Quest devices require a Meta account to be set up. This is relatively easy when setting up a few devices, but scaling to more devices can be difficult and time-consuming. Learn how to efficiently set up large numbers of Meta devices with Meta Test User Accounts.
Meta Test User accounts vs. Meta accounts
Meta accounts are required to use any Meta Quest device. Every user must create and/or log in with a Meta account using a unique email address, Facebook or Instagram login during the device setup. Test User accounts are a feature of a Meta Developer organization. The benefit of using Test User accounts to set up Meta Quest devices is that you can avoid setting up or using personal Meta accounts, they can be generated in bulk, and they are Developer enabled upon creation. Test User accounts cannot directly access Quest Store content.
ArborXR does not recommend using Quest Store apps for large-scale deployments. Instead, contacting app developers directly for Android Package Kits (APK) can save time and money. With an APK, content can easily be managed and installed on all of your devices through ArborXR.
ArborXR recommends using one unique Meta Account per device to avoid any potential issues with Meta’s terms of service. However, many organizations use Meta Test User accounts when deploying numerous Meta devices because the process is much easier to manage. Meta Test User accounts cannot download Quest Store applications. To directly access Quest Store content, you must go through the standard Meta account setup for each device and download the Quest Store app to each device. Quest Store applications cannot be simultaneously run from the same account on different Quest devices.
Setting up Meta Test User Accounts
If you have not already done so, sign up to be a Meta Quest developer. If you already have a Meta Quest developer account, move to Step 2.
Go to the Meta Developer Dashboard.
Click Test Users in the left-side navigation menu.
Click the green Add Test User button in the top right corner.
Fill in the fields to create a Test User, and then click Submit.
Create up to five users at once, entering in the “User Count” field.
Passwords cannot be reset for Test User accounts, so be sure to record the email and password somewhere for future reference.
After clicking Submit, info about the Test User(s) will appear in the Test User table, including a randomly generated “Name,” “Alias,” and “Email Address.”
Once Test Users are created, they can be used to log in to headsets.
A Test User can only be logged into one device at a time.
If the device was previously logged into an account, it will need to be factory
Open the Meta Quest companion app on your mobile device and select Log in with email.
Input the Test User email as it appears on your Meta Developer Dashboard Test User Table.
Input the password that you set up for the Test User account.
Turn on your Quest headset
Ensure that your mobile device’s WiFi and bluetooth are turned on
Your Quest device should appear in the companion app
Choose your headset and the companion app will begin configuring it
The headset is now connected to the Test User account
In the Meta Quest companion app, select Menu on the far right corner of the bottom navigation bar:
Add Devices to Groups within ArborXR
Now that you have set up your Quest devices with Meta Test User accounts, you are ready to add them to Groups within ArborXR. Adding devices to a group allows you to manage and configure devices in bulk instead of one at a time.