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How to Sideload Oculus Go Apps Using ADB Method

Step-By-Step Guide for Loading Your Oculus Go Apps

You’ve purchased an Oculus Go — or quite a few of them — for your company to leverage VR. But how do you get the apps you’ve created using InstaVR onto the headsets? If you’ve haven’t already, it’s worth reading our comprehensive guide on “How to Create and Publish Oculus Go Apps“.

Below is our quick start guide focused on one of the two main Oculus Go publishing methods: ADB.

  1. FAQs for ADB Method of Oculus Go publishing
  2. Video Showing How to Sideload Oculus Go Apps Using ADB
  3. Written Step-By-Step Instructions for Sideloading Oculus Go Apps Using ADB

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FAQs for ADB Method of Oculus Go publishing

Question: What does ADB stand for?

Answer: Android Debug Bridge

Question: Why use ADB instead of the Oculus Store method?

Answer: For advanced users, it might be a little faster for loading to your Oculus Go. Also, you don’t have to re-package — you can use your existing Gear VR .apk file.

Question: Why not use ADB?

Answer: Oculus doesn’t officially endorse this method. It’s tougher to explain to others, so not ideal if you’re distributing your app to other Oculus Go users. You’ll need to be able to run ADB commands, meaning you have to download additional software if you can’t currently execute ADB commands.

Question: My computer isn’t recognizing the ADB commands. What’s happening? 

Answer: You likely don’t have the proper software on your computer. Follow the below links to find out how to get that software:

Installing ADB on Mac OS X

Installing ADB on Windows

Question: Where on my Oculus Go will the app appear? 

Answer: If transferred over USB properly, it will be in the “Unknown Sources” section of your library.

Question: Why do I see two white dots on my app?

Answer: Gear VR originally necessitated gaze-based navigation. Then they added a hand controller. So you’re seeing both of those options in your headset. To remove the gaze-based dot/trigger, please read the relevant section on our lengthier “How to Create and Publish Oculus Go Apps” article.

Video Showing How to Use ADB for Loading InstaVR-created Oculus Go Apps on Macs

Written Step-By-Step Instructions for Sideloading Oculus Go Apps Using ADB

Step 1: If you haven’t already, put your headset on Developer Mode. 

Open the Oculus App on your Phone -> Select Your Go Headset -> Select More Settings -> Select Developer Mode -> Turn on Developer Mode

Step 2: Connect your Oculus Go to your Mac using a USB cable

Step 3: Package up your application in InstaVR using the “Inhouse” selection in Gear VR/Oculus Go Packaging section. 

Step 4: Download the InstaVR generated .apk file to your computer

Step 5: Launch “Terminal” on your computer, found in “Utilities”

Step 6: Type “adb install” and then drag-and-drop your apk file into Terminal. Hit Enter.

Step 7: On your Go, use the hand controller to select Library -> then Unknown Sources

Step 8: Click your app to launch it on the Go!

2018-05-11T21:41:46+00:00 May 11th, 2018|General|