In this post, I’ll teach you how to fix your Vizio TV not turning on in 15 minutes or less.
When you’re done, you’ll finally be able to enjoy your well-deserved TV time with family, friends, or alone.
How To Fix Your Vizio Smart TV Not Turning On
Here’s a quick fix that will help about 90% of you:
If your Vizio Smart TV isn’t turning on, you need to reset it. Disconnect your TV from the wall and wait 60 seconds. After a minute, plug your TV back into the outlet. This will give your Vizio Smart TV a soft reset, and it should turn back on fine in most cases.
If this didn’t work for you, try the other solutions below.
Unplug your Vizio TV from the wall
Although it might seem obvious, the most common way to get your Vizio TV to turn back on is to unplug it from the wall socket.
The most important thing is to wait the entire minute. Before plugging it back in, be patient and wait until it has been at least 60 seconds.
Locate and hold the power button on your Vizio TV for 30 seconds while it’s unplugged. Make sure that you’re pressing your TV’s power button and not the power button on your remote control.
The power button should be located on the back right side of the TV.
Your TV will soft reset itself and help drain any remaining power in the device.
NOTE: This works better than just turning the TV on and off.
After 60 seconds, plug the TV back in and it should power back on without any problems.
While this solution should work in most situations, the others can be more challenging.
But don’t worry, we’ll be sure to help you every step of the way!
Make sure the outlet works
Another really easy check you can perform to spare yourself a ton of hassle is this one, particularly if you’re connecting a TV to an outlet you’ve never used before.
Take a gadget you are confident will function in the outlet, such as a phone charger, and plug it in to test the outlet.
You’ll know the outlet is the problem if you plug the charger’s other end into your phone or tablet and it doesn’t charge.
Additionally, you may have blown a circuit if other devices or your lights are off. If that’s the case, you can easily reset the circuit breaker.
Remove the batteries from your Vizio remote
If unplugging and re-plugging the television didn’t resolve the issue, remove the batteries from the remote.
Ensure that both batteries are entirely removed from the remote.
With the batteries out, press and hold the remote’s power button for 15 seconds.
After 15 seconds, replace the batteries in the remote and attempt to switch on the television. It should reactivate.
If either of the two techniques above resolves your Vizio TV’s power issue, but the problem persists a few days or weeks later, you should reset your TV to factory settings for a more permanent solution.
Factory reset your Vizio TV
If you were able to get your TV on by unplugging and replugging it into the wall, you should factory reset the TV to avoid any future issues.
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.
Reset the power cord in the back of your Vizio TV
Unplugging the power cord from the back of the TV is another quick way to fix your power problem.
You should unplug this for about a minute, and then plug it back in.
Ensure the connection is tight when you plug the power cord back in! You don’t want this to be loose. Having a tight connection is important to make sure the TV gets consistent, reliable power.
After plugging it back in, turn on the TV by pressing the power button on the TV — do not use the remote.
Ensure you’re using the right input source
A wrong input source could make it look like your Vizio TV won’t turn on.
For your TV to work right, you have to choose the right source.
It doesn’t matter if you’re using a streaming device, a cable box, or a gaming system, you want to ensure that your TV’s input sources match the HDMI slot it’s plugged into.
Here’s how to do it.
With a remote
- Power up your TV.
- Press the “Source” button on your remote.
- Choose the correct input source.
Without a remote
- Power up your TV.
- Press the menu button, found on the side or bottom of your TV.
- You can navigate to the source option by pressing the volume button.
- Press the menu button to choose the source you want to use.
And if that doesn’t work, try plugging your device into another input source — it may be a hardware error with the connection.
Contact Vizio support (or another professional)
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 your Vizio 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 🙂