Welcome to vgmtogether’s VRChat safety guide! Our VRChat worlds are an amazing way to experience our music and panels with friends. Because of the nature of the platform, these spaces will largely be self-moderated. Read this guide for tips on keeping yourself safe in VRChat and what to do if you find yourself in an unwanted situation.
First, we have community guides ready to help you in our discord server.
Discord invite link: https://discord.gg/tUF3UB25
If at any point you’re not sure how to handle a situation, head to our event’s discord server and ask for help in the #help-desk channel. Our VRChat community guides will be available during normal programming hours (typically 12pm - 2am). They can answer general questions or help you with anything safety-related.
The rest of this guide will cover the most important in-game tools you can use to protect yourself and ensure the best quality experience. A comprehensive overview of VRChat’s safety systems can be found in their safety and trust system documentation.
Your Personal Menu
Pressing the mapped menu button on your VR controls or escape on your keyboard will bring up your main menu. In the image above, the sections related to safety have been marked with a yellow box.
- Social: The social menu is where you can find a list of all players in the same room as you. If you need to access safety controls for a user but are unable to quick-select them, you can look them up here instead.
- Safety: The safety menu is where you’ll configure your general safety and performance settings related to other players.
- Go Home: If you need to get yourself out of a bad situation fast, use the Go Home button to leave the current world and return to your private home world.
- Respawn: Similar to Go Home, but takes you back to the world’s spawn point without leaving the world. This is also useful if you get physically stuck anywhere.
Avatar Safety Settings
The Safety menu will take you to the Avatar Feature Shield Settings page. This is part of VRChat’s trust and safety system, and will let you turn certain avatar features on and off for other players based on their trust rank.
Trust rank is VRChat’s system for recognizing players that create content for the game or have been playing for a longer time. This page lists out the user ranks along the bottom, from the lowest rank Visitor to the highest rank Trusted User. Friends is a special category that applies to any player you’ve friended in the game, and is considered the most trusted. By default, your Shield Level will be set to Normal, which means most avatar features will be disabled for the lower ranks, and enabled for the higher ones.
In the screenshot above, the User rank is configured so that any audio, lights, or shader effects on those players’ avatars will not be visible to you.
For the vgmtogether event, we recommend selecting the Custom shield level, then for each rank from Visitor through Trusted User, turning off the following features:
- Lights and Particles
- Custom Animations
You can leave these features turned on for the Friends group. These features can be abused by other players to cause annoyance, degrade performance, or even crash your game. Keeping them disabled for all players except your friends is the biggest step you can take to protect yourself.
Keeping these settings disabled will also improve your performance in crowded worlds. You may encounter bigger crowds in our music halls, for example.
The safety shield settings are a good starting place, but they apply very broadly. If you have encountered another player that is annoying, harassing, offensive, or otherwise negatively affecting your experience in-game, you have several tools available to handle the situation.
First, you’ll need to quick-select the player. This can be done by opening your main menu, then moving your cursor or laser off the menu and onto the player you’re selecting. A pill should appear around their avatar, and their profile should appear in the corner of your menu. Clicking will pull up the quick-select menu for that player.
In the screenshot above, safety-related settings have been enclosed in yellow boxes.
- Friend: This button will initiate a friend request, or unfriend a previously friended player. Friends will bypass most safety settings.
- Show / Hide Avatar: These buttons will override the safety shield settings and either enable all features on the player’s avatar, or hide the player’s avatar entirely.
Use this to hide avatars that are offensive, hurting performance, or producing unwanted effects in the world.
- Voice On / Off: This button will mute a player’s microphone. Turning off a player’s microphone can also be useful for non-moderation reasons, such as if you’re also listening to them in a discord call.
- Block: Fully blocks a user, so that you neither see nor hear them. When in doubt, just block a player that’s causing trouble to you.