How to Reset A Vizio TV (2022)

Vizio TVs has been one of the best smart TV brands in the market recently. Besides compatibility with most streaming devices and apps, it has excellent picture and sound quality for its price. However, some Vizio TV users have wondered how to reset a Vizio TV.

How to Reset A Vizio TV

A reset may be necessary when your Vizio TV turns off randomly or keeps restarting. This guide will show you the most common reasons you should reset your Vizio TV and the different ways of rebooting it, regardless of its model. Read this guide to learn more.


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Most Common Reasons to Reset Your Vizio TV

When your Vizio TV keeps restarting, it can be due to various factors. Fortunately, you can reset it to solve most of its issues and revert your TV’s performance to its factory state. Below are the most common reasons why you’ll need to reset your Vizio TV:

  • Your Vizio TV begins lagging or restarting
  • Your Vizio TV is unresponsive to most of the Vizio remote’s commands
  • Its smart TV apps and features don’t work properly anymore
  • Your Vizio TV keeps turning on and off
  • Its audio or display is bugged
  • Installed apps often crash and show errors
  • You’ll need to erase your personal data when deciding to sell your Vizio TV

If you’ve experienced one or more of the reasons above while using your Vizio TV, you’ll probably need to reset your TV to make it usable again.


How to Reset Your Vizio TV

When resetting your Vizio TV, you can decide between two main reset options: a hard reset and a soft reset. Although both can be pretty similar, it’s suggested that you should try a soft reset first, then proceed to perform a hard reset. Remember to follow each step below depending on the reset method you want to try.


Method #1: Soft Reset Your Vizio TV

A soft reset, or a power cycle, is a standard troubleshooting method for smart TVs. It works by re-initializing your Vizio TV’s internal components and resetting them to an ideal state. Also, this method won’t erase the device’s data, making it a practical and risk-free solution to most bugs and minor TV issues.

To power cycle your Vizio TV, follow these steps:

  1. Turn off your Vizio TV and unplug its power cord from the socket.
  2. Wait for one minute to drain the power. You can also press the Power button on the side of the TV for three to five seconds for the same purpose.
  3. Plug the power cable back in and turn on your Vizio TV.
  4. Check if all issues on your Vizio TV are solved.

Another way to soft reset Vizio TVs on selected models is via the TV’s Settings. To do this, follow the steps below:

  1. Turn on your Vizio TV and select the Menu button on the remote.
  2. Go to System > Reset & Admin and choose Soft Power Cycle.
  3. Wait for the soft reset to finish.
  4. Once it boots up, see if all the problems on your Vizio TV are fixed.


Method #2: Hard Reset Your Vizio TV

Compared to a soft reset, a hard reset Vizio TV is a more comprehensive way of resetting your smart TV. It effectively deletes all personal data on the device and changes all settings to their factory state. Also, it resets your smart TV’s firmware back to its factory version.

Note: Make sure to take note of all passwords and login credentials on your Vizio TV before proceeding to the steps below. This will make the setup process much more manageable.

To hard reset more recent models of the Vizio TV, proceed to these steps:

  1. Switch on your Vizio TV and press the Menu button on the remote.
  2. Go to System > Reset & Admin and select Reset TV to Factory Defaults.
  3. Enter your Parental Lock Code. (The default code for most Vizio TVs is 0000.)
  4. Choose Reset and wait for the process to finish.
  5. Once finished, set up your Vizio TV and connect it to your Wi-Fi network.
  6. Check if all issues are fixed.

To reset older Vizio TV models, do the following:

  1. Turn off your Vizio TV. Press and hold both the CH+ and CH- buttons on the remote.
  2. Next, press the Power button on the Vizio TV remote for five seconds, then release it with the channel buttons.
  3. Choose Menu on the remote. Your Vizio TV will now turn on and show its factory setup screen.
  4. Press and hold the Menu button on the remote for five seconds. The Service menu screen will now show up.
  5. Follow the on-screen steps to factory reset your Vizio TV.
  6. Once the reset is finished, set up your Vizio TV and see if all issues were fixed.


Final Thoughts

Whether you own a new Vizio TV or an older model, it’s possible to experience minor issues with your TV. However, a reset may be necessary when it’s beginning to slow down or has problems with its performance. There are two main ways to reset your Vizio TV—a soft reset and a hard reset.

Hopefully, this guide helps you know the steps for resetting your Vizio TV regardless of the model. If you still experience the same issues with your Vizio TV after restarting, try contacting Vizio Support for further assistance.