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Oculus controller not working: Quick Fix

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Meta’s Quest headsets are some of the best devices for experiencing standalone VR. However, as well-made as they are, they still run into occasional bugs and glitches from time to time. 

In this article, we’re talking about your Oculus controllers not working, the reasons behind it and what you can do to fix the problem.


What causes Oculus controller to not work?

Your Oculus controller can stop working for a number of reasons. Some of the most common reasons are:

  • Low or dead batteries.
  • Pairing issues with the headset.
  • Outdated controller firmware.
  • Hardware issues.

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How to fix this?

Here are five fixes you can try out.

Restart your headset

One of the easiest ways to fix this problem is to simply restart your headset. Just hold down the power button for 10 seconds until the headset turns off. Once it’s off, wait for a minute before turning it back on again and your controllers should start working fine. 


Check controller batteries

Oculus controllers use a single AA battery for power. In case the battery level is low, your headset will warn you and eventually, the controller will stop working. Replacing the battery will in most cases solve this problem.

Alternatively, you can also try cleaning the battery contacts inside the controller with rubbing alcohol or an alcohol swab to get rid of any dust or debris that might be hampering power to your controller. 

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Re-pair the controller

Another thing you can try is to re-pair the controller using the Oculus app. Here’s how. 

  • Open the Oculus app and tap Devices. 
  • Select your Oculus headset and tap Controllers.
  • Tap the controller you want to re-pair and tap the Unpair Controller button. 

Once the controller is disconnected, you can either use the Pair New Controller button in the app or hold down the Oculus Button + B for the right controller or the Menu Button + Y for the left controller until the LED on the tracking ring starts blinking. Your controller should pair with the headset and function as usual.


Reset the headset

If nothing works, your best bet is to reset the headset. The easiest way to do this is by pressing and holding the power and volume down buttons until you see the debugging menu in the headset. Select Factory reset in this menu by navigating using the volume buttons and tapping the power button to select. 

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Wait for the headset to finish resetting and set it up again. Your controllers should now work without any issues. 


Reach out to Oculus Customer Support

Finally, you can also try reaching out to Oculus Customer Support and raising a ticket on their website to get personalised solutions or get your controller replaced if nothing else works. 

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Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: [email protected]

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