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Oculus Sideloading Now Requires Phone Number Or Card

Facebook now requires you to provide a phone number or payment card details to sideload apps an Oculus Quest.

This move was first announced more than a year ago but has only been enforced since last week, an Oculus developer blog post explains. Facebook describes this as ‘developer verification’.

To sideload applications to an Oculus headset you have always needed to enable Developer Mode, and this requires declaring yourself a VR developer and accepting the Oculus Developer Terms of Service. But now you’ll need to also verify your account with an SMS or payment card details.

If you haven’t verified, Developer Mode will be disabled on your headset and you won’t be able to access sideloaded content or sideload new content.

Enabling Developer Mode is needed to install apps from third party store SideQuest, as it installs apps by automating the sideloading process.

If you need to verify your developer account, you can do so in the Oculus Developer Dashboard.

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