Oculus Quest 2 is one of the best virtual reality headsets for gaming, web browsing, and general entertainment. You can take screenshots and videos of your greatest gaming moments with this headset. Users can also download music and document files while browsing on the Quest 2.
If you have a bunch of files in Quest 2, they don’t have to be stuck in the headset. You can transfer files from Quest 2 to your Windows 11/10 PC in two ways described below. Transferring files to a computer gives you more options for programs to open.
How to transfer files from Quest 2 to PC using a Link cable
Connecting your Oculus Quest 2 to your Windows 11/10 PC with a link cable is one way you can transfer files from your VR headset. To do this, you’ll need to purchase a proper link cable first because one doesn’t come bundled with the Quest 2. The official Quest 2 Link Cable retails for a fairly reasonable $79.00 on Amazon (and most other places).
However, there are many better value external link cables for the Quest 2. KIWI, VOOKO, and Amavasion cables are good alternatives, and they can all be easily found in online stores.
When you disconnect the link cable, you can discover a new world of PC VR content and transfer files between Quest 2 and Windows PC. Transferring files between your headset and PC (and vice versa) is easy with the link cable.
Here’s how to transfer files from your Quest 2 VR headset to your Windows PC via link cable:
- Put on Quest 2, and turn on the headset.
- Enter your Mission 2 Pattern, and confirm the Guardian Limits.
- Take off the headset when in the Quest 2 home environment.
- Turn on your Windows 11/10 PC and then sign in to your user account.
- Connect your Quest headset to your computer with the link cable. You can plug the link cable into a USB 2.0 or 3.0 slot on your computer.
- Restart your Quest 2 headset.
- Then select a file Allow An option to allow the connected computer to access data on Quest 2.
You’re done with the headset now, so put it somewhere safe before continuing.
- Open the Windows File Explorer app (click the taskbar button with the folder library icon).
- You should now see your Quest 2 device in the Explorer sidebar. Double clicks Quest 2 to expand it.
- Choose Shared internal storage Displays Quest 2 folders.
- Click on a folder containing some files that you want to transfer to your computer. For example, click Pictures > Thumbnails to access captured screenshots.
- Left-click a file to move it, hold down the mouse button, and drag it to a folder on your computer.
- Release the mouse when you see a file copy to Hint.
You can now access the file you selected for transfer from Quest 2 on your computer. Show which folder you dragged the file to. Then double-click the transferred file to open it within a default application.
This file transfer also works both ways. You can transfer files from your computer to Quest 2, but remember that the VR headset doesn’t support a lot of formats. The Oculus Headset Files app recognizes JPG, PNG, TXT, DOCX, MP4, PPT, MOV, and M4V formats.
Drag and drop a file from a directory on your computer into one of the folders in Quest 2’s shared internal storage. Open the Quest 2 Files app to access your photos, documents, and videos from there.
How to transfer files from Quest 2 to PC using Google Drive
If you don’t have a link cable, you can still transfer files from Quest 2 to a PC without one. Cloud storage services like Google Drive allow you to upload and store files online, which you can then download to other devices via web browsers.
You can use your Google Drive account to transfer files from your Quest 2 headset to your computer. It’s a less direct way to transfer files, but it’s a good way to do it for users who don’t have cables.
Of course, you will need a Google Drive account for this method. If you do not have a cloud storage account, open the Google page in your browser. tap on Create an account link, and fill in the required fields. Then follow these steps to transfer files from Oculus Quest 2 to your computer using Google Drive.
- Put on and start your Oculus Quest 2 headset.
- Open the Meta Quest Browser app.
- Then sign in to your Google account in the browser.
- Open your Google Drive cloud storage account.
- Click on new button to the left of the Google Drive page.
- Choose download file on the list.
- Next, select a file So allow Oculus Browser option.
- Choose a file to upload to Google Drive in the selection menu that opens.
- Click on Choose button to download it.
- After uploading some files on the headset to Google Drive, turn off Quest 2.
We’re done with the headset now, so feel free to put it away if you’re done with it.
- Turn on your computer to login to your user account.
- Bring up your Windows web browser.
- Open your google drive can store in windows browser.
- click Last To view the uploaded files.
- Right-click on one of the downloaded Quest 2 files and select Download.
- Then press Win + H to view Explorer.
- Open your browser’s default downloads directory.
- Double-click the downloaded Quest 2 file to view it in the Windows program.
Google Drive gives you 15 GB of free storage, which makes it one of the best free cloud storage providers. You can also download and install the Google Drive app on Windows to integrate cloud storage with File Explorer. You will then be able to navigate your cloud storage folders in Explorer. Check out our guide on adding Google Drive to File Explorer for more details.
Note that Google Drive must be in its desktop version on your Quest 2 browser to upload files. If you can’t see the new In Google Drive, click the menu button at the top left. Then scroll down and select Desktop version on the sidebar.
Accessing Quest 2 files on a Windows PC
Transferring Quest 2 files will enable you to open, view, and edit them with a large number of Windows programs in ways you can’t on a VR headset. Using a link cable is the best way to transfer files because you don’t need to upload and download them. However, users who do not have suitable VR-ready PCs with link cables can still transfer files from their headsets using the cloud storage method.