How to Get Custom Songs in Beat Saber for Meta (Oculus) Quest

Get tons of free custom Beat Saber songs on your Quest or Quest 2

This article explains how to get Beat Saber's custom songs on your Quest or Quest 2, which requires Developer Mode and sideloading. You'll also need a PC and an Oculus Link cable.

How to Install Custom Songs on Beat Saber for Meta (Oculus) Quest and Quest2

Beat Saber is one of the most enjoyable VR games out there, but playing the same old songs can be tedious. A few song packs are available, but even those are limited. If you’ve purchased Beat Saber for your Quest, you can use a PC and a link cable to get custom songs.

You must activate unknown sources to complete this process. Using the Meta Quest app on your computer, go to Settings > General > toggle on unknown sources. You then need to close the app, turn on debugging, and connect to SideQuest.

Getting custom songs for Beat Saber on a Quest or Quest 2 is a multi-step process that is pretty complicated. To get everything up and running, you need to:

  • Turn on developer mode: By turning on developer mode on your Quest, you open up the option to sideload apps and files.
  • Install and set up SideQuest on a PC: SideQuest is an app that runs on your computer. It facilitates the sideloading process, allowing you to transfer custom files to your Quest. 
  • Connect your Quest or Quest 2 to SideQuest: This is a separate process that connects your Quest headset to the SideQuest app. You’ll need to physically connect the Quest to your computer using a sync cable.
  • Install and set up BMBF: There were many ways to get custom Beat Saber songs on Quest in the past, but most of them stopped working with the release of Beat Saber version 1.6. BMBF was developed to work with newer versions of Beat Saber.
  • Use SyncSaber to sideload songs: There are other ways to sideload songs, but SyncSaber is built into BMBF, so it’s the easiest. You’ll create a free SyncSaber account.

Optionally, you may want to consider backing up Beat Saber before you install BMBF and sideload songs. If anything goes wrong, a backup will allow you to restore the app to its original condition.

How to Activate Developer Mode on Meta (Oculus) Quest and Quest 2

Here’s how to activate developer mode:

  1. Open the Meta Quest app on your phone, and tap the gear icon (settings).

  2. Tap your Quest headset.

  3. Tap More Settings.

    Activating Developer Mode in the Oculus Quest app for Android.
  4. Tap Developer Mode.

  5. Tap the Developer Mode toggle.

    To turn on Developer Mode, your account must have a valid debit/credit card associated with it. Alternatively, use Oculus Developer Hub (ODH) to set up Developer Mode.

  6. Tap Start Creating.

    Activating Developer Mode in the Oculus Quest app for Android.
  7. A web page will open. Scroll until you find the link, and tap it.

  8. Tap Log in.

  9. Enter your credentials.

    Activating Developer Mode on the Oculus site.
  10. Enter an organization name, and tap I understand.

    The web page doesn’t render well on mobile, so you will likely have to scroll horizontally.

  11. Tap Submit.

  12. Tap I Agree, and Submit.

    Activating Developer Mode on the Oculus site.
  13. Return to the Meta Quest app, and tap the Developer Mode toggle again.

    Adjusting Developer settings on the Oculus app for Android.

    How to Set Up SideQuest on Your Computer

    SideQuest is a free app that helps facilitate installing apps on Quest and Quest 2 through sideloading. You can get it directly from the official SideQuest website, and it's available for Windows, macOS, and Linux. Here's how to set it up.

    If you have the Meta Quest app open on your computer, close it before proceeding. If prompted to turn on Oculus Link, do not turn it on. You will not see the USB debugging message if the app is active.

  14. Go to SideQuest, and select GET SIDEQUEST.

    The SideQuest website with Get SideQuest highlighted
  15. Choose the download button associated with your operating system, and save the installer to your computer.

    The SideQuest download page with download options highlighted
  16. Run the installer, and select Next.

    The SideQuest installer with Next highlighted
  17. Select Install.

    The SideQuest installer with Install highlighted
  18. Make sure the Run SideQuest box is checked, and select Finish.

    The SideQuest installer with Run SideQuest checked and Finish highlighted
  19. Connect your Quest or Quest 2 to your computer using a link cable.

  20. Put your headset on, and look for a USB debugging message.

  21. Select Allow.

    For easier setup next time, check the Always allow from this computer box.

  22. Your headset is now connected to SideQuest.

Consider Backing Up Beat Saber

You may want to consider creating a backup before you proceed. It isn’t necessary, but it’s a good idea. If you have any problems with the sideloading process or anything gets corrupted, you can just restore the original copy of Beat Saber to your Quest.

  1.  Open SideQuest, and choose the folder icon.

    SideQuest with the folder icon highlighted.
  2. Go to Android > Data and select the disk icon next to com.beatgames.beatsaber.

    Installed apps listed in SideQuest.
  3. Select Save to PC.

    Downloading files from a Quest using SideQuest with Save to PC highlighted

How to Set Up BMBF to Mod Beat Saber

Now that you have SideQuest installed and connected, and you've optionally backed up Beat Saber, you're ready to download the BMBF APK and sideload it to your headset. You'll then need to launch BMBF on the headset, allow it to uninstall Beat Saber, and then allow it to modify Beat Saber.

If this process doesn’t work, or Beat Saber doesn’t work after going through this process, the current version of BMBF might not be compatible with the current version of Beat Saber. If that’s the case, you’ll have to wait for BMBF to update and try again.

  1. Go to the BMBF site , and select the most recent .apk file to download it.

    The BMBF website with an APK file highlighted
  2. Open SideQuest, and choose the APK installation icon (box with small downward-facing arrow).

    SideQuest with the Install APK icon highlighted.
  3. Select the apps icon (square made of nine smaller squares).

    SideQuest with the apps icon highlighted.
  4. Tap Settings icon (gear) next to BMBF.

    Apps in SideQuest with gear icon highlighted
  5. Tap Launch App.

    Managing Apps in SideQuest with Launch App highlighted
  6. Put your headset on.

  7. Select Continue.

  8. Select Uninstall.

  9. Select OK.

  10. Select Patch Beat Saber.

  11. Select Install.

  12. Accept the install.

How to Sideload Songs to Beat Saber on Meta (Oculus) Quest

BMBF includes a built-in sideloading tool called SyncSaber, so that’s the easiest way to sideload custom songs. You’ll need to sign up for a SyncSaber account and then use it in BMBF on your Quest.

  1. Using a web browser on your computer, go to Beat Saber, and select LOG IN.

    The BSABER website with LOG IN highlighted.
  2. Select Register.

    The login screen with register highlighted
  3. Enter the username you want and your email address.

    The bsaber registration page with Username and Email highlighted
  4. Wait for a confirmation email, and follow the link.

  5. Enter a password, select reset password, and your account is ready to use.

    Creating a password on the bsaber website.
  6. Put on your Quest or Quest 2 headset.

  7. Open BMBF.

  8. Select SyncSaber.

  9.   Log in.

  10. Using the BMBF website, locate a song you want, and select the arrow icon.

    Songs in BeastSaber that you can sideload into BeatSaber.
  11. Select any additional songs you want.

  12. Select Sync to Beat Saber.

  13. Select Start Beat Saber.

  14. If prompted for storage permission, select Allow.

  15. Beat Saber will launch with your custom songs.

  • How do you set up the Oculus Quest 2?

    To set up the Meta (Oculus) Quest 2, unbox everything and plug in the headset so it can fully charge. Download and set up the Meta Quest app on your smartphone. Finally, connect your Quest 2 to Wi-Fi, set up the guardian boundary, and familiarize yourself with the controllers.

  • How do you reset the Oculus Quest 2?

    To reset the Quest or Quest 2 using the headset, press and hold the power and volume down buttons until it turns on. Use the volume button to highlight Factory reset, then press the power button.

  • How do you charge the Oculus Quest 2 controllers?

    The Quest and Quest 2 controllers each use one AA battery. To avoid downtime, purchase the officially licensed Anker Charging Dock, which comes with rechargeable batteries. 

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