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Healium Pre-Release App Now Available to Install on Oculus Quest and Quest 2 via SideQuest

You can now install Healium onto your Quest or Quest 2 using an app called SideQuest. This version is a pre-release of our app which includes the data dashboard–a first-time feature for our users.

Written by Bethany Schoengarth
October 15th, 2020

If you’ve been following our journey as an owner of an Oculus Quest or a new owner of a Quest 2, just waiting for the day we announce our arrival, the day has finally arrived. This version is a pre-release of our app which includes the data dashboard–a first-time feature for our users. Try it out and let us know what you think. Let’s get started. 

 

What is SideQuest?

SideQuest is a third-party app that allows you to install content on your Quest that’s not available in the Oculus Store. SideQuest also has an expansive library of exclusive apps in categories such as fitness, adventure, education, puzzle, hand-tracking, and more.

 

We’ve used SideQuest for years and it’s trusted by many developers. Typically, it’s used for pre-release content, alternate versions of an app, custom content, or insightful tools for your VR headset.

 

To enjoy Healium on your Quest, you’ll use SideQuest to sideload onto your device.    

 

What is sideloading?

Sideloading refers to the method in which you install content on your Oculus Quest that is not available on the Oculus Store. If you install anything on your Quest that is outside of the Oculus Store, you’re sideloading. Technically, anyone can sideload content on their Quest–SideQuest just makes it easier and gives you the ability to choose other apps on the platform as well. You can rest assured that our content is safe to install on your device, and we take care of protecting your privacy and data.

 

It’s a very common process, but it does require a few extra steps. You’ll need your Quest headset, the original charging cord, a laptop, and access to your Oculus account. We’ll walk you through it below.  

 

Why do I need to sideload Healium?

The version you’ll be installing is a pre-release of our app. Although it contains all of the exciting new features, it’s not quite ready for the official Oculus Store. By providing access via SideQuest, we’re giving you the ability to try it before it’s officially released. We do this because we value your feedback and as an early adopter, you can help us shape the future of our app.

 

Please keep in mind that while using the app, you may experience a glitch in the software. If you can email us, we really appreciate it so we can fix it for you and any other users who might be experiencing the same thing. 

 

When we do have updates to our software, we want to give you the newest version of our app as soon as we have it available. SideQuest allows us to deliver our new data dashboard and updated wearable integrations faster to our users.

 

How do I use SideQuest to install Healium on my Oculus Quest?

Now that we’ve covered the FAQs, let’s get Healium installed on your Oculus Quest VR headset.

 

There are a few steps that will only be required the first time you use SideQuest. You won’t need to do this every time you want to sideload something.

Quest and Quest 2 headsets

Installing Healium on Your Quest or Quest 2

Before you begin, you’ll need:

–Access to a computer

–Your mobile phone, signed into your Oculus app

–Your Oculus Quest

–Your Oculus Quest charger cord to connect it to your computer

 

1) Make an Oculus Developer Account and Organization

Don’t worry! It is not necessary to be a developer to create this type of account, and it is completely free. 

–On your computer, Go to dashboard.oculus.com to sign up for an account

–After creating an account, you will be prompted to create an organization (Name it whatever you like) Accept the developer Non-Disclosure Agreement and you’re done!

If you have trouble with creating an organization see more detailed instructions here.

 

2) Enable Developer Mode

–On your Oculus phone app, go to Settings in the bottom right corner, and make sure your phone’s Bluetooth is enabled. 

–Select the proper headset and ensure it is connected. There should be a green circle underneath the name. Choose More Settings > Developer Mode and turn on Developer Mode. 

–Restart the headset by holding down the power button and selecting Restart when prompted. 

–After restarting, go to the Library, and there should now be an option for Unknown Sources

 

3) Install SideQuest on your computer

–On your computer, download SideQuest here

–Open and install the downloaded SideQuest file. 

Note: You may receive a warning about this file being a security risk. That’s ok. Allow it to run/install.

 

For Windows Computers Only – Install Drivers:  Download the Oculus drivers here

Once downloaded, unzip the files and right-click > install, the android_winusb.inf file.

 

4) Connect your Quest to SideQuest Software 

–Plug your Quest into your computer 

You can use the charging cord it came with, or if you do not have a USB-C port on your computer, an android USB-C phone cord should work as well. 

–Inside the headset, there should be a prompt asking to Allow USB Debugging

–Check the box Always allow from this computer and select OK. 

–Looking at your computer, the dot in the top left corner of SideQuest should now be green.

 

5) Find Healium on SideQuest or visit this link.

–Click Install to Headset

 

6) Put on your Oculus Quest headset. Select the dots to open your Apps

–In the upper right, click on the down arrow to show all

–Then, select Unknown Sources 

–This time you will see an app titled Healium

–Congratulations, you’ve successfully installed Healium on your Oculus Quest! 

 

7) Download Healium Experiences and Enjoy!

–When you get into the Healium app, there is a tutorial video to give you an overview of the app, and a quiz to help recommend some starting experiences based on your mood. 

–Just hover the wand over the experience you’d like to download. 

–We’d recommend starting with Awake the Light or Dream Pool. 

 

Healium virtual reality dashboard

Get ready, get set, relax.

You’ll only need to download the individual videos one time. After you’ve completed this process, to revisit the Healium app, you can find it in your Oculus Quest by clicking on the dots to open your apps and in the upper right corner, click on the down arrow to show all, then click Unknown Sources. 

 

Give it a try and let us know what you think. We value your feedback so we can continue to improve. 

 

Written by Bethany Schoengarth
October 15th, 2020