobile App Devices

  5. Tap on “Controllers” in the “Headset Settings” section.

    Oculus Mobile App Controller Settings

  6. Tap on “Pair New Controller“. If you have another left/right controller in the list, you should unpair it first.



  7. Select the Left or Right controller, depending on which one you want to pair.

    Pair Quest 2 Controller in Oculus Mobile App

  8. Press and hold down the “Menu” and “Y” buttons on your left controller or the “Oculus” and “B” buttons on your right controller until the control vibrates three times and the light on the controller ring starts blinking.

    Quest 2 Left Controller Pairing Instruction In the Oculus Mobile App

  9. If the pairing was successful, you will get a confirmation screen in the Oculus mobile app.

    Quest 2 Controller Successfully Paired
  10. Repeat the pairing process for the other controller if needed.

How to Unpair Quest 2 Controllers

  1. Open Oculus mobile app on your phone.
  2. Enable Bluetooth / Location on your phone and connect your Quest 2 headset.
  3. Tap on “Menu” in the bottom right corner of the app.

    Open Oculus Mobile App Menu
  4. Click on the “Devices” menu item.

    Open Oculus Mobile App Devices
  5. Tap on “Controllers” in the “Headset Settings” section.

    Oculus Mobile App Controller Settings
  6. Tap on the controller you want to unpair.


  7. Tap on “Unpair Controller

    Unpair Quest 2 Controller In Oculus Mobile App
  8. Select “Confirm” and your controller will be automatically unpaired.

Quest 2 Controller Not Pairing? This Is Why…

Normally the Quest 2 controller pairing process should complete in a couple of seconds after you have pressed the buttons provided in the Oculus mobile app pairing instructions.

If yours didn’t and you are stuck at the pairing screen then don’t worry – all hope is not lost!

The most common reason why the Quest 2 controller is not pairing successfully is that the controller is not turned on (not receiving power from the battery). Check that the battery is inserted correctly and is fully charged.

It might also be the case that you have done everything correctly and it’s actually the weakened spring on the controller battery contact that fails to properly complete the electric circuit. I have discussed these and other troubleshooting steps in my previous article.

Can your Pair Quest 2 Controller without Oculus Phone App?

Unfortunately, it is not possible to pair Quest 2 controllers without the Oculus mobile app. The app is required for pairing the controllers both during the headset initial setup as well as when you have purchased and want to pair a new controller.

See also the official answer to the question from an Oculus support team representative:

Not possible to pair Quest 2 Controller without mobile app.

But Oculus (Meta) has indeed shown over time that the product and the platform are being improved constantly. So who knows, pairing controllers straight from the headset might become a reality someday.

Anyway, that is all from me. I hope you found the article useful and got your Quest 2 controller successfully paired! Happy VR adventures!

HARDWARE USED FOR TESTING AND WRITING THE ARTICLES:
* Meta Quest 2 (My “daily driver” headset which I absolutely love & recommend)
* Lenovo Legion 5 Pro (AMD Ryzen 5 5600H, Nvidia Geforce RTX 3060, 16GB RAM)
* TP-Link Archer C6 (budget dedicated router for Air Link, see my full setup tutorial)

ESSENTIAL QUEST 2 COMFORT ACCESSORIES:
* VR Cover Foam Replacement (one of the easiest & cheapest ways to improve headset comfort)
* BoboVR M2 Head Strap (reduce pressure on your head and improve the overall fit of the headset)

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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