Set Up an Oura Ring for the First Time

Welcome to the Oura Community! If this is your first purchase of an Oura Ring and you've just received your new product, use the guidance below to get started. 

If you've upgraded to a new ring or are setting up a replacement ring, please visit this article.

Unboxing Your Oura Ring

1. Unbox your Oura Ring, connect the USB cord to the ring's charger, and plug the charger into a USB power source (e.g., a laptop or supporting power brick that can be inserted into a wall outlet).

2. Place your ring on the charger, making sure the three sensors on the inside of the ring are positioned correctly. The plateau on top of your ring should be facing away from the USB cord insertion point on the charger (see image below). If you're using a Gen2 charger, the LED white light should begin flashing slowly. If you're using a Gen3 charger, the LED will blink blue to indicate your ring is ready to be paired. After following steps 3-6 below, the blinking blue on your charger will turn to solid blue, then fade into white. Your ring is fully charged when the flashing white light on the charger becomes solid (Gen2) or turns green (Gen3). This shouldn't take more than 80 minutes, however, this may vary given it's the first charge. If your charger's light does not turn on, please see our troubleshooting guide for potential workarounds. 

Icon_Tip__2_.png Keep in mind, both Oura Ring Gen2 and Gen3 chargers are compatible with either ring generation. However, the Gen3 charger includes a new red-green-blue (RGB) LED to help communicate its charging status to you. Keep in mind, this color functionality is not supported when charging a Gen2 ring on a Gen3 charger.

To learn more about your Gen3 charger and what each color communication means, please visit this article



3. While your ring is charging, visit the App Store (iOS) or Play Store (Android) to download the free Oura App. Make sure you have a stable internet connection prior to proceeding to the next step. 

4. Make sure Bluetooth is enabled on your device and that your Oura Ring is listed as connected. This can be done by going to your device's Bluetooth settings. If shown as not connected, tap the Icon_Info.png to pair. Please note, we recommend connecting your Oura Ring to only one device at a time. 

5. Open the Oura App. You'll be asked for your Oura account email. If you do not already have an Oura account, please enter the same email used to place your original order (i.e., the email address you received your order and shipping confirmations at). 

We’ll send a verification email to you once you've signed-in. Please check your inbox to properly verify your Oura Ring member status and follow all related instructions included in the message. Verification ensures your data is kept secure and that you’ll be able to reset your password if ever needed. Finally, return back to the app and follow the instructions to continue pairing your new ring. 

Link to this article for further guidance on how to create and manage your Oura account. 

6. Once paired, go to the app settings to select your age, height, and other personal details. Your app settings Icon_Settings.png can be found in the upper left-hand corner of your Home Icon_Home.png tab, by tapping on the menu Icon_Bars.png icon. 

Oura will also guide you through initial onboarding steps, helping you explore all new features and content available in your Oura App. Feel feel to check out this article to learn more about your Oura App and all the features that come included with your ring and Oura Membership (if applicable). 

What's in the box? 

Here's what to expect when your Oura Ring arrives.

1. The Ring 

The first thing you will see when you open the box is your Oura ring. Black, Silver, Stealth, or Gold. 

2. The Charger 

You’ll find your ring resting on its size-specific charger. Underneath your ring, you’ll find a USB-A to USB-C power cable. Learn more about how to use your Gen3 charger here!

Power bricks are not included. For wall charging, an adapter or regional-specific power brick is required. The charging power cord is intended to be supplied by an external 5Vdc supply that complies with IEC 62368-1 standard. The power available to the equipment should not exceed 15W after 3 seconds.

3. A Quick Start Guide 

Under the power cord, you’ll find the quick start guide. This is a simple set of instructions to help you get started.

Data Accessible From Day One 

You'll have to spend at least one night sleeping with your Oura Ring on to receive Sleep Icon_Moon.png and Readiness Icon_Readiness.png data the following morning. However, Activity data, Daytime Heart Rate (including Live HR and Restorative Time), and Explore tab content will all be available from the moment you properly connect your Oura Ring and app, sign-in, and complete your in-app onboarding. 

A few things we recommend you try in your first 24 hours with Oura (in case you're interested): 

Test out Automatic Activity Detection 

Take your Live Heart Rate

Complete a meditation or breathwork session from the Explore tab and receive immediate biofeedback after the fact

Things to Keep in Mind

Some of the data and insights Oura provides require your ring and app to learn a bit more about you. Guidance related to your recovery, for instance, requires personal baseline data, which takes a couple (2) weeks to come together. Features such as Period Prediction and Restorative Time also require ~30-60 days of consecutive data for optimal performance and maximally accurate readings. 

Other examples of metrics that pertain to this are resting heart rate, heart rate variability, respiratory rate, and any of the balance contributors. This calibration process is in place so Oura can provide you with the most accurate information and meaningful guidance that's customized to you as an individual. Sleep staging and Activity data, in comparison, should be accurate from day one. 

Before your baselines are established, your guidance will be based on a proxy that's reliant on your personal details (e.g., age, gender, weight, and height). Over time, the guidance you receive will become more personalized. Remember to wear your ring 24/7 for the best results.

If you happen to be sick when you first start using Oura, it will impact your baselines. After you return to your normal routine though, you can expect these to readjust as well. Oura is consistently calibrating to provide you with the most relevant insight—this means updating your long-term averages (from which your daily body signals are compared) on a regular basis. 

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