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Pairing Oculus Quest 2 With AirPods
VR headsets offer an exceptional virtual gaming experience to users. You can fulfill your virtual gaming desires using one of the many VR headsets on the market. When it comes down to Oculus, it focuses on delivering an exclusive experience to gamers. Introduced by Facebook Reality Labs, the Quest 2 comes with an all-in-one VR versatility.
Although the exclusivity of Oculus Quest 2 makes it one of the best VR gaming solutions, it comes with a few limitations. The VR headset only supports wired headphone connections for gaming. Wired headphones can deliver exceptional sound quality without any stutters or lags.
While it may work for most gamers, some gamers like myself like to keep things less messy. If you also want to keep the wires at a minimum, you may instantly think of using AirPods.
If you want to find out the correct method of linking your AirPods with Oculus Quest 2, there are a few steps you need to follow.
Steps to Connect AirPods
Here's what you need to do:
- Turn your headset on.
- Go to Settings
- Select "Experimental Features" from the options listed in the sidebar.
- Now, turn your AirPods on and put them in the pairing mode.
- Select the "Pair" option.
- You will see your device pop up in the pairing list.
- Complete the pairing process.
Following the steps above, you can pair your AirPods with your Oculus Quest 2. If you fail on the first try, you may repeat the pairing process a few times to connect the two devices.
Can You Pair All Bluetooth Headsets With Oculus Quest 2?
If you do not use AirPods and want to connect a different Bluetooth headset with your Oculus, you should know a few things. Oculus Quest 2 does not officially support Bluetooth connections. It is most suitable for wired usage. Some devices may not support Bluetooth connectivity for Oculus devices.
While it may be correct, you can try different devices to find your best fit. AirPods are the go-to choice for VR gamers looking to connect them with Oculus. They perform better than most devices. Due to the absence of official support, you may find varied results for different models of AirPods.
Limitations in Using AirPods With Oculus
The "Experimental Features" menu in the Oculus Quest 2 settings has a unique purpose. It allows users the freedom to try out different functions. These functions may or may not work depending on the type of device you use.
For example, connecting AirPods to Oculus Quest 2 may work well most of the time. However, you may face a few limitations during your VR gaming experience.
Poor Frame Rates
The most common drawbacks include poor frame rate and game lags. This issue can bother you if you play a game that requires prompt action. Despite its powerful VR processing, Oculus Quest 2 suffers while simultaneously processing the game and AirPods.
Another limitation you may face is the stuttering of game audio and video. During your playing sessions, you may face stuttering problems in some instances. Such issues can be due to various reasons. One of the primary factors could be the connectivity of the two devices. If the stuttering is too frequent, you may need to restart your AirPods and pair them again.
How Can Bluetooth Transmitters Help?
If you intend to use the Oculus Quest 2 with your AirPods and also avoid the limitations, Bluetooth transmitters can help. A Bluetooth transmitter is a device that increases the audio/video input signals.
You can connect a Bluetooth transmitter via your Oculus headset's 3.5 mm audio jack. Typically, you may face a slight lag using the transmitting device with your Oculus headset. However, it is an effective way to work around the limitations of using Oculus with AirPods.
Configuring the Bluetooth Transmitter
To use a Bluetooth transmitter on your Oculus Quest 2, you need to follow the listed steps below:
- Plug the device's cable into the 3.5 mm audio jack of your oculus Quest 2.
- Turn on the device
- Access the Settings menu.
- Locate "Bluetooth Pairing"
- Turn on AirPods and put them in the pairing mode.
- Pair it with AirPods.
- Wait for the process.
Things to Remember About Bluetooth Transmitters
Bluetooth transmitters can be your life-saver when it comes down to linking AirPods with Oculus Quest 2. While this may be true, it is crucial to check the manual of a transmitting device first. There are plenty of Bluetooth transmitters available in the market. You may need to do your research to find the most suitable one.
For any transmitter you buy, you may need to follow a few steps to get it ready to work. Generally, Bluetooth transmitters come with a user manual. It contains the instructions to set up your transmitting device correctly. You can follow the instructions to prepare your transmitter before connecting it to the audio jack of your Oculus Quest 2.
AirPods Vs. Wired Headphones - Which Is Better?
Using AirPods with your Oculus Quest 2 can minimize the trouble of too many wires. However, it may not be the best replacement for wired headphones. Wired headsets are free of limitations. You do not have to care for lags or stutters during gaming sessions. Although Bluetooth transmitters help to minimize the problems, they still can not replace the effectiveness of wired headsets.
You may opt for wired headphones for a speedy gaming experience with high-quality audio and visuals. On the other hand, if you can bear a few instances of game lags and audio stutters, you can go for AirPods.