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Quest 2 Charging Issue: Won't charge when on or off, charges fine in bootloader mode

Level 4

Since v42 I have had strange charging issues, and after much testing have determined this to be solely a software issue. I have tested my chargers and cables with a USB tester and meter, they provide up to 2.4 amps of power no issue.


When On or Off, my Quest 2 refuses to charge, and acts like it has a bad battery. Most of the time it takes more than 24 hours to charge my headset.


But, if I boot into the bootloader and charge it, it only takes about 2 hours to fully charge my headset from dead to 100%. This seems to be a software issue, it isn't related to hardware.


I have detailed the issue in a reddit thread since earlier this week, which can be found here. I have "Headset Version" 37314400808900000 according to the Oculus app. 


Accepted Solutions

Level 4

I contacted support yesterday (15/9/2022) and after talking with support and sending them a 3 minute video detailing my issue (video here: They agreed to do an RMA for my headset which is more than 6 months out of warranty! (I live in the US where we only get a 1 year warranty, EU gets a 2 year warranty.) It took less than 24 hours to get the RMA which really surprised me. Don't be afraid to contact support, just make sure to give them a good video showing your issue. You can watch my above video to see how I shot the video and what I tested (I use a USB meter and loader to show it's not my chargers or cables causing the issue.)


I just have to wait a max of 72 hours for them to email me a shipping label to be able to box up and send in just my headset. Once they get my headset (which is being shipped via FedEx at Metas expense) they will ship out a replacement remanned or refurbed headset within 3-5 business days. I will update this post with more information as thing develop until I get the replacement.


Here is a log of the chat I had with support with my private information redacted for those of you who are wondering what support is like. I am personally very pleased with how they handled this.


(07:38:56) *** #REDACTED# joined the chat ***
(07:38:56) #REDACTED#: Hi, I am having issues with my Quest 2 not charging correctly.
I have contacted support for the issue before but I am still having the issue.
(07:39:58) Sonia R: Hello #REDACTED#, welcome to Meta Store Support and thank you so much for contacting us.
My name is Sonia and I will gladly assist you today.
In case we get disconnected here is our ticket number: #REDACTED#
(07:40:35) Sonia R: I understand that, the Headset is not charging properly
(07:41:07) Sonia R: Can you explain me what happens when you put it on charge ?
(07:42:18) #REDACTED#: The charge light will turn orange and say orange forever.
Even if left plugged in for more than 24 hours the light will not turn green and the battery doesn't go
over about 55%. The strange thing is if I put the device into the bootloader it will charge to 100% with
no issue.
(07:42:56) #REDACTED#: I have a USB meter and tester, and have tested the charger and cable.
Both are working properly 5V 2 amps.
(07:43:47) Sonia R: I understand
(07:43:59) Sonia R: Have you tried any different charger ?
(07:44:50) #REDACTED#: Yes, I have several including the default charger that came with my Quest 2.
It's the same issue with each. I have also tried different usb cables.
(07:46:19) Sonia R: Alright, have you tried to factory reset the headset ?
(07:46:52) #REDACTED#: Yes, I did a full factory reset from the bootloader and the issue persists.
(07:47:46) #REDACTED#: I can verify with a USB meter that the device only pulls 0.027 amps when the light
is orange. If I am in bootloader mode it will charge with 1.400 amps. It can then fully charge from
0% to 100% in about 2 hours.
(07:48:05) Sonia R: I see, in this case I will redirect this situation to our dedicated department
(07:48:18) #REDACTED#: It seems like a firmware/software issue, but I'm not sure. I have reported this
in the Oculus forums and I am not the only person having this exact issue.
(07:48:53) Sonia R: I understand, but as the factory reset did not resolved the issue we can take a look
for replacement
(07:49:41) Sonia R: Please send me the information below:

• Full name
• Shipping address:
- Address- City- ZIP/Post code- State/Province- Country
• Phone number
• Preferred email address to receive labels
• Oculus username and/or email address associated with your account
• Headset serial number: which is located under the right strap and starts with "1WMHH"
• Unit serial number, which can be located on the bottom of the box and starts with "1WMVR"
• Retail receipt or invoice including item, retailer, price, and date - OR - Oculus order number
(07:51:35) #REDACTED#: Okay hang on just a minute and ill type that all in.
(07:52:36) Sonia R: Sure take your time
(07:56:25) #REDACTED#: Full name : #REDACTED#
Shipping address: #REDACTED#
Phone number: #REDACTED#
Preferred email address to receive labels: #REDACTED#
Oculus username and/or email address associated with your account: #REDACTED#
Headset serial number: #REDACTED#
Unit serial number: #REDACTED#
Retail receipt or invoice including item, retailer, price, and date - OR - Oculus order number:
Purchased from on Feb 2nd, 2021. Order number: #REDACTED#
(07:56:33) #REDACTED#: Let me know if you need anything else
(07:57:08) Sonia R: Can I have the invoice of the purchase ?
(07:58:03) #REDACTED#: Yes, no problem hang on
(07:59:00) Sonia R: Sure, take your time
(07:59:24) #REDACTED# uploaded: quest2-invoice.jpg
(08:00:23) Sonia R: Thank you!
(08:00:58) Sonia R: I would also request you to send me a video of the device not charging
(08:01:38) #REDACTED#: Sure. I can make a video showing it not normally charging, and charging correctly
in bootloader mode in the same video if that helps. It is a very strange issue.
(08:02:19) Sonia R: Thank you so much that would be great if you can send me that
(08:02:36) Sonia R: I will send you an email nd you can reply to me
(08:05:42) #REDACTED#: Okay no problem. Ill start recording the video now
(08:06:18) Sonia R: Sure
(08:06:34) Sonia R: Is there anything else I can help you ?
(08:07:19) #REDACTED#: No, you have been a great help. Thank you for your time and understanding!
(08:07:47) Sonia R: You are most welcome!
(08:08:06) Sonia R: I will close the chat now, and I will send you the email
(08:08:15) Sonia R: Talk to you soon in email
(08:08:21) Sonia R: Goodbye!
(08:08:23) #REDACTED#: Thank you
(08:09:00) *** #REDACTED# left the chat ***

 And here is the email where they verified the RMA.


Thank you for your recent Meta Quest replacement request. A Return Merchandise Authorization (RMA) has 
been approved and your RMA reference number is: #REDACTED#.

What to return: Oculus Quest 2 256GB headset RMA
Serial number of the returning item: #REDACTED#

Please follow the instructions in this email to send only the product in the "what to return" section above.
If the item to return is not a specific component (for example, a headset or controller), then you
must return the product in its entirety.

If the instructions are not correctly followed or you return a product with an incorrect serial number,
delays may occur with your replacement.

Preparing your device for return

1. For a headset, perform a factory reset to remove any account data on the device.
2. For controllers: Remove all batteries from the remote (used batteries should not be returned).

Packaging your device for return

1. Use a shipping box large enough to fit your return.
2. Print out the pre-paid return shipping label attached to this email.
3. Attach the shipping label to the outside of your shipping box with clear tape.

Note: If you have multiple return requests and want to send them in one shipment,
you may combine up to a maximum of two headsets returns in a single box along with any accessory
returns you may have.

1. Print out the shipping labels for every single return.
2. Affix one shipping label to the box and put the other shipping labels inside the box with the items.

Shipping and processing

Drop your return off to the nearest FedEx or schedule a free shipment pickup as soon as possible.
It must be returned with our return label and within 30 days from the date of this email.

For FedEx labels: click here to schedule a shipment pickup
For DHL Express labels: click here to schedule a shipment pickup
(Note: the waybill number is on your pre-paid return label)
After it arrives at the return center, please allow up to 5 to 7 business days for it to be reviewed
and for the replacement to be processed. Please note that the replacement product may be a
refurbished item. We’ll notify you via email once your return is completed.

Thank you,

Meta Store Support Team


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Level 3

I have the same problem, mine is blocked at 67%, sometimes 55%. I don't understand, i can't do anything, I found a solution in USB mode but since the last update, it doesn't work anymore.

it works sometimes when I turn on my headset, I plug in the charger then I turn off the headset.

Do you have anything you can test your chargers and cables with to make sure they aren't the problem? This problem I am having 100% started happening with v42, and wasn't fixed in v43 because it hasn't really been reported.

I have two quest 2, I have this problem with one headset. I have tried with the other charger and cable and the problem persists. 

Any chance you could check your software version in the Oculus app and see if they differ? I listed mine in the source post.

Level 2

Exactly the same problem. Since the last update my headset almost immediately refused to charge anymore. When it does its only for a minute or two before acting like it has a bad battery or connection. Have tried many different cables and chargers and they all are in perfect working order.


Another additional issue that has started to occur is that every single time I plug a charging cable in to the quest it turns itself on no matter what. Even changing the sleep settings, resetting via the boot menu, factory reset, new cable, anything. No matter what it will turn itself on when plugging the cable in to charge and then it will pretend it has a bad battery and won't charge.



Hello there! We see you're having some issues with your device charging, don't worry, we've got your back and will get you all taken care of as soon as we can. Can you please try these steps here and make sure the device is completely turned off when charging and that it is plugged into an outlet?


If you're still having problems charging your device after trying the steps above, please open a support ticket here and one of our experts will be happy to look into it further for you.

Level 2

Same issue as everyone else… I’ve put in a support ticket after completing the recommended troubleshooting.