So, you’re thinking about getting a VR headset for your phone, but you’re not sure what you can actually do with one. Let’s answer some common questions, and then move onto our recommended apps!

Can the iPhone do VR? Which Android phones support VR?

Basically all recent smartphones support virtual reality, thanks to Google’s ubiquitous ‘Cardboard’ standard, including the iPhone and Android phones from Samsung, LG, Huawei, HTC, Google, Sony and more. As long as your phone was made in the past few years and isn’t super giant or super tiny, it’ll probably work just fine for VR.

Get started with VR on your iPhone or Android phone with these top recommended apps, spanning films, games, news and 360-degree photo-sharing. Now you don’t need to spend hundreds of pounds on an Oculus Rift or HTC Vive headset to give virtual reality a try.


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The Android or iPhone handset in your pocket is a VR device in its own right too, especially when paired with a Google Cardboard headset that uses your phone as its screen and works with both Android and iOS.

If you’re getting started with VR on your smartphone, here are the best apps to explore. They’re compatible with Android and iOS apps which can downloaded for free rather than ones requiring Samsung’s Gear VR mobile headset.

Google Cardboard

As one would come to expect, Google’s app for the VR industry is firing on all cylinders. Google Cardboard is available for both Android and IOS and allows users to explore Google Earth in virtual reality. In fact, the app even has its own mini app store where now VR-based features and tools are introduced nearly every week. It is well worth checking out, even by people who do not have a Google Cardboard headset.

VRSE

Just plug your phone into a Google Cardboard or a similar headset and you’re ready to be transported into another world. The 360 degree video show off some of the benefits that VR enables, like telling a story that gets you looking around a scene. Vrse helps complete the illusion with audio that moves with you.

So when a dolphin swims up behind you, you can hear it clicking to its friends, causing you to whip around in your chair to spot it before it takes off. Once you get the immersive 360 sound, going back to standard stereo can be hard.

NYT VR

Are you focusing on content marketing to improve your brand presence online? If so, you may not think of a VR app as the next best thing that could get you over the top. In fact, that’s exactly what it might do, and the New York Times’ VR experience shows how.

The concept is simple: tell the stories that the US newspaper writes on a daily basis, but in a more interactive environment. The films are published less often than regular news stories, but their quality more than makes up for that fact.

YouTube

YouTube is very keen on 360-degree videos and virtual reality, so there’s a rapidly-growing catalogue of these videos to watch on its service, from wildlife to music videos.


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Sisters: A Virtual Reality Ghost Story

Virtual reality seems to be designed to creep people out as they play a video game. Sisters fits this category quite well, as the first-person ghost story lets players explore a haunted mansion. Interacting with various objects will trigger different events, all of which build up the suspense as one immerses himself in virtual reality. Just don’t play it late at night on your own.

This is just skimming the surface of mobile VR in 2017, though: there are dozens more excellent apps to try