If you are new to VRChat, there’s a very good chance one of the following questions has popped into your VR head.

What are the rules in VRChat?

Please refer to our Community Guidelines.

Do I need VR to use VRChat?

Playing without a VR headset is totally possible! If you have a VR headset and still want to play in desktop mode, you can simply unplug your headset before starting up VRChat.

What’s the difference between logging in from Steam and logging in with an account created at VRChat.com?

Steam login makes it super easy to get started in VRChat, but currently only VRChat accounts can use the SDK to upload content of their own.

People are yelling at me! What’s going on?

Your mic is on, and you’re not wearing headphones, and you’re broadcasting loud noise at the entire room. Open the Quick Menu and mute yo self.

Quick Menu? What manner of devilry is this?

Okay, here’s the sweet deal: if you press the Quick Menu button on your controller or the Escape key on your keyboard, you’ll bring up a menu. Behold!

I am talking but nobody is responding. Why are people ignoring me?

There are three possible things that could be going on:

  1. You might have mic issues. Check recording devices in Windows to make sure the correct mic is set to default. If you are using a HTC Vive, check your steam VR settings and click on audio. Make sure your recording device is set correctly. Oculus users do the same under Oculus settings.
  2. You need to toggle your mic to on. See that little mic icon in the peripheral of your vision while in VRChat? If that has a line across it, your mic is turned off. Open the Quick Menu and click the mic icon to toggle it on. If you go into settings, you can check “mic defaults on” as well.
  3. The entire room could have you blocked. If this is the case, you might have some self reflecting to do.

Which worlds are people currently in?

You can open the Quick Menu and click on Worlds. The second row will show “Active Worlds”, as well as the number of people who are currently in the world.

I’m trying to join a world with many people in it, but it’s empty!

Our rooms can only support so many players at once. The Hub, for example, has a limit of 16 players. When a 17th player enters The Hub they will create a new Hub with only 1 player. If you are visiting a popular room, chances are people will be there soon. You can also wait until a spot opens up.

How do I change my avatar?

We have a large variety of public avatars to use. Open the Quick Menu and click avatars to find the perfect look.

Somebody is bothering me. What should I do?

Open your Quick Menu, then open the Social menu, select the person that’s bothering you, then select “Block”.

Somebody is running around screaming or harassing people. What should I do?

Please open your Quick Menu and click “request host”. A host will be by shortly to address your concerns. Please keep in mind that “request host” is reserved for serious offenses. Use your best judgement and try the block feature, instead, if you’re not sure.

I’m stuck in the ceiling, floor, or a refrigerator. What should I do?

As the majority of worlds in VRChat are user created content, mistakes are bound to happen. If you find yourself stuck, open the Quick Menu and click respawn, or try a different World. If that fails, restart the app (and let us know at [email protected] so we can look into the problem!)

What’s that chat bubble with an exclamation mark that’s next to the mic icon?

Looks like you are already busy making new friends. That chat bubble means one of two things: someone sent you a friend request or a friend has invited you to a room. Open up your Quick Menu and you should see a picture of their avatar with the alert, that you can select to accept (or deny) the friend request.

I met some cool people and I think it’s about time we friendship up, VR style.

I see you are ready to make friends in VRChat. Open the Quick Menu and you should see little profile pictures on top. Those are the people closest to your current location. If you see the future friend on there, click their picture, then click friend. You can also enter the social tab from the Quick Menu, click on the person you want to be friends with and click friend.

Now that you are friends you both can teleport to each other in any public world.

I keep trying to join a room my friend is in by using the “join friend” in the social menu, but it won’t let me join the room.

This will happen when you are trying to use the “join a friend” feature when that friend is in a private room. For the time being, the only way you can join a friend in a private room is if the room creator opens a portal to that room or your friend uses the “invite” feature to invite you into the room they are in.

How do I open a portal?

Portals are how we travel to different worlds in VRChat. You can open a portal easily by opening the Quick Menu and clicking Worlds. Select the world you want to go to and press Portal. A portal will now open in front of you for 30 seconds.

Sure I can take regular pictures in VRChat, but what about 360° pictures?

VRChat has been working together with VRChive to make it possible to take 360° pictures instantly at any time. Just open your Quick Menu, click camera, and you will be presented with a panorama & VRC panorama options. Click on panorama and it will save a 360° panorama to your Pictures -> VRChat folder. Click on VRChive panorama and you will immediately upload to the VRChat VRChive page. These panoramas easily embed on Reddit, Twitter, or Facebook so feel free to share!

Wait a sec. I can interact with those walls playing YouTube?

Yes you can! Some rooms such as Forest Campsite and Cinema YouTube have something we call a YouTube Wall. Clicking on the screen will bring up a UI that allows you to search for videos, play a random video, scrub the video, play & pause. If you are a world creator, you can drag these YouTube walls into your world project in Unity. Just search “youtube” in the SDK and drag and drop in!

I’m getting 45 FPS in many worlds but I have the best graphics card available!

45 FPS means that you are getting less that 90 FPS and SteamVR’s async reprojection is kicking in to smooth out your experience. Part of the async reprojection strategy is to lock you at 45 FPS.

VRChat worlds and avatars are all user created and therefore may not be as optimized for VR as possible. High poly counts, real time lights, shadows, large amounts of network traffic, networked physics objects and others can attribute to less than ideal performance in VRChat. However, performance will improve over time as we add systems to mitigate performance issues in app! Ensuring a smooth experience for our community is one of our top priorities.

I want to get involved! Where does the community reside when they aren’t in VRChat?

You might find our subreddit useful, or you can join our Slack Community. We also have a growing Facebook Group. These are great places to connect with the community when you can’t actively be in VRChat. Our Slack group also has channels specifically for development in VRChat.

I want to do an event in VRChat or get in touch for business reasons. Who do I need to talk with?

Send inquiries to [email protected].

I am addicted to Twitter/Facebook/Instagram/YouTube and wish to follow you day and night on those services.