How to Stop Meta (Oculus) Home From Automatically Opening

Forcing the Oculus Client to run as administrator fixes this problem

What to Know

  • Open File Explorer, and navigate to the drive and location where you installed Meta (Oculus) Home.
  • Select Oculus > Support > right click Oculus Client > Properties > Compatibility > Run this program as administrator > OK
  • For VR games requiring Home to run properly: Remove check from the run this program as administrator.

This article explains how to prevent Oculus Home from opening automatically.

How to Stop Meta (Oculus) Home From Automatically Starting

Meta (Oculus) Home is useful for playing games you bought through Meta, but that doesn’t mean you want the Home app to open automatically all the time. For example, Home usually isn’t necessary when playing games through SteamVR, and it can even represent an unnecessary resource drain.

To prevent Home from launching automatically (which can cause issues with some games), you can set it to run as admin. This will prevent it from opening every time you connect your Rift or launch a VR game through another service like Steam. If you have trouble launching a game after changing this setting, you’ll have to reverse the procedure and set it to not run as admin, or install Oculus Tray Tool.

Here’s how to stop Meta (Oculus) Home from starting automatically when playing VR games on your PC:

  1. Open File Explorer, and navigate to the drive where you installed Oculus.

    Program Files highlighted in Windows Explorer.

    By default, you'll find it in Program Files on your main drive, but try searching for Oculus if you can't find it.

  2. Select Oculus.

    Oculus highlighted in Windows Explorer
  3. Select Support.

    Support highlighted in Windows Explorer.
  4. Select oculus-client.

    Oculus-Client highlighted in Windows Explorer.
  5. Right click OculusClient.exe.

    OculusClient.exe highlighted in Windows Explorer.
  6. Click Properties.

    Properties highlighted in a context menu.
  7. Click Compatibility.

    Compatibility highlighted in file options.
  8. Click the Run this program as administrator checkbox.

    Run this as administrator highlighted in file settings.
  9. Click OK.

    OK highlighted in file settings.

    In the future, you will have to reverse this process and uncheck the Run this program as administrator box or launch Meta (Oculus) Home manually if you want to use it.

How to Control Meta (Oculus) Home and Oculus Services Manually

In most cases, setting OculusClient to run as administrator will take care of the problem of Oculus Home automatically launching. If you only play games through SteamVR, this fix may never pose an issue. However, you may experience a new problem where some of your games don’t work unless you reverse the change. Manually changing this setting back and forth can get tiresome, so you may want to use a third-party tool instead.

Oculus Tray Tool is a third-party app that’s been around since the early days of the Oculus Rift, and it still works with all Meta (Oculus) headsets. This app allows you to manually disable Oculus services, and prevent Home from launching, via a menu that you can access from your taskbar. Whenever you actually need Oculus services or Meta (Oculus) Home, you can turn them on manually.

Here’s how to keep Meta (Oculus) Home from opening automatically with Oculus Tray Tool:

  1. Navigate to the Oculus Tray Tool site, locate the For Oculus Headsets listing, and click Download.

    Download highlighted under For Oculus Headsets on APOLLYONVR.
  2. Select the most recent release, and click Download.

    Download highlighted on the Oculus TrayTool download site.
  3. Download the file, and launch it when it’s ready. If prompted, select Run Anyway.

    Run Anyway highlighted in Windows.
  4. Click Next, and then follow the prompts to select a location to install the app.

    Next highlighted in the Oculus TrayTool setup wizard.
  5. When it’s done installing, select Launch Oculus Tray Tool and click Finish.

    Launch Oculus Tray Tool and Finish highlighted in the Oculus TrayTools setup wizard.
  6. To stop Oculus services and prevent Home from opening automatically, right-click the Oculus Tray Tool in the taskbar.

    The oculus tray tool icon (blue goggles) highlighted in the system tray.
  7. Click Stop Oculus Services.

    Stop Oculus Service highlighted in Oculus Tray Tool Settings.
  8. To allow Oculus services and home to run in the future, right click the Oculus Tray Tool and click Start Oculus Services.

    Start Oculus Service highlighted in the Oculus Tray Tool settings.
  • How do I access Oculus Home?

    To access Meta (Oculus) Home, press the menu button on your left controller. To visit a friend's home, launch the Oculus app, open your Friends list, and select the friend whose home you want to visit.

  • How do I exit Oculus Home?

    To exit Meta (Oculus) Home, select Settings from the top of the Oculus Home menu. Scroll to the bottom and select Exit Oculus Home. Select Confirm in the pop-up confirmation box.

  • How do I log out of an Oculus headset?

    To log out of an Oculus headset, you'll need to factory reset it. To factory reset a Meta (Oculus) Quest, launch the Oculus app, tap Devices, and select your device. Choose Advanced Settings > Factory Reset > Reset.

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