How to Stop Samsung Gear VR from Popping Up – Detailed Guide with Instructions & More

People often ask, how to stop samsung gear VR from popping up?

Let’s find out!

How to Stop Samsung Gear VR From Popping Up?

To stop Samsung Gear VR from popping up, you need to follow the steps below:

  1. Tap on “Gear VR” and then tap on “Uninstall”.
  2. You will see a pop-up message saying that this app is no longer installed. Tap OK.
  3. Now, go back to your home screen by tapping on the Back button in the top left corner of the phone or by swiping it right.
  4. Find Gear VR and tap on Uninstall.
  5. It will remove Gear VR from your device.
  6. If you want to install it again, just repeat these steps.
  7. To use Gear VR, open Google Play Store and search for “Samsung Gear VR”.
  8. Install it and enjoy its features.

What Is The Use Of Samsung Gear VR?

The main function of the Samsung Gear VR headset is to provide a field-of-vision for the Virtual Reality experience through its connection to the USB-C (micro USB) port of your mobile device.

You may decide not to turn off the Gear VR service at first but keep it turned on for now.

If you’re thinking about buying a new VR device, then Gear VR might be worth considering because it offers apps specifically tailored for the phone and headgear combo.

It is important to keep in mind that Samsung has officially announced that all the new devices running Android 12 won’t have Gear VR installed.

However, this isn’t too surprising given that there aren’t any plans for a new VR headset anytime soon.

If you’re using the latest version of the Samsung Galaxy smartphone, then the Gear VR won’t be useful for you. However, you can perfectly use everything on the Gear VR on its older versions.

To keep your VR headset from overheating, we’ve written an article explaining how to fix and keep your gear cool.

Connect Samsung Gear VR Controller via Bluetooth

Only Android 6.x or newer smartphones can connect using Bluetooth.

If you cannot connect the controller via Bluetooth, use the Gear VR application called Oculus.

Connect via Bluetooth

  1. Press and release the HOME button on the controller for three seconds until the light turns from blue to green to red.
  2. First, turn on your phone’s Bluetooth function. Next, press and keep pressing the Gear VR button until it turns blue three times.
  3. Put the headset on your face and connect your phone to the headset using the included USB cable. Control the headset by pressing its buttons and touching its screen.

Connect with Oculus

If you cannot connect the headphones via Bluetooth, please connect them using the Gear VR app named “Oculus”.

  1. When pairing the device, press and hold the Home button for at least 10 seconds until the indicator light blinks three times.
  2. To use the Oculus Rift Controllers, open up the Oculus Home application and then tap the “Gear” button at the bottom right corner. Then, press and hold down the controller button until the light blinks blue three times.
  3. Put your mobile device into the Oculus Go headset and place it onto the Oculus Go headset. Control the Gear VR using its controls. The screen image is only for demonstration purposes.
How To Disable Gear VR Service?

How To Disable Gear VR Service?

If you want to see whether Samsung Gear VR will actually improve your gaming skills, then let’s take a closer peek at the reasons why you came here.

There are several ways of doing this, so let’s start with the simplest way first.

To turn off the Oculus Go app, follow these steps:

  1. On your Samsung device, open up the Settings app.
  2. From the left sidebar menu, click on Apps.
  3. Select Gear VR from the list of results
  4. Clicking on the Disable button at the top right corner and confirming the popup will turn off the feature.

It wasn’t too difficult, was it? Well, the good news is that not every time it works, so don’t feel guilty if you’re unable to disable it.

If you’re struggling to remove Gear VR services using the first method, you might want to root your phone.

If you do so, however, you’ll need to learn how to restore the system afterward.

To root your phone, you can simply search for a package disabl­er and disable the Gear VR application by pressing one single button.

If you’re like most people who own a Samsung Galaxy S8, then there’s an easy way to remove the Gear VR headset from your device without taking it apart. However, it’s a bit complicated, which means it’s probably not for beginner owners.

To use this technique, you’ll need an Android device and a USB cable. Download ADB from Google Play. Plug your phone into your PC via USB.

ADB Installation Steps

Here are the steps for installing ADB:

  • Go to a web browser and type “Android SDK Platform Tools”.
  • Click on the first hyperlink from the official website.
  • Scroll down to the downloads section and choose the operating systems you’re currently using from a dropdown menu.
  • Unzip the file into a folder where you can access it from any computer.
  • After you’ve successfully installed ADB on your computer, you must configure your device to be able to communicate with it. Here are the instructions for setting up your device to communicate with ADB:
  • On the phone, open the Settings app again and follow these steps for About Phone.
  • Click on the Software Information option on this screen.
  • After doing that, go back to settings > about phone > software version and hit the build number 7 times. You should then receive a toast message saying that “you’re a software engineer!”
  • From the main screen, go back to Settings > Tap on the new Developer options icon > Tap on it.
  • On the Developer Options screen, under Debugging, check the box next to USB debugging.
  • Before that, read our latest post on the Samsung Galaxy S8/S7 Edge+ Smartphones.

Once you’ve got everything setup correctly, here’s how you remove all the Gear VR services on your phone:

  • From the folder where you extracted your Android Debug Bridge (ADB) zip file earlier, open an empty area by clicking on the icon labeled “Open in Windows Terminal”.
  • After connecting your phone to the computer, use the data connection provided by the USB port. we recommend the one you got with your charger because other ones may not be reliable.
  • Type adb devices in the terminal window, then press return.
  • If you get an error, type in ./adb devices to fix the issue.
  • You will get prompt asking permission on your phone when you press enter, so accept that immediately.
  • Now, both devices are connected. You need to delete three apps that are related to the Gear VR service. Type the following commands one by one and press enter.
    • ADB shell pm uninstall -k –user 0
    • adb shell pm uninstall -k –user 0
    • adb shell pm uninstall -k –user 0

After that, you can disconnect both devices and disable the Developer options if you want.

That’s it! Gear VR services will not be bothering you anytime soon. If you go to the app list, you won’t see any Gear VR services.

One thing to note here is that if you ever format your phone, all the apps you deleted will reappear so you will have to type in the commands using ADB again.

We would also recommend you uninstall any Oculus apps while you are at it since those are useless without Gear VR.

Also, check our separate post for fixing how to Fix PSVR Keeps Disconnecting. Follow our guide to learn how to Uninstall Steam VR.

How to Prevent Gear VR Services from Running in the Background?

The Gear VR Service causes a lot of battery drain on many devices although it is not actively being used by the user.

This is a problem for consumers who want to get the most out of their battery and simply don’t want to use the application. Therefore, you can follow the guide below and deactivate the application.

  1. Unlock the phone, drag the notification bar down and select the “Settings” icon.
  2. In the settings, scroll down and tap on “Applications“.Opening Settings and tapping on the “Applications” option
  3. Find “Samsung Gear VR” in the list of installed applications and tap on it.
  4. Then on the page that opens up click on the “Battery” option located almost in the middle.
  5. Uncheck the “Allow the application to run in the background” box.
  6. Now the application will not be able to run in the background and its functionality in the background will be limited, however, it may still use data.
  7. Now Navigate back to the main settings page and tap on “Connections“.
  8. Tapon the “data usage” option and then on “DataSaver“.
  9. Turn the DataSaveron and click on the “Allow Unrestricted Data Usage” option.
  10. From here click on the “More” option on the top right and deselect “SamsungGearVR” and its associated apps. Some of the associated apps of the Samsung Gear VR

Now Samsung Gear VRs will not be able to function in the background and cause battery drain.


This article has given you some useful information about how to prevent Samsung Gear VR services from running in the background. We hope this article helps you with your problems regarding Samsung Gear VR services.

If you have nay queries feel free to reach out in the comments section below


  • Victor Marquez

    Victor is the Editor in Chief at Techtyche. He tests the performance and quality of new VR boxes, headsets, pedals, etc. He got promoted to the Senior Game Tester position in 2021. His past experience makes him very qualified to review gadgets, speakers, VR, games, Xbox, laptops, and more. Feel free to check out his posts.

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