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Google Cardboard Troubleshooting

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This is the Google Cardboard Troubleshooting section of the general troubleshooting guide for the VR Wiki. Please use ctrl+f to search this page for common errors, or use the table of contents below.

My QR code doesn't work[edit | edit source]

There're a few solutions to this issue:

  • Check that your phone has an internet connection.
  • Find the QR code on your manufacturer's website, and scan that.
  • Make a QR code using the information from the manufacturer site.

My screen doesn't look right[edit | edit source]

  • Check the position of the phone in the viewer. The center line on the app screen should line up with the center of the viewer.
  • Check the configuration. Make sure your phone is configured for the viewer you're using.
  • Check compatibility. Make sure your smartphone works with Cardboard.

I don't see my phone screen[edit | edit source]

If your phone screen is black or you can't see the Google Cardboard app:

  • Close the Google Cardboard app .
  • Open the Google Cardboard app .
  • If you're still having trouble, close the app and reopen it again.

I'm having trouble seeing images through my viewer[edit | edit source]

First make sure you have the correct viewer profile:

From the Google Cardboard app, tap Settings > Google Cardboard.

If you're still having trouble after you've verified your viewer profile:

Make sure you're using an approved app. Take the phone out of the viewer to look for these items on your screen:

  • At the bottom, there is a Settings icon.
  • In the center, there is a vertical line.

If you can see the vertical line while using the viewer:

  • Slide your phone left or right until the line disappears.
  • Turn up the brightness on your phone screen.

To focus better:

  • After your phone is properly set up inside the viewer, look at an object that is far away.
  • Close your eyes and bring the viewer up to your face.

My phone is too large or small for the viewer[edit | edit source]

  • Use both hands to hold the phone more firmly inside the Cardboard viewer.
  • Remove the case if you have one on your phone.

My phone keeps going to the home screen[edit | edit source]

  • Close and reopen the Google Cardboard app .
  • When you close the flap over your phone, don't close it too tightly. If you push too hard, the flap could press the phone's "home" button.

My phone is frozen[edit | edit source]

Restart your phone. Then, open the Google Cardboard app again.

The button doesn't work[edit | edit source]

If you have a button at the top of your viewer:

  • With your phone out of the viewer, close the flap that holds your phone.
  • Look into the viewer and find the tab that is meant to touch the phone screen.
  • Press and release the viewer button. Make sure that the tab is:
  • Moving back and forth.
  • Not pushed forward so that it is in constant contact with the phone screen.
  • Not stuck in a forward position.
  • If the button still doesn't work, contact the manufacturer.