Virtual reality is something that many people have tried if they own one of Samsung’s flagship phones. There are a lot of Gear V.R. compatible phones right now, so it wouldn’t be surprising if you didn’t.

Samsung knows this and released this year as a software update. It included a set of Oculus apps that consists of the Gear V.R. service application. Although it’s not the first instance of bloatware being added to a software update, we are used to it. Samsung is the manufacturer we are referring to, which is already well-known for such clever moves.

The update was supposed to enable virtual reality on smartphones. However, there were some side effects.

Samsung, how are your phones doing?

Oculus released its September 29 app update. Many Samsung Galaxy owners began complaining about their battery life and overheating. We all remember what happened when Samsung experienced overheating problems. R.I.P. Galaxy Note 7: You will be missed. I believe.

Soon after, forums and Q&A boards were flooded with questions such as “Gear V.R. Service is draining the battery of my S8.” What can I do? What should I do?

Many people started Reddit threads detailing their experiences. One user claimed that his phone had lost 70% in three hours. Similar issues were reported on the Oculus forum, mainly due to the Gear V.R. Oculus App.

What should you do as a user-facing the same problem? We have solutions.

How to remove Gear V.R. software

You can fix your phone’s battery issues using the Gear V.R. apps. Here are some steps to follow.

It can be disabled from the Settings menu.

A user familiar with Android would first try to disable the Gear V.R. service app using the menu. Select the Gear V.R. app from the menu. Next, go to Settings > Apps. Finally, check the disable option. It only sometimes works.

Many users have reported that the option of disabling is grayed out. We should therefore look for another option.

You probably already know that getting rid of Samsung’s “bloatware” is difficult unless you root your phone and install custom firmware. There are many options, but this technical option requires experience and documentation. Without root, you cannot disable the Gear V.R. service.

It can be disabled using a third-party app.

We have good news for you if you want to avoid your phone being rooted. You can disable the app using an app. Many Samsung users have reported that the package disabler pro can disable Gear V.R. Service and Gear VR SetupWizardStub. The setup app will stop running after this. It will solve your battery problems.

Uninstalling every Oculus app is required.

It would be best if you first tried uninstalling Oculus App Pack, one app at a time. It would be best if you started with Oculus Home, then Oculus room. Then, you can re-dock your phone. It will resolve any battery problems. However, this is not guaranteed.

Another better option is to uninstall all Oculus applications and wait for something official from Oculus. While you won’t still be able to use your Gear V.R., it’s better than a constantly-hot phone.

Use O.E.M. cables

After looking at several options, we finally found the right solution for the Samsung Community. A representative of the company suggested it.

They claim that low-quality third-party cables could cause the Gear V.R. service’s inactivity. He recommended that only Samsung-approved accessories be used. This one is not guaranteed.

Stop the Gear V.R. Service App

A representative suggested you also go to the app manager in the “More options” submenu to view all system apps. Find all Gear VR-related services, and force-stop them.

This one is only sometimes available, as the app can be restarted. It will also continue the phone to start running again.

The V.R. Developer Mode is available.

Another user said the problem occurred while trying to test something. It caused the Gear V.R. service app running in the background to get stuck on the phone, draining the battery quickly.

The easiest way to activate V.R. developer mode is to turn off your phone. Next, deactivate all apps that are associated with Gear V.R. It is a good solution.

Data should not be used in the background.

Some users claim this solution works, significantly improving battery life and eliminating all heating issues.

These steps should be followed:

  • Click on Settings > Connections and then select Data Saver. It will limit background data usage for any app that you choose.
  • Next, navigate to Settings > Apps. Click on the three dots button at the top right and select “Allow app while you save data.”
  • Click the three dots once more, choose “show system applications,” then disable all Gear VR-related apps.

These are only a few solutions that you can use to solve the Oculus update-related battery drain problem. Samsung still needs to provide a guaranteed-to-work solution. Your ability to fix the problem with your phone is ultimately up to you.


If any of these solutions work, we would appreciate your feedback. If you are a satisfied user and have no further problems with the Gear V.R. service app, please drop us a line below.