Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and the current Gear VR don't work together, but there's a workaround

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and the current Gear VR don't work together, but there's a workaround
When you pay $1,000 or more for a smartphone, you expect to receive the level of quality that's been marketed by the handset maker. Before it hit the shelves, Samsung said the Galaxy Note 9 offers the best VR experience, but failed to mention that the current iteration of its Gear VR headsets will not work with the flagship.

If you own a Gear VR and have just ordered the Galaxy Note 9 (or already have one), don't try to insert your phone into the VR headset since it won't fit. Yes, there's a workaround where you ideally modify the corners of the Gear VR with a dremel, but that wouldn't be practical.

The good news is Samsung is sending Gear VR adapters to everyone who purchased the Galaxy Note 9 and wants to use it with the VR headset for free. If you want to receive the said adapter free of charge, you'll have to call 1-800-SAMSUNG or ask for one via chat in the Samsung+ app on your smartphone.

However, it will take up to two weeks for the adapter to arrive, Samsung claims. The offer is only available to customers in the United States for the moment, but similar offers might be live in other countries as well, so make sure to check your Samsung+ app for more on this one.

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Galaxy Note 9
  • Display 6.4" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4000 mAh(29h 3G talk time)

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10 Comments

1. WPX00

Posts: 511; Member since: Aug 15, 2015

It feels like Samsung has given up on the Gear VR as of late.

2. MarvzIsFallen

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

Another bad news Samsung. Maybe they would just price this for $649 and let the Note 10 have the 1k price. This is really shame for Android especially for Samsung that their phones doesn’t work and it’s their flagships. No wonder this will be another flop and will only have a nice sales for the first month.

3. Tipus

Posts: 905; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

Bad news is , when phone maker decides not to include adapter anymore and you have to buy it.

4. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

And another bad news is when a company changes adapters every year.

5. izim1

Posts: 1607; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

The adapter is for the phone size/shape not the industry standard connection of usb-c. Bad news when a company remains dead set on using inferior proprietary tech on their devices instead of joining everyone else.

8. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

You probably didn’t got the product I was referring.

7. MarvzIsFallen

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

Apple includes the adapter moron! I never use mine though, its still in the box, I can send it to you if you need one for your niche headphones. I got the best earpiece in the market, AirPods!

9. Tipus

Posts: 905; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

6. sentinel336

Posts: 46; Member since: Oct 30, 2015

The Note 9 is a beast, and I'm loving the experience with it! The FREE adapter is a small inconvenience for those owning this luxury item. Yes, it is a luxury item, and therefore is expensive. I am also wondering if everyone is living under a rock, or are they just ignoring all of the great deals on this phone. I got $500 off the device for trading in my S7 edge, and I'm getting the AKG headphones, which I'm selling, so I'll be paying around $300 for the Note 9. Doesn't seem that expensive to me.

10. perry1234

Posts: 654; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

That is an awesome deal by all standards, considering that Note 9 is one of the few phones which deserves a $1000 price tag. Can you also please let us know how you got the deal and if the phone is unlocked / can be unlocked.

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