Sunday, April 14, 2024

FIVE Tips and Trick to Browsing Website with Meta Quest

The web browser on the Meta Quest headset isn't just for YouTube or checking out game tutorials. It's a gateway to a plethora of apps and games you won't find in the app store, and there are some handy features you might not know about.

The Meta Quest Browser is a modified version of Chromium for Android, so it can display most traditional websites and many web apps. It also acts as a launcher for WebXR content, allowing you to experience web-based virtual and augmented reality. However, there are some missing features compared to regular mobile browsers, such as push notification support and syncing with desktop browsers. Here, we'll delve into some lesser-known features as well as functionalities you might have overlooked until now.

Use Bookmarks

Bookmarks may not always be necessary on desktops and mobile devices since you can use the address bar search or tab lists to quickly jump to commonly visited pages. However, you'll definitely want to use bookmarks in the Quest web browser. Typing search queries is usually slower in VR, and the Quest web browser doesn't allow you to "pin" sites to your main app list (like you can with other mobile browsers).

You can bookmark the current page by clicking the Bookmark button in the toolbar. You'll have the option to rename and choose a parent folder before saving it. Bookmarks can be accessed from the browser's main menu, and you can edit or move them from the Bookmark Manager.

Unfortunately, you have to open the side panel every time before accessing your bookmarks. New tab pages are locked to pages and sites recommended by Meta, rather than your own saved sites.

Add Your Password Manager

The Meta Quest Browser can't sync with desktop browsers or use regular desktop extensions, so logging into websites can be a cumbersome and time-consuming process. The best solution for this is to add a web-based password manager app to your bookmarks, providing you with a shorter path to copy and paste login information when you need it.

For example, if your passwords are stored in Google Chrome or the Google Password Manager, open on your Quest and bookmark it. When you need a password later on, simply open the password manager from your bookmarks, rather than trying to type it from your phone or computer screen.

Send Links to Your Headset

The Meta Quest apps can send web links from your phone or tablet to the Quest browser, which in some cases might be faster than typing or searching for them directly in the headset. First, install the Quest app from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store, if you haven't already. With the app installed, simply select the Quest app when sharing a link from the web browser or any other app.

The Quest app will give you the option to immediately open the page on your headset, or save it for later access on the Explore screen of your headset.

Resize Windows

Quest headsets limit you to three browser windows at a time, but you can resize them to give more space to the more important windows. For example, you could keep a news feed open in a vertical-shaped window to the side while your main browsing activity is front and center in a wide-screen window.

First, if you're not already in the larger curved window view, click the Switch Distance button in the main toolbar. Then you'll see resize buttons when pointing or tapping your finger at a window's corner. You can drag the corner while holding the trigger button to resize the window.

Play Web VR Games

New tab pages in the Quest Browser feature some VR games and demos, but you can play almost any WebXR content. The best place to find it might be, which has a special section for VR and AR games that you can play from the browser. In some cases, you may need to click a VR button somewhere to enable the game to use the full display.

Most browser-based VR experiences are more limited than downloadable games and apps, but there are still some interesting games and demos out there. For example, Planets by Earth shows you what each planet in the solar system looks like from the vantage point of the Moon while standing in a wide-open field under a starry sky.

That wraps up the content about 5 Tips and Tricks for the Meta Quest Web Browser. Hope it helps! 



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