How To Download Apps On Vizio TV (All Models Covered)

In this post, I’ll teach you how to download and install apps on your Vizio Smart TV in 5 minutes or less.

Truth be told, most of these applications are pre-installed on your device, and you just need to know where to look, so let’s help you right away.

How To Download Apps On An Vizio Smart TV

To find applications on your Vizio Smart TV, you first want to use your remote control to click “Input” and then select “SmartCast” which is the Smart TV software. Once it is opened, go to the “Apps” tab at the top of the screen. Find the app you’re looking for, click it, and it will open immediately. You’ll need to use one of the other solutions we’ll cover for the applications you can’t find!

Using Vizio SmartCast

Vizio SmartCast turns every Vizio TV into a Smart TV — it has preinstalled applications, so you can use them immediately.

Here’s how you can locate and use the applications:

  1. Click “Input” on your Vizio remote control.
  2. Select “SmartCast” from the Input source menu.
  3. Find the “Apps” tab at the top of the screen and select it.
  4. In the list of apps, find the app you’re looking for, click it, and it will open immediately.

If you can’t find the application you’re looking for, you may need to use one of the other methods we’re about to cover.

Using a Third-Party Device

One of the best ways to download applications onto your Vizio TV is to use a third-party device, such as a streaming device or gaming console.

Here are a few examples of third-party devices you can use:

  • Amazon Fire TV Stick
  • Apple TV
  • Roku Streaming Stick
  • Google Chromecast
  • PS4
  • PS5
  • Xbox Series S/X
  • Xbox One
  • Many more…

Once you have a streaming device, you’ll want to plug it into your Vizio TV via HDMI (and wall, if needed) and connect to WiFi.

Select the Input button on your remote control and choose your device’s input from the list.

Then, search the device’s store for the application you’re looking to use, click Install, confirm the app installation, and wait for the process to finish.

This process will vary slightly depending on your device, but the on-screen instructions will help you get your favorite streaming services in no time.

Using ChromeCast

Another way to use an application on your Vizio TV is to use ChromeCast and a mobile device.

ChromeCast allows you to stream directly from your mobile device, or computer, straight to the television.

Here’s how to use ChromeCast:

  1. Open the application, stream, or video, and click the ChromeCast icon.
  1. Select your Vizio Smart TV from the list of devices, and the connection will begin.
  2. After a few seconds, the video should start playing on your Vizio television!

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Using Apple AirPlay

Like the ChromeCast method we just covered, Apple AirPlay offers the same functionality for iPhone users.

The main difference between the two is Apple AirPlay comes pre-installed on both your Chromecast TV and iPhone, so you’ll need to check the control centers on each device to activate it!

Using a USB Flash Drive

To download third-party applications onto your Vizio Smart TV, you may need to use a USB drive.

Here’s how to download third-party applications using a USB flash drive:

  • Open the Settings on your Vizio TV
  • Go to Security & Restrictions > Look for Unknown Sources
  • Press the button to turn it On.
  • Download the APK file that you’re looking to install onto your USB drive.
  • Plug the USB drive into the back of your LG TV.
  • Open the ES File Explorer and select the file once you find it.
  • Download the streaming app, wait a few seconds, and then open it!