Oculus Quest 2 Stuck in Boot Loop, Keeps Restarting

Oculus Quest 2 Stuck in Boot Loop, Keeps Restarting

Many users complain that their Oculus Quest 2 VR gadget often gets stuck in a boot loop or keeps restarting itself, and they don’t know what is causing this issue.

This article will explain why your VR gadget behaves this way. We’ll also let you in on some solutions that can potentially resolve this problem quickly. 

Why is my Oculus Quest 2 stuck in a boot loop?

  • Malfunctioning proximity sensor.
  • Quest 2 is not connected to the Oculus app.
  • Drained battery or insufficient charge.
  • Incomplete software updates due to internet connectivity issues.
  • Corrupt Guardian history.
  • Headset software glitching.

How do I fix the boot loop in Oculus Quest 2?

1. Hard Reboot Your Headset

Hard rebooting the Oculus Quest 2 and then turning it on while charging often works like a charm to resolve this problem. Here’s how:

  • Press & hold the “Power” button on your Oculus Quest 2 headset for at least a minute.  
  • Wait till it cycles through the Oculus logo, which can be about 5 times, and then leads you to the universal menu.
  • If this fails, press & hold the “Power” button on your Oculus 2 and wait until it turns off completely. 
  • Wait 30 seconds.
  • Plug the charger into the headset.
  • Press and hold “Power” again to turn on your VR gadget, wait for a few minutes, and see if you can access the universal menu now.

2. Check Proximity Sensor with Other Environments

When you put on your Oculus Quest 2, the embedded proximity sensor detects that and turns on the display. This sensor often malfunctions in weird environments and can cause the header to stay stuck in the boot loop.  

First, cover the sensor with a piece of opaque tape and see if anything changes. If not, uncover the sensor, pour some rubbing alcohol on a Q-tip, and clean it. Still no progress? Change the environment and repeat these steps. 

Hopefully, one of these three approaches can fix the restart loop on your headset.  

3. Charge the Headset

The problem can also occur if your Oculus does not have enough juice left to start it properly.

The obvious approach here is to plug the charger into your headset and leave it for 24 hours for a full charge. After that, turn it on and see if this fixes your issue. 

4. Check Oculus App Connectivity 

If the Meta Quest app installed on your phone is not connected to the headset, this may cause it to stay stuck in the boot loop. 

To fix this, check the Meta Quest app on your device and sign in to your account this way: 

  • Open “Meta Quest.”
  • Tap “Devices.”
  • Select your headset.
  • Tap “Connect.”
  • Wait for the confirmation, restart your Oculus Quest 2, and verify the fix. 

5. Troubleshoot Internet Connectivity

Sometimes, your VR headet stays stuck in the boot loop due to a failed or stuck software update process. This usually happens when your internet connection speed is poor, or the Wi-Fi signals are unstable.  

Your best bet here is to reboot your router to restore your internet service provider’s default network speed. While at it, move your headset closer to the router to troubleshoot poor Wi-Fi signals. 

Then, wait for the software update to complete on your Oculus Quest 2, and after some time, you should be able to see the universal menu.

6. Run ADB Command Using SideQuest 

Here’s an advanced approach! Running the ADB command using the SideQuest app can also help you fix this problem. Here’s how:

  • Download and install SideQuest on your computer.
  • Open “SideQuest.”
  • Connect your Quest 2 to your computer using a USB cable and grant necessary permission on the headset’s display. 
  • Let SideQuest detect your headset.
  • Go to SideQuest “Menu.” 
  • Choose “Custom Command.”
  • Run the following commands:

adb shell dpm remove-active-admin io.github.sds100.keymapper.debug

adb shell pm disable-user io.github.sds100.keymapper.debug

Afterward, restart your headset, and it should bypass the stuck boot loop state this time!

7. Factory Reset Oculus Quest 2

The last resort is to factory reset your Oculus 2 to the default settings through the emergency boot menu. Doing so can clear out any system glitches or corrupt software updates that cause the headset to get stuck in the boot loop. To do this:

  • Press & hold the Quest 2 “Power” and “Volume” down buttons at the same time and keep holding them for 30-45 seconds till the emergency boot menu appears.
  • Release “Power” and “Volume.”
  • Highlight “Factory Reset.”
  • Press “Power” to select this option and confirm the factory reset action.
  • Let the reset process complete, and your Oculus Quest 2 should go through the Meta logo screen now! 

Keep in mind that the factory reset process is irreversible, and it will delete all your account information, content, and downloaded games.

TIP: If your Oculus Quest 2 audio is crackling, the factory reset process can also help you fix this issue.

8. Replace or Replace Your Headset

It is possible you are experiencing this issue because your Oculus Quest 2 headset is faulty. You may have dropped it, or it is exposed to water, and that is why it can’t get past the Meta logo and is stuck in a boot loop. 

If your VR gadget is under warranty, you are in luck! You can contact the retailer or Oculus support and get your faulty unit replaced with a new one. 

However, if the warranty is expired, you need to take your headset to a nearby third-party technician and hope they can fix its hardware.    


In this article, we’ve explored why your Oculus Quest 2 gets stuck in the boot loop or keeps restarting by itself. We’ve also discussed 8 easy-to-follow solutions to resolve the problem promptly.

We hope you’ve found this article helpful and can now access the universal menu to immerse yourself in the awesome VR experience.