Basic Tutorials

All your community questions answered in one place.
Worlds

Use this option to view the many worlds VRChat has to offer. Worlds are split into sections to help you discover worlds that you may find fun and interesting. Almost all of our worlds are created by our amazing content creator community. Learn more on how to create worlds by going to the developer section on our website.

Avatars

Here you can change what you look like in game. There are characters ranging from robots, humans, skeletons, aliens and more. You may also create your own custom avatar. Learn more by exploring the developer section on our website.

Social

VRChat is all about the people that come here to socialize, play and discover new worlds and interesting environments. In this section you are able to find out who is in the current world you are in and see which friends of your's are online or offline. This is also where you are able to pull up a user's profile and friend or unfriend them. You can also see which room they are in and either join them, ask them for an invite or invite them to your world. There are tools avaialbe in this section for you to self moderate people in your world. These include: mute, block and vote to kick. Not in the menu, but worth mentioning here, is a panic feature. Learn more in the user interactions tutorial.

System

Find all the settings and preferences that are at your disposal to help you tune the application to your liking. There are options for how you want you move your character through the 3D environment. Other options include voice and audio

Camera

This section has two options. Panorama and VRChive Panorama.

Panorama will take a 360 panorama of the virtual environment you are in and save it to your default pictures folder under vrchat.

VRChive Panorama will also take a 360 panorama of the environment but instead of saving it to your pictures folder it instead uploads it to the VRChive website. There you can view panoramas taking by various users in VRChat.

Seated/Standing Play Toggle

In order for your avatar to appear at the correct height you want to select the appropriate mode.
Note: This is only pertains to VR users.

If you are using your VR headset while sitting down then you will want to set it to seated play.

If you are standing you will toggle standing play.

Emote

One of the many ways you can express yourself in VRChat is by animating your avatar with a variety of emotes shown in the menu.

Currently there are 8 different emotes you can perform. These include: wave, clap, point, cheer, dance, backflip, die and sadness.

Emoji

You can let other people know how you feel in the moment by using one of our in game emojis. Your options are: happy face, sad face, thumbs up, thumbs down, heart and alert.

Respawn

This option can be used to take you back to where you were when you first loaded into the world. This is helpful in the case that you get lost. Or simply as a means of fast travel back the way you came.

Report Abuse

If you come across another user that is harassing, being racist, threating to do harm to another person please let us know by requesting a host. We do our best to navigate to your location and monitor the situation. A moderator will not necessarily present themselves to you. After reporting abuse it is advisable to utilize the tools provided in game to self moderate. See the user interactions section for instructions where to find those tools and how to use them.

Mic Controls

The slider on the left is used to raise and lower your voice in game. This is helpful if someone is complaining that your mic is too hot. Or is having a hard time hearing you.

Below the slider is a mute button. Use this if you have a lot of background noise that your mic picks up or if you do not want to be heard or interrupt at that moment.

Overview

When you have your "quick menu" open you have the option of looking away from the menu and at another user to directly interact with them. When looking at the person you will see a translucent capsule appear around their avatar. When you see the capsule you can use your laser pointer to click on them which will then reveal a list of useful interactions targeted toward that specific user.

Options

One of the most common things you will use this menu for is to friend someone. Friending someone will allow you to find them under your friends row in the social menu. When you are friends you can invite users to your world, request an invite to the world they are in among other things.

In this direct interaction menu there is also a mute option, which will silience their mic which is useful for situations when someone's mic is too loud or causing un-wanted noise. As well as a way to self moderate your experience so that you do not have to listen to anyone you do not want to. When you mute someone their nameplate will turn gray.

Another way to self moderate is by using the block button which is also part of the direct interation menu. This goes one step beyond muting the user and instead removes their entire avatar from being displayed along with muting them. You will not be able to see or hear this person. To unblock them you will need to find them in the social section under the main menu.

Details

The last option in the direct interaction menu is details. This will take you directly to their profile that shows the current room they are in and join them. There are also options to friend/unfriend, mute/block and vote to kick which is only on the details page. Vote to kick will send an alert to the other people in the world and ask them if they would like to accept or decline the vote.

Microphone

VRChat is a social platform with connecting and communicating at the forefront of our experience. The way users mostly interact in app is via their voice. Making sure your microphone is working properly is one of the most important things you can do for yourself and others around you. It can be very confusing when someone cannot hear you or you are unable to hear another user.

Etiquette

It is important that you understand how to mute and un-mute yourself in VRChat. There are times when it is appropriate to mute yourself out of respect for those around you. You should mute your microphone if you have audible background noise that causes your microphone to stay open at all times. You can tell when your microphone is in use by looking at the red microphone icon at the lower left of your view. Normally the icon is dim which means the microphone is not active and no sound is able to be heard by users in your proximity. When you are speaking the icon will light up bright red to give you visible feedback that your microphone is transmitting data. If you notice your icon is flashing or remaining lit while you are not speaking then you should use the mute option in between when you are speaking and when you are not.

Mute / Un-mute

To mute your microphone open up the quick menu by pressing the menu button. Then locate the same microphone icon at the bottom left of the menu and select it to toggle it from on to off. To un-mute you would repeate the same step. To indicate your mic is muted the icon at the bottom left of your view will change to a similar looking icon but will have a slash through it. The icon will stay at a constant lit up at all times. When you see this icon lit at all times it should remind you that no one is able to hear you at that time. If you notice people are ignoring you while you are speaking double check that you do not have your microphone muted as that is a common mistake to make.

Volume

In addition to muting your microphone you also have the option of adjusting the volume level. To adjust your level open up your quick menu and move up or down the verticle slider on the far left side. This can help you fine tune how loud or quite you are. In some instances you are able to lower the level of your mic to keep it from staying on constantly in the case that you have constant background noise. Lowering the level could be enough to give you the right balance so that your mic only turns on when you are talking. It is also worth noting that if your slider is at the bottom then no one will be able to hear you and your volume indicator icon will not light up. You are essentially mute at that moment, but your icon will not reflect it like it does when you use the mute button in the quick menu.

Default Microphone

If users are unable to hear you and your microphone is not muted and the volumne slider is not at the bottom then it is possible VRChat is picking up a different mic or none at all. The check open your quick menu and choose "System". In the bottom right part of the system menu there is a section titled Microphone. There you can cycle through the available microphones you have on your computer. Make sure the mic you want is selected. If you are using a VR headset make sure you have that mic selected and not a different one that you might use when not in VR. After you have the correct microphone selected back out and check if your microphone is being picked up by viewing your microphone indicator at the bottom left of your view. Or ask users in the area if they are able to hear you.

Worlds

There are many worlds to visit in VRChat. In the worlds menu you will find that worlds are split up into multiple different rows from popular worlds to new world to active worlds where people are actively hanging out in. The first row in the view is Featured. This row includes worlds developed by the internal VRChat team. These include the tutorial room, the main hub and other worlds that are interesting and interactive.

Then next row is Active. These worlds are where you will find other users currently hanging out in. Note the number at the bottom right of the thumbnail indicates the total number of users in all the instances of that specific world. Popular worlds are sorted by those that have had the most cumlative activity since the world was first published.

Following that row are the worlds that are New. The community is constantly creating in VRChat and you can find new and fresh worlds to explore everyday. You never know what will show up next.

To help you browse the different sections you are able to click the red ">" arrow to expand the row into multiple rows allowing you to get a larger glance at the worlds available in that section. You are also able to collapse the group by press the "<" arrow.

World Details

After you select one of the worlds the details and options of that world will be displayed. Included in this window are details about who the world author is and the person that created that specific instance of the world. Also displayed is the status of the world which will let you know if the world is public where anyone can join or restricted to a friends or invite only instance.

To visit an instance of the world you can either choose one of the already open instances along the bottom or create your own by choosing New Instance. After you make your choice you can select Go which will take you to the world immediately. Or you can select Drop Portal which will place a portal in the environment in front of you that you or anyone around you can walk through to take you to that destination.

Instance Type

  • Public - Anyone can join.
  • Friends+ - Any friend of a user in the instance may join.
  • Friends - Only your friends may join.
  • Invite+ - You can invite others. Joiners can accept requests.
  • Invite - You can invite others. Only you can accept requests.

Avatar

In VRChat there are many avatars to choose from to change your appearance. These range from humans, robots, aliens and more. The Avatar menu is broken up into rows similar to the worlds menu. When you first starting playing VRChat you will start out using one of the avatar in the Public row, which is the first row. If you decide to dive deeper into VRChat's capabilities you are able to upload your own avatar via the VRChat SDK and Unity. Once you upload your own avatar a new row titled "Mine" will show up and is where you will be able to change to one of your own.

To change into a specific avatar find the avatar in the row and select it. Then click the "Change" option under the preview of the model on the left side.

Social

The Social menu let's you interact with users around you or anywhere in VRChat. Once in the Social menu you will see a few rows. The first row is a listing of all the users in the current world you are in. There are also rows for displaying your friends that are online as well as offline.

User Details

Select a user on the Social menu to get more details and options. In the details window you will see a larger preview of the users avatar along with a preview of the world they are currently in, unless they are in a private world. If you have selected a user that is not your friend then you have the option to Friend, Mute, Block or Vote to Kick them.

If the user is currently one of your friends you have a similar set of options as well as the option to Join them in their current world. If they are in a private world you will need to request an invite from them. Finally you can Invite them to your world which will display a notification on his view, next to the microphone icon, so they know one of their friends are asking them to join them.

Invite Notification

When you see an invite notification on your screen, this is the icon of yellow exclamation mark, you can view the details of that invite by opening your quick menu and selecting their name at the top. After you have selected their name you have the option to Accept, Decline or Block the invite. Select accept and you will automatically be taken to the world they are currently in.

System

There are a number of system settings to configure in VRChat. These include options to control your comfort and safety, voice options, audio options and a few others.

Comfort and Safety

In VR there are two types of locomotion. By default your location is similar to classic first person games. You are able to press forward, backward, left and right to move your view in any direction independantly of where you are looking. The other option available is called Holoport. This locomotion is more comfortable for somepeople using VR, especially those that are susceptible to motion sickness. When Holoport is selected instead of moving your view in any direction your view is switched to a 3rd person view of your avatar when you press forward. Then you point your hand controler in the direction you want to move your avatar and walk the avatar to where you want to go. When you stop pressing forward your view will switch back to first person.

Also available to help with comfort in VR is Comfort Turning. By default when you rotate your view it turns smoothly, similar to what you would expect in a first person game. Comfort turning instead turns your view at 45 degree increments.

For those that would prefer other users not get too close to them there is an option to turn on Personal Space. When another user's avatar gets too close for comfort their avatar will start to disappear from your view. Either ask them to step back or move your yourself out of the way to be able to see them again.

Voice

There are a few voice options. Voice Prioritization is useful for making it easier to hear the person in front of you by lowering the volume of everything else in the room.

For desktop users the Toggle Voice option is handy. By default desktop users much hold the V key in order to talk, this is known as push-to-talk. Some users prefer the Toggle Voice option which allows you to mute and un-mute by pressing V and not having to hold the button down. It is useful for desktop users to have their mic set to toggle since it is common for desktop users to have speakers on which will create a feedback loop causing other users to hear themselves coming back through your microphone.

Mic Defaults On is used to set which state you want your microphone to be in when you start VRChat. If it is selected then your microphone will be on or not muted by default. This means you will not have to un-mute yourself to be heard after you first login.

Audio

There are various audio settings. The important ones are Sound FX which is what you will use to increase/decrease the audio in a world. This could be various sounds or music playing in a given world.

The other is voices. Sometimes you may want to lower the volume of all the voices in a room. This setting will allow you to do that. Note this is only used to lower everyone it does not allow you to set the volume of each user.

Other

There is a section to choose your microphone incase the wrong mic is set to default when you start vrchat. Check here if other users are not able to hear you and your mic is not muted and your volume slider is not pulled all the way down.

You can set your player height as well. You want to set your height correctly so that your avatar will show correctly and not look like it's standing on it's tippy toes.

There are both buttons to logout or exit VRChat. If you want to get back to the sign in screen choose logout. Or to quit VRChat and go back to your desktop use the Exit VRChat button.