Here's the meaning behind every LED state the HTC Vive can throw at you!

If you're the owner of an HTC Vive, you'll be familiar with the dozens of LED indicator combinations you can encounter during the start-up process. With all of the HTC Vive's main components bearing these LEDs, they can become a crucial part of any troubleshooting process.

But what do all these indicators actually mean? Here's a breakdown of every LED state and its meaning!

Controller LEDs

Each of the HTC Vive's controllers is kitted out with an indicator, which is located below the home button. These indicators help massively when diagnosing connectivity and pairing issues.

  • Green: Your HTC Vive controller is ready for use.
  • Blue: Your HTC Vive controller is currently in pairing mode and searching for a headset.
  • Blinking blue: This indicates the controller is in 'Pairing mode'. This is used to pair to a headset and can be activated by pressing the 'App' and 'System' buttons simultaneously.
  • Blinking red: This state indicates the controller has a low battery.
  • Orange: This color is only shown while charging the controllers. After fully charging, the controller LED will change to white.
  • Off: The controller LED will be off when your controller isn't powered on.

If you're experiencing issues when connecting your controllers, make sure to take a look at our handy guide on fixing them!

Headset LEDs

Located on the left-hand side of the HTC Vive, the headset also bears a LED to indicate its current state. This can be a quick way to diagnose a problem or find a fix to a more complex issue.

  • Green: Your HTC Vive is ready for use.
  • Dim Green: Your HTC Vive is ready for use, but your headset has timed out into standby mode. To wake up your headset, move your headset within view of the base stations or start a VR application.
  • Red/Blinking red: This state is entered due to a physical hardware error or driver error.
  • Off: The LED for your HTC Vive will be off when no power is being supplied to the headset.

If you're experiencing headset connectivity issues, make sure to try these fixes!

Base station LEDs

If your HTC Vive's base stations are failing to track your accessories, try to identify the state of your base stations. These indicators are able to indicate a wide range of issues, including base station instability and obstructions in the room. Each base station has an LED at the top of the glass front panel.

  • Green: Your HTC Vive base stations are synced and ready for use.
  • Dim Green: This indicates your base station has gone into standby mode after a period of inactivity. To force the base station out of standby mode, unplug the power source and reconnect.
  • Blue: A blue LED indicates that the base station is vibrating and stabilizing. When stuck this state, make sure to check your base stations are securely fixed in place.
  • Purple: This state is entered when the two base stations are unable to see one another consistently. Check the room for obstructions or moving objects (such as ceiling fans).
  • Off: The base station LEDs turn off when no power is supplied. f stuck in this state, check all cabling between your base stations and the power outlet.

If you're experiencing sync issues with your HTC Vive's base stations, make sure to take a look at our troubleshooting guide!