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Oculus Rift Orange Light – What Does This Mean + Fix

Oculus Rift Orange Light – What Does This Mean + Fix

Using Oculus Rift with your PC is a great way to launch games or start Steam VR, but sometimes a flashing or solid orange light on the headset with a blank display hinders connecting both devices. 

In this article below, we’ll explore what does this light status on the headset means and provide some solutions to help you quickly resolve this persistent issue. 

What does the Oculus Rift orange light mean?

A flashing or solid orange indicator on your headset could mean the Oculus service isn’t running, the headset cannot connect to the PC, or the Nvidia driver is not up-to-date. The light also appears if you use the USB 2.0 port while connecting the VR gadget to the PC.

How do I fix the orange light on my Oculus Rift?

Change the USB Port on the PC

Using the USB 2.0 port on your PC to charge the headset won’t provide enough power to juice up your Oculus Rift internal battery.

Due to this, your headset won’t turn on and will show this orange status light.

To fix this, use the USB 3.0 port on your PC to charge your Oculus Rift. If your computer does not have a 3.0 port, you can buy the expansion card from a retailer or online store.

Restart Oculus Service In the PC App

Sometimes, the Rift headset firmware gets stuck while connecting to the PC app due to incomplete or corrupted updates, resulting in it flashing a white indicator when turned off and an orange one when you power it on. 

To resolve this, try rebooting your PC or restarting the Oculus Service with these steps:

  • Turn off the headset.
  • Open “Oculus” on your PC.
  • Go to “Settings.”
  • Click “Beta.”
  • Click “Restart Oculus.”
  • Select “Restart Oculus” in the pop-up window to confirm the action and restart the service. 

Now, wear the headset, power it on, and see if you still see the orange light. 

QUICK TIP: You can also unplug the headset from your PC for a few seconds and plug it back in to re-establish the connection.

Disable and Enable the HID-Complaint Consumer Driver

  • Right-click “Start.” 
  • Select “Device Manager.”
  • Next, click “Human Interface Devices.”
  • Right-click the “HID-compliant consumer controlled device” option with a yellow caution sign next to it. 
  • Click “Disable.”
  • After a few seconds, right-click the option again and click “Enable.”

Your headset will connect to your PC within seconds and hopefully won’t show the orange light status anymore.

Re-enable the Camera Permission

  • Close the Oculus app on your PC and unplug the Rift headset.
  • Press “Win+I” to open “Settings.”
  • Click “Privacy.”
  • Select “Camera.”
  • Toggle off the switch next to “All Apps to Access your Camera.”

After disabling camera access, do these steps:

  • Connect Oculus Rift to PC.
  • Lauch the Oculus app.
  • You’ll get an error message, “Sensors Can’t Track Headset.”
  • Unplug the headset and enable the Camera permission. 
  • Plug the USB cable into your PC and then the DisplayPort cable to connect your Rift.

Your headset will now connect to your PC, and the status light should turn green in the Oculus app. 

Perform Oculus Setup Repair

  • Launch your preferred browser on your PC and go to the Oculus Setup page. 
  • Scroll down to “Oculus Rift or Oculus Rift S.”
  • Click “Download Software.”
  • Click “Repair” in the next window.

Note: If the Windows Defender shows a warning message, click “More info” and select “Run anyway.” 

  • Now, allow the Repair process to complete and launch the Oculus PC app.
  • Connect your Rift headset to the PC via a USB cable and verify the orange light is gone.

You can also try reinstalling the Oculus app to remove the corrupted installation or data files.

Configure Multiple Display Option

You can also configure the multiple display option in your Nvidia Control Panel to force your PC to detect your VR headset and get rid of the orange light.

To do this, launch the Nvidia Control Panel, click “Set Up Multiple Displays,” and choose “My Display is not shown.” Next, click “Rigorous Display Detection,” select “Yes,” and choose “OK.”

Update Graphics Card Driver

  • Open your preferred browser on your PC and go to the GeForce Experience page.
  • Click “Download.”
  • Now install the software on your PC and launch it.
  • Click “Drivers.”
  • Click “Check for Updates.”
  • Select “Download.”
  • Select your installation type to install your PC’s new Nvidia driver update.
  • Restart your PC and try connecting your Oculus Rift headset to verify the fix.

NOTE: Update your Windows before upgrading your graphics card driver, and make sure the computer can run VR games.


In this article, we’ve discussed what the orange status light means on your VR headset and 7 easy solutions to help you connect it to your PC successfully. 

We hope you can enjoy uninterrupted and immersive VR experiences with your Oculus Rift. If all else fails, run the Oculus Debug Tool to check to troubleshoot software issues. 


  • Tauqeer Ahmed

    Tauqeer Ahmed is a technology expert with over 10 years of experience in the industry. He has a degree in Computer Science and specializes in network security and software troubleshooting. You can find out more about him at

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