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How To Reset Vizio Smart TV

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Vizio Smart TV is a cheap alternative to many costly brands without compromising audio and video quality. However, you may need to reset the TV to its default settings for various issues that a simple restart has not fixed.  

Quick Answer

To reset your Vizio Smart TV, press the “Menu” button on the remote control. Use the arrow navigation keys on the remote to go to “System” > “Reset & Admin“> “Reset TV to Factory Defaults“. Press the “OK” button on the remote to start the reset process.

Resetting the Vizio Smart TV can be a little tricky. So, we took the time to write a comprehensive guide with step-by-step instructions to perform the firmware reset correctly. 

Reasons To Reset Vizio Smart TV

Resetting the Vizio Smart TV will wipe all your data and pre-configured settings; you should use this option if your TV is experiencing one of the following issues.

  • To troubleshoot wireless connectivity issues.
  • To fix irregular screen coloring.
  • To resolve audio or video playback issues from screen casting or third-party hardware such as USB.
  • To resolve smart applications accessibility or mid-session app crashing issues.
  • To troubleshoot disrupted display or abnormal channel screen functioning after each reboot.

Resetting Vizio Smart TV

There are several ways to reset a Vizio Smart TV, which can resolve audio or video issues that are usually not fixed with a quick reboot

Therefore, if you need to reset your Vizio Smart TV to fix an ongoing issue, here are the 3 methods that will help you go through the process without much trouble. 

Method #1: Resetting by System Settings

The Vizio Smart TV’s system settings feature the option “Reset TV to Factory Defaults“, which can be accessed by following these steps.

  1. Press the “Menu” button on the Vizio Smart TV remote.
  2. Navigate to the “System” and select “OK” to enter the system settings.
  3. Select the “Reset & Admin” option and press “OK“.
  4. Select “Reset TV to Factory Defaults” and press “OK“. 
  5. Enter Parental Lock if you have set it; otherwise, skip this step.
  6. Wait for the TV screen to turn off until it opens the setup screen.
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You have successfully reset the Vizio Smart TV. Connect the Vizio Smart TV with a Wi-Fi connection to perform the setup process from the beginning.

Method #2: Resetting From Service Menu

There is another way to navigate to the factory reset option on your Vizio Smart TV. This process only takes a few seconds and can be done with the following steps. 

  1. Turn off your smart TV using the remote control but leave it plugged in on standby.
  2. Simultaneously hold the “CH+” and “CH-” buttons on the remote control.
  3. Release the “CH+” and “CH-” buttons.
  4. Press and hold the “Menu” button for a few seconds until you see the Service Menu.
  5. Use the navigation buttons on the remote to select “Reset TV to Factory Defaults“.
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Keep in Mind

After performing the factory reset, you must re-configure the settings and re-enter the account information for using Vizio Smart TV applications.

Method #3: Resetting Without Remote

If you have lost your Vizio Smart TV remote or the remote is damaged, you can use the button controls on the TV to reset it. 

  1. Switch on your Smart TV by pressing the power button on the back of the TV.
  2. Press and hold the volume down and “Input” buttons simultaneously for 10-15 seconds.
  3. A notification will appear on the screen asking if you want to “Reset to Defaults“.
  4. Press the “Input” button within 10 seconds of appearing the reset message to reset the TV.
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You have successfully reset the Vizio Smart TV without using the remote control. You can also use RCA universal remote to reset the TV.


In this guide on how to reset Vizio Smart TV, we’ve explained the reasons for the need to reset the TV and discussed multiple methods for this task to resolve any audio or video playback issues. 

If you are trying to reset your Vizio Smart TV without a remote, the placement of buttons on the TV could be different, depending on the model. The input, power, and volume control buttons could be on the screen’s back, front, or side panels.

We hope our methods were helpful enough to resolve your issues by resetting your Vizio Smart TV.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the default parental lock code on Vizio Smart TV settings?

The default parental lock code on Vizio Smart TV is 0000.

Can I reboot Vizio Smart TV without a remote?

Vizio Smart TVs feature a power button on the back panel of the TV screen. Press the power button to switch on or off the Smart TV.

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