Configure ArborXR Home (Launcher)

To use ArborXR Home, devices must have version 2022.8.2 or later of the ArborXR client and launcher apps installed. Devices running version 2021.44.0 or earlier of the client app have ArborXR's 2D multi-app launcher (legacy) installed. 

For details about the migration from 2021.44.0 to 2022.8.2, click here.  

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What is ArborXR Home?

ArborXR Home is ArborXR's VR launcher that locks down the device and prevents end users from accessing the device's home environment and stock settings. The apps and settings shown in ArborXR Home can be configured to ensure users only have access to what they need. 

The logo in the top left of the main app menu UI can be customized so users have a branded experience within VR. Coming soon, you will also be able to customize the background environment with your own 360° image. 


Is ArborXR Home supported on all device models?

ArborXR Home is supported on the following VR device models:

  • Meta Quest 1 & 2
  • HTC VIVE Focus 3
  • Pico Neo 3
  • Pico Neo 2
  • HTC VIVE Focus Plus
  • Pico G2 4K

What is the behavior of the home button on controllers when devices are configured to ArborXR Home?

ArborXR Home includes a quick access menu that appears on pressing the home button on the controllers. On Pico and Quest, this pauses the running app until Resume is selected. On VIVE Focus 3, this quits the running app but we are working with HTC on implementing proper pause behavior. 

Selecting Go To Home will quit the running app and return users to ArborXR Home's main app menu. 


Settings shortcuts

Shortcuts include boundary setup, Wi-Fi, casting, Bluetooth and eye calibration. Support for settings shortcuts in ArborXR Home varies by device model:

When the launch method of devices has been configured to ArborXR Home, shortcuts can be accessed in two places:

  1. To the right of the app menu UI. 
  2. Via the quick access menu, which opens on pressing the home button on the controllers. 

When configuring ArborXR Home via the web portal, admins can optionally disable access to shortcuts. For example, admins can disable the Bleuetooth shortcut if users should not have access to Bluetooth settings. 


Advanced Settings

ArborXR Home includes an Advanced Settings menu which includes information about the device, brightness, volume, movement tracking (Pico only), interaction method, and an option to escape ArborXR Home temporarily to access the device's stock settings. 

Temporarily escaping ArborXR Home to access the device's stock settings is a significant feature as this enables the management of device settings that cannot be managed directly within ArborXR Home. For example:

  • Firmware Updates: ArborXR Home does not currently include an option to trigger a firmware update & install. Users can escape ArborXR Home temporarily to trigger the firmware update & install via the device's stock settings. 

Advanced Settings can be accessed in two places:

  1. Via the main app menu (the cog icon below the app menu UI).
  2. Via the quick access menu, which opens on pressing the home button on controllers.

Advanced Settings can optionally be locked with a 4 to 10 digit numeric PIN. Given there is the option to leave ArborXR Home and access the device's stock settings, it is recommended to lock Advanced Settings with an admin PIN.


What is the behavior of the admin PIN?

If an admin PIN has been set so as to restrict access to Advanced Settings, users will be prompted to enter the 4 to 10 digit numeric PIN upon selecting the cog icon. As a reminder, when the launch method of devices has been configured to ArborXR Home, Advanced Settings can be accessed in two places:

  • Via the main app menu (the cog icon below the app menu UI).
  • Via the quick access menu, which opens on pressing the home button on the controllers.

Enter Admin Mode

Upon entering the correct PIN, users will be in admin mode and will be able to access all settings within Advanced Settings, including the option to leave ArborXR Home and access the device's stock settings and home environment. 

Exit Admin Mode

Users can exit admin mode by either clicking on the red lock icon towards the bottom right hand corner of the UI or by rebooting the device


How can I enable and configure ArborXR Home on my devices?

ArborXR Home can be enabled and configured on both device groups and on individual ungrouped devices:

  1. Navigate to the device group or individual ungrouped device in question.
  2. Tab over to Settings.
  3. Select Headset Experience from the side sub-navigation menu. 
  4. Select ArborXR Home
  5. Click Configure.
  6. Tab between Apps, Settings, and Appearance (coming soon).
    • Apps: Select the app(s) users should have access to in ArborXR Home. 
    • Settings
      • Select the Admin PIN checkbox to lock Advanced Settings with a 4 to 10 digit numeric PIN.  
      • Select the shortcuts (boundary setup, Wi-Fi, casting, and eye calibration) users should have access to in ArborXR Home.
        Note: Shortcuts are excluded from the Admin PIN, if set.
    • Appearance (coming soon): Upload a custom background environment (360° image).
  7. Click Save to close the modal.
  8. Click Apply Changes to apply to device(s).      
On clicking Apply Changes, the device(s) will be provisioned with ArborXR Home configuration the next time they come online and connect to ArborXR's servers.


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