How to remove the built-in Oculus Rift headphones

The headphones that come built into the Rift are not bad and will certainly deliver sound, but attaching your own headphones is where it's at.

Having something over-ear can be dangerous (you might not hear the firefighters breaking down your door so they put out the fire that started when you left the stove on for two hours) but can also deliver immersion like nothing else.

Want to remove the headphones from your Rift? Here's how.

What you'll need

What you will need

  • Oculus audio tool (or a flat-head screwdriver)
  • Oculus headset

How to remove the built-in Rift headphones

  1. Loosen the side head straps to allow easier access to the screws.

    Loosen the side head straps.

  2. Unscrew the right and left ear-pieces. They're located on the inside of the headset band where the headphones attach.

    Unscrew the left and right ear-pieces.

Keep in mind that you must attach your personal headphones to the PC in order to receive sound. We found that using a cable extender and wrapping said cable around the Oculus cables is the best way to avoid tripping or ripping the headphones off your head. You'll also have to change the audio settings in Oculus Home to get audio through your own headphones.

How to reattach the built-in Rift headphones

Left and right earpieces

You want to ensure you connect the right ear-piece with the right side of the Rift; likewise with the left ear-piece with the left side of the Rift. Notice there is a small R and small L on the inside of the respective ear-pieces.

  1. Line up the male connectors on the headphones with the female connectors on the headset.

    Line up the connectors.

  2. Apply pressure to the headphone so that it sits flush with the headset.

    Apply pressure.

  3. Screw the left and right headphones onto the headset.

    Screw the left and right headphones onto the headset.

Settings adjustments in order to use your own headphones with Rift

  1. Launch Oculus Home from your desktop or Start menu.
  2. Click the gear icon in the top right corner.
  3. Click Settings.

    Click the gear icon. Click Settings.

  4. Click Devices.
  5. Click Rift.

    Click Devices. Click Rift.

  6. Click the dropdown menu beneath VR Audio Output.
  7. Click Windows default.

    Click the dropdown menu. Click Windows default.

If you want to switch back to the Rift headphones, repeat the steps above but select Rift headphones instead of Windows default.

Your Rift sound options

Have you removed the Rift's built-in headphones? What do you use instead? Let us know in the comments section below!