Playing VR games is a fun way to counter boredom.
So, when your Oculus Quest 2 suddenly stops charging…
Well, that becomes an annoying problem.
But don’t worry.
I know exactly how to stop this issue.
Continue reading to discover:
- The most common causes of this charging problem.
- 9 simple solutions to fix your Oculus Quest 2 that won’t charge.
- How you can safely clean your VR headset’s charging port and stop this issue.
- And this is just the beginning…
Why is my Oculus Quest 2 not charging?
Your Oculus Quest 2 isn’t charging because its battery is overheating. This problem also happens if you don’t use your VR headset’s official charger. Or if you utilize a USB port to charge your device. Moreover, your Oculus Quest 2 won’t charge if its port is too dirty.
Oculus Quest 2 not charging: 9 fixes
#1: Let your VR headset cool down
The most common cause of this problem is an overheated battery.
So before you continue to charge your VR headset again…
You should let it cool down on its own.
Now, there isn’t a set rule for this solution.
But to give your device enough time to rest…
You should leave it unused and unplugged for at least 30 minutes.
And before you try charging your headset again…
#2: Ensure that your device is OFF
Even though it’s extremely tempting to use your headset while charging…
You should avoid doing so.
See, if you charge your VR device while it’s ON…
Your headset will take longer to charge fully.
And in some cases, your device won’t even gain power at all.
Because your battery overheats which can potentially damage your headset.
So, before you charge your Oculus Quest 2…
Follow these steps to turn your headset OFF:
- Wear your VR device.
- Press and hold the power button on its right side.
- Let go when a menu shows up.
- Select Power OFF.
After doing so, try plugging your device into a power source again.
And if you’re still having trouble charging your headset…
#3: Turn OFF the auto wake-up feature
As I mentioned earlier…
Your VR headset must be inactive when you charge it.
So, on top of turning OFF your device before you connect it to a power source…
You should also disable the Auto Wake feature of your gaming gear.
This function automatically turns ON your VR headset every time it senses movement.
And if your device is surrounded by moving objects or people…
This feature will make it extremely hard for your headset to charge efficiently.
Now, don’t worry. I have a speedy and easy fix for this problem.
Just follow the steps below to…
Disable the Auto Wake feature of your Oculus Quest 2:
- Wear and turn ON your VR headset.
- Head to its Settings.
- Click Device on the left side of the window.
- Scroll down to the very bottom.
- Select Power from the choices.
- Toggle OFF the Auto Wake Headset option.
And before you charge your device once more…
#4: Use your Oculus Quest 2’s official charger
Any USB-C cord and adapter can charge your VR headset.
However, those from 3rd party companies can delay the charging time of your device.
Or even prevent your headset from storing power at all.
This scenario usually happens if you use an adapter with less than 10W output.
So, to avoid this issue once and for all…
I highly recommend using the original charging kit of your VR headset.
“But mine’s no longer working.”
In that case, you may visit the official Meta store to get a replacement.
Note: If you want to use adapters you already have, use one that has 10W of power output. This way, you won’t undercharge or overcharge your Oculus Quest 2.
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#5: Replace the USB cord
If you’ve used the same USB-C cable to charge your device since the 1st fix…
This time, replace the cord you’re using to charge your VR headset.
See, charging adapters rarely fail or malfunction.
But cables, on the other hand, are: easily torn, deformed, or snapped.
So, if your device still isn’t charging, your cord is probably not working.
Now, as I said earlier…
Your best bet is to buy a headset charging cable from the official Meta store.
Because this way, you can ensure that:
- You’re getting a high-quality product.
- The charging cable will be compatible with your headset.
But if you still wish to use USB-C cables that you already own…
Ensure that you’re picking a replacement that doesn’t have any:
#6: Use a wall outlet
It’s convenient to charge your Oculus headset using other gadgets’ USB ports.
However, this charging method won’t give your Oculus Quest 2 enough power.
Compared to what it would get from a wall outlet.
See, most USB ports only have an output of 0.5 amps.
And since your gaming headset requires at least 2 amps to charge efficiently…
You may underpower your device when you charge it using USB ports. And this makes your Oculus Quest 2 charge slower. Or not even store any power in the first place.
Now, if you’re already using a wall outlet to charge your device…
Then, try to plug your Oculus Quest 2’s power adapter into a different one.
Because the outlet you’re currently using might not be working. Or it can’t provide a stable electricity output.
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#7: Clean the charging port
Years ago, I had no idea how to fix devices that won’t store power.
But now, I have a one-size-fits-all solution for all types of gadgets that won’t charge.
And that’s to clean the charging port of your device.
You’ll be surprised at how much debris can stay inside the holes of your headset.
But luckily, cleaning devices’ ports is a pretty easy task.
See, I’ve successfully fixed the charging issues of these devices through this method:
And, of course, my Oculus gear is also part of this list.
So, simply prepare these materials:
- Microfiber cloth.
- Compressed air can.
Then, proceed with these quick steps to…
Clean your VR headset’s charging port:
Step 1: Position your air-compressed gun
Place its nozzle at the opening of your port.
Ensure that you’re pointing it at an angle. This way, you’ll push the debris out and not inwards.
Note: Put an inch gap between the air gun’s tip and the charging port. You don’t want to push too much air inside your device.
Step 2: Spray the port
Doing so 2-3 times is enough to push most of the dust out of your VR headset’s slot.
Note: Change the angle of your compressed air can’s nozzle after each spray.
Step 3: Wipe the surface around the port
Use the microfiber cloth you prepared earlier.
And wipe the dust that was pushed out of the port from your headset.
Once you’ve thoroughly cleaned your device’s charging slot…
Try plugging it into its power source once more.
And check if you’ve finally fixed the problem.
#8: Factory reset your VR headset
In some cases…
Your Oculus Quest 2 won’t charge if it’s storing some corrupted files or bugs.
So for this fix, you’ll have to factory reset your gaming gear.
Warning: This process lets your device revert to its state when it’s brand new. That means you’ll delete all your information from your Oculus Quest 2.
So, ensure that you remember your login credentials to set up your VR headset again.
Then, follow these steps to…
Factory reset your Oculus Quest 2:
- Turn OFF your VR headset.
- Press and hold the Volume down and Power buttons of your device.
- Let go when the boot screen loads on your headset.
- Use the volume buttons to navigate.
- Select Factory reset from the choices using the power button.
- Choose Yes, erase and Factory reset.
You may also watch this video to guide you through this process:
#9: Contact Meta
If you’re still having trouble charging your device at this point…
It’s time to seek the help of professionals.
Luckily, Meta’s support team is extremely responsive.
So, simply head to the brand’s official help website.
Then, follow these steps:
- Select Headset.
- Tap Headset Charging or Power.
- Choose Charger Not Working.
- Click This Does Not Solve My Issue.
- Choose how you’d like to contact the company’s support team.
Pro tip: Inform Meta’s representatives that you’ve already tried the fixes above. This way, you won’t get repetitive advice or tips.