I covered this briefly in another tutorial but I’ve noticed enough people searching for it, I decided it deserved a post of it’s own. The GearVR software has a special developer mode that enables you to run GearVR applications without being inserted in a GearVR headset. This tutorial shows the process of enabling developer mode. Obviously you need a late model Galaxy S6/Note phone to follow along.
It is also available as an HD video.
Enabling Developer Mode
- Swipe down and select Settings gear icon
- Tap Applications
- Tap Application Manager
- Locate Gear VR Service, tap
- Tap Manage Storage
- Tap VR Service Version Several times
- Swipe Developer Mode on. Now you can run without the Rift (great way to record video by the way…)
If successful it should look like this:
Use the Developer Mode toggle to turn devmode on and off. Be aware that while developer mode is enabled your phone is going to flicker like mad as it alternates between each eye.