How to Fix Oculus Go Battery Life Problems
We’ve been having a lot of fun playing with the new Oculus Go VR headset, but the battery life is terrible, and not just when you’re using it. The battery drains in a few hours just sitting there! Here’s how to get better battery life out of your Oculus Go.
When we mean the battery dies while it’s sitting there, that’s literally what we mean. You take off the headset, put it on your desk, and come back a few hours later or the next day, and the battery is either fully drained or it’s dead. That shouldn’t happen for any device that’s not in use, and definitely not as quickly as it has been draining. Hopefully Oculus will work on the software and make standby battery life better, but so far, we’re just going to have to wait and work around it.
This isn’t an isolated incident either, we have 5 different people at HTG HQ using the Oculus Go headset, and most of us are having battery life issues. There aren’t any common factors—one had developer mode enabled, the other 4 did not. One barely installed anything, and two others used it heavily. We’re still doing research and will update when we find more answers.
The Oculus Go just has absolutely horrid battery life. If you set it down, the battery will drain in a few hours. But luckily there are a couple simple things to do to make it easier to live with.
If your headset is losing battery life while you are using it, that’s simply because you’re watching something or playing a game that is taking a lot of processor power, and the battery is going to drain. There’s literally no magic solution for this.
What you can do, however, is buy a really long USB charging cable that isn’t too thick and plug it in while you have the headset on. You probably won’t even notice that it’s plugged in as long as the cable is long enough to have a little extra slack, and isn’t one of those super thick sturdy cables that doesn’t bend very well. This one on Amazon is almost 10′ long and should give you plenty of extra cable to play with.
If you’re mostly using the VR headset for watching videos, you can save at least a little bit of battery life by copying the movies directly to the headset and playing them from there, instead of streaming them in a private browsing window or streaming them from your PC. But it’s not going to save a ton, and you’re better off just plugging it in if you’re having battery issues, especially since you’re not going to be moving your head as much while watching videos.
We’ve spent quite a bit of time playing with the Oculus while having it plugged in, and since the Go doesn’t have full motion controls anyway, most of what you’re doing is sitting still and looking side to side a little.
If your Oculus is dying really fast while it’s sitting in standby mode, you’ve really only got two options to work with for now. Hopefully Oculus will release an update at some point that makes it better, but you’ll need to work around it until they do.
The first option is to simply plug it in every single time that you set it down. Which you probably already suspected would work. Now you’re wondering why you read this article.
The second option is to make sure that you fully shut down the headset whenever you are done using it for the day, and luckily that’s really easy. We’ve tested and if you properly shut down when it’s not in use, the battery won’t drain.
The easiest way to do that is to hold down the power button for a few seconds, and this screen will show up. From here, select Power Off.
Alternatively, you can just hold down the power button on the front of the headset for 10 seconds to do a hard shutdown.
When you’re ready to play again, just hold down the button for a few seconds until the light comes back on, and it’ll boot up quickly and you can start playing virtual poker or whatever your favorite thing is.
Image Credit: ShutterStock, Oculus
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