Once upon a time, uninstalling games from an Oculus Quest or Oculus Quest 2 would result in losing your game saves. Whether you were just freeing up space for the best Quest 2 games or were trying to upgrade your headset from an Oculus Quest to an Oculus Quest 2, losing your game saves is terrible because it means you would lose all your progress in a game. Thanks to Oculus cloud saves, you’ll no longer have to choose between free space on your Quest and keeping your game saves. Here’s how to ensure this never happens to you.
How to enable cloud save backup on Oculus Quest
Put on your Oculus Quest and press the home button on the right controller to bring up the universal menu.
Select the clock/settings panel on the left side of the menu bar at the bottom.
Select Settings from the list.
Select Backup from the left menu.
Ensure that Cloud backup is toggled on. The toggle will be blue when enabled.
With cloud backup enabled, any installed games that support cloud saves will automatically back those save files up to your Oculus account.
How to manage your Oculus cloud saves
Once cloud backup is enabled, all game saves on your headset will automatically be backed up to your Oculus account for safe storage. That is, of course, so long as your app or game of choice supports cloud backup. To verify that a game or app has its saved data backed up, you’ll need to open a web browser and navigate to the Oculus website. This can be done on the Quest 2, on your smartphone, or on any computer.
Open a web browser and navigate to the Oculus website.
Select the profile icon on the top-right of the page. You may need to log in with your Facebook Oculus account first.
Select Devices from the menu that appears.
Select Cloud Backups from the menu on the left.
A list of backed up games will appear showing the last backed-up time and the size of the backup.
You can verify that an app or game supports cloud backup by checking the Supports Backup column.
If you want to remove the cloud backup of a game, click the Delete button for that game.
If you’re looking to free up space on your Oculus Quest, make sure you only uninstall apps or games that support cloud backup. Otherwise, you’ll lose all app data associated with these titles, as save files are not separate on the Quest. This means that if you’ve made lots of progress in a game that doesn’t support cloud saves, uninstalling that game will result in your game saves also being deleted.
How do Oculus cloud saves work?
When you make progress in a game or save files in an app on the Oculus Quest or Oculus Quest 2, those save files are located in the same place the game or app resides. That means, when you uninstall a game or app, the entire folder of files gets removed, including any saved game progress or files.
Oculus cloud saves work by backing up this saved data to your Oculus account, thereby allowing you to freely uninstall titles without worrying about losing your progress. But not all apps and games support cloud save just yet. That’s why it’s important to ensure that your apps or games have their saved files backed up by following the tutorial in the section above.
When you reinstall an app that has a cloud backup, those backed-up files will be automatically downloaded to your Oculus Quest during the installation process. That way you never have to worry about whether your saves are correct or not.
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