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Meta Quest 3 stuck on "applying software update"

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I just bought new Meta quest 3, and on the first time while going through normal activation process after I connected it to a WiFi it started to apply software update. 

It does that for a short while , saying " applying software update" and then restarting. 

After it boots up, it just goes back to the exact same phase, "applying software update" and restarting, again and again in an infinite loop.

I've tried connecting it to a charger, factory resetting it, and connecting to different wifi network, living it alone for hours in that loop.

Nothing seems to be helping... 

What can I do to go past that update process? Or updating in some other way? Because as of now my device is absolutely unusable.


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Hi everyone! 🙂 I hope you're all doing well. Upon exploring further, It seems like there's a V66 iteration of this issue that has surfaced in another thread. Since our engineering team is keeping a close eye on the most recently created thread, I'm going to be locking this one. This way, all the reports will be in one place for our Internal team. Once I have an update, I'll be sure to share it in this thread here. You may also find some helpful insight from other users who are facing the same issue.

Don't worry be happy.

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i have exactly the same issue

I resolved my issue. I don't know if it got resolved because something changed on the update server side or because of my actions but here is what I did: I did a factory reset once again and connected to my Mobile Hotspot  WiFi on my mobile phone, but this time I also turned off the regular WiFi connection on my phone to make sure that it uses cellular data. Maybe that fixed the issue because I started to use a different public IP address and got landed by a load balancer to a different update server. But this time everything worked fine as it should.


I also reached to meta support but their answer was ridiculous.

I wrote:


 Hi there, I have an issue with activating quest 3. I found that at least 2 other guys already reported it on the forum:
One more thing that I can add to those 2 reports is that I had a long pause between the setup steps. When it asked to continue on the mobile app, I realized that it will take some time, so I left the helmet on the table an went to a grocery store. One I came back and recharged the helmet I'm not able to finish the setup even after a factory reset.
Could you please suggest what to do.


and their answer is:


Hi Stan

Thank you for contacting Meta Store Support. My name is Dylan and I will be assisting you today.

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I look forward to an update from you.

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Kind Regards,

Meta Store Support


Thank you very much for such a detailed description of your resolution! Really glad that your headset works now. But I've already tried trick with a hotspot and it doesn't work for me still... Will look for another solution! 

Hey @churoboec. We definitely want to get you back on track and resolve the update loop you're experiencing. We understand how that can cause you some delay in playing your favorite VR games, and that is never the experience we want you to have. No worries, Meta Quest Support is here. First we want to thank you for trying your prior troubleshooting steps. We know you have already perform a factory reset, but we'd like for you to try a factory reset, but this time through the mobile app. Before doing the factory reset through the mobile app, ensure you cloud back up is turned on. Here are the steps to performing a factory  reset through the Mobile app.

  1. Open the Meta Quest app on your phone.
  2. Tap Devices in the bottom menu.
  3. Tap the headset connected to your phone.
  4. Tap Advanced Settings.
  5. Tap Factory Reset and then Reset.

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Hi again, @churoboec! We are just reaching back out to see if the troubleshooting steps were helpful or if you still need assistance. Please feel free to reach back out whenever it is convenient for you if you still need support for your issue. We are always here to help!

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I have the same issue, my meta quest 3 stuck on applying software updates, I tried to leave it for hours, I tried to use hotspot from my phone, I tried to factory reset, I tried everything, I recieved my meta quest more than a week and still stuck in the first step which is the update, I believe your servers have issue and you should fix it because it is a common issue between the users, now I regert buying my meta quest and thinking about returning it.

Hey there, @Mohamed1195. Thanks for bringing your experience with the Quest 3 to our attention. We hate that you haven't been able to enjoy your headset due to applying software update remaining on the device. No worries though, we'd love to make sure you're able to get back up and running by taking a deeper look into your device. So that we can, please send us a PM! From there, we'll be able to gather more details. Please also remember, you must be signed in to the community first to send us a private message. We can't wait to hear from you soon! 

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Just wanted to say thank you to DrStansLove! I had the same issue for days and I tried it through mobile hotspot like you said and it worked! I tried all day to get in touch with meta support but they were either busy or didn’t respond back. So thank you for posting, you made my day. 

Hey there, @Mohamed1195. We just wanted to swing by to see if you're still experiencing any issues with your device. If so, do let us know! We'd love to work with you to get back up and running once more! 

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