3 Ways To Check If Your Phone Supports Virtual Reality (VR) Headsets

Virtual reality( VR) headset is a device that you wear over your eyes like a pair of goggles. It blocks out all external light and shows you an image on high-definition screens in front of your eyes. The goal of the VR headset is to make you feel the virtual world around you.



Just of recent, Smartphone producers started producing phones that supports VR headsets (goggle-like display device) while most other phones doesn’t support the gadget. If you want to buy a new phone, you need to check if it have a virtual reality compatibility.

Some people are still scared of using or having the VR experience. And this is the future of technology.


The phone should have Gyroscope sensor for any VR apps to work in it. The Gyroscope is a sensor that provides orientation information with greater value. And other important things are Magnetic Field Sensor and Internal Compass. The Magnetic field sensor helps in determining the Direction and it is capable of sensing the magnetic field of the earth ( by using Halls effect). Using the navigation app with magnetic Compass turned on, the navigation will be more correct.


  1.  Gyroscope
  2.  Magnetic Field Sensor
  3. Internal Compass (recommended)
  4.  NFC (optional)


Here are some ways to check if your phone supports virtual reality.

1. Ability To Play 360-degree Videos:  If your phone supports 360-degree videos on YouTube and Facebook, your phone will most likely support virtual reality headsets and If the phone has the ability to play 360-degree videos.

2. Freely VR: Freely VR is a website which has gathered all the list of smartphones which are compatible with VR headsets. You can check this website to see if your smartphone is listed there. In case, your smartphone is not listed, you can still have a chance..

3. Google Cardboard or other apps to check:  This app comes with a demo of VR. If your phone is compatible with this app, your phone will support virtual reality headset. You can also test with other third-party apps like VR Checker, EZE VR and SensorBox. You can  Download Google Cardboard from playstore.

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