There are different ways you can get APK files installed onto Oculus Quest. For example, you can download and install SideQuest on your PC. Connect your VR headset to the computer via USB, then drag and drop an Android app, APK file, from Windows File Explorer to the SideQuest window. It will be installed automatically.
This method is not easy for beginners though. In order to connect Oculus Quest with SideQuest, you need to follow these steps.
Step 1. Create an organization on Meta website
You have to be a registered “developer” on the Meta website, it’s free, quick and easy. Open developer.oculus.com/sign-up/ and create an ‘organization’.
Step 2: Enable Developer Mode and Reboot
Before you can do any sideloading, you’ll also need to enable developer mode on your Oculus Quest. Turn on your Quest headset and open the Meta Quest app on the Android or iOS device you used to set up your Quest.
- Tap Settings (bottom-right)
- Select your connected Quest from the device list and connect to it
- Tap More Settings which appears below your Quest in the device list
- Tap Developer Mode
- Tap the switch to enable developer mode
- Exit Settings on the app & reboot your Quest using the right-side power button
Step 3: Connect USB Cable and Allow USB Debugging
Use a cable to connect your PC and the VR headset. On the headset, you will get a warning about USB debugging, you will have to allow USB debugging access on your headset. You should also select ‘Always allow from this computer‘ to prevent this message from coming up every time you connect.
Step 4. Install apps, APKs from PC to Oculus Quest
Now you can follow the instructions as mentioned in the opening paragraph to install an app or apk file from computer to Meta Quest through SideQuest.
Launch SdieQuest on your computer. Connect your VR headset to the computer via USB or the wireless mode once enabled, then drag and drop an Android app, APK file, from Windows File Explorer to the SideQuest window. It will be installed automatically.
Alternatively click on Install Apk file folder from your computer button at the top right corner of SideQuest. The Open dialog appears where you can browse to and select the APK file from your computer hard drive, click Open and wait until the app is installed on your VR headset.
Before you disconnect the Meta Quest from SideQuest make sure you have no running tasks.