Oculus Quest 2 low memory, and you’re getting game crashes or inability to install anything?
The reason why you’re seeing “low memory” on your Oculus Quest headset can be caused by insufficient RAM memory or not enough storage space.
So, this guide will help you identify the type of your Oculus Quest 2 memory problem and help you solve this as quickly as possible!
To resolve lower memory crashes or insufficient storage on Oculus Quest 2, begin with a power circulation to close all currently opened apps. Then uninstall and delete anything from the VR headset that you don’t need and ultimately perform a factory reset process.
Let’s continue to unwrap!
How to Get More Memory on Quest 2?
To get more available memory on your Oculus Quest 2, you will have to delete data from the unit to free up the storage.
Also, many people wonder whether it’s possible to update the VR headset’s storage, but unfortunately, you can’t do this at home since it requires a specialist.
However, before deleting anything or troubleshooting your Oculus Quest 2, let’s determine which memory is low–the system memory (RAM) or the storage space.
Low System Memory
The system memory (RAM) is the required space for hosting open applications on your Oculus Quest and on almost any device with an operating system.
Whenever the system memory RAM is low, and there is not enough for the selected game or app, you will face freeze, lag, or crash.
Low Storage Space
The storage space on your Oculus Quest 2 is 64 GB, 128 GB, or 256 GB, based on the model of the VR headset.
So when this storage gets filled with installed applications and games, you cannot download anything else.
In addition, when the operating storage of your Oculus Quest 2 is full, you may also encounter lag in the menus or delays in your games and apps.
The only solution is to free up storage on your Oculus Quest 2 to provide some space for additional games/apps or other needed content.
How to Fix Oculus Quest 2 Low Memory?
Tip: Follow the steps in consecutive order!
1. Reboot Your Oculus Quest 2!
The first step is to reboot your Oculus Quest 2, a simple yet effective solution against any potential system bugs with the memory.
If the error you encounter is only temporary, your system will be fresh and error-free after the power circulation.
- To shut down your Oculus Quest 2, hold the power button for 20+ seconds!
Alternatively, you may hold the Power button only until the boot menu appears, and from there, select the “Shutdown” option.
However, it’s essential to entirely power off your unit, which will restart the operating system and refresh all the services.
Tip: Keeping your Oculus Quest unplugged for longer helps against overheating!
2. Free Up More Available Space!
If your Oculus Quest 2 doesn’t have enough space in its storage, the device will behave weirdly.
This happens because many apps and games constantly require minor updates, and whenever the storage is insufficient, updates will fail, leaving your Oculus Quest 2 headset apps outdated.
In addition, when the storage on your headset is full, you will not be able to download any more apps or games until you erase already stored content.
How to Uninstall Apps from Oculus Quest?
Here’s how to remove apps, images, and videos from your Oculus Quest 2:
- First, verify that your Oculus Quest is turned on.
- Then, from the menu dock, select “App Library.”
- Next, go to the App Library and enter “Settings.”
- From there, enter the “Storage” to find all apps.
- Through the drop-down menu, select the content.
- Info: Set the view for images, videos, or apps.
- To remove, select the Trash Bin icon “Uninstall.”
If you’ve made too many recordings, then make sure to check whether you don’t need any of them and erase them from your Oculus Quest 2.
If you don’t have too many recordings, you can keep them, but make sure to uninstall any apps that you don’t need or won’t use in the future.
Important: Make sure that there are at least 10 GB of free space on your Oculus Quest 2
3. Close Any Background Apps!
Oculus Quest 2 allows up to 3 simultaneously working tasks, hence, the system memory (RAM) might not be enough to host all of them altogether.
Hence, we strongly recommend checking if the “low memory” notification will appear when using only one app or game (task) at a time.
- To close running apps on Oculus Quest 2, select the “Quit” button from the panel!
If necessary, reboot your Oculus Quest 2 to verify that all background processes are stopped and test whether the memory error will appear.
If yes, then perhaps the selected application is way too demanding for Oculus Quest 2, probably designed and tested only on Oculus Quest 3.
Let’s learn more about that in the following solution!
4. Test Memory on Official Apps!
If the Oculus Quest 2 memory is low and you’re unable to resolve the issue, perhaps the fault is related to a sideloaded application.
It’s essential to test and determine the functionality of your Oculus Quest 2 only when using testified apps downloaded from the official Meta Quest Store.
If you’re experiencing memory errors on apps downloaded “externally,” also called “sideloaded apps,” chances are that your Oculus model can’t handle them.
You can justify this theory if you are also experiencing freezes or crashes from the application that is showing the memory error.
Note: If your Oculus Quest memory is low on official applications, the issue is with your headset!
5. Update Your Oculus Quest 2
Sometimes, the “low memory” error appears because of a recently failed firmware update, causing a memory leak in your VR headset system.
To overcome such complications, you must manually trigger a software update through the settings of your Oculus Quest 2 headset.
Here’s how to manually update your Oculus Quest 2 headset:
- First, verify that your Oculus Quest 2 is turned on.
- Using the right controller, press the Oculus button.
- Use the pointer to select the “Settings” menu tab.
- With the thumbstick, move down through the menu.
- Locate and enter the “About” section from the tab.
- Then, select “Download, Install, or Install Update.”
Your Oculus Quest 2 headset will soon start updating and will restart during the process.
Hence, remain patient throughout the firmware upgrade, and when the process is over, you can test if the memory error will continue to appear.
Note: To update the firmware, your Oculus Quest 2 must be connected to the internet!
6. Factory Reset the VR Headset
One of the most effective solutions against “low memory” on Oculus Quest 2 is to perform the power cycle process.
This method is incredibly effective but comes with a great downside since all of the data, apps, games, recordings, and images on your Quest will be permanently erased.
Warning: The information lost after a factory reset cannot be recovered!
Here’s how to perform a factory reset on your Oculus Quest 2:
- First, hold the Power button to turn off the unit.
- Then, press and hold the Power + Volume (-).
- Release whenever the boot prompt appears.
- Info: Use the Volume Down to scroll the menu.
- You must highlight and select “Factory Reset.”
- Info: Use the Power button to select the option.
- Confirm that you want to reset the VR headset.
When the Oculus Quest 2 is factory reset, you will be prompted to set up the initial settings, such as connecting to WiFi and signing into your account.
When ready, you must download the apps you typically use, and the “low memory” OS error message should no longer appear.
Tip: Factory reset your Oculus Quest 2 only as a last resort!
Need More Help?
If your Oculus Quest 2 still shows “low memory,” or your games and apps are crashing, you may need to report the problem to Meta Customer Support.
Hence, whenever your Oculus Quest 2 low memory error occurs, reboot your VR headset to force-close all open apps and services.
Then, free up some storage by uninstalling any apps, images, or videos you don’t need, and as a last resort, factory reset your headset.
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