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What is the Oculus (Meta) Go?

Oculus (Meta) Go is a stand-alone virtual reality headset that comes with a computer built into the headset. Unlike the Google Cardboard, you do not need to place your phone in the viewer to see virtual reality content, and unlike the Oculus (Meta) Rift, you do not need to connect the headset to a powerful gaming computer. Oculus (Meta) Go allows you to view 360 degree content including videos and games directly through the headset

While a phone is not required to view content through the headset, you will need to use a smartphone to set up the headset for the first time. Additionally, while apps are available through Oculus (Meta) Go for free, if you would like to purchase apps, Oculus (Meta) Go requires you to input credit card information. You will NOT be charged unless you purchase an app. 

Getting Started

Watch the video below to get started. More instructions are available on the Oculus website and below

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1. Download the App

On your smartphone, download the free Oculus app

2. Create your Account

Once the app is downloaded, open the app and create an Oculus account. You can choose to use your Facebook account as your Oculus account or create an account using your email address

As you create your account, follow the prompts on the screen to:

  • Create your password
  • Create a username
  • Set your privacy settings (the default is for friends to see your activity but you can change that settings so that Only You can see your Oculus activity)

3. Oculus Store
You will also be asked if you would like to add payment information. This information will be used if you would like to purchase apps through the Oculus Store. There are also many free apps available through the Oculus Store. You DO NOT need to enter payment information to use the Oculus Go headset or the app. 

If you don't want to purchase any apps, simply choose Skip at the bottom of the screen when prompted to enter your credit card or PayPal information. 

4. Select Headset

When prompted, select Oculus Go from the Select Headset menu. Once you choose Oculus Go, follow the tutorial to set up your headset. 

  • Turn on your Oculus Go: Press and hold the power button until the status light turns on
  • Plug in your Oculus Go: Connect the USB cable to a wall USB power adapte

5. Connect your Headset

The app will wireless connect to your Oculus Go Headset. Once it's found your headset, it will display the headset's serial number on the screen. To confirm that the serial number matches your headset, look for the serial number on the right-hand side of the headset behind the adjustable strap. Read detailed instructions on how to find your headset's serial number

Once the app has connected to your headset, it will prompt you to choose a Wifi network to use with the headset. This will allow you to download apps through your headset and access the internet. 

6. Set-up Your Controller

  • If the battery is not already inserted into your controller, insert it now. 
  • Choose the hand with which you would like to use the controller

Find detailed instructions for setting up the Oculus Go

Have a Safe Oculus Go Experience

Read the full Oculus Go Safety Warnings before use

Key Safety Tips

  1. Oculus Go is not designed for children under 13 to use
  2. Be aware & clear of your surroundings. Use the headset in a clear space free of tripping hazards. Sit down to use the headset unless the game you are playing requires you to stand.
  3. Using the headset may cause you to feel dizzy. At first, only use the headset for a few minutes at a time until your body adjusts to the Virtual Reality experience. Take a 10-15 minute break for every 30 minutes that you use the headset. 
  4. To avoid damaging the Oculus Go lenses and display, keep the headset away from direct sunlight 

Learn how you can wear the Oculus Go headset with glasses

Oculus Go Controller

Before you put on your headset, familiarize yourself with the Oculus Go controller. You will also be walked through a controller tutorial the first time your put on your headset. To view the tutorial, choose Library > Relaunch Tutorial




Use this button whenever you need to access the headset menu. 

Press & hold this button to reset your controller. 


Press this button to return to a previous screen. 


Brush your thumb over the touchpad to scroll through menus. 


Press the trigger to select items in your Oculus Go

Entering VR

Once you've set up your headset, you're ready to put it on and enter virtual reality!

The first time you put on the headset, you will be walked through a controller tutorial and asked a few questions to set up your account. 

Next, choose Store to find an app to download and play. Some apps are for pay while others are free. 
Check out some of our favourite free apps to get started:

Shutdown the Headset

Turn off the headset

When you take the Oculus Go headset off, it will sense that you are no longer wearing it and go to sleep. To shut down the headset completely, press and hold the headset power button while wearing it. You will then be prompted to select Shut Down using your controller. 

Disconnect the Headset from your Account

Before returning the headset to the library, be sure to disconnect the headset from your Oculus account. There are 2 ways you can do this:

From the app on your phone

  1. Open the Oculus app on the phone connected to your Oculus Go headset.
  2. Tap Settings in the bottom menu.
  3. Tap the headset connected to your phone.
  4. Tap More Settings.
  5. Tap Factory Reset and then Reset.

From the headset

  1. Turn off your Oculus Go.
  2. Hold the power and volume (-) button on your headset down simultaneously until the boot screen loads on your headset.
  3. Use the volume buttons on your headset to highlight Factory Reset and press the power button.
  4. Use the volume buttons on your headset to highlight Yes and press the power button.

For Educators

Interested in using Oculus (Meta) Go in your classroom, but not sure where to start? Contact your Librarian, Muyi Ogunleye ( for support and resources. 

Use Oculus (Meta) Go to embed in your classroom:

  • Virtual reality technology
  • Experiential learning
  • International perspectives

Students can:

  • Immerse themselves in complex concepts & processes
  • Visit places they may not otherwise be able to
  • Gain new perspectives on art and culture
  • Build empathy and communication skills

Try it out!

Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes

Try this game as an icebreaker or to develop skills in communication and following instructions.

  • One student puts on the VR headset and sees a bomb with different modules that they must defuse.
  • The other students in the group have access to a bomb defusal manual.
  • The students with the manual must explain how to defuse the bomb to the student wearing the headset before the time runs out.

Learn More

Watch this video to learn more about virtual reality:


Oculus Go Components

Learn about the different components avaialble in the library's Oculus Go kit. 

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