Samsung Gear VR Ultimate Guide

Samsung Gear VR: Tricks And Hacks Guide

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The Samsung Gear VR is an epic piece of hardware that, combined with compatible smartphone, can provide you with an immersive virtual reality experience that you won’t soon forget.

samsung gear vr guide

For many, this will be your first VR headset and your introduction to virtual reality.

We’ll show how to use Samsung Gear VR with all the undocumented tricks and hacks with the Samsung Gear VR, including (but not limited to) how to get the best image quality, how to run third party software and how to hide videos you don’t want other people to see.

PreVR Checklist

“It took me 2 weeks to realize that the black cover on the Samsung Gear VR did absolutely nothing. In fact, using it blocks the see-through function from working!”

Before you start your virtual reality session with the Samsung Gear VR, you’ll want to set up your phone and headset properly to obtain the ultimate experience.

  • When you plug your phone into the headset for the first time, the software will automatically install. You’ll need to create an Oculus account and logged in before you can start your full Samsung Gear VR experience.
    Oculus account creation
  • Enable Wifi on your phone and connect to a fast access point. Some applications refuse to work if you aren’t connected to a Wifi network and you cannot turn it on while you’re using the Samsung Gear VR.
  • Close all the background apps on your Samsung device before you start Gear VR. This will free up resources and make your programs run faster.
  • Sit in a comfortable position that allows rotation. A swivel chair is ideal because it will allow you to turn freely while in virtual reality. Stay away from dangerous ledges or sharp objects as virtual reality can be quite disorienting.
    Samsung Gear VR Chairs
  • Connect and enable any devices you plan on using before you start using the Samsung Gear VR. Once you’re in, you cannot install or connect devices. Also, make sure they are within arm’s reach so you can locate them by touch while you’re using the device.

Tip: There is no need to use black cover back on when inserting your phone into the Samsung Gear VR. It does not improve the experience and prevents the pass-through feature from working.

GearVR without cover

Best Upgrade for the Samsung Gear VR: Aftermarket Covers

One of the best upgrades you can do to improve your Gear VR experience is to pick up lush, soft new covers for the Samsung Gear VR.

The standard stock covers are adequate however long viewing sessions can leave marks on your face and cause a bit of discomfort. Upgrading to aftermarket foam covers improves your experience and allows you to use the Gear VR for longer without straining.


I personally use the soft covers from VRcovers however people have also reported that the waterproof version of the foam cover is great for people that sweat a lot. If you’re in a warm climate, then these might be perfect for you.


The waterproof covers for the Samsung Gear VR.

Samsung Image Quality

Optimizing Image Quality

“There is nothing worse than having a giant spec of dust in the middle of your vision!”

In order to achieve the best image quality with the Samsung Gear VR, you’ll want to adjust both the phone and the headset. Remember that even a tiny piece of dust can be a large distraction so it’s best to keep your headset as clean as possible. Here is the best way to clean the lenses of your Samsung Gear VR and how to optimize your image quality.

  1. Start by cleaning the phone’s screen with a microfiber cloth (the same used for glasses) until it is nice and reflective. You may use it in conjunction of specialized cleaners however I prefer to use a mixture of 60% water and 40% vinegar (wipe until dry). There are also specialized wipes for lenses that you may use. [Zeiss Lens Cleaning Solutions]
    cleaning samsung gear vr
  2. Using a canister of compressed air, [Dust Off] blow out any particles that might be stuck on the lenses of the headset. (Alternatively, you may use a rocket air duster.) [Rocket Air Blower]
    cleaning air gearvr
  3. When you put the headset on, the first adjustment you’ll want to perform is using the + & – wheel located at the top of the headset. This will adjust the focus depending on your eye sight. For those with perfect eye sight, you’ll want to use highest setting (+). Start with the wheel all the way to the right and slowly scroll left until you reach the desired focus.
  4. Once you found the best focus using the wheel, you’ll want to adjust the headset by physically tilting it forward and backwards on your head. What feels the most comfortable resting on your nose might not be the best in terms of clarity. Tilting the entire headset forward on your head can improve readability at the expense of a little discomfort. The easiest way to fine tune the pitch of the headset is to focus on a piece of text and adjust until it is clear. I prefer to focus on the health warning text that appears every time the Samsung Gear starts up.
  5. Once you reach the optimal clarity, take note of the headset straps. Are they loose? Too tight? Remember your preference and make minor adjustments to the headset straps in order to increase comfort. You want a snug fit that feels comfortable yet stable so that sudden head movements don’t move the screen out of focus.
    rocket air to clean vr

Mastering The VR Environment

“A controller is better but having something built into the headset is great for starting off”

By far the quickest way to learn all the features of the Gear VR is to go through the tutorial at the beginning. You’ll be prompted to do it at the start, and if you already own a Gear VR, you’ve likely already done it. If you haven’t… then go back and take that tour!

If you don’t have time, here is the tutorial summed up in about 4 steps:

Samsung Gear VR Instructions

  • The controller is embedded on the right hand side of the Samsung Gear VR.
  • You can either tap or swipe up, down, right, left on the touchpad controller to select items.
  • Tapping the middle of the controller selects the item.
  • Right above the touchpad, there is a back button. Click it once to go back or hold it for 3 seconds to return to the main menu.

And that’s it! You’re good to go.

movies with samsung gear vrWatching Videos In Style

“I watch my movies on a giant projector on the moon”

One of the best features of the Samsung Gear VR is that it can immerse you in an incredible environment which allows you to either watch amazing videos or even BE in the video. Here’s how to experience all of it.

netflix on samsung gear vr

Start with the Netflix virtual reality app. It should be pre-installed when you receive your Samsung Gear VR.

Note: Make sure WIFI is enabled before performing these steps in order to save your bandwidth.

  1. Click on the application from within the Samsung Gear VR environment
  2. Click on accept and complete the installation
  3. Click on “Sign In” once the installation is complete. (You DO have a Netflix account, right?)

Once you’re in Netflix, you have 2 options. You may watch any movie on the giant screen ahead of you using the standard Netflix menu or you may use the secret void mode in Netflix.

Unlocking Netflix VOID theater:

In order to unlock the void theater, look straight up into a grey area while in the Netflix application. Tap the “select” button (middle of the touchpad) while looking straight up in a grey area and you’ll enter VOID mode which allows you to watch a movie in nearly any position. (This is how you can lie down and watch movies with virtual reality)

The added benefit of using VOID mode is that it has less background to render and therefore will reduce the battery drain, allowing for longer viewing sessions.

How To Watch Movies on the Samsung Gear VR:

The best way to enjoy your own movies on the Samsung Gear VR is to use the Oculus video application that comes bundled with the Gear. Click on “Video” and then you’ll have a selection of videos ranging from Facebook 360 videos, to Twitch streaming, to Vimeo and then at the bottom of the list, your own video library.


  1. Click on video app
  2. Click on “Your own videos”
  3. Select a theater to use
  4. Watch

How To Watch Downloaded 3D Movies and 360 Videos:

In order to view your own downloaded movies, you must transfer the videos to your phone first.

  1. Connect your phone via USB to your computer and navigate to the /oculus/movies/ folder.
  2. There are 3 types of movies you can watch: normal, 3D and 360 movies.
    • For normal movies, just copy/paste them into the /movies/ folder.
    • For 3D movies, create a directory called 3D in your movies folder ( /oculus/movies/3d/ ) and copy your 3D movies into the 3D folder
    • For 360 movies, create a directory called 360videos inside your movies folder ( /oculus/movies/360videos/ ) and copy your 360 videos into the 360videos folder.
  3. Start the Samsung Gear VR
  4. Load the Oculus video app
  5. Navigate to “My videos”. You should see all your videos listed (360 videos, 3D videos, Normal)
  6. Click the movie to play it.

The newer versions of the Samsung Gear VR software takes care of sorting everything out as long as you put it into the correct folders.
Note: The folders are not created by default, you must use File Explorer to create a new folder.

Power Tip: If you want to have custom thumbnails for your videos, then create a .png image with the exact same filename as your movie and place it into the same folder as your movie.

Example: If your movie is called, “Return Of The Gear.mp4”, then you would create a .png image called “Return Of The Gear.png” and place it in the same folder. The video will then use that image instead of automatically generating a random thumbnail.

How To Have The Best Movie Experience:

The default theaters are really amazing and are quite enjoyable. They can provide a completely different viewing experience and immerse you in a way that was not previously possible in a home setting.

gear vr theater

My favorite way of enjoying movies however, is in the void. This allows you to take any position (reclined in a chair, lying down in bed) and watch a movie. In order to watch the most comfortable movie of your life.

  1. Assume a comfortable position
  2. Navigate to the void theater
  3. Look straight up in the air (at any level that you want to see the movie)
  4. Tap the middle of the touchpad to center the screen.
  5. Enjoy!

Power Tip: In normal theaters (not the void) if you have a separate Bluetooth controller, clicking on the “A” button will allow you to switch chairs / rows in most theaters. (This is especially cool in space)

How To Watch Youtube Videos

The quickest and easiest way to watch Youtube videos on the Samsung Gear VR is to use the “Samsung Internet” application that comes bundled with the Gear VR. The quality is limited but until Google releases an official App for the Samsung Gear VR, this is the fastest way to view Youtube videos.

Method #1 Official Internet Application

  1. Start the “Samsung Internet” application from your library
  2. Navigate to (There should already be a shortcut on the left hand side when you start it up)
  3. Search and play your YouTube video
  4. When the video is playing, you can tap the controller once to maximize the screen and select 2D/3D/360 video. Unfortunately, the quality is still quite limited.

Method #2 Unofficial Method Using YTCinemaVR

The unofficial way to watch Youtube is to use a 3rd party application called YTCinemaVR which is available if you’re using SideLoadVR (See tutorial below).

  1. Start YTCinemaVR
  2. Search for your video
  3. Enjoy!

How To Stream Movies From Your Computer

If you want to watch movies without loading them to your phone beforehand, you can stream movies using the Milk VR app. The application can be tricky to use so read this and this to get started.

Hiding Videos From Your Video Library

What if you want to demo your Gear VR but you don’t want people to see your embarrassing home videos? The solution is to move the videos out your movies folder and put them into a different folder that won’t be scanned by the video app.

  1. Connect your phone to your computer via USB
  2. Create a folder in the root of your phone (or SD card called) /notavailable/
  3. Move the videos you want to hide from the /oculus/movies/ folder to the /notavailable/ folder. (You will also want to check the /movies/ folder for any other videos that you may want to hide)
  4. Verify that the /movies/ and the /oculus/movies/ does not contain the videos you want to hide.
  5. Load up the Samsung Gear VR and verify that the movies are no longer listed in the “My Video” section.

To restore the videos, just copy the video files from the /notavailable/ directory back to the /oculus/movies/ directory.

streamrecordStreaming and Recording Virtual Reality

“Want other people to enjoy your experience? Hook up the Samsung Gear VR to a 60″ television using Chromecast”

Streaming Your VR Experience From Your Phone To Your TV

If you’re one of the lucky ones using a Samsung Note 4 and you’d like to share your virtual reality experience with others, you may broadcast your experience to a TV by using a Google Chromecast stick.


  1. Download, install and open the official Chromecast screen
  2. Open the menu and navigate to “Cast Screen”
  3. Wait for it to connect to the screen
  4. Open the Oculus application
  5. Plug your phone into the Samsung Gear VR


  1. On your phone, go to “Settings”
  2. Go to “About”
  3. Click 5 times on the “Build Number” to unlock the developer options.
  4. Click back to return to the previous menu.
  5. Click on developers options.
  6. Click on “Simulate Secondard Displays”
  7. Choose 720 x 480 mdpi (secure). You’ll see a small window on the top left appear when activated.
  8. You may now stream to Chromecast.
  9. When you’re done streaming, return to the developer options and turn “developer options” to off.

Credit to BillTwin for this solution

How To Record Your VR Experience

In order to record your virtual reality experience with the Samsung Gear VR, you’re going to need three pieces of hardware: An HDMI splitter, an HDMI capture card and of course, the Google Chromecast.

High quality hardware solution:

  1. Set up Google Chromecast (See the previous step, streaming from your TV) except instead of plugging the Chromecast directly into your television, you want to split the HDMI into 2 outputs using the HDMI splitter.
  2. Plug one HDMI output into your television
  3. Plug one HDMI output into your HDMI capture card.
  4. Open the Chromecast menu and navigate to “Cast Screen”
  5. Start recording on your HDMI capture device.

Alternatively, you can use a pure software solution which involves mirroring your phone’s screen. This won’t provide the same quality but will do the job in many instances.

Low quality software solution:

  1. Make sure your phone and your computer are connected to the same WIFI network.
  2. Download and install on both your phone and your computer
  3. Start MirrorOp and any recording software on your computer (Screenflow for Mac, Camtasia for PC)
  4. Start your Samsung Gear VR

Recording via software mirroring is great for tutorials with static images. If you want to record fast action video, I would recommend investing in a hardware solution.

soundGetting Optimal Sound With Your Samsung Gear VR

The default sound source will be the sound coming from your phone’s external speaker. Even though phone speakers are surprisingly decent these days, they still don’t come close to matching the quality of the sound from headphones. You’ll want to opt for wired headphones at the moment because even though bluetooth headphones can connect, they are not recommended by Oculus and provide additional latency which can be affect spacial audio. [Credit: JustinWasilenko]

  1. Plug in headphones directly into the phone’s audiojack. Surprisingly, the Samsung Gear was designed to accommodate a wire for headphones even when the phone is installed onto the headset. Plug your headphones into your phone first and then start your Samsung Gear VR normally for the optimal sound experience.headphones for gear vr

Bluetooh headphones are not recommended with the Samsung Gear VR.

Powertip: For the most immerse experience, use active noise-cancelling headphones to block out all other sounds.

virtual reality sound

Creating your own 360 pictures

“360 pictures make you feel as if you’re there. The difference is night and day.”

There are various methods to create immersive, 360 degree pictures that you can view using your Samsung Gear VR. The most inexpensive solution is to use your phone’s camera in conjunction with 360 degree app to stitch multiple pictures together.

  1. Download Google’s Cardboard Camera app
  2. Install and run Cardboard Camera
  3. Keeping your camera in portrait mode, click record and slowly rotate to the right. (The slower you turn, the better the picture tends to turn out. Try to keep the camera level throughout the entire turn.)
  4. The picture will be saved to the default picture directory on your phone.

Now we have to move the picture from the default picture directory to a special directory on the phone in order for the Oculus app to find it.

  1. Start the “My files” app that comes with the phone (In Tools) or use an equivalent file exploring program.
  2. Navigate to “Device storage”
  3. Click on the “Oculus” directory
  4. Create a new folder called: “360Photos” by clicking on More and then Create Folder
  5. Once this directory is created, go back to the /Pictures/ directory and locate your 360 pictures.
  6. Press and hold down on the picture you want to transfer until a checkmark appears on the left.
  7. Click “Move”
  8. Navigate to the /Oculus/360Photos/ directory and click on “Move Here”
  9. Now you may start the Samsung Gear VR application and your picture will be in the Oculus 360 pictures application.

Unfortunately, the current 360 photo apps aren’t perfect and tend to create a few odd angles. The official picture application Surround Shot by Samsung does not seem to work anymore either.

The best way to take 360 photos is to use dedicated 360 photo gear. The Ricoh Theta S camera takes great 360 degree pictures and automatically integrates with the Oculus pictures. You may also use the Kodak SP360 or Nikon KeyMission 360 dedicated hardware.

To view your 360 pictures

  1. Turn on your Samsung Gear VR
  2. Go to Oculus 360 Photo
  3. Click on “My device”
  4. Click on your pictures. If you do not see any pictures, please follow the previous steps to create the proper directory.

Pro Tip: Alternatively, you may also want to view your pictures taken with Google cardboard photo using the Google Cardboard app (You’ll have to trick the Gear into running Google Cardboard first)

You’ll also want to download the Flickr VR app which will allow you to view thousands of beautiful 360 pictures uploaded by the Flickr community.

gaming with samsung gear vrSamsung Gear VR Controllers and input devices

“A good controller will improve your Gear VR experience 10 folds”

The controllers for the Samsung Gear VR include the official Samsung Gear controller and then everything else. The current popular third party Moba pro is compatible but is plagued with disconnection issues which make it completely unusable for more than 30 seconds at a time for some users. [Update: Some users have reported that it works perfectly well for them.] If you want a good experience that is completely compatible with the Samsung Gear VR, I highly recommend picking up the official Gear controller. I personally use the Ipega bluetooth controller and even though it works, the build quality could be better. (I would definitely pick up the Steelseries Stratus XL instead.)

Best Samsung Gear VR Controllers Chart

1. Steelseries Stratus XLHighest quality controller for the Samsung Gear VR. It costs more but it's worth it.Get Latest Price
2. Ipega bluetooth controller Cheap alternative that does the job. Great for traveling with your Samsung Gear VR.Get Latest Price

Samsung Gear Controller

Other input devices such as Wii remote and bluetooth keywords have some (yet limited) functionality. As it stands, I’d have to say that the best Gear VR controller is the SteelSeries Stratus XL however I feel that in the future, we’re going to new input devices that immerse you even more in the world.

Using Unofficial apps on the Gear VR using SideloadVR

sideloadvr gear

In addition to the applications in the official Samsung Store, you may also use SideloadVR to access more third party apps.

  1. Load the Google Play application store
  2. Search for “Sideload VR”
  3. Install the application
  4. Open the Sideload VR application and then scroll through the dozens of third party applications.
  5. Click on the desired application of your choice and click download to install it.

Launching SideloadVR applications.

  1. Do not put on the Samsung Gear VR headset and instead, click on the application icon on your phone.
  2. Wait for the “Insert your phone into the Samsung Gear VR” message to appear
  3. Insert the phone into the Samsung Gear VR and start the application.

These applications are unsupported by Oculus so your mileage will vary. That being said, I have found Quake to be quite enjoyable as long as you have a good controller paired with your Gear VR.

batteryImproving the battery Life

Even though the battery life on most phones tends to be quite good, some of the virtual reality applications can put a heavy drain on the battery. The easiest method to keep your phone charged during a long Gear VR session is to use a long USB wire connected to the bottom of the Samsung Gear VR. (Underneath, there is a micro USB connector designed to keep your phone charged). When using this method, make sure to have ample wire available so it doesn’t snap off when you make any headset movements.

Power Bank

Using a mobile power bank to increase power:

A little trick is to use a small battery bank that supports Samsung Fast Charge and to stick it to the top of the headset using Velcro. It’s important to use a high quality fast-charge compatible battery pack because if the phone cannot draw the adequate power, it will revert back to using it’s own internal battery. [Credit: VierVR] Using a 7000mAh battery bank, you can add up to 4-6 hours of battery life depending on the application you’re using. (This can be especially useful for long movies or intensive games.)

samsung gear power

Warnings (Eye health, motion sickness)

The official Oculus manual recommends taking breaks after every 20 minutes of usage to rest your eyes. Even though users have reported much longer continuous Samsung Gear VR sessions, it is wise to take it easy at first. (Not to mention, the straps and padding on the Samsung Gear VR aren’t the most comfortable things in the world.) Virtual reality headsets are still very new and we do not know the long term effects of prolonged headset usage. Therefore, I would encourage you to follow the official Oculus and Samsung Gear VR recommendations.

In my experience, I have found that the most important element is properly adjusting the focus. Even short sessions with a blurry focus can lead to eye strain.

Protip: I have found that reducing the brightness of my phone can help with eye strain in certain situations. Some of the applications can be quite bright and a little overwhelming at maximum brightness.

Fix Overheating Issues with the Samsung Gear VR

It is amazing to think that normal smartphones are powering the Samsung Gear VR. The requirements are so demanding that in some cases, your phone can give you an overheating warning if it detects temperatures above normal. Here’s how to address the overheating issue.

The overheating issue stems from the CPU being overworked. The first way to address this is to reduce the CPU usage of your smartphone by stopping background applications.

  1. Open the running tasks menu (Click on the bottom left button on most phones)
  2. Click “Close all” to stop the apps running the in the background.
  3. Enable Airplane mode on the phone.
  4. Reduce the brightness of the screen.


  1. Go to your phone’s “Settings” menu
  2. Click on “Application”
  3. Click on “Application Manager”
  4. Swipe left to access the “Running” section inside the Application manager. From here, you’ll see all the processes that are running on your smartphone.
  5. To force stop an application, click on the application and select: “Stop”.Warning: Many of these processes are system processes which means that if you stop these, your phone will not function properly. Scroll through the list to see if there might be non-system processes that are using a large amount of resources.

After you’ve addressed the potential software issues related to your phone, you may want to explore addressing the heat problem through physical means. These are by no means perfect (and should be tried at your own risk):

  1. While using the Gear VR, leave the backplate off and direct a standard air fan at the Gear VR. A little active wind goes a long way towards dissipating heat.
  2. A forum user has claimed that miniature re-usable icepacks works. I would try this at your own risk and be VERY careful because the condensation produced by these icepacks could potentially cause short-circuits that would damage your phone.

Homemade Cooling Solution

In addition to software tweaks, I also took the liberty of modding the front plate with a fan. This will void your warranty (well, at least for the front cover) however it allows you to go through long sessions of gaming without any issues.


The process is relatively simple and straightforward. All you need is a fan and a USB powerbank.

  1. Locate a computer fan (laptop or small fans only)
  2. Solder a USB cable to the fan’s power
  3. Cut a hole in the faceplate of the Samsung Gear VR cover
  4. Insert fan (Optionally use glue to hold the fan to the cover)
  5. Connect the USB powerbank to the fan… and you’re done!


Sure it looks a bit of a hack (and it is) AND it adds a little extra weight to the headset however it completely fixes any overheating issues you might have. With this, I can run games such as Hitman VR and not run into any overheating issues.

Using Google Cardboard With Your Gear VR

“Why settle? With the Gear VR, you can use both the official Oculus software AND Google Cardboard”

There are 2 ways to hack your Gear VR into working with Google cardboard. Neither is perfect but both will provide an adequate (and usable) experience. This will save you from buying a standalone Google cardboard headset.

Method 1 involves inserting your phone without plugging in the USB.

  1. Download, install and start the official Google Cardboard application
  2. Plug your phone into your Gear VR while lifting the USB connector so that the phone is fitted underneath the USB holder. (Warning, be careful not damage the USB extension)
  3. Using a magnet, swipe the side of the Gear VR to make a selection.

Method 2 involves downloading software to disable the automatic startup of the Oculus software.

  1. Download Package Disabler (It is a $2.00 application)
  2. Scroll down until you see “Oculus” and temporarily disable the application from starting up.
  3. Start the Google Cardboard application
  4. Insert the phone normally into the Samsung Gear VR headset.

Warning: If you do download the Package Disabler software, do NOT use the “remove all bloatware” feature as it will cause more harm than good. As with all third party software, use at your own risk!

Fly The DJI Phantom 4 Drone In Virtual Reality

virtual reality with dji phantom

We’ve recently come across one of the coolest unofficial experiences for the Samsung Gear VR which is to fly the DJI Phantom 4 using your headset.

  1. Download the Package Disabler Pro from the Google Play store.
  2. Disable Gear VR services (So it doesn’t auto-start when you insert it into the headset.) Be careful with this!
  3. Install Google Cardboard app
  4. Install the Flylitchy application, this will control the drone
  5. Launch Litchy and enjoy!

Purchase Guide

Here are some of the recommended accessories we use with our Samsung Gear VR.

Links and resources

Want more? Here are some of the best resources. And if you have an HTC Vive, check out our massive HTC Vive Tricks and Hacks guide.

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  • I have had the Gear VR for a while now and I didn’t know half the things you covered in this guide! Thank you, I bookmarked this and will be coming back after work!

  • Noel Barretto

    The best, most comprehensive guide to the Gear VR. Thank you!

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  • Wilson Bradley

    Using the New Gear VR on my Note 4 for months now. (MicroUSB port on headset does not function yet.)

    Here are a few additions to your great guide;
    In google play store;
    [Gear VR Cardboard] – is a good alternative and simpler than “Package Disabler”
    [Gala launcher] for Gear VR – allows you to launch Gear VR apps directly without having to go through the library while headset on the head.
    [File Hide Expert] – is a easier way to hide and unhide folders on complete phone, instead of moving folders.

    For advanced rooted users, there are ways to underclock CPU to extend the TTO (Time To Overhead). Personally , am using custom Kernel (Kernel Auditor) and Rom (TekHD).

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  • skywalkr2

    i have the iPega controller. It is light, but have had no issues with build quality. Also I AM able to connect it to bluetooth even after the headset is in use. I simply press the home key and a few seconds later it connects and gives a bluetooth connected notification on the HUD.

  • Judgeman

    Hello, I am the forum user who suggested the gel packs for anyone suffering from overheating. I’ve now used the gel packs for 4 months and have not had any moisture issues. The packs don’t ‘melt’ like ice. There may be some slight condensation but the heat from the phone removes any condensation. There is NO DRIPPING and NOT ENOUGH moisture to worry about. Using the gel packs extends the 3d experience to over an hour and once the gel pack is completely thawed, just slip another one in and you’re good for another hour. Here is my quick and easy video showing exactly how it’s done and p.s. I do not sell the gel packs. ; )

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      • Jason Evangelho

        These just never get old.

    • Russ F

      You don’t need to find thin gel packs if you use Velcro strips to hold packs on.

  • Judgeman

    BTW, I really like the page but the overheating section won’t solve overheating issues for anyone with the Samsung 6 Edge phone. I’ve tried every ‘fix’ and even the software to reduce background apps, reducing display brightness and even in some cases turned off bluetooth and wifi…no luck! When you’re strictly in a 3d environment this phone will overheat in as little as 15 minutes. Thanks for the page, though…it works well, and now that we’re in Springtime, I can sit outside my home office space and use the gear on my front porch without gel packs, thanks to the 60 deg weather… LOL

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    • Philip Ellerbroek

      Anyone report if the S7 edge suffers the same?

      • Jeremiah

        S7 edge. I have played minecraft for hours with wife and never overheated. Only times it has was early on while I was downloading new gear apps and trying others did it ever overheat

  • Wolfgang Maier

    Great guide… thx *thumbsup*
    Do you have any idea if it is possible to force the way of projection in oculus Cinema? (I mean to Switch between plane, dome, sphere, etc etc…)
    Thanks in advance & greetings from Austria

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    • Wes H

      I don’t know if you can switch between projection types in Oculus Cinema, but you can in Milk VR. There’s an icon on lower right on the pause menu, and you tap it to cycle through various projection types, not all of which will work with your chosen video.

  • GlassCat

    This is an excellent guide that definitely needs more exposure. This literally answered every question I immediately had after playing with my Gear VR. ‘How do I get my own stuff on there’ and ‘How do I sideload outside apps’. You even answered secondary questions I had, almost like they were anticipated. Great job and super appreciated! 🙂

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  • Koua

    Um why do I keep on seeing a duplicate of an image above the “original” image when I open both eyes or is that normal….

    • Stan Jez

      Check your phone alignment when you connect your phone to the vr device. If it’s even slightly skewed you’ll get double image.
      It happened to me and I wondered if my vision was going bad.
      My phone was on a slight angle in the cradle. Easy fix.

  • Neeloor Palai

    This quick APP may help to enable cardboard apps and youtube on GEAR VR

  • Pruthvi Sujeeth

    Im S7 User I cant play my own 3D or 360 videos on my Gear VR.
    I tried every thing its not happening. Plz help me

    • Judgeman

      Try loading get your video into the MilkVR folder.

  • Awesome! VR is fun but sometimes weird imo.

  • Carbon Neutral

    What a great article! Thank you! One thing, there is one notable typo:

    “Other input devices such as Wii remote and bluetooth KEYWORDS…” should read “bluetooth keyboards.”

    Just thought I’d point it out. I loved the article though. Keep up the good work. ^_^

  • Vasosoft

    If you have no physical Controller for Gear VR…

    We developed an App that turns old Android smartphone into VR Gamepad Controller.

    Check it out:

  • David M

    Will my gear 2 watch interact with the vr? If so can it be used as a controller?

  • 486DX50

    I hope some company will release a VR headset with retina projection. I played with Gear VR and I’m not impressed anymore – the pixelation (resolution) and focus on edges is just not good.

  • Chetan

    Thank you for this awesome guide. I have one small Question regarding image clarity. My samsung VR gives blurry and out of focus images, even the games and movies are all blurry and out of focus. I tried the focus knob but all vain the image is not clear. Due to this it is damaging the VR experiene. I am using s7 with spigen screen protector. Should I remove the screen protector to get clarity ? Can you please guide on this ?

    • Stan Jez

      I know what you mean. I have a high quality screen protector which presumably self heals minor scratches, doesn’t show fingerprints and has high impact resistance. It wasn’t cheap. However, it has a satin like finish which detracts from a crisp image…it’s sort of like looking at a fresnel screen when magnified.
      I’m tempted to remove the screen protector .. I’m sure it will give ne a better result.

      • Chetan

        Thank you .. will ck the results post removing the screen protector .. 🙂

    • DrMichael

      If you are using a screen protector, you are doing it wrong. The instructions for the VR gear specifically say you cannot use a screen protector. Because of this, I got a separate phone exclusively for the VR gear and use another phone for regular use.

      • Chetan

        Thanks 🙂

  • CUVR

    To all Samsung Gear VR Fan
    We have developed cover fits Samsung Gear VR Consumer Edition & Innovator Edition that eliminate overheating issue and extended battery life available now for sale on Amazon and Ebay for $45 ONLY
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  • This guide is beyond awesome, thank you so much for it. I`ve recently stumbled on some games in the app store that work with a new VR body motion detector device. I haven`t bought the device (in part because it`s coming in Q4 2016) but most of their apps work without this device and are of very high quality. So I`m really looking forward to this (hopefully) cheap Vive-like experience on a HD phone screen for peanuts compared to the price of the Oculus or the Vive. This is what their website says about the device:

    “VicoVR is a Bluetooth accessory that provides Wireless
    Full Motion and Positional Tracking to Android and iOS VR headsets.
    Without a PC, wires, or wearable sensors! The VicoVR truly allows you to
    move freely within mobile gaming worlds!
    VicoVR comes complete as a stand-alone 3D Gaming
    System or as an add-on Bluetooth Accessory for your existing VR Headset
    or Gaming Platform (Android, iOS).”

    I`m looking forward to it.

    Thanks again for the article, I`ve bookmarked it.

  • Danilo Correa

    How to play my own VR videos, (like 180×180) in SamsungVR? I need folder creating instructions and specific file types please… Thank you,

  • Stan Jez

    Excellent article with great links as well.
    I’m a little disappointed though that VR Gear doesn’t work with the OTG cable.
    You can’t use a 3rd party viewer app because the otg cable won’t fit even with the connector flipped up. So.. movies have to be transferred to phone.
    Interestingly, I picked up a 3rd party VR viewer.. $12 in a $2 dollar store. It doesn’t stack up to the features that Samsung VR has.. but it’s quite viewable… and the otg cable works. I guess it’s an upmarket cardboard.

  • zobva

    This really sucks. I just learned that the controls for the Gear VR are on the right side and the don’t make a left-handed version. I’ve had a stroke and cannot use my right hand. This is the deal-breaker for me; I wanted to switch to the Samsung Galaxy 7 so I could get the Gear VR. May as well just stick with my LG phone. 🙁

  • Jeff

    The official Samsung controller is recommended by everybody but for sale by nobody. Can’t even find out on eBay without somebody wanting $150 for it. It must be unofficially discontinued. I can also not charge my phone while VR is in use. There is a prompt saying so. Not sure if this is a new addition bit it seems to only charge when you talked there unit of your head.

  • DrMichael

    I paid for the package disabler, and I disabled Oculus, and all I get is a message that says VR Launcher not found and a blank screen with a triangle and an exclamation point. I still get the Oculus tone as well. Help!

  • Rick Shepherd

    Hi I have a Galaxy Note 5 and my gear VR. How do I mirror my phone to my gear VR as to allow me to play my movies, play my poker games and cruise f/b? Any help would be appreciated.

    • Jeff Reid

      Hi Rick, have you had any luck. I’ve tried the above with my Note5, and it works, for a moment, then the monitor screen freezes within a couple seconds while the note screen continues working. Any help is appreciated. It’s the only reason I bought the chromecast.

  • harish balasundaram

    Hey pls help me…im using samsung s7 edge…im not able to view movie in a theatre…wen gear is on just starts in a home…and wen i play a just plays there…im not able to c it in a thaetre…
    And there is no subfilders in my. Myfiles/devicestorage/oculus…in oclus folder… so where do i put my movies , 3d and 360….plss plsss do tell me…

  • Trina Dimick

    Hey, I have the oculus gear vr. The one that came out with the note 7. Well, little did I know at the time that I didn’t have the micro usb port adapter as well as the usb type-c. I’ve called t-mobile and samsung but nobody is willing to help. Does anyone here know where I can get my handstuff on a micro usb port adapter that goes with this VR? Without it my phone will not hook looks like the one in the pic (it was an illustration without the option to buy. 😒😒)

    • Dustin Mayer

      @trinadimick:disqus , You will have to switch it out with the correct part. I haven’t seen anyone selling just that part. Mine came with the adapter in the box for USB-C and Micro USB. I’d say reach out to Samsung?

  • larry9

    Thanks, great guide. I would like to run the New York Times VR app on my Samsung VR Gear. Is that possible? thanks again.

  • Taynak

    Don’t need package disabler.. search playstore for cardboard for gear vr

    Simple… Free…. works

  • Game buddy

    I have tried VR Controller for Android from Vasosoft to play some games in Oculus. I have installed app on the android phone but not sure what games are supported. Who had the experiences with this VR Controller?
    It could be useful for gamers

  • Kamil Erwin

    I bought this one year ago, great stuff!

  • Nick LeBlanc

    I would like to make a suggested inclusion to your Gear VR guide. We just launched our Gear VR replacement head strap pre-order today. Gear VR users can now get high-quality replacement head straps which don’t cost $50.

    We also offer the only high-quality, microfleece machine washable Gear VR face pad for 2015, 2016 and 2017 models.

    Please consider these two accessories for inclusion in your guide.


  • Notenut5

    Awesome guide! I read this the day before my 2017 sm-r324 got here. Well when it got here, I went through the steps, and have tried multiple solutions from other forums, but no matter what I do it continues to not work. I put my phone into the connection port and it just makes a tone, the screen goes black for 2 or 3 seconds and then returns to the previous screen. A message appears and says “device not connected to gear vr. Please check for secure connection.” I’ve read many others that do the same or some that worked then after a recent update, didn’t work. My phone is completely updated and I never had the gear before the last 2 or 3 updates. I have Verizon. Note 5 SM-N920V and android version 7.0

  • I must admit, what I really liked about this article is the homemade cooling solution. Just genius!