The Oculus Quest 2 charging lights were installed to give you its battery status. A red, orange, or green light indicates the amount of life left in the battery. These lights are similar to a regular traffic light where green means you’re good to go, and red, well, not so much.
Although these colors generally point to your device’s battery life, the different colors can sometimes indicate a problem with your Oculus. If you have an Oculus Quest 2 blinking orange light problem, keep reading to find a solution.
Why Is My Oculus Quest 2 Flashing Orange?
The most common reason an Oculus Quest 2 orange light will flash is that the battery is low and needs to charge. Try charging your device and see if that stops the blinking.
Occasionally, even with a proper charge, there may still be a flashing orange light. If the blinking orange light does not stop after charging, there may be a different issue. A few other reasons beyond the battery life can cause the light to flash orange continuously.
1. Oculus Not Connecting
Your Oculus Quest 2 may be blinking an orange light because the battery isn’t charging correctly. The blinking can sometimes happen when the device is not connecting correctly. Without a proper connection, the device cannot charge correctly, thus, giving you an orange flashing light.
Instead of using the Oculus charging station, you may need to try plugging in the sensors and headset directly to get a good connection.
The blinking orange light on your Oculus Quest 2 could also indicate that either your USB port or the USB-C cables aren’t working correctly and may need to be replaced. The orange light will continue to blink when plugged in if either of these is causing a weak or inconsistent connection.
The USB cable is a little easier of an issue to solve as most people generally have an extra USB-C cord that can be changed out to see if this is the problem.
If you have already established the USB port or cord isn’t the problem, you may need to look at either the software for the Oculus itself or the graphics driver on your PC.
2. Oculus Software
Another reason the Oculus Quest 2 has a blinking orange light is related to the battery not charging correctly, but it may not be a physical issue. You will want to check your software information for your Oculus Quest 2.
The current software being used may be corrupt, and it could be causing charging issues with your Oculus Quest 2. If this is the case, a software update may be necessary to get your Oculus charging and the orange light to stop blinking. The other software problem that can cause the orange blinking light could be on your PC.
3. Oculus Graphics Driver Issue
If you have a blinking orange light with a black screen, your Nvidia graphics driver may be damaged. If the graphics driver is faulty, it can cause your Oculus not to function correctly.
How To Fix the Oculus Orange Light Blinking?
If you haven’t yet established the reason behind the Oculus Quest 2 blinking orange light, I suggest you first try charging your Oculus Quest 2 by first charging it directly with the cables that came with your device. Then, if this orange light is still flashing, try the following steps to solve the problem.
1. Change USB Ports
Before changing the USB port, be sure that it isn’t just your USB-C cable causing the problem. First, ensure that you’re using the cord that came with the device. Sometimes using a different USB-C cord may fit, but it won’t give the proper charge necessary to get your device charging correctly.
If you already use the right cord for your Oculus, try switching out with another USB-C cable. Make sure you switch out with a different USB cord that you know works. If the light is still blinking orange, even with an extra USB cord, you may want to consider changing the USB port itself.
If changing the USB-C cord didn’t work, the issue may be that the USB port isn’t working correctly and may need to be replaced. If this is faulty, no matter what cord you use, the charge isn’t going to be an effective one.
It’s usually preferred to use a 3.0 port over a 2.0 port, so you may want to consider upgrading this while you’re making the change.
2. Update Oculus Software
Out-of-date software can cause the orange blinking light by affecting the charging process of your Oculus Quest 2. Oculus software updates should happen automatically. However, if it does not update on its own, you can initiate it manually.
Under the settings option for your Oculus on your PC, you should find a “system” option to select. Under “systems,” is where you should be able to locate the option to perform a software update.
Complete the software update and allow both the PC and the Oculus Quest 2 to restart. If this process doesn’t work, move on to the next step, where you check on your graphics driver for your PC.
3. Update Graphics Driver
If you find there is a problem with the graphics driver on your PC, you may need to update the driver.
To do the update, you need to open up the device manager and look for “display adapters.” Right-click on this to display more options and select the one that says “properties.”
After selecting the “drivers” tab, choose “update drivers” to begin the updating process. Once the PC has completed the update, restart both the PC and your Oculus Quest 2 and try getting it to work correctly again.
Oculus Quest 2 Controller Blinking 3 Times
When your Oculus Quest 2 controller is blinking 3 times, it is actually using morse code to say “SOS.” This stands for “save our ship” and traditionally means there’s a problem.
With your Oculus controller, this usually means it is in update mode. To solve this, you can let the controllers complete the update. However, if you think this may not be the case for yours or want to avoid the update, you can stop this process in a few different ways.
You may be able to disrupt the update status on your controller by taking out the batteries and re-insert them.
Make sure that the batteries you’re using are clean and not dead. You will also want to wait about 10 minutes before re-inserting the batteries and starting up your Oculus Quest 2 and controllers. Waiting before inserting the batteries will disrupt the wireless link between the device and the controllers. Another way to stop the update mode is by disconnecting the controllers from your Oculus device.
If re-inserting the batteries didn’t help, the other way to change the mode on your Oculus controllers is to unpair the controllers and try pairing them again. You can do this conveniently from the Oculus app. If these steps don’t solve the problem, you may want to reach out to Oculus customer care.
If your Oculus Quest 2 has a blinking orange light, this usually means it just needs to be charged. If charging it does not solve the problem and there is sufficient battery life, try updating the Oculus software or graphics driver. The next step to try would be a new USB-C cord or possibly even changing out the USB port on your Oculus.
Frequently Asked Questions
While the Oculus Quest 2 is charging, it should glow an orange color until completely charged. The LED should be green once fully charged.
The orange light will be on when your Oculus Quest 2 is charging.
If your Oculus Quest 2 won’t turn on, it might be because the battery is not charged. First, connect your Oculus to the charging station. If your device is not charging, even when connected to the Anker Oculus Quest 2 charging dock, the origin of the problem could be the charging port, the charger not being compatible, an overheated battery, or a power source that is not working.
If your Oculus Quest 2’s red light stays on, the battery is extremely low (10% or below) and requires an immediate charge. Once plugged in, it should become orange until it is completely charged. When the battery is fully charged, the light will be green.
If your Oculus Quest 2 is flashing red light when charging, it could mean a few things. The device may not be receiving enough power when charging, or there’s a bad connection with the battery. These problems could be caused by the charging cable or port or the outlet itself malfunctioning and not allowing a proper charge. A damaged battery can also cause issues that drive the light to blink.
The first thing to do when your Oculus Quest 2 is not turning on is to ensure there’s enough battery life. If the system is charged, the next thing to try is performing a hard reboot.
A hard reboot requires you to hold the power button down for a minimum of 30 seconds. In some cases, it may be up to 60 seconds. Then, once the light turns white, you can release the power button, and the system should start up.
If the hard reboot does not work, you can try using the boot menu to boot the device or perform a factory reset manually. Although a factory reset is not the most favored option, sometimes it is the only one.
As long as your Oculus Quest 2 is working correctly, you should be able to achieve a full charge in roughly two and a half hours. You can charge it using the USB-C adapter that comes with the device or an Anker Quest 2 charging dock.
You can try a few things to fix the Oculus app on your PC. First, try restarting the app. If this doesn’t work, you may need to restart the PC. The other option is to delete the app and reinstall it completely.