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How to change the batteries on a Meta (Oculus) Quest 2 controller

It's not a tricky process.
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Published onDecember 27, 2023

The Meta Quest 2 is a standalone VR headset that lets you dive into many apps and VR games, but one of the downsides of its portability is the need to swap controller batteries every month or so — sometimes even more often if you’re an active user. Thankfully, it’s extremely easy to change the batteries on the Quest 2’s Touch controllers, and we’ll show you how.

QUICK ANSWER

To change a Meta Quest 2 controller battery:

  1. Look for the arrow on the controller battery cover's top edge.
  2. Slide the battery cover down towards the grip, following the direction of the arrow.
  3. Remove the old AA battery and replace it with a fresh one.
  4.  Slide the cover back into place, making sure you hear it click.

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What batteries do Meta (Oculus) Quest 2 controllers use?

Working in VR Oculus Quest 2
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Rather than using built-in rechargeable power, the Meta Quest 2’s Touch controllers rely on removable AA batteries. Each controller requires one AA, although you can use either disposable (alkaline) or rechargeable options as you see fit. Bear in mind that rechargeables tend not to last as long in one go, and you’ll need a dedicated charger to top them up.

How to change the batteries on the Meta (Oculus) Quest 2 controllers

A Meta Quest 2 controller with an open battery cover
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It’s usually best to wait until your batteries are nearly drained to change them, especially if you’re using disposables. We’ll cover how to check battery life in the next section. To replace a battery:

  • Look for the tiny arrow along the top edge of a controller’s battery cover.
  • Slide the battery cover downwards towards the grip in the direction of the arrow. Place your thumb on the arrow for added leverage.
  • Remove the old AA battery and swap in a new one. The positive end should face down.
  • Slide the cover back into place, making sure it clicks.

Try to use the same battery type in each controller. It’s hardly a disaster if you don’t, but if you’ve got an alkaline in one controller and a rechargeable in the other, your controllers will run out of power at different times.

How to check the battery life of your Meta (Oculus) Quest 2 controllers

Quick Settings on the Meta Quest 2
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No need to find out the hard way — you can check battery levels at any time.

  • Press the Oculus (oval) button on your right Touch controller.
  • Select the clock in the lower-left corner of the universal menu. This brings up Quick Settings.
  • In the top-left corner of Quick Settings, you’ll see levels for each controller, as well as the Quest itself.

FAQs

That depends entirely on how often you use your Quest and what kind of batteries you insert. Light usage and alkaline disposables could easily translate into a month or more. Heavy use and/or rechargeables are going to reduce that time, and there may also be differences between battery brands.

Anker makes a Meta-certified dock that can charge your headset and controllers simultaneously in 2.5 hours. The dock requires its own custom batteries and covers to work, however.

Yes, standard AA alkaline batteries will work. You can also use rechargeable AAs.