Are you thinking of buying a VR headset but can’t quite choose what one to get? 

Virtual reality (VR) is becoming increasingly popular, and with Android’s large market share, many people are wondering what the best VR headset option is for Android devices. There are a few major factors to consider when choosing an Android-compatible VR headset. In this guide, we explore what VR headset is best for Android. 


Since VR headsets are worn on your face, comfort is key. You should Look for a headset that’s lightweight and has comfortable padding around the eyes and head strap. Ideally, you would want something you can wear for extended periods without fatigue or pain, so soft padding around the eye area and head strap can make a big difference in long-term comfort. Padding absorbs sweat and allows your face to breathe. Breathable fabrics allow airflow so your face doesn’t get too hot, and this helps reduce sweat and discomfort from heat. Many padding covers are made from athletic fabrics that wick moisture.  

You should choose a headset that is carefully contoured and balanced to sit nicely on your head without creating pressure points. Consider looking at curved visors and face gaskets, as this allows the headset to conform to your facial features. Testing comfort beforehand is also a smart idea to see if you can try out a headset in person or read product reviews focused on long-term wearability. Going with a lightweight, adjustable, padded and breathable headset is your best bet for VR comfort with any Android device. 

Field of View (FOV) and Resolution 

The FOV determines how immersive the VR experience is as the wider, the better, with most quality headsets now delivering a 110-degree FOV or more. A larger FOV means you see more of the virtual environment. For sharp, clear visuals, you want a headset with at least 1440p or higher resolution. Many also now feature OLED displays for richer colors and contrast, and the better the display quality, the more realistic and engaging VR apps and popular games will appear. 


To fully interact with VR content, you need motion-sensing controllers, and all-in-one headsets have built-in controllers, while other headsets require standalone controllers you connect via Bluetooth. This is why you should always choose carefully, as good controllers enhance the overall experience. 


Make sure any headset you’re considering is designed to work with Android phones and this includes having the appropriate physical connectors and software and apps to interface with the Android OS. You’ll want to check if the headset works with your specific Android phone model. There should be a list of supported phones on the headset’s website or packaging. 

The VR system and apps need to be compatible with the version of Android OS running on your phone, while some VR headsets for Android plug directly into the phone’s USB-C or micro USB port to operate.  

Before you buy anything, even a game, you should make sure your phone has the processing power, graphics, sensors, battery life, and storage required to run VR apps. Many headsets list minimum specs for compatible Android devices on their websites. If the VR headset relies on any handheld controllers, make sure they are supported. This includes how they connect with the phone or headset (Bluetooth, WiFi Direct, etc).  

Carefully checking all headset and Android device specifications will ensure everything works seamlessly together. Reputed brands also often have compatibility checkers on their websites for easy confirmation. 

Screen size 

The screen size can be very important, so to help with choosing, you should measure the precise length and width of your Android phone in mm to compare against the phone tray dimensions listed for any VR headset you’re evaluating. Even a mm or two difference in size can keep your phone from fitting. With your phone’s screen exposed in the VR headset, you’ll want protective buffers. Foam or silicone shields prevent the phone glass from getting scratched by the optics.