How to install the Gear VR software

Last Update date : 2017.09.29

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● Before using the Gear VR, deactivate the screen lock feature on your mobile device. 

● Ensure that the device is connected to a Wi-Fi or mobile network.


● Device may require a software update to install the Gear VR software.


● The Gear VR app is not available in the Google Play Store, the software can only be

installed once it is connected to the Gear VR. 


● A proximity sensor inside the Gear VR detects the position of your face. When you wear

the Gear VR, the screen unlocks and you can use the touchpad.



Note: The Gear VR is currently only compatible with the Galaxy S6 series, Galaxy S7 series,

Galaxy S8 series, Galaxy Note 5 & Galaxy Note8. Screenshots were taken from

Android OS Version 6.0 (Marshmallow).


Click here if you would like to see the hardware specifications of the Gear VR.



How to install the Gear VR software

Step 1: Connect your device to the Gear VR.

With the screen facing towards the Gear VR, attach the device to the Gear VR using the USB Connector (1).

Make sure the back cover of your mobile device is securely fastened before attaching it to your headset.

Press the device into position until the device lock in place (2).


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Step 2: You will hear a voice prompt to disconnect the device

from the Gear VR to proceed with the installation of the Gear VR software.


Step 3: Once you have disconnected the device from the Gear VR,

there should be a new screen which is displayed from your device. Tap on Next. 

Step 3


Step 4: Your device will automatically start Downloading the initial setup files. 

Step 4


Step 5: Read the Warning Notice. Once you have read the Notice, tap on Agree and then Next to proceed.

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Step 6: You will need to install the required applications for your Gear VR.

Tap on Install and wait until all the required content has been downloaded onto your device.

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Step 7: The Oculus application will be loaded on your device now. Tap Start to proceed.

Step 7


Step 8: You will be required to login to your Oculus account.

If you do not have an Oculus account, tap on Create Account to proceed.

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Step 9: Enter in a username you wish to use.

Note: Your username can only contain letters and numbers.

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Step 10: Enter in your personal details to proceed with the setup.

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Step 11: You are required to create an Oculus PIN code.

Note: Your 4-digit Oculus PIN makes it easier to purchase VR content.

Step 11


Step 12: A verification email will be sent to the registered email address.

Please check your inbox in your email account and verify the account by clicking on the link.

If you have not received the email, you can tap on Resend as shown below.

Step 12


Step 13: You can add a payment method to purchase VR apps and games in the Oculus Store.

If you do not wish to add a payment method, you can simply

tap on "I don't have a payment method" to finalise the setup process.

Step 13


Step 14: You have successfully installed the Gear VR software and ready to use.

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