There isn’t much that can go wrong with Google Daydream. Like Cardboard before, this platform is designed to be as simple as possible so you can just go and enjoy some great games and videos. However, sometimes things can go wrong. Don’t worry We are here to help. Consider this all you need to know to have a successful Daydream experience every time!
- Troubleshooting the controller
- How to Refocus Your Eyes in VR
- How to change which hand is using the remote
- How to deal with nausea in VR
- How to fix stuck apps in Daydream mode
- How to Fix Drift Issues with Daydream View
- How to deal with Daydream games not lining up
- How to deal with circular highlights on Daydream 2.0
- Daydream Audio: what to do when there is no audio jack
How to deal with controller problems
Google Daydream has moved away from the touchpad on your headset and instead uses a controller to navigate and interact with various VR apps. However, sometimes you may run into problems with your controller. Whether that means your target isn’t accurate or doesn’t want to connect, we have the solutions for you.
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My pointer target is not accurate
Your Daydream headset and the direction it thinks the controller is pointing are out of sync, which means you are pointing the controller forward and the light beam is off somewhere else. There’s no need to play through the pain. You can quickly reset Daydream’s orientation no matter what app you’re in.
To reset the orientation of the Daydream controller:
- Look straight ahead by pointing the VR headset forward.
- Raise your Daydream controller pointing directly in front of you.
- Hold down the Home button for three seconds.
This will reset the orientation of both your controller and your headset, aligning everything in front of you. From here, you should be able to continue the game without any leveling issues!
Daydream says «We’re having trouble finding your controller» during launch
The first thing Daydream does when launching a VR app or game is trying to connect to a controller. This happens when you press and hold the home button on the controller as instructed when viewing the headset. Sometimes you will see an error saying that the controller cannot be found. As long as your Daydream controller has been freshly charged, all this really means is that your controller is taking longer than usual to connect.
To connect a Daydream controller:
- Make sure your Daydream controller is pulsing when you press the Home button.
- Press and hold the Home button for five seconds.
- Release the Home button and repeat up to five times.
After releasing the home button and restarting, your Daydream controller keeps trying to pair with your phone. As long as you use the controller that came with your Daydream headset, pairing will take place within a few seconds of following the above steps.
My Daydream controller is connected but refuses to connect
If your controller is completely unresponsive, you may need to start over. This doesn’t happen often, but if something goes wrong with the Daydream controller, you may need to unplug it from your phone so you can plug it in as if it were a new controller.
Before considering this step:
- Make sure your controller has been charged.
- Force close the Daydream app and try connecting again.
- Reboot your phone.
If none of the above has prevented the Daydream controller from reconnecting to your phone so you can enjoy your Daydream experience, it’s time to force disconnect and start over.
To force disable the Daydream controller:
- Go to Settings > Bluetooth.
- Click on the gear next to the Daydream controller in the list of your paired devices.
- Click Forget.
- Open the Daydream app and go to Settings.
- Click Connect New Controller.
- Hold down the » Home» on the controller until the connection is completed
How to refocus your gaze
In virtual reality, it is quite common to turn and spin in order to see everything around. However, if you do this, you may not only rotate yourself into an awkward position, but also lose sight of the headset’s orientation. If you find yourself twisting awkwardly to see what’s going on, then you can reorient the headset.
This is actually very easy to do. Just hover over the controller and then press and hold the home button. After a few short moments, your screen should reorient itself and you can happily continue your VR adventures.
Step by step instructions
- Hold the remote in front of you.
- Press and hold the home button.
- After a few seconds, your screen should reorient itself.
How to change which hand the remote goes into
Google Daydream uses the remote to interact with apps and games in virtual reality. However, there is one small catch. By default, the settings assume that you use the remote control in your right hand. This, of course, causes problems for those lefties who are willing to spend some time in a shiny new VR headset.
Luckily, this is very easy to fix in your settings. Go to the settings menu and from there you can select your controller. This will open options for controller settings. Select Handedness and then select Lefty. At this point, your remote will be calibrated for left-handed use without any problems.
Step by step instructions
- Open the Daydream app.
- Enter the settings menu.
- Click «Controller» to open the controller settings.
- Click on the hands.
- Choose Lefty.
How to deal with nausea in VR
Even with the latest VR headset on the block, nausea can happen. While this is annoying and not very fun, there are some things you can do to make sure it happens as little as possible.
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The very first thing you can do is become physically comfortable. In particular, you’ll want to find an open space where you can sit and enjoy virtual reality in peace. Some Daydream experiences work best when you’re standing, but if this is your first time and you’re not sure what to expect, you should sit down. Sitting can actually reduce a potential nausea inducer called cue correction which is what happens when your brain thinks your body should move, but it doesn’t. If you are prone to motion sickness, this is especially important.
By starting to play in a comfortable sitting position, you can be sure that you are taking steps to prepare for nausea. Many of Daydream’s apps and games are fully playable from a seated position, so you shouldn’t miss out on a lot when spending time in your favorite swivel chair if standing isn’t comfortable for you.
Avoid Shaky Experiences
One of the biggest culprits for nausea in VR, including Daydream, comes from wobbly videos. Being able to watch a 360-degree YouTube video is great until the person holding this camera decides to run down the street waving their arms. These videos are rarely stabilized for convenience, which can quickly make you feel like you’re on a tiny roller coaster in someone else’s hand.
Remember to keep your Daydream controller handy and press the home button if you ever need to quickly avoid a bad 360 video.
Know your tolerance
Not everyone has the ability to jump into Daydream and get lost for two hours without issue. Everyone has different tolerances, and while some don’t get sick at all, others are extremely sensitive. Take the time to slowly dive into virtual reality to test your tolerance. This way you won’t jump into the game and feel sick for twenty minutes afterwards. The absolute worst thing you can do is try to overcome the discomfort of virtual reality, no matter what happens.
It doesn’t just mean feeling sick; VR headsets can cause eye fatigue over time. If you start to feel your eyes strain, then it might be time to take a break. Don’t play with your Daydream when you have a cold, ear infection, or eye infection — VR and the inner ear are connected, and you can make your problems worse in the short term by playing.
If at any time during the game you feel dizzy or nauseous, it’s time to take a break. For most players, a good break is to take a break every hour or so. This will allow you to rest for a few seconds, stretch your limbs and regain your balance. The more time you spend with a Daydream headset, the better you’ll be at figuring out where your tolerances lie and how much VR you can handle in one sitting.
How to fix apps stuck in Daydream Mode
Google Daydream is doing something unique in the world of smartphone-based virtual platforms. When you install the app, you get both the standard version of the Android app and the Daydream version of that app. Sometimes you can try to access the stock app on your phone, and instead of getting the normal interface, you get a split-screen VR mode designed to keep your phone in a Daydream headset. Here’s how to avoid getting stuck in Daydream mode!
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Step by Step Instructions to Stop Applications from Running in Daydream Mode
- Click the Recent Apps button.
- Find the app stuck in Daydream mode.
- Swipe the stuck app left or right.
- Click Home.
- Restart the stuck application.
How to Fix Drift Issues with Daydream View
Google Daydream offers a new way to interact with your world in virtual reality. With the included remote control, you get a greater degree of ability to easily move from one menu to another with ease and simplicity. At least when the remote works as it seems. Controller drift during video can be distracting, especially if it occurs during gameplay. This can seriously lead you astray. Luckily, there are a few different ways to fix this problem so it doesn’t ruin your VR experience.
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Update your software
If your controller is behaving weird the first time you enter Daydream mode, then it might be ridiculously easy to fix. Open Google Daydream in the Google Play Store. From here, make sure your Daydream is fully up to date. If an update is required, install it and then register to make sure the controller is working properly. If it still works, go to the settings menu and make sure your android software is up to date. Although this does not work in all cases, a number of users have reported that updating their software fixes the misalignment issues.
Click on your controller
One of the easiest ways to troubleshoot controller drift issues requires you to troubleshoot the controller directly. Turn the controller over and place it in your hand with the touchpad facing down. From there, you want to lightly touch the back of the controller where the touchpad is. You don’t want to hit the controller when you do this. Rather, you should aim for a solid tap.
Recalibrate the controller on a hard surface
In some cases, the problem can be solved by recalibrating the Daydream remote. You can easily calibrate the remote, but for this method you will need a solid surface such as a table or sofa armrest. From here, calibrate the remote several times. For some reason, calibrating the remote while it’s on a stable surface seems to make it more stable afterwards.
Charge the controller and let the Daydream View cool down
If controller drift starts to appear after you’ve been playing for a while, it might be time to take a break. If your phone has started to get warm inside Daydream, it is quite possible that this is what is causing your problem. Take your phone out of the headset and let it cool down. If your phone is not getting warm, your controller may need to be charged. Drift seems to pop up more with the remote when its battery is almost dead. Plug in your controller and give it a decent charge before trying to jump into VR again.
Contact Google support for a replacement
If none of these solutions solved your issue, it might be time to contact Google Support. Users who have fixed their problems with Daydream View and haven’t found any fixes are more fortunate if they contact Google Support. When you call, they may ask you to go through some of the troubleshooting methods we described above. Don’t be upset. Just go through everything with them. If none of their advice solves the problem, you can request an exchange and send in a new remote. For some people, a faulty remote was the cause of a common problem.