Oculus Quest: Using Airlink to load heavy models

Oculus Link and Air Link allow Quest users to use their headsets with supported PC systems, for best performance on Link and Air Link, please use Windows 10. Windows 11 is not supported with Oculus PC software. This article outlines the properties, as well as whether you can utilize Oculus Link or Air Link.

Oculus Link Compatibility

If you'd like to use Oculus Link to connect your Quest to a PC, please start by reviewing the compatibility requirements.

Cable Requirements

Oculus Link requires a high-quality USB cable capable of supporting data and power. You'll also want to make sure that the USB cable is at least 3 meters (10 feet) for an optimal and comfortable experience.

Where to get a cable?

You can purchase the Oculus Link cable from the Oculus Quest Accessories page.

You can also use a third-party cable. While quality can vary across third-party cables, we've tested the Anker cable internally with good results.

NOTE: Many of the Anker listings on Amazon may be sold out of the recommended cable size of 3 meters (10 feet).

PC Requirements

The following table lists the current PC requirements for Oculus Link:

CPU : Intel i5-4590/AMD Ryzen 5 1500X or greater
GPU : NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (6GB) equivalent or greater
RAM : 8GB or greater

Software Requirements

To use Oculus Link, you need to have the Oculus PC app. Once you've downloaded the PC app, make sure that the Oculus PC software version is up-to-date and your Quest is running the latest operating system. More information on the setup can be found in Setting Up Your Quest with Oculus Link.

Oculus Link with Cable

If you'd like to use Oculus Link to connect your Quest 2 or Quest to a PC, you'll first need to download the Oculus PC app by visiting oculus.com/setup and clicking Download Software below Oculus Link. Please check the following requirements before you move forward:

. Your PC meets the recommended specs.
. You're using a high-quality USB cable capable of supporting data and power.
. Your Oculus software is up to date on both your PC and your headset.

Once you've confirmed these requirements, you can begin using your Quest 2 or Quest with Link:

1. Open the Oculus app on your PC.

2. Turn on your Quest 2 or Quest.

3. Plug your USB 3 cable into a USB 3.0 port on your PC, then plug the other end into your headset.

4. A message displays in VR prompting you to Allow access to data. Select Deny. If you
mistakenly 'Allow' the prompt, you must unplug your USB cable from the headset and plug it back
in.

  1. When prompted to Enable Oculus Link, select Enable to begin remote rendering using
    Oculus Link.

If you're unable to enable Oculus Link:

  1. If you don't see Add Quest as the device on the PC software: log out of the PC software and log back in.
  2. If you don't see the Enable Link pop-up on the PC software: log out of the PC software and log
    back in.
  3. If you don't see the Enable Link option under Settings on your headset: completely power off the headset and
    restart.

Setting up Air Link

From your PC

Download the Oculus PC app by visiting oculus.com/setup and clicking Download Software below Oculus Link. Please note, if your PC app is on v34, but your headset is on v33, you will need to enable Air Link from the Oculus PC app:

  1. Open the Oculus PC app and select Settings
  2. Select the Beta tab, then select the button next to Air Link.

From your headset:

  1. Put on your headset, then press the Oculus icon on your right Touch controller to pull up your
    universal menu.
  2. Hover over the clock on the left side of the universal menu. When Quick Settings appears,
    select it to open the Quick Settings panel.
  3. Select Settings in the top right corner.
  4. Select Experimental.
  5. Select the toggle next to Air Link to begin pairing.
  6. Review the Air Link requirements, then select Continue.
  1. Find and select your PC in the Available PCs list then select Pair.
  2. A pairing code will show in VR. Remove your headset and confirm that the code you see on your
    computer matches the one you see in your headset.
    If you don't see a pairing code, make sure that both your headset software and desktop app are on
    v34 or later.
  3. Click Confirm from your Oculus desktop app. Then put your headset back on.
  4. Select Launch to begin using Air Link.

After you pair for the first time, you can launch Air Link directly from the Quick Settings panel.

Turning off Air Link

  1. Click on the Oculus AirLink at the bottom panel.
  2. Click on Quit on the dialog box.

To help keep your Wi-Fi connection secure, only share your Wi-Fi password with trusted devices and avoid using Air Link on a shared or untrusted Wi-Fi network.