Vizio TV Remote Not Working? Here’s How to Reset the Remote

Is your Vizio TV remote not working? If so, you are not alone many user have the same problem. Anyone can face this problem. Remote is an important part of many devices including Vizio TVs. You can use the remote control to access and control various functions of your TV.

While it works perfectly, there are many instances when the remote may stop working or some of its buttons may fail to work properly. Worry not; read on to check out how you can fix it.

Reasons Behind the Vizio Remote Not Working Problem

There can be various reasons why the Vizio remote is not working. Some of the common ones are as follows:

  • If the batteries of the Vizio remote control are power-drained or weak, then you cannot use them to control your TV.
  • If there is some blockage between the remote and the TV sensor, then your remote will not work.
  • Electromagnetic interference nullifies the remote’s signal.
  • Accessibility features or apps might cause the issue.
  • Due to other devices’ interference.
  • Outdated Vizio TV’s firmware.
  • Corrupted firmware of the Vizio TV.
  • If the TV has become faulty, then you may suffer from the error at hand.

How to Reset Vizio TV Remote

The first way to reset your remote is by completing the power cycle of remote. It works on most cases.

Remote Batteries and Power Cycle Remote

Step 1: Remove the battery panel of the Vizio remote and remove the batteries from it. Unplug TV power cord from power source.

Step 2: Long-press the power button for a few seconds, and it will discharge the power stored in the remote’s capacitor.

Step 3: Now press every button on your remote one by one. Sometimes a single button gets stuck which result in remote not working.

Step 4: After a few seconds, insert batteries in the remote and plug in the cord to power source.

Now, check if the remote is working properly or not. If not, try using a new set of batteries.

Change the Power Source for TV

You may also encounter issues like the Vizio TV remote not working when the abnormal power quality, also known as Dirty Power, is delivered to the devices. These abnormalities include voltage variations, power surges, frequency variations, low power factors, and others. To fix it, you need to change the power source for the TV.

Unplug your Vizio TV from the power source or outlet. And plug the TV into a different power source.

Insert New Batteries

It is possible that the Vizio remote batteries are dead. And if you haven’t tried the first method with new batteries, you should try it now. Because you won’t know if the batteries are discharged or not unless you try with a new set of batteries or check the same batteries on another device.

After inserting new batteries, check the remote if its working. If its not, jump to next method.

Check for Interference

Just like other TV remotes, the Vizio remote communicates with the TV through an IR blaster, and in order to communicate with the TV properly, it must have a clear line of sight.

If something is blocking the path between the remote and the TV, the remote control will be unable to communicate with the Vizio TV unless you connect the remote via Bluetooth.

Hence, check if the sensor is blocked by any obstacles or not. If yes, remove them, and your issue should be fixed.

Power-Cycle Vizio TV

A software issue on Vizio TV might also be the reason why the remote is not working with the TV. If that’s the case, power-cycling your TV can fix the issue. For those unfamiliar, in addition to turning off and on your TV, you need to drain any leftover charge on the circuit throughout the operation. Below are the steps to power cycle your TV:

Step 1: Unplug the Vizio TV cord from the power outlet.

Step 2: Press and hold the power button on your TV for around 60 seconds.

Step 3: After about 1 minute, release the button, plug your TV back into the power outlet, and turn it on.

Control Vizio TV Without a Remote

In addition to the above methods, you can also try alternative ways to control your Vizio TV without a remote control, either by using a universal remote control, the Vizio mobile app, HDMI-CEC, a keyboard, or a mouse. We have a dedicated guide on how you can control Vizio TVs without a remote control.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Reset a Vizio Remote?

You can easily reset your Vizio remote control. To do so, long-press the Set or Setup button and release it when the LED blinks twice. Now, type in the reset code. Wait for the remote control LED to flash twice. Once done, the remote has successfully wiped its memory.

Why is My Vizio TV Not Responding to the Remote?

There can be many reasons why your TV remote is not responding. It can be due to low batteries, a blocked TV sensor, or a dirty power source, among others. We have listed the methods to fix it above in the article.

So, this is all about how you can fix a Vizio TV remote that is not working. I hope the article helped you fix the remote. We have also added some alternatives, so you can try to use the TV without a remote control.

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Harsh Saxena

Hi! I am Harsh and I write about technology on different websites. I frequently write about these topics and cover them. I am available on Twitter at @Harsh4saxena or Email me at to send in your feedback and tips. Worked at GadgetsToUse, BrowserToUse, DailyTechByte, FreshFounder, and with many other websites as an author and researcher.

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