November 6, 2019 update:
  • There's a new open source Cardboard SDK that offers a streamlined API, improved device compatibility, and built-in viewer profile QR code scanning. We recommend that all developers actively building for Google Cardboard migrate to the new Cardboard SDK: iOS, Android NDK, Unity XR Plugin (SDK)
October 15, 2019 update:
  • The Daydream View VR headset is no longer available for purchase. However, you can continue to use the existing Google VR SDK to update and distribute your apps to the Google Play Store, and make them available to users in the Daydream app.


Cardboard is the world’s most accessible and affordable VR platform, supporting both Android and iOS. Cardboard enables immersive VR experiences by fusing data from the phone's sensors to predict the user's head position in both the real and virtual worlds. This combined with Cardboard's simple, easy-to-use headset makes it ideal for quick VR experiences.

Cardboard features:

  • Cross-platform support for both Android and iOS devices.
  • Affordable viewers that support one-button input and gaze-based UI.
  • Powerful SDKs that make it easy to create VR experiences in the development environment of your choice

Supported devices

  • Cardboard supports Android versions 4.1 or higher.
  • Cardboard supports iOS versions 8.0 or higher.

Not all viewers work with every phone. If you see a device incompatible message, you may not have a device with a gyroscope included. To see whether your phone will work with a specific Cardboard viewer, check the viewer's website.

Cardboard viewers

Cardboard viewers make it easy to insert and secure your phone for VR experiences. Cardboard viewers are:

  • Affordable
  • Lightweight and portable
  • Easy-to-use even for first time users with just a single button input
  • Immersive, supporting a wide field-of-view

You can buy your own Cardboard viewer here.

Learn more

Take a look at our guides below to get started with the SDK on the platform of your choice.