How to transfer captured video and photos from Oculus Quest to an Apple Mac

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If you prefer to record your gameplay locally on your Oculus Quest, rather than sharing it to Facebook, there is only one way to really transfer your video recordings and photos from your Oculus Quest headset to your desktop computer. It is fairly easy for PC users to do this, however if you are on an Apple Mac this guide is for you, because you have a do a few additional steps.

In this guide I will walk you though everything you need to do to transfer your captured videos or photos on your Oculus Quest, over to your Apple Mac. This guide will also work if you are using a PC, just skip to step 6.

  1. First Download Android File Transfer on to your Mac – https://www.android.com/filetransfer/ Click the Download Now button to download it to your Mac
  • Locate your Downloads folder and double click on the .DMG file
  • When the installer pops up, click and drag the Android File Transfer icon into your Applications folder to install the program
Tap and drag the Android File Transfer app into the applications folder
  • Before closing the popup, Double click the Applications folder to locate the program
Double click the Android File Transfer icon in your applications folder
  • Double click on the program to launch it, selecting Open if you get a security popup alerting you when you launch the application for the first time on your Mac.
Anker USB-A to USB-C (left) and USB-C to USB-C (right) cables
  • Now plug in your Oculus Quest to your Apple iMac desktop or MacBook using a USB-A to USB-C cable or if your newer Mac has a USB-C port, you can use a USB-C to USB-C cable, or use the bundled USB-C cable that came with your Oculus Quest.
  • First it will likely say No Android device is found. If that is the case, you need to set your Oculus Quest to Dev mode. To do this, do the following steps:
    • Boot up your Oculus Quest
    • Boot up the Oculus App on your smartphone
    • Select your Quest, which should be nearby, if you don’t see it, make sure both devices are on the same Network
    • Select More Settings
    • Select Developer mode
    • If the switch is already on (Blue), slide it off and then back on
  • Next go back to your Quest (if it has turned off, turn it back on) and you should see once it has booted up an Allow Access to Data popup, select Allow on this popup using you Touch controller or Volume button on the headset and it should go away.
Behold the Oculus file system – You’re in!
  • Now look back on your desktop and the alert will have gone away and you should be now looking at the Quest file system (above)
  • If you want to copy over any captured videos, double click the Oculus folder to open it, or select the arrow to expand it where you are.
Locate the video files and photos here. Simply drag what you want from here
  • Under the VideoShots folder (see above) are all the video captures you have recorded
  • Under Screenshots folder are all the still photos you have taken
  • Simply open a folder on your desktop where you want them – beware of large video files if you have limited storage on your desktop
  • Click the file/s from the Quest Android Transfer window and drag them into your desktop folder.
  • Once your file has been transferred over you can either delete it form your Quest to give you extra storage or keep it there.
  • That’s it!
  • To play the videos, double click them and they will appear in your default .mp4 player, which is usually Quicktime Player.

Troubleshooting

I keep getting the No device connected popup when connecting my Oculus Quest?

If you get this issue, try a different cable, but first try disconnecting the Quest from your Mac, then via the App switched Dev mode on or off and reconnect, keep switching Dev mode on or off and reconnect and it should eventually display the file system. Also check in the Quest for the Allow prompt that will appear when you connect the Quest each time.

I see files on the Oculus Quest but I cannot copy them over?

As above, try the same Dev mode steps. Sometimes the Quest loses track and I have had it once where Dev mode was off and I was able to access tracks. So try switching between modes and connecting the device each time. Also check in the Quest for the Allow prompt that will appear when you connect the Quest each time.

My audio in the videos from my Oculus Quest is out of sync?

This is a common issue and an issue that has still yet to be resolved. It varies between games and gameplay videos. One time you might be lucky, another it could be a second or two out of sync. If you are sharing videos to YouTube, make sure you address this before you upload. Most video packages including iMovie allow you to disconnect the audio stream and manually adjust it in the timeline.

My recorded videos are pixelated around the edges on the Oculus Quest?

This is a technique developers use in their games to aid performance of their games on the Quest. It is called Fixed Foveated Rendering. It is a process that renders the edges of your eye textures at a lower resolution than at the centre. It is harder to spot whilst in your Quest, but it is more obvious when playing back video. Sadly there is nothing you can do here.

Why is my video and photos square on the Oculus Quest?

Each video display in your Quest is square. The video capture is recorded from the left eye display at 1024×1024 resolution, meaning you only get one square-based video capture or photo from your quest.

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