Set up Google Cardboard

To try virtual reality right from your phone, use Google Cardboard. View pictures, play games, and experience virtual reality through a VR viewer that you can buy or make at home. Learn more about how Cardboard works at

Get a viewer

You can order a Cardboard viewer, or learn to build your own.

Find the app

On your Android phone, install the Cardboard app.

Check phone requirements

  • To use Cardboard with an Android phone, your phone’s version should be 4.1 or higher.
  • To see whether your phone will work with a specific viewer, check the viewer's website.

Note: If you get a device incompatible message, you may not have a phone fitted with a gyroscope.

Start to use Cardboard

  1. On your Android phone, open the Cardboard app Cardboard.
  2. To pair your phone with your viewer, on the right, tap the Right arrow Right arrow.
  3. Use your phone's camera to scan the QR code on the Cardboard viewer. You might need to remove the cardboard sleeve to find the QR code.
  4. Open the top flap of the viewer.
  5. Lift the flaps toward you and press them against the fasteners on the sides.
  6. Put your phone inside the viewer, and then close the top flap.
  7. Before you look through the viewer, look at an object that’s far away.
  8. Close your eyes as you bring the viewer up to your face.
  9. Follow the instructions on the screen to begin using Cardboard.

Note: If you have the app installed but want to use a different viewer, change the settings.

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