How to appear offline on Oculus Quest: Step By Step Guide

Looking for a way to hide your presence in the Oculus Quest? Our article can teach you how to appear offline on Oculus Quest. The Oculus Quest 2 offers a range of options for controlling your online presence. Perhaps you’d like to appear offline for a spell or be selective about who views your activities. This article will provide you with a comprehensive guide to customizing your privacy settings on the Oculus Quest 2.

The Oculus Quest 2 allows you to effortlessly switch to an “Appear Offline” status through the desktop app or by modifying your privacy settings to keep others from viewing your activity. By doing so, you can have more control over your online presence on the device.

You can also do this with a Quest 2 headset, a smartphone app, a desktop app, or the official Oculus website. Check out how to appear offline on Oculus Quest and the different options for appearing invisible on your Quest 2 below!

How to appear offline on Oculus Quest?

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The Oculus Quest 2 provides multiple methods for modifying your online appearance to other users. 

  • One way to seem offline is by utilizing the Oculus application on your personal computer.
  • You can control who sees your Quest 2 profile by adjusting the privacy settings on the desktop app, phone app, Oculus website, and Oculus Quest 2 headset.

Each of these things will be explained along with their disadvantages and advantages.

Using the Oculus Desktop App

To maintain privacy and keep others from seeing your online status, you can turn on the “Appear Offline” feature on your computer with the help of the Oculus app. This simple setting will hide your presence online and does not affect your other privacy settings.

To control your online visibility on the Quest 2 headset, you can use the Oculus desktop app. This is the only way you can either “Appear Offline” or “Appear Online” status. Here’s how to can do it:

  • Start with launching the Oculus desktop app on your PC.
  • Select the “Friends button”.
  • When you’re online, your profile picture on the Oculus Quest 2 will be displayed with a green dot, indicating your availability to others.
  • Click on the three dots.
  • Click on “Appear Offline”.
  • On the Oculus Quest 2, the absence of a green dot next to your profile picture will signal to others that you are now appearing offline.

The Oculus app must be installed on your computer to use this method. Unfortunately, adjusting your online status on the Oculus Quest 2 through the phone app, headset, or Oculus website, is not possible. But toggling your online appearance on the device is still a simple task that can be performed through other means.

See how to appear offline on Oculus Quest in this quick video

Using the Privacy Settings on Oculus Quest 2

Using Oculus Quest 2, you can appear offline by adjusting your privacy settings. Meta has created a set of user privacy settings that resemble those found on Facebook, making it easier for users to manage their privacy.

To manage your settings, you have various options available: you can modify them directly on your Quest 2 headset, through the Oculus desktop app, Oculus smartphone app, or on the Oculus website. By using these settings, you can toggle how visible you are to other users and what information they can see about you.

To appear offline, follow these steps:

  • Start with turning on your Oculus Quest 2 and putting it on.
  • The Oculus toolbar can then easily be accessed by using the right controller, just press the Oculus button on it.
  • Click your profile on the toolbar to access your profile settings.
  • Locate the “Edit Profile and Edit Avatar” option
  • Click on the three dots to its right
  • Select “Privacy Settings”.
  • you will now be able to adjust several Privacy Settings including Activity, Facebook Name, Active Status pushes notifications, and more.

The Oculus platform provides you with the option to control the visibility of your activities through the “Activity” toggle. You can choose between three different options: “Friends on Oculus”, “Public”, and “Only Me”. This allows you to determine who will be able to view your activity.

In the Activity settings, you have the power to determine who gets to see your Quest 2 and Oculus activities, including app usage, high scores, downloads,  and VR location data.

Using the Oculus App

You can manage your privacy preferences and online visibility on the Oculus Quest 2 through the smartphone app. With this app, you can set yourself as appearing either offline or online.

  • Log into your Oculus or Meta account on your smartphone after opening the Oculus app.
  • Click the menu button in the right corner of the screen.
  • Select Privacy Settings.
  • Just like the Oculus headsets, you can now adjust your privacy settings.

Using the Oculus Website

To tweak your privacy settings on Oculus Quest 2, the Oculus website offers a convenient option. The process is as follows:

  • To access your Oculus/Meta account, log in to the Oculus website on your profile page.
  • Select Privacy Center.
  • Now you can individually adjust each privacy setting.

On the Oculus website, to Appear Offline you cannot change your status or adjust your activity settings individually.

Only the Oculus desktop app allows you to toggle Appear Offline for Quest 2, and only the smartphone app or the desktop app allows you to adjust privacy settings app-by-app.


You will know how to appear offline on Oculus Quest after reading this article. By following the steps outlined, you will be able to turn off your location and pass through streams both in the Oculus Home app and inside of Oculus Quest itself. 

This will ensure that you are not broadcasting your location or activity to anyone online, which can help maintain your privacy. 


What does incognito mode in the Oculus browser mean?

By using the Oculus browser’s Private Mode, you can browse the web privately without storing any browsing history.

Is it possible to appear offline on Oculus?

You must change your status in Oculus Home (PC) to appear offline on Quest 2.