Get started with Cardboard

Understand phone requirements and compatibility

  • Cardboard on an Android phone requires version 4.1 or higher.
  • Cardboard on an iPhone requires version 8.0 or higher.

Not all viewers work with every phone. If you see a device incompatible message, you may not have a device with a gyroscope included. To see whether your phone will work with a specific Cardboard viewer, check the viewer's website.

Get Cardboard

Visit the Get Cardboard page to order a Cardboard viewer or learn to create your own. 

Download the Google Cardboard app

To start using Cardboard with your smartphone, download the Google Cardboard app from the Play Store (Android) or the App Store (iPhone). 

Set up Cardboard

Open the Google Cardboard app and follow the setup instructions.

  1. Scan the QR code on the Cardboard viewer using your phone's camera.
  2. Remove the viewer from the sleeve and open the top flap.
  3. Take out the side flaps. Pull the flaps up and press against the fasteners on the sides of the viewer.
  4. Put your phone inside the Cardboard viewer and look through the viewfinder to continue.
If you have the Google Cardboard app installed but want to use a different viewer, reconfigure the viewer.
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