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How to fix Oculus Quest 2 controller drift

Man playing Oculus Quest and experiencing controller drift

Are you moving along to your favorite VR game, but your Oculus® (now known as Meta Quest) controller isn’t? You may have controller drift, a common problem with all gaming, but one that doesn't have to mean the end of your VR fun. With these simple steps, you can often fix drifting issues and get back to enjoying your Oculus Quest®.

Tech problems can be frustrating, but you're not alone. At uBreakiFix® by Asurion, we’ve got the know-how to help with all of your tech care needs—including getting you past any virtual roadblocks. Here’s how to fix Oculus Quest controller drift. 

Reset the controllers

What can you do if you notice your Oculus Quest 2 controller drifting? Starting with a reset can often fix various glitches.

Reset Oculus Quest 2 and 3 controllers

  1. Remove the battery from your controller and wait a few minutes before reinserting the battery.
  2. If needed, pair the controller with your headset again.

Reset Oculus Quest Pro controllers

  1. Turn your controllers off and on again.
  2. Place the controllers back on the charging dock for at least 30 seconds.

Clean the controllers

Dirt, dust, or debris around the controller's thumbsticks can cause drifting. A gentle cleaning can often resolve this issue.

Turn off the controller and use a dry microfiber cloth to clean around the thumbsticks gently. For stubborn grime, slightly dampen the cloth with a 50/50 mixture of isopropyl alcohol and water, but be careful not to let any liquid seep into the controller.

Recalibrate the Quest controllers

Sometimes, what your Oculus Quest controllers need is recalibration. It may sound complicated, but it’s not. This step can realign the controller's sensors and fix minor drift issues.

  1. Open the Meta Quest™ app.
  2. Tap Devices, and select your Oculus Quest.
  3. Select Controller > Calibrate Controller. Then, Follow the on-screen instructions to recalibrate your controller.

If you've tried these steps and still need a little help, we're right around the corner. Schedule a repair at the nearest uBreakiFix® by Asurion store and our certified experts can get your device back up and running as soon as the same day.

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