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These Phones Work With Google Daydream

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Google’s Daydream VR experience is still so new that there aren’t many phones that currently work with it. It first launched in November only on the Pixel and Pixel XL, but in recent weeks it has expanded to others, including the Moto Z and Moto Z Force. Of course, in the near future, the list will grow even quicker. By the end of 2017, most flagships phones that launch will likely have all of the necessary components to work with Daydream.Β 

For now, the list of Daydream-ready phones is as follows:

  • Google Pixel and Pixel XL
  • Motorola Moto Z and Moto Z Force
  • Huawei Mate 9 Pro (coming soon)
  • ASUS ZenFone AR (coming soon)
  • ZTE Axon 7 (coming soon)

We’ll continue to update this post as new phones with Daydream support become available.

  • Stefano Rickeets

    WARNING: The US Unlocked GSM Moto Z is NOT DAYDREAM READY (at least not yet). This variant is still pending the Android 7.0 Nougat update needed to make Daydream work. Furthermore, this device hasn’t received an update since launch and is still running the July 1, 2016 (over 6 months old) security patch.

    • Stefano Rickeets

      Meanwhile, the Verizon Droid version of this device has been updated to Nougat from last November and is on December security patch.

  • Craig P

    So what happens if you use an s7 in daydream? I assumed it was like cardboard and would work across any device.

    • adrian strozier

      No it doesn’t work like cardboard at all. With cardboard you need very little specs, at least to make cardboard work. But daydream however requires a combination of software and hardware specs that Google themselves mentioned and posted. Also without the daydream app it’s gonna make it pretty hard in general to run daydream.

  • Daniel Aceves

    I just want a Pixel XL. Been on Pre-Order since thanksgiving. Day dream looks cheap.

    • SHunter

      The daydream is my fav flying companion.

    • Casey

      My Pixel XL arrived on the 11th of this month. It is a really nice device! Not sure it is worth $770 if you have a 6P though.

  • ali jawad

    Will the Nexus 6P get VR support? Is it even possible?

  • V2THE1

    In other words 3 and NOT many πŸ™‚

  • MJ

    This process is going at a glacier like pace… Google trying to make Daydream fail?

    • MJ

      thankfully, this works on the iphone. I just grabbed one so I can use it with my 6s.

  • dblock

    Can’t you just sideload the Daydream APKs on any phone and get it working? I sideloaded Daydream and the Daydream Keyboard onto my Nexus 6P and they launch without issue and seem to allow for setup, but I don’t have a Daydream View to further test.

    • MJ

      Do you often sideload apps onto your phone you have no use for? Daydream will not work on unapproved devices unless someone finds a hack.

      • CabbageHeadCat.

        Has been done. I haven’t but here is a link to the Reddit user who did. Instructions and everything. http://www.apkmirror.com/apk/google-inc/daydream/

        • MJ

          I don’t doubt it but being able to do something is different than if one should do it.

          My understanding is Pixel phones get fairly warm after just 20-30 minutes of Daydream use so using a SD810 N6 seems like a bad idea.

          • Guest

            Why the SD810 is a great chipset. It’s not like it has constant overheating issues and obscene amounts of thermal throttling. /s

          • needa

            You should seriously stick with what you know. Maybe limit yourself to big bezel and Samsung sucks comments.

          • MJ

            Obviously you have never used any of the VR phone solutions… The experience is underwhelming even on the phones they are designed for and the headsets are NOT selling well.

            The tech is at the gimmick stage and using a Note 5 or N6P (which Daydream is NOT designed for) isn’t going to make it any better.

          • needa

            When did I ever say anything about the experience? That is all subjective btw. Though I do personally think VR is dumb.

          • MJ

            That’s what I was talking about (I didn’t say it couldn’t be done on a non-Daydream phone but it wasn’t a good idea). We can both at least agree VR (in it’s current state anyway) is dumb.

        • friguy3

          Thanks, a little google searching, seems like its a viable option

      • dblock

        If I am curious, sure. There isn’t really any harm in it. I just wanted to see if the apps worked, as I am interested in getting a Daydream View. Even if my current phone doesn’t support it, I will upgrade to one that does eventually. I don’t think that my phone is going to melt from using it though, if it does work, that might be a tad over-dramatic.

      • mlm5em

        I’ve done this with my Nexus 6p and have a daydream viewer for testing. Works wonderfully for the first 10 minutes but then starts to lag. It makes me excited for the future though.

        • MJ

          Thanks for confirming my point…

    • friguy3

      is it just the app that needs to work? I have a note 5 (VZW) and wouldnt want to get it to find i doesnt work even though the app runs.

      • dblock

        That I am unsure of, but that’s what it seems like to me. But I can’t confirm, unfortunately.

        • friguy3

          needs root and android 7.x…..oh well. samsung vr it is!

  • Matreyu

    I’d love to have the Daydream work with my S7

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  • CabbageHeadCat.

    Haven’t tried in a while with my Pixel, but the mist is growing. I would expect every top end phone released this year to be on that list by year’s end. Which is what Daydream needs, more eyes and more $$$.

  • BobButtons

    Apparently there are ways to get other phones, such as the Nexus 5X, to unofficially work with it. Haven’t tried it myself.

    • MJ

      Yes, for people who like terrible VR experiences and expose their SoC to excessive heat.