How to add HBO Max to Vizio Smart TV

The end for cable networks is near. Almost everyone relies on the internet and the sea of streaming apps that you can use to watch your favorite TV shows, channels, and movies. One of the popular streaming services that a lot of people have a subscription to is HBO Max. HBO Max is a streaming service that lets you watch a number of shows such as Game of Thrones, Tokyo Vice, South Park, Peacemaker, and Friends: The Reunion – just to name a few. While the service is available on Android and iOS devices, but you can also add HBO Max to Vizio Smart TV.

Vizio Smart TVs are a great choice if you want a smart TV that is decent, feature-rich, and gentle on your wallet. If you are planning to get one of the Vizio smart TVs then, you need to understand that it runs on its home-developed SmastCast OS, there is no Android or even the Google Play Store on these TVs. But, that doesn’t mean you will not get access to all the popular streaming services. So, here is the guide on how you can install the HBO Max app on a Vizio smart TV.

How to get HBO Max on Vizio smart TVs

Now that you want to download the HBO Max app on your Vizio smart TV, you need to know that only Vizio TVs from 2016 can install the app. If you have an older Vizio smart TV, we have mentioned a method that you can follow to cast the HBO Max app from your phone to the Vizio Smart TV.

How to Install HBO Max on Vizio SmartCast TVs (2016 and newer)

  1. Switch on your Vizio Smartcast TV and grab the Tv remote.
  2. Now, connect your Vizio Smartcast TV to the internet.
  3. Press the Home button on your TV remote.
  4. The TV will now display its home screen.
  5. You need to navigate to the search bar of the screen by using the directional buttons on the TV remote.
  6. Type in HBO Max in the search bar. It should now display results that match the words, HBO Max.
  7. Once you spot the HBO Max app from the results, you can select it.
  8. You can download the HBO Max app to your Vizio SmartCast TV.
  9. With the app downloaded to your Vizio Smacrtcast TV, you can simply launch the app from the home screen of your TV.

How to Cast HBO Max on Vizio Smart TV [using Android Cast or Apple AirPlay]

If you are running an older Vizio SmartCast TV that was released in 2015 and earlier, the HBO Max app is not supported for those Vizio Smart TVs. You can however cast the HBO Max app to your Vizio Smart TV provided that your TV is able to connect to a Wifi network. If you have an Apple device, ensure that your Vizio Smart TV has Apple AirPlay-enabled. Follow these steps to cast the HBO Max app to your Vizio smart TV.

  1. First, connect your Android or iOS device to the same WiFi network as that of your Vizio SmartCast TV.
  2. Now, download the HBO Max app on your Android or iOS device from the respective app stores.
  3. Once the app has been downloaded to your device, log in with your account.
  4. If you do not have an account, sign up for an account and choose the type of plan you want.
  5. Once you have done that, search for the TV show or movie that you wish to watch.
  6. At the top of the app, you will see the Cast icon at the top right corner.
  7. It will now begin to look for wireless displays that are connected to the same WiFi network.
  8. Once you see your Vizio Smart TV, select it. You can now cast the HBO Max app to your Vizio TV and enjoy streaming your favorite TV shows and movies right away.

How to Get HBO Max on Vizio Smart TV [using Flash Drive]

There’s another way by which you can stream HBO Max on your Vizio SmartCast TV, but make sure you have a USB Flash Drive aka Pen Drive of any size. You can sideload the HBO Max on your smart TV from Flash Drive. Now let’s take a look at the steps of installing the app.

  1. First things first, connect the USB Flash Drive to your Computer or Laptop, if your phone supports OTG then you can use your phone as well.
  2. Now download the latest version of HBO Max APK and move it to the Flash Drive, you can download it from APKMirror or from any other third-party website.
  3. Connect the Flash Drive to your Vizio Smart TV, then head over to the My Files section and select USB Flash Drive.
  4. Locate the HBO Max APK and install it on your Smart TV, turn on unknown installs from Settings if required, and grant the required permissions from the Settings.
  5. Once done, go back to the home screen, find the HBO Max app and then open it.
  6. That’s it.


And this is how you can get the HBO Max app on your Vizio SmartCast TV. Whether your Vizo TV supports the app or not, you can easily view its content on the TV. If you have any questions or queries, feel free to leave them in the comments section below.

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