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How to Install APK Games on Oculus Quest 2 with ADB - No Sidequest Needed


How to Install APK on Oculus Quest 2 Without Sidequest




If you own an Oculus Quest 2, you might be wondering how to install APK files on your headset without using Sidequest. In this article, we will explain what Oculus Quest 2 and APK files are, what Sidequest is and how it works, and how to install APK files on Oculus Quest 2 without Sidequest using two different methods.




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What is Oculus Quest 2 and Why You Might Want to Install APK Files




Oculus Quest 2 is a standalone VR headset that offers immersive experiences




Oculus Quest 2 is a virtual reality (VR) headset that does not require a PC, a console, or any wires to operate. It has two controllers, four cameras, and a high-resolution display that lets you enjoy VR games, apps, and entertainment. You can also connect it to a PC with a compatible cable or wirelessly with Air Link to play PC VR games.


APK files are Android apps that are not available on the official Oculus store or App Lab




APK files are package files that contain Android apps. They have the .apk file extension and can be installed on Android devices. However, not all Android apps are compatible with Oculus Quest 2, as it runs on a modified version of Android. Only apps that are designed for VR can work on Oculus Quest 2.


Some of these apps are not available on the official Oculus store or App Lab, which are the platforms where you can download and install VR content for your headset. These apps may be experimental, unofficial, or unapproved by Oculus for various reasons. For example, some apps may be game ports from other platforms, such as Doom, Quake, or Half-Life. Some apps may be custom homes that let you customize your VR environment. Some apps may be tech demos or prototypes that showcase new features or ideas.


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Installing APK files can let you access experimental games, game ports, and custom homes




If you want to try out some of these apps that are not available on the official Oculus store or App Lab, you will need to install them as APK files on your headset. This process is called sideloading, and it allows you to access VR content from sources other than Oculus. By sideloading APK files, you can enjoy experimental games, game ports, and custom homes that are not available on the official Oculus store or App Lab. However, sideloading APK files also comes with some risks and challenges, which we will discuss later.


What is Sidequest and How Does It Work




Sidequest is a desktop app that lets you sideload VR content from sources not approved by Oculus




Sidequest is a free and open-source desktop app that lets you sideload VR content from sources not approved by Oculus. It is compatible with Windows, Mac, and Linux, and it has a user-friendly interface that makes sideloading easy and convenient. You can download Sidequest from its official website.


Sidequest requires a PC, a USB cable, and developer mode enabled on your headset




To use Sidequest, you will need a PC, a USB cable, and developer mode enabled on your headset. Developer mode is a setting that allows you to access advanced features and settings on your headset, such as sideloading. To enable developer mode, you will need to create an Oculus developer account and link it to your headset using the Oculus app on your phone. Then, you can toggle developer mode on or off in the settings menu of the app.


Once you have enabled developer mode, you can connect your headset to your PC with a USB cable. You may need to use an adapter if your cable or PC does not have a USB-C port. You will also need to allow USB debugging on your headset when prompted. Then, you can launch Sidequest on your PC and see if your headset is recognized by the app.


Sidequest has a library of games and apps that you can browse and install easily




Sidequest has a library of games and apps that you can browse and install easily on your headset. You can search by categories, genres, ratings, popularity, or keywords. You can also view screenshots, videos, reviews, and descriptions of each game or app. To install a game or app, you just need to click on the install button and wait for the process to complete. You can also uninstall or update games and apps from Sidequest.


Sidequest also lets you manage other aspects of your headset, such as backups, screenshots, videos, settings, and mods. You can also access advanced features such as wireless streaming, hand tracking, custom songs, and more.


How to Install APK on Oculus Quest 2 Without Sidequest




Option 1: Use an Android phone and an OTG cable/adapter




Download the APK file to your phone from a trusted source




If you don't want to use Sidequest or a PC to sideload APK files on your headset, you can use an Android phone and an OTG cable/adapter instead. An OTG cable/adapter is a device that lets you connect your phone to other devices with a USB port. You can buy one online or from a local store.


The first step is to download the APK file to your phone from a trusted source. You can find APK files for VR games and apps on websites such as itch.io, App Lab DB, or Reddit. Make sure to scan the APK file for viruses or malware before installing it.


Connect your phone to your headset with the OTG cable/adapter




The next step is to connect your phone to your headset with the OTG cable/adapter. You may need to enable OTG support on your phone in the settings menu. You will also need to enable developer mode and USB debugging on your headset as explained earlier.


Use an app like Bugjaeger or ADB Shell to install the APK file to your headset




The final step is to use an app like Bugjaeger or ADB Shell to install the APK file to your headset. These apps let you run ADB commands on your phone without a PC. ADB stands for Android Debug Bridge, which is a tool that lets you communicate with Android devices.


You can download Bugjaeger or ADB Shell from the Google Play Store on your phone. Then, you can launch the app and select your headset as the target device. You will need to grant permission for the app to access your phone's storage and USB device. Then, you can navigate to the folder where you saved the APK file and select it. You will see a command like adb install MyApk.apk in the app's console. Tap on run or execute to start the installation process. You will see a message li


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