Gear VR Device ID


Whenever Viewport develops a Virtual Reality project for Gear VR, we have to include the device ID of any phone we want to deploy a VR application on. This often proved to be a painful, convoluted process that required our clients to delve into the guts of their Samsung devices in search of its unique ID. They would then be required to take a screenshot, copy it into an email and send it to us so we could then add it to the final build of the Gear VR project and by doing so, making their devices capable of running the custom VR software Viewport developed. Ultimately, we came to the conclusion that there had to be an easier way to accomplish this critical part of the Virtual Reality development cycle without causing our clients (or ourselves) headaches trying to track down Device ID’s.

To this end, Viewport Studios have created an application that takes the hassle out of finding your Samsung Device ID. Our app, titled “Gear VR Device ID” automatically finds the device ID of the Android device it’s being run on without the user needing to know the first thing about Device ID’s (though for those that are curious, a quick and dirty explanation is provided within the app itself).

Once that’s done, all that’s required is a single button press to email their Device ID along with a username of your choice to identify you to Viewport Studios so we can use the ID to render your devices compatible with the Gear VR project in question. Users can also copy their device ID to their clipboard so they can paste it into a note and save it for the next time they need it. This process will take about 20 seconds from the moment you tap on the app to the moment you close it. It doesn’t get much easier than that!

For the security conscious, you can rest at ease as our Gear VR Device ID application does not collect any private information from you, just the device ID in order for our custom VR apps to launch correctly when using the Gear VR.

The app has been downloaded nearly 10,000 times since launch in February, and is available to download from the Google Play Store by clicking the button below.