In this post, I’ll teach you how to fix the blue screen of death on your Vizio Smart TV in 15 minutes or less.
Once it’s fixed, you’ll be able to use your television without any visual or other issues.
How To Fix The Vizio TV Blue Screen Of Death
If your Vizio TV has the blue screen of death, you need to soft reset the television. To do this, unplug the TV and wait an entire minute. While unplugged, press and hold the power button (on the TV) for 30 seconds straight. After the 60 seconds are up, you can proceed to plug the television back in, and the blue tint should be fixed!
Unplug Vizio TV from the wall
NOTE: You must hold the power button on your TV, and not the remote control for this to work correctly.
Check HDMI connections
If you’re still having blue screen problems on your Vizio TV, the next step is to check the HDMI connections.
Make sure every HDMI wire is tight on the television and the device you’re using to stream!
It’s an issue that’s becoming more and more common with the release of new streaming devices, and there are a few different issues that could arise.
Various reasons cause HDMI connection issues:
- Loose HDMI wire
- Faulty HDMI cable
- Broken HDMI port
Once your connection is secured, double check you’re on the right input source and the picture should show perfectly!
NOTE: If you don’t know which input to use, check the back of your television and see which port the cord is plugged into.
Adjust Picture Settings
Another common cause of the blue tint on a Vizio TV is the picture settings.
The easiest way to fix this potential problem is to reset your picture settings:
- Click the Menu button on your remote control.
- Go to Picture settings and click More.
- Then select “Reset Picture Mode.”
If your model Vizio TV doesn’t have these options, you can try the following instead:
- Turn the brightness to 0% then 90%.
- Turn the backlight to 10%.
- Turn off the ambient light sensor.
- Try different picture modes.
Cycling these options should be able to fix the blue screen of death on your television.
Update Vizio TV Software
Not having your Vizio Smart TV updated can cause an array of issues, the blue screen of death being one of them.
While your Vizio TV should be automatically updating, you may have to update it manually:
- Press the Menu icon on your remote.
- Select System then Check for Updates.
- Choose Check for Updates.
Your TV will automatically search for any available updates and install the newest version available.
You can also manually update your Vizio TV by entering your model number on Vizio’s support page, downloading the update onto a USB flash drive, then inserting the USB into your TV.
Factory Reset Vizio TV
If you could get your TV on by unplugging and replugging it into the wall, you should factory reset the TV to avoid any future problems.
With a remote
- Open the Menu by clicking the “Menu” button.
- Click the “System” settings in the menu.
- Find “Reset & Admin” then click “Reset TV to Factory Defaults.”
You may be asked for a code when doing this; if so, the default code is four zeros, or 0000.
Without a remote
- Find the power button on your TV – this may be on the left, right, or bottom of your device, depending on the model.
- Press and hold the volume down and source buttons simultaneously while the TV is on.
- After a few seconds, your TV will ask you to click and hold the input button.
- Make sure you hold the input button for at least 10 seconds.
This will revert your Vizio TV to its settings when you first bought it, fixing any potential firmware issues.
Contact Vizio TV Support
Still no luck? Try contacting Vizio customer support.
They may offer more help for your particular model or even have a recommendation not listed in this post, such as replacing internal components like your power supply.
If the issue can be resolved over the phone or by sending your TV in for service, the Vizio customer service staff may be able to assist you.
Check Vizio TV Warranty
If all else fails, you should check your Vizio warranty and see what comes from it.
You’ll have to provide information on what’s happening with your TV, and they’ll determine what the next steps are.
Here’s what could come from your warranty:
- Nothing (warranty doesn’t cover the issue)
- Repair (send the TV in to get fixed or they may come right to your house to fix it)
- Replacement (you may receive a new TV depending on what happened)
It’s worth a shot if you’ve tried everything else on this list with no solution. Hope this helped!
Hi, I’m Samuel Park. I’ve worked in tech for over 12 years, and I founded TechMaestro to help you with your tech issues. Hope you find the site helpful 🙂