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How to Open and Change Oculus/Meta Quest 2 Controller Batteries

A Meta Quest 2 controller with the battery cover open.
Image: GameSpew

The Meta/Oculus Quest 2’s controller batteries can last long time, longer than the headset itself. But what do you when they run out? Here’s how to open and change Oculus/Meta Quest 2 controller batteries.

The way to change the batteries in each Oculus/Meta Quest 2 controller is to open the cover on the controller. But it can be slightly fiddly, so here’s exactly how to go about it.

  • Firstly, hold the Quest 2’s controller in your hand, with the trigger facing away from you.
  • Gripping the handle, place your thumb on the side that’s facing you, left of the seam. You may still have a sticker on it.
  • Now, press gently with your thumb and, with your thumb, pull downwards. The battery cover should come free.
  • Next, remove the battery by hooking your other thumb’s thumbnail, or some small flat device such as a screwdriver, under the bottom end of the battery, and lift it up.
A hand on an Oculus Quest 2 / Meta Quest 2 controller.

You’ve now removed the battery, so put in a fresh AA battery and push it in, negative (flat) end first. Now, put the controller cover back on, push it up with your thumb, and you’re ready to go.

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Which batteries you use it up to you. We’ve mostly used Eneloops, but any rechargeable battery should be okay. You can use regular non-rechargeable batteries but it makes more financial sense to use rechargeables. Also, if you’re going to leave your Oculus/Meta Quest 2 alone for a long time, we’re talking months and months, it’s probably safer to remove the batteries entirely, to avoid corrosion.

One other word of warning – don’t leave the covers off because if you lose them, they’re pricey to replace. Unlike Xbox controller covers, there don’t appear to be any cheap third party cover makers. And that’s how to open and change the batteries in an Oculus/Meta Quest 2 controller.

Weekend Editor // Chris has been gaming since the days of the Acorn Electron, which was allegedly purchased to 'help him with his homework'. You can probably guess how well that went. He’ll tackle most genres – football titles aside – though he has a taste for games that that are post-apocalyptic, horror-oriented or thought provoking in nature.