How to remove the head strap from the Oculus Quest 2

by Brett Decker

If you're a virtual reality fan, you may have already heard about the Oculus Quest 2 . It's been touted by some as one of the best VR headsets in the market, and for good reasons.

Not all heads are shaped the same, and some have raised concerns about the head straps being uncomfortable. Some find adjusting the straps difficult, especially those with longer hair. Not only do these straps affect comfort, they're also a pain when it comes to storage.

It's important that you know how to properly remove the head straps so you avoid damaging your Oculus Quest device. Knowing this trick comes in handy when you want to put in the glasses spacer, wash the faceplate, or replace the strap.

Removing the faceplate

While the faceplate is designed for easy cleaning, you'll still have to remove it from the rest of the headset. If you're just doing some light surface cleaning, you can wipe it off with the same cloth you use with the lenses. Otherwise, you'll need to detach it completely, especially if you want to attach the eyeglasses spacer that comes with Oculus Quest 2.

You can carefully pull the faceplate off of the headset, but this isn't the most gentle solution. Yes, Quest 2 is the most affordable VR headset in the market, but that doesn't mean you can just yank the faceplate out carelessly.

The faceplate is connected to the headset on three main points: the middle of the top of the headset near where the top strap connects and on the sides of the nose. Just pop out these connections and you should be able to gently remove the faceplate from the headset.

Removing the head strap

Removing the straps is trickier as they're connected to the little "arms" that come off of either sides of the headset. These arms are the device's onboard speakers, so wouldn't want to bend or put too much pressure on them.

To take the straps off, grab the hard plastic bits at the front of the side straps (avoid the plastic bit with the black line) and carefully remove them. Then, remove the faceplate. Peel off the Velcro strap and pull it through the slot.

How to install the head strap to Oculus Quest 2

If you want to put the straps back, do what you did to take them off but in reverse order. Slide the Velcro through the same slot you slid it out of, then snap the side straps on either end of the headset. Reattach the faceplate, and you're good to go!

Reasons to change your Oculus Quest 2 head strap

The top reason why you might want to change straps is that they're dirty. Since they're white, all the accumulated dirt will show. And who would want to put a grimy headset on?

Another reason is if the straps have been damaged. Compared to the original Quest, Quest 2 has relatively less durable straps.

This durability issue has gotten even worse with the introduction of the Elite Strap.

While it comes with an extra battery pack to extend your Oculus Quest 2 battery life, there have been reports about the straps breaking after just a year of use.

Oculus insists that the Elite Strap is an upgrade of the original head strap and that these reports are isolated cases.

But they still extended its warranty from one year to two years.

How to clean your Oculus Quest 2 head strap

If it's just dirt you're worried about, you don't have to change the original strap. Just wash it using cold water and soap, allow it to dry, and reattach it to the device.


Does the Oculus Quest 2 head strap come off?

Yes, the Oculus Quest 2 Head Strap comes off.

How do I take my Oculus straps off?

To do this, grab the hard plastic part at the front of the side straps (avoid the plastic bit with the black line) and carefully remove them. Then, remove the faceplate. Peel off the Velcro strap and pull it through the slot.

Can you replace the headband on the Oculus Quest 2?

Yes, you can replace the headband on the Oculus Quest 2.

How do you loosen a VR strap?

To loosen the side straps, move the sliders toward the top strap. To tighten them, move the sliders away from the top strap.

Is the Oculus head strap washable?

Yes, the Oculus head strap can be washed using soap and cold water.

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