7 Best Apps for Google Daydream

A man sits, with a grey Daydream View headset on his face.

Google Daydream is a headset built to let you enjoy everything that VR has to offer, all by using your phone to power it. To put it more simply, Daydream View is Google's VR headset, and it's run by using a compatible phone. You just toss your phone into the headset, put it on, and go on an adventure only VR can offer.

From watching your favorite shows and movies, to watching 360-degree videos, to
games that transport you to space, there are plenty of awesome games and apps to explore. We've collected seven of the best for you right here!

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Netflix VR: Watch Your Shows In VR

A coffee table sits in front of a screen that says Netflix.

What We Like

  • You can binge all of your favorite shows, and catch up without spoiling anybody else in the house by accident!

What We Don't Like

  • Watching more than an episode or two at a time can start to seriously strain your eyes, which means you won't be catching the new season of your favorite show in a single sitting. 


Who doesn't love binging their favorite show on Netflix? Whether you're checking out the newest comedy special, or your favorite show from years ago, Netflix is overflowing with content.

With Daydream View you can sit back, relax and enjoy your favorite shows without any interruptions. While we don't suggest bingeing an entire season in one sitting, it is a great way to relax and escape the real world for a little while.

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Darknet: Hack Your Way To Riches

A grid decorated in colors, one of the puzzles you need to solve in Darknet.

What We Like

  • Darknet brings a fun puzzle game with lots of moving parts that is way too easy to get sucked into. 

What We Don't Like

  • If you don't spend your money wisely you can easily get overwhelmed by superbly difficult puzzles without the necessary tools to win. It's also easy to get disoriented when trying to find the correct node to hack for maximum efficiency. 

Have you ever wished you were a hacker, digging through information on the web to try and find information? Well, Darknet takes you there. This is a puzzle game that has you hacking nodes, and solving puzzles within a time frame in order to complete your missions.

It starts out pretty simple and then gets more complicated. The aim of the game is to infect nodes in order to extract information. To do that you'll need to use a variety of tools like worms or exploits, and then complete a puzzle on a large grid.

Each level has a difficulty grade, a time limit, and rewards. You use those rewards to get yourself more starting money, or better tools to use. It's a gritty cyberpunk future, so get hacking!

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Fulldive VR: Explore 360-Degree Streaming Videos

icons of the different features of Fulldive VR on a phone.

What We Like

  • Fulldive VR delivers tons of great videos, and they are all categorized making it easy to find the exact content you are looking for without hunting for twenty minutes. 

What We Don't Like

  • Since users can upload their own videos, not everything is in an awesome resolution, and some Pixel XL users have mentioned incompatibility issues with the app. 

There are thousands of amazing 360-degree videos lurking out there, just waiting for you to take a peek. However, trying to find them can be more of a hassle than you want to deal with.

Full dive VR is a streaming video app with thousands of videos. All of them are separated by category and allows you to upload your own 360-degree photos and videos to share.

Fulldive VR delivers tons of content that has all been built for VR. This means you don't have to pick your way through normal videos, and with the trending tag you can see the most popular videos on the site as they go viral.

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Keep Talking And Nobody Explodes: Work With Your Friends To Disarm A Bomb In VR

A bomb sits on a table, there is a folder labeled menu on the right, and a timer on the left.

What We Like

  • You're able to bring your friends and family in on the fun, even if they are prone to motion sickness or don't like the idea of wearing a headset on their face. It makes VR far less isolated which means more fun for everyone in the room. 

What We Don't Like

  • You can only play this game with a partner. If you're hanging out by yourself, you won't be able to play since one player is required to disarm the bomb while the other reads the directions out in the real world. 

VR with Daydream is usually a pretty solitary experience. You put on your headset, and you tune out the real world. Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes is a game that requires you to disarm a bomb, while your friend reads you the instructions.

One person wears the headset and sees a bomb ticking down, that must be disarmed. The other player, sitting in the real world has the bomb manual. You'll have to work together if you want to succeed, making this a fun game for groups to play together.

Just be careful when you start to disarm the bomb! There are several different bombs and if you aren't getting the directions for the right one you're not going to disarm it so much as blow your virtual self up. 

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YouTube VR: Explore YouTube VR Videos

Options for new videos are overlaid over a music video.

What We Like

  • You can take advantage of all the amazing content that YouTube has to offer whether it's VR ready or just filmed regularly! 

What We Don't Like

  • The YouTube VR app has had some issues with the app regularly crashing which is a serious bummer for anyone who is in the middle of a video. There have also been reports of laggy videos, or artifacts popping up on the screen while watching.

YouTube is known for the place where you can video of just about anything, and that goes for VR as well. YouTube's VR app on Google Daydream gives you access to everything the platform has to offer.

This means you can catch up with your favorite vloggers, watch clips from Hamilton, or just see where the recommended tab takes you. YouTube has tons of 360-degree content to delve into, along with the usual content you can view from your phone. 

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Wands: Fling Spells In A Mage Duel

A hooded wizard throws a fireball at an opponent.

What We Like

  • You can binge all of your favorite shows, and catch up without spoiling anybody else in the house by accident!

What We Don't Like

  • Watching more than an episode or two at a time can start to seriously strain your eyes, which means you won't be catching the new season of your favorite show in a single sitting. 

In VR you can be anything you want to be, and if you've ever dreamed of participating in a wizard's duel, then Wands is the game to check out.

You play a wizard in a steampunk 1880s London, and the only real goal in this game to take out the wizard you are dueling against. How do you do that? By flinging spells of course! You're able to transport around the battle area, choose the spells in your arsenal, and hopefully become the last wizard standing. ​

This game can take a bit of getting used to, but once you've gotten a handle on the controls it's a ton of fun. It's a multiplayer game which means if your bestie has a Daydream you can fling spells at each other to your heart's content.  

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GunJack 2: Protect Your Miners From Enemy Spaceships

A large spaceship is being targeted while you sit inside a panel.

What We Like

  • GunJack 2 brings the Eve universe to VR, and gives you a fun, fast-paced arcade game to enjoy it with. The levels are short and sweet making it easy to get hooked!

What We Don't Like

  • If you are prone to motion sickness this game is probably going to trigger it, and for folks not accustomed to fast-paced shooters it can be seriously overwhelming. 

In Gunjack 2: End of Shift, you play as a turret operator trying to protect your home, the mining platform of Kubera. You'll need to shoot down enemy bandits and keep them from destroying the mining platform in order to win.

This is a fun, fast-paced arcade style game that will easily get you hooked. As you move through the game you'll find new power-ups and get access to shields all of which will be necessary if you want to keep your mining platform in one piece.