This article summarises the essential first steps to take on your Bodyswaps journey.
Step 1: Set up your devices
- Bodyswaps simulations can be experienced on VR, PC and mobile. See the full list of compatible devices and technical requirements here. Please refer to the VR headset manufacturer's instructions to set up your VR headset.
Each Meta headset, such as the Quest 2, needs to be linked to a different Meta account or Facebook account. This is an OS feature designed to reduce piracy and affects all applications, not just Bodyswaps.
If you have multiple headsets connected to the same account, you'll only be able to access Bodyswaps on one headset at a time, instead of simultaneously if they're set up with separate accounts.
Ideally, you would therefore need to create or use 1 email address with each new Meta account. Depending on your institution’s IT policy, we found this to be a potential blocker.A workaround includes:
- Turning on the Developer mode on each headset & loading the Bodyswaps APK, read how here.
Step 2: Download the Bodyswaps App
- Bodyswaps software is delivered as an app that needs to be downloaded and installed. Once you have the devices set-up, here are the App Store Links and Direct Download Links (also known as APKs) for the latest Bodyswaps app versions.
- Additional install guide information can be found below:
Step 3: Register Devices on Bodyswaps Go
- Now that the Bodyswaps app has been downloaded onto your chosen device, you'll need to generate a six-digit short code. In order to generate a short code you will need access to either:
Note: If you have not yet received instructions on how to register with Bodyswaps Go, please visit the Registration & Sign-in article. Registering with Bodyswaps Go will also be covered during your onboarding call!
- Once a short code has been generated, you will need to enter the shortcode into the Bodyswaps app. Visit the Short codes article to view an in-app capture of the process.
- If you are using a device for the first time to access Bodyswaps, the device will automatically register. A pop-up message in the simulation will advise you of this.
Note: Only admins will be able to see the inventory list of devices that have used Bodyswaps. By default, devices are identified by a unique ID code, which is a long string of cryptographically generated numbers. More information on the Device Tab can be found here.
VR Fleet Management System
- Mobile Device Management (MDM) software helps track, secure, and make use of many devices at scale. Arbor XR and ManageXR are current market leaders.
Additional hardware (optional)
- Charging units and extra batteries (such as RedBox VR, Anker Charging Docks)
- Cleaning systems (such as CleanBox, Redbox VR Uvisan Cabinet)
- Headphones (useful when deploying in a group setting to improve privacy or when using Bodyswaps with your phone).
- Stable internet connection (consider a mobile router for a ‘moving trolley’ approach or environments with an inconsistent connection)
- Large screen for casting the experience (essential during the onboarding process for learners)