Oculus Quest is a highly efficient virtual reality headset. It provides a high-end gaming experience for its users. It can run into some errors after some time. The most recurring problem is the Oculus Quest crackling audio but it can be fixed with a few solutions.

Meta Quest or Oculus Quest is a high-quality standalone device that has a store of diverse games on an android-based operating system. A crackling noise can ruin your gaming experience.

A crackling noise is not a serious error but must be resolved before it can cause other errors in Oculus Quest. There are many ways in which you can reduce the crackling noise. We have compiled a list of solutions that you can apply to repair your Oculus Quest VR headset.  

Why Does Oculus Quest Crackling Audio?

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It can be irritating to hear a constant crackling noise on your Oculus Quest can be irritating. Multiple reasons can cause an audio problem. Before you start looking for a solution, make sure that your Oculus Quest does not have the following problems.

Loose Plugs

Sometimes the crackling audio is resolved by unplugging the headset. Fix all the HDMI ad Aux ports properly to avoid any audio problems. A poor electronic connection between the headphone and the plugs can cause crackling audio.

Defective Aux Port

Check the aux port of your Oculus Quest headphone for signs of damage. Check the aux port by plugging the Oculus Quest VR headset into another desktop or a phone. If the noise continues, then the Aux port is damaged. Replace the damaged aux port with a new one. 

Faulty Wires

Sometimes the wires of the Oculus Quest can get overheated and damaged. It causes an interruption in the electronic signal leading to a crackling noise. Bent and open wires can result in poor connectivity. You can also check the wires by unplugging them from the Oculus Quest headset.

Damaged Speakers

If you have ruled out all other problems, then damaged speakers might be the problem. Check all the HDMI, aux ports, and loose wires before you try to fix the speakers. Take your Oculus Quest to a professional to repair the speakers.

Ways To Fix Oculus Quest Crackling Audio

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Oculus Quest is a high-powered and efficient tool that helps you boost your gaming experience. Fixing the crackling noise can be as simple as decreasing the volume or plugging in the headset properly. Follow the given steps to fix the Oculus Quest crackling noise.

Turn The Volume Down

If you play games at a high volume, it can cause a crackling noise. Turn down the volume to 60 or 70%. Keep playing at a medium volume to resolve the audio problem. If you play games at high volume, it can damage your speaker in the long term.

Change The USB Port

Plugging the wires in the wrong USB port can cause audio issues. Most players use the USB 2 port, which causes a crackling noise issue. Switch it to a USB 3 port and you will see a significant reduction in the audio problem.

Replace The Aux Cable

Faulty aux cables can ruin affect the overall audio experience. You can replace it with a new one. Check the Aux cable thoroughly before you try to fix it. If you stop hearing a crackling noise, then the problem is resolved.

Soft Reset 

A soft reset can fix the audio problem in a few minutes. You can follow the given instructions to soft reset your Oculus Quest:

  • Press the “Volume Down” button and “Power” button at the same time.
  • You will see settings on your Oculus Quest. These settings include:
  1. Boot device
  2. Device Info
  3. Factory Reset
  4. Sideload update
  5. Power off
  • Press the “Power” button to select “Boot device” 
  •  The Oculus Quest will turn off and start to boot.

The crackling sound should disappear after you have rebooted your Oculus Quest. If it doesn’t, try the next solution. 

How To Change The Audio Settings On Your Oculus Quest Headset 

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In some cases, the audio problem is related to your computer settings. The speaker settings should correlate with  Oculus Quest audio settings. Here is how you can manage the sound setting on your desktop. 

  • Open the desktop.
  • Open control panel.
  • Go to “Devices”.
  • Scroll down to “Oculus Rift”
  • Right-click to open the “menu”
  • Click on the “Properties” at the bottom of the menu.
  • Click on the third option on the tab named “Enhancements”
  • Select “Disable Enhancements”.
  • Listen for a crackling noise. If you don’t hear anything, then the audio problem is fixed.
  • If this setting does not reduce the crackling noise, you can try the next solution.
  • Go to “Advanced”
  • Change the settings from DVD to “CD settings.

If these changes don’t work, you need to update the Oculus Quest driver. A single update can fix all the audio problems in the Oculus Quest.

Update The Driver

An outdated driver can cause crackling audio. Follow the given steps to update the Oculus software without worry.

  • Open the “Control Panel” on your desktop. 
  • Go to “Device Manager”
  • Right-click to open the menu.
  • Click on “Properties”
  • Select the “Driver” tab in the properties pop-up.
  • Click on the second option ”Update Driver”
  • You will have two options:
  • Search Autmotaiclly For Updated Driver Software
  • Browse My Computer For Driver Software
  • Select the second option .ie.
  1. “Browse My Computer For Driver Software”
  • You will see two options in the select bar
  1. “Oculus VR Headset”
  2. “USB Audio Device”
  • Select “USB Audio Device” as the driver provided by Microsoft is more suited to the Oculus Quest.
  • Restart your computer and once the driver is updated the crackling sound will disappear for good.

Conclusion

We hope you will be able to fix Oculus Quest crackling audio by implementing the solutions. Small changes in the audio settings can fix the headset. Make sure you resolve all the underlying issues before changing the speakers.  If you have followed all the steps and the problem persists, you can contact the “Meta Quest” support page

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