Custom VR Cardboard

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Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions on VR cardboard


Will VR cardboard work with my phone?

Cardboard works with most modern Android phones. Phones need to be running Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) or above. Ideally they should support NFC too. Here's a list we have personally tested:

Google Nexus 4, Google Nexus 5, Motorola Moto X, Samsung S4, Samsung S5, Samsung Galaxy Nexus, HTC one M7, Sony Xperia Z1, Sony Xperia Z2, Sony Xperia Z3, OnePlus One.

The latest 2015 VR cardboard will also work with iPhone 6 too.

If you're worried about size, there's a much longer list showing range of smaller and larger sized cardboard compatible phones here 

Can I use cardboard even if I wear glasses?

Yes. You may want to cut flaps into both sides of the viewer. 

What if my phone doesn’t do anything when I insert it into Cardboard?

Make sure that you have NFC turned on. Also make sure that you have the Cardboard Android app installed.

How can I test my own application without having the cardboard demo popup when I insert the phone?

The best method is to set your app to handle the NFC URL: cardboard://v.1.0.0. Alternatively, you can disable NFC in your phone’s settings.

When I try to view the Chrome VR site using Cardboard, the demo launches. How do I prevent this?

Install the Cardboard Android app and let it always handle the NFC event from the Cardboard viewer. The Cardboard app will not launch when you have another app in the foreground.

You can also disable NFC in your phone’s settings.

What are the magnets for and can I use cardboard without them?

The magnet is used for clicking inside of demos. When you pull and release the ring, your phone’s magnetometer detects changes in the magnetic field. Chrome experiments currently don’t use the magnet, but you will need it to try the Cardboard Android app.

Not all phones will be able to detect magnet pulls. You can use Cardboard without the magnet by sticking copper tape along the side of the viewer and having it come into contact with the phone screen. When you tap twice on the copper tape with your finger, the phone will react as if it had detected a magnet pull.

What does the NFC tag do and can I use the Cardboard app without NFC?

NFC is used to trigger the launch of the Cardboard Android app automatically. You can also start the Cardboard app from the Android launcher before putting your phone inside the viewer.

How does the button on the V2.0 model work with iPhone? 

Instead of the old magnetic switch, the new one is a piece of conductive foam that works as the primary input device when using Cardboard, now it works with the iPhone as well as Android. A new SDK and Cardboard app means iOS is now fully supported. 

Will you be stocking the V2.0 model?

Yes we do, inquire via our contact us page