Meta accounts are rolling out for Quest VR owners to use instead of Facebook
Meta will now allow users of its Quest VR headsets to log in with a new Meta account instead of a Facebook account, the company announced on Tuesday. The company said in July that this change would roll out in August, and it marks a change from an unpopular policy announced in 2020 that required users to log into their headsets with a Facebook account instead of a separate Oculus account. .
Users can create Meta accounts through the Meta mobile app using an email address, Facebook account, or Instagram account. Once you have created a Meta account, you will need to set up a linked Meta Horizon social profile that will be used in VR. As with Facebook accounts before, you will need one of these accounts to use a Quest headset.
“Our new Meta account structure gives you more flexibility and control, allowing you to choose how you show up and don’t show up – and whether Facebook and/or Instagram are part of your VR experience and other surfaces where you use your Meta Horizon profile,” Meta says in its blog post. If you want to create a Meta account, the company has instructions in the blog and in a video.
While the change means you won’t have to use a Facebook account with your Quest VR headset, as my colleague Adi Robertson pointed out in July, you’ll still have to give Meta a lot of personal information when creating a Meta account. . So if you’re worried about giving that personal information to Meta just to use your Quest headset, these new Meta accounts don’t exactly solve that problem.
If you are still using an Oculus account, you will be able to do so until January 1, 2023. After that date, you will need to create a Meta account. The company says the option to create a Meta account and Meta Horizon profile is being rolled out, so if you’re not able to do so yet, you should have the option soon.