Quest Techie: Wireless File Access From Your Phone, Computer

Shane R. Monroe
4 min readNov 19, 2019

Quest Techie is a series of articles to cater to the Oculus Quest “power user” that wants to get more from their device and has a bit of technical savvy to do it. Updated on 2021–05–11.

“Power to the people, Marty.”

Recently on the Oculus Quest Reddit sub r/OculusQuest a question was posed on how to get to your Oculus Quest files from your phone.

As with so many questions posed in that forum, a use case wasn’t given; no reason offered as to why they wanted access or what they were looking to achieve — but that’s okay, I had an answer for them anyway.

It Starts With SideQuest

Pretty much anything techie you want to do with the Quest will either require or greatly benefit from using SideQuest.

You should already be running SideQuest … But if you’re not? Now is as good a time as any!

In combination with enabling yourself as a developer, SideQuest is a two part solution. There is a PC side “client” that interacts with your Quest once you install the “server” portion on the Quest itself.

First set up can be a bit lengthy, but subsequently it is easy to maintain and keep.

Everything you need to know is right here — including instructions on setup and installation.

Get SideQuest up and running, then come on back for the rest.

X-Plore: The Best Android Tool You’re Not Using

File management is a fact of life — no matter what platform you’re on; computer, phone or tablet … yes, even VR headset in this case.

For file management on the PC, you can’t do better than Directory Opus.

On Android — you can’t do better than X-plore — a file manager that makes all the Android top 10 lists, but yet no one seems to know about.

Aside from being a great ‘dual pane’ file manager, it has something fantastic … a Wi-Fi server that works seamlessly between instances of X-Plore but also has a great HTTP interface for accessing it with your web browser (no matter the platform).

Installing X-Plore

Shane R. Monroe

I write, blog, record and review anything that interests me — including humanity, parenting, gizmos & gadgets, video games and media.