Fixed: Meta / Oculus Air Link not Finding PC

So, I just got back from the USA and while I was there I bought an Meta Quest 2 as it was on a black Friday sale.

I used to have a Meta Quest 1 and therefore I know how to set up the headset.

But this time I faced an odd error where Oculus Air Link not Finding PC while the Quest 1 was still connected.

So, I Found Out Why Air Link Will not Detect PC:

  • Not connected to the same WiFi
  • Software is out of Date
  • Oculus App Bug
  • Air link disabled
  • VPN enabled
  • Developer mode Disabled
  • The network profile is in the Public mode
  • Antivirus conflicts

I tried a lot to fix but I failed and ended up calling my brother who still works at Meta as a software engineer.

He is a genius who helped my friend when his SideQuest not detecting headset in some simple steps.

He suggested me a lot of ways how to fix the Oculus Quest 2 Air Link not being able to detect my PC and at last, I fixed it.

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Turn Off VPN

If you’re using a VPN while connecting your Headset to the PC, turn it off. VPN can change your IP address and result in an interruption of any wireless device connecting with a PC.

But, If you’re using Nord VPN, go to the advanced settings and turn off “Invisibility on LAN”, It will more likely fix the issue.

Turn On Developer Mode

Go to settings and try enabling Developer Mode in the app on your phone.

Settings>devices>Development Mode

Developer mode enables all the exclusive features that are not available to the non-developer user.

Change your Network Profile to Private

Sometimes a computer is used by 2 or 3 people and they configure their settings as they like. Someone may have changed the network Profile to Public if they don’t want their pc to be available for other wireless devices.

Changes in the network profile may result in your headset profile not loading. So, I’ve instructed to solve that issue too.

  • Go to Settings
  • Click on Network and Internet
  • From the connected WiFi Option, click on Properties
  • You’ll See two options, Public and Private
  • Set to Private if it is set to Public

Turn off all Meta Activities

To Fix the issue with Air Link not Detecting PC, try disabling all the Oculus Activity from the task manager.

  • First of all, disable air link and unplug the headset
  • Open task manager, find all the oculus tasks
  • Close them by terminating all the activities
  • Now restart Oculus App and turn on quest 2
  • Plug in your headset to pc, enable Air Link and it should work

Disabling all activities will force the app to reset all its ongoing actions.

Disable Antivirus/Firewall

The anti-virus and/or firewall services might also be blocking the Air Link connections, which might be preventing your headset from finding your PC. To test this, temporarily disable the protection and see if your headset detects your computer.

Usually, the Air Link connection is unexpectedly blocked by third-party antivirus software such as Bitdefender, Norton, Avast, etc.

Reinstall Oculus Software

Re-Install the Oculus App and try to connect again. If you reinstall the app from both of your devices, it will simply reset all the saved activity and establish a new network between your pc and headset.

Reset the Headset and Router

Resetting the headset will clear all of your settings and installed app from the headset. But you will not lose any paid app or app progress from your headset.

Reset will clear all the saved settings cache and start from the beginning.

After resetting the headset, check for an update. You may face the link update stuck in 3 dots screen. That’s because some networks change has been done. Just restart the headset and it will be fixed.

Resetting the Router is very easy. Just press and hold the WPS button for 10 seconds and the router will be reset.

Configure the router and set a new name and then connect the network using the same wifi band. For example, connect the headset and PC only using the 2.4ghz band instead of using the 5ghz band.