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How to Set Up Additional Accounts on Your Quest 2

When Meta announced that a Facebook account would no longer be required to log into its Quest VR hardware, the announcement was widely scrutinized from a data privacy perspective. There is always a lively discussion about whether the option to log in with a “metaaccount” really does anything to preserve user privacy.

However, one major utility was overlooked in the announcement. The Facebook account requirement limited an account to a headset. With Meta Accounts, users can have multiple accounts on a single headset. So how do you set up additional accounts on a Quest 2?

How to Create Additional Accounts on Your Quest 2

The first step is to start the headset as you normally would. Once you are in VR, use the menu to access Settingsthen Accountthen select Add an account.

The first time, you can also select your profile picture from the toolbar at the bottom of the screen, then select Change account in the upper right corner of the resulting context menu. This path will give you the option to create a new account, directing you through the settings. It’s a little easier if you don’t know much about it.

After choosing to create a new account, a prompt in the headset will ask you to hand the headset to the other person. (If there is another person.)

Although setting up the headset for the first time requires a mobile app, not all accounts need to have the app. So, if you have multiple emails, you can simply use a different email to create a different account. The new account may even have your real name and date of birth. As long as the email is different, Meta doesn’t care.

Whether you’re creating a second account for yourself or the first account on someone else’s headset, the process is identical to setting up an Oculus Quest 2 account for the first time. Yes, you must watch the tutorial and safety videos.

After that, it’s about creating an avatar, setting your display name, and the other fun parts of setting up the account.

How different Quest 2 accounts behave

Once a headset is configured for multiple accounts (a Quest 2 can have up to four different accounts), each account holder must create a four-point unlock pattern for their profile. When powering on the headset, any user can directly access their own profile by entering their unique unlock pattern.

The original account becomes the new “admin” account. However, the administrator has no special power over other accounts. Content like payment information is also unique for each user. Each user can basically start with their own Quest 2 experience.

Applications downloaded by the administrator before the creation of additional accounts are “shared” with the following accounts. Admin can avoid this by selecting the stacked dots icon in the lower right corner of an app’s tile and selecting To block. Locked apps require the unlock pattern to access them.

However, non-admin accounts are not restricted from downloading and purchasing their own apps. After other accounts are created, apps remain in the library of the account that downloaded them, unless an account’s manager enables app sharing in their account settings. This feature is disabled by default.

Enjoy the Oculus Quest 2 with friends, family and more

The ability to host multiple accounts on a single headset opens up many potential use cases. Headsets are often shared within families, workgroups or classrooms. Additionally, a person can have multiple accounts to separate work and personal apps on the same device. Whatever you use it for, it’s a good option to have.

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