Plug in to your Gear VR and Nothing Happens? Here’s What to do Next!

Samsung Gear VR is one of the most impressive pieces of technology I’ve ever held in my hands. It’s made of plastic and fits like a gloved hand, and it’s powered by a smartphone. It’s incredibly lightweight and portable, and comes with a powerful and detailed controller that lets you navigate the virtual world with precision and ease. My only issue is the Gear VR headset. I’ve experienced a problem where when I put on my goggles, the phone’s display is completely black.

[In this blog post] you will learn how to solve the following issues when you are trying to turn on your Gear VR headset: – You have forgotten your USB cable. – The headset is not powered by a USB cable. – The headset is not powered by a USB cable but shows a notification in the Gear VR that a USB cable is needed to power the device. – Your computer is not recognizing the headset. – Your USB ports are not recognizing the headset. – The headset is not recognizing your PC.

You’ve just plugged in your Gear VR. The blue light hasn’t even turned on, and you’re already starting to get frustrated. Why can’t I see anything? What happened here? If you’re getting impatient with the lack of immersion, here’s what you can do to speed things along.

Getting into your Gear VR is usually as simple as connecting in your phone and putting on your headset. If, however, nothing occurs when you connect your phone into the Gear VR, you have a problem.

Before you get too worked up, know that there are two possible reasons for this problem, and we’ll tell you what to do about it.

Your phone isn’t properly plugged in.


If Oculus isn’t starting properly, the first thing to verify is that your phone is properly plugged in. It’s conceivable that despite the fact that you believe your phone is securely connected into your Gear VR, it isn’t. When you flip your phone over and snap it into the headset, be sure it doesn’t want to move and that it’s placed securely.

If your phone is correctly connected when you flip it over, Oculus should start up and you should hear the software start up sounds. If you’re quite certain your phone is in the right place, you may be dealing with a more severe issue.

A problem has arisen with the program.


There’s a chance that something is wrong with your software right now. Before contacting Oculus Support to see if they can assist you with this problem, there is one more thing you may do.

Navigate to your settings, then to your applications. Gear VR service, Update Gear Setup Wizard, Gear VR Video, Oculus, Oculus Home, and Oculus System are all activities that should be uninstalled. It’s also a good idea to remove them in the sequence mentioned above. After you’ve deleted everything, you’ll need to reinstall the Oculus software. This may very well be the solution to your issue. If it doesn’t, and you still can’t get Oculus to launch, you’ll need to contact Oculus Support and have them troubleshoot the problem with you.

Instructions in detail

  1. Take your phone out of the Gear VR headset and put it aside.
  2. Go to the settings menu.
  3. Go to the app store.
  4. Gear VR Service should be uninstalled.
  5. Update Gear Setup Wizard should be uninstalled.
  6. Remove Gear VR Video from your computer.
  7. Oculus should be uninstalled.
  8. Oculus Home should be uninstalled.
  9. Oculus System Activities should be uninstalled.
  10. Re-insert your phone into the Gear VR headset.
  11. A voice prompt will ask you to remove your phone, and you’ll be led through the process of reinstalling Oculus.



It may be inconvenient not to be able to leap into VR as soon as you plug your phone in, but there are two ways you can do to solve the problem from home. Unfortunately, these changes may not be enough, and if that’s the case, you’ll have to contact Oculus directly to find out what’s going on. Have you ever encountered this issue? Is there a remedy you’re aware of that we haven’t mentioned? Make sure to tell us about it in the comments section!