HTC Vive

Minimum age according to HTC Vive
13+ Minimum age according to HTC Vive

What is HTC Vive?

HTC Vive is an app that lets you control virtual reality (VR) headsets through a smartphone. You can play VR games, watch movies or engage in calming experiences or mediations using your smartphone as a remote, with different parts of your phone’s screen acting as buttons. Users sign up to an account using an email address, and you can also choose to receive notifications, such as read and respond to text messages or answer a call, from your phone while in VR.

There is also a VIVE Guardian, or a safety mode in VR, for parents and carers to control their child’s VR experience. This connects a parent’s phone with their child’s VR system, allowing them to select and restrict content for their children or to mirror the headset or stream what their child is seeing to a mobile phone, TV or monitor.

Apps: Android app, Apple iOS app

How do people use HTC Vive?

Learn more about the benefits and risks associated with how people use gaming services and immersive technologies like HTC Vive.

HTC Vive is used for: content sharing, gaming, immersive technologies, in-app purchasing, live streaming, location sharing, messaging/online chat, online relationships, screen capture, video calling and voice chat.

How can you report online abuse or block someone?

This link is provided by HTC:

  • Report an issue
    HTC Vive does not provide a clear pathway to report abuse, but you can report an issue to HTC.

How can you protect your personal information?

These links are provided by HTC:

  • Privacy policy
    Outlines how your information is collected, used and stored by HTC.
  • Product security
    Outlines how HTC protects and responds to security issues.

Key safety links

These links are provided by HTC:

Last updated: 05/06/2024

The eSafety Guide helps you find out how to protect your personal information and report harmful content on common social media, games, apps and sites. Entries are for information only and are not reviews or endorsements by eSafety. Before choosing to use any online service or platform it’s best to:

  • do your own research to understand the risks and benefits
  • check the age rating and requirements
  • consider privacy
  • check the permissions and other settings
  • check the in-app reporting options.

If you are a parent or carer who is deciding whether a child should be allowed to use an online service or platform, you can also:

  • consider your child's readiness for the types of content and experiences they might encounter
  • help them understand what to do if they need help
  • provide ongoing support and monitoring, for example through regular check-ins with your child
  • agree to some rules about use of each service or platform.

To find out more, you can read the App checklist for parents, as well as information about parental controls in social media, games and apps and mental wellbeing resources for families.