The best VR and 360 video apps for iPhone

Top downloads to try out with mobile VR viewers
The iPhone VR apps to download

You've made, bought or borrowed a VR headset to slot your iPhone into. Now what? There are plenty of 360 video apps, experiences and VR games to try out. It's not quite the virtual reality experience you'd get with a 3D game or movie inside Oculus Rift or HTC Vive, but these are good tasters nonetheless.

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Here's our pick of the VR apps to download first. Android users have more choice but there's now plenty available for iPhone too. We'll keep updating the list with our own finds as well as tips from the comments and the shiny, new Wareable forum.

Jaunt VR

Similar to Within, the Jaunt app has tons of 360-video content for you to peruse. Whether it's short documentaries or 'VR tourism' exploring different places like Machu Picchu, you'll find it in this app.

Free | iTunes

Discovery VR

If you're familiar with the Discovery channel and have enjoyed tuning in, then you should be excited to know that there's also a VR app for the iPhone (along with other headsets including Oculus Rift). Just like other video apps, you'll get your fill of short films and documentaries, Mythbusters, Wildlife and more.

Free | iTunes


This selection of 360 degree videos and experiences is all really interesting stuff. It's updated fairly frequently and all the live action films Within (formerly known as VRSE) produces are of the absolute highest quality you'll find on mobile VR. We're talking films made for the UN about Syria, Bjork's Stonemilker VR music video, immersive journalism from Vice News and more.

Free | iTunes

Must read: The best Google Cardboard apps, games and demos


You'll need the latest YouTube for iOS app to take advantage of this one (if you're having no luck, reinstall the app). Then type #360video into YouTube, look for the VR icon and strap on a viewer to see 2D online vids via your headset. This is one to watch as 360-degree camera rigs are now available for budding internet stars at YouTube Space studios around the world.

Free | iTunes


The New York Times is enhancing and expanding its print and online stories with its own VR app, designed to be used with all the Google Cardboards it gave away to readers earlier this year. 360-degree stories include The Displaced, which looks at three children who have been forced to flee their homes. There's a smartphone viewing mode too.

Free | iTunes

Fractal Combat X

If you're into shooters in VR, the Fractal Combat X is the game for you. New missions are added daily and it supports gaming controllers too. The landscapes are lovely while the gameplay is fast paced and sure to leave you wanting more. There are in-app purchases but the game itself is free.

Free | iTunes


best Google Cardboard apps

One of the creepiest apps for Cardboard is also now available for iPhone users. Otherworld Interactive's experience is a first-person ghost story for mobile VR in which you find yourself alone (kinda) in a haunted mansion in the middle of a storm. We won't ruin anything else.

Free | iTunes

InCell VR

As ever, if you're willing to stump up just a little bit of cash you will be rewarded. InCell has elements of both racing and strategy gameplay in a weirdly pretty micro world of cells and viruses.

$0.99 | iTunes

Zombie Shooter VR

This game does what it sets out to do – lets you shoot zombies in VR. It's mindless fun set in subway labyrinths after some sort of apocalypse, so nothing groundbreaking but the graphics are nice, you don't need a controller (just look to shoot) and it's is good to see free VR games hitting the App Store.

When you're done with the undead, the desert based VR Tank Training is another simple shooter with no controller necessary, though this one does cost $1.99.

Free | iTunes

DinoTrek VR

There are plenty of CG experiences to try out on iPhone too. This one is good for families – though it's up to you if you want to stick a Cardboard viewer in front of your kids' face. It basically lets you get in the middle of some awesome dinosaur action whether that's fighting or just chilling. Yes, there's a T. rex.

$2.29 | iTunes


This is similar to the Oculus photo viewer that you get on the Rift and Gear VR and shows that VR doesn't have to mean video – in fact, some people who experience simulation sickness will prefer still images. Explore 360-degree PhotoSpheres in this simple app which works with Cardboard, iOS and – in theory – any VR viewer from third-party makers such as DodoCase. Glastonbury, the Northern Lights, Mars, it's all there to gawp at.

Free | iTunes

Which apps and experiences have you downloaded? Share your recommendations below in the comments.


  • twoih says:

    All good but VR really has to be in stereoscopic 3D 

  • MobileappPROVAB says:

    Mobility is the future and that's why the demand of android app developers is increasing day by day. Its not only in India but also in all the growing and developed economies. USA, UK, Germany, Middle East, Africa and Singapore have seen great rise in demand of mobility solutions, which is bound to grow.

  • Oskar says:

    I can't find a VR button in my youtube app, have re-installed it and looked all over the #360video channel. Could you show a picture of what to look for?

    • JDC says:

      this... can't find it on mine either (most up to date version of youtube confirmed,)

      • Dare says:

        Not 100% on this but I think since Google bought youtube, they are only making the #360video compatible with Androids

        • Bodega says:

          yes seems like they teased us with a feature and then removed it for IPhone users. Thanks Google - it worked fine on my phone until they pulled the cardboard icon from the iOS app. Have an old android and it is there in the app however phone is lower Res so I want to watch on my iPhone in my headset.

          • Mxtailor says:

            No guys, try it now, works fine! Plenty of very good VR vids on #360videos. Just start playing the videos and you should be able to explore the environment...

    • 360curitiba says:

      You need to update iOS to the version 9.

    • joshlee814 says:

      go to the three dot thingy in the top right corner and click it. After that just click cardboard

  • fb_102091434 says:

    Are you serious? Google bought YouTube in 2006, before iPhone and Android even existed!

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