A Daydream compatibility update has been rolled out to Samsung Galaxy S8 users, giving them far more virtual reality experiences than any other phone can provide right now. The ability to play both Gear VR and Daydream games on the same device is huge and provides access to dozens of new apps and games. However, some people have encountered an issue where their phone asks for Gear VR when launching the Daydream app.
There are several ways to fix this problem should it occur for you, and we have all the details for you here!
The Daydream update is fairly new, only coming out in August 2017. It added Daydream compatibility to the Galaxy S8, allowing you to view and download Daydream apps. While there are plenty of games and apps that are exclusive to one headset or the other, there are also a few that will work on any headset. Basically, what happens when you launch the app and asks for Gear VR instead of Daydream is that your phone is confused.
There should be a few issues considering how new the update is and that’s what we’re looking at. This issue is related to cross-platform apps and games because your phone has been hardcoded to run Gear VR. There are several ways to get around this, but hopefully we’ll see an update from Samsung themselves going forward that addresses this annoying issue.
Discover your games from VR
One solution to this problem is to turn on the VR headset and launch the game or application you are interested in. This doesn’t always work, but in some cases having the headset already on and working seems to reduce the confusion when your phone opens the app for you.
Delete one service
There is no hard and fast way to solve this particular problem, but you can work around it. If you’re not going to use Gear VR for a while thanks to the new Daydream game and app library, then you can always just uninstall Gear VR services. Obviously this isn’t ideal because it will require you to remove Oculus services from your phone and everything will need to be reinstalled before you can use the Gear VR again.
It does solve your phone’s problem asking for the wrong VR headset though. As some users have reported this issue occurring even when launching the app from the Daydream app.
Have you ever had phone issues asking for the wrong headset when you’re ready to jump into VR? Is there another fix we didn’t mention? Be sure to let us know in the comments below!