How to Reset Vizio TV

Do you need help with your Vizio TV? Do the apps not want to work, audio levels refuse to adjust or the TV keeps freezing or maybe the screencast feature is not working? If you are facing such problems, you should perform a reset of your Vizio TV.

Yes, resetting your TV can help you solve a fair number of issues. No matter what type of Vizio smart TV you have, you can read through our guide to browse the various methods you can perform to reset your Vizio smart TV.

How to Reset Vizio TV [with SmartCast OS]

Owners of the Vizio SmartCast TV can follow these steps to perform a reset of their smart TV. The steps are the same for all SmartCast models. However, there could be a difference in the words when navigating through the Menu on your Vizio SmartCast TV.

How to Reset Vizio TV
  1. Grab the remote of your Vizio Smartcast TV.
  2. Either press the Menu button on your remote or the Settings gear icon.
  3. Navigate to System, then Admin and Privacy followed by Reset to Factory Settings.
  4. Now you will see the confirmation prompt on your screen.

Vizio TV will ask you to enter the parental control code. The default code is 0000 unless you have changed the code. The reset process will begin. Once the reset has been completed, your Vizio TV will now restart and display the first-time setup screen.

How to Factory Reset Vizio TV [with VIA Plus OS]

For those who own the VIA Plus powered Vizio TV, you can follow these steps to perform a factory reset of your TV.

How to Reset Vizio TV
  1. Power up the TV and press the MENU button on the VIA Plus Vizio TV.
  2. Navigate and highlight the System option.
  3. Now, scroll and choose the Reset and Admin options.
  4. Next, select the Clear Memory option.
  5. Once you press the K button you will be asked to enter the Parental Control 4-digit PIN.
  6. If you haven’t changed the PIN, the default code is 0000.
  7. With the code entered, the TV will begin the reset process.
  8. This can take a few minutes and your TV will restart.
  9. Once the reset has been completed, you will see the first-time set-up screen displayed on your TV.
  10. Complete this setup and you will be good to use your VIA Plus Vizio TV right away.

How to Factory Reset Vizio TV [with VIA OS]

If you have a Vizio TV that is powered by VIA, you can follow these steps to perform a rest for the TV.

How to Reset Vizio TV
  1. Grab the remote and press the Menu button on it.
  2. Navigate and highlight the HELP screen option followed by Clear Memory or Reset and Admin options.
  3. Now, choose the Clear Memory or Factory Defaults option or Reset TV to Factory Defaults.
  4. Press the OK button to select the desired option.
  5. You might be asked to enter the parental control PIN code.
  6. If the code has not been changed, the default PIN is 0000.
  7. Now, the factory reset process will begin. 
  8. Leave the TV on its own. In a few minutes, the rest will be completed and your TV will restart and display the one-time setup screen.

How to Refresh SmartCast on Vizio TV

All new Vizio Smartcast TVs come with their own Smartcast UI that has a dedicated home screen that shows you all your channels and other apps installed. If for some reason the Smartcast home screen is not loading or refreshing, you can follow these steps to force refresh it.

  1. Grab your Vizio Smartcast TV remote and press the MENU button on it.
  2. Choose the System option followed by Menu Language.
  3. Simply choose any other language and wait for the Smartcast home screen to reload.
  4. Once the Smartcast home reloads into the newly selected language, go back and choose the language that you always use.
  5. The Smartcast home screen should now reload back into your preferred language and should be working just as fine.

If reloading the Smartcast homes screen didn’t help fix the issue, you might want to perform a factory reset of your Vizio Smartcast TV. The steps have been mentioned above.

How to Reset Vizio TV without Remote

If you are missing the Vizio TV remote or if it is broken, you can always use the buttons at the back of the TV. This works if your Vizio Smart TV is a SmartCast TV and has the input and volume adjustment buttons.

  1. You will need to power on your Vizio Smart TV.
  2. Press and hold the Input as well as the Volume Down button at the same time.
  3. In 15 seconds or less, you should be able to see a screen that will show you how to reset.
  4. With the screen message on, press and hold the Input button.
  5. The TV will now begin to perform a factory reset.
  6. Once the rest has been completed, the TV will restart and bring up the setup screen.   

How to Reset Vizio TV from Service Menu

Like most Smart TVs out there, the Vizio Smart TV also has its own Service Menu or Secret Menu. These menus are usually used at the factory or stores to perform basic functioning tests on the TV. You can access the service menu on the Vizio TV to perform a factory format. This works if you have the main function buttons present on your TV.

  1. You will need to power off your TV.
  2. Now, press and hold the Channel Up and Channel Down buttons.
  3. Keeping the Channel buttons pressed, press and leave the power button on the TV.
  4. You can now leave the Channel buttons.
  5. Take the Vizio TV remote and press the Menu button.
  6. When the Menu button pops up, press and hold the Menu button again.
  7. You will now see the Sevice Menu pop up.
  8. Select Factory Reset to begin the process right away.


So, these are the six methods that you can use to reset Vizio Smart TV. Factory reset is helpful to fix up minor, simple issues that might randomly appear either on their own or maybe even by a newly installed update.

Sometimes an app that is installed could also be causing a few issues that can be annoying but at the same time can be easily gotten rid of. All the methods should hardly take more than 5 minutes to initiate and complete the reset process.

If you still have any queries related to resetting Vizio TV, tell us in the comment box.

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