vizio tv setup

Getting a new Vizio TV is exciting, but the setup process can seem daunting. Whether you’re a tech whiz or find yourself fumbling with remotes, this guide will have your Vizio TV up and running in no time. We’ll cover everything from unpacking to connecting your favorite devices and streaming services.

What You’ll Need

Before we dive in, make sure you have the following on hand:

  • Vizio TV (of course!)
  • Vizio remote control
  • Batteries for the remote
  • Power cord
  • Devices you want to connect (HDMI cables may be needed for these)
    • Examples: Cable box, streaming stick, game console, Blu-ray player
  • Internet connection information (Wi-Fi network name and password)

Step-by-Step Guide

Unpacking and Placement:

    • Carefully remove your TV from the box.
    • Find a stable location for your TV – it can be a TV stand or you can use the included stand/legs, or a wall mount if desired.

Connect the Power Cord:

    • Locate the power cord and plug one end into the back of the TV.
    • Plug the other end into a power outlet.

Insert Batteries into the Remote:

    • Open the battery compartment on your Vizio remote.
    • Insert the batteries according to the indicated (+) and (-) markings.

Turn On the TV:

    • Press the power button on your remote or the side of the TV.

Guided Setup:

    • Your Vizio TV will usually start an automatic Guided Setup process.
    • Follow the on-screen prompts, which will include:
      • Selecting your language
      • Choosing your home environment (this optimizes picture and sound settings)
      • Connecting to your Wi-Fi network
      • Scanning for local channels (if using an antenna)

Connect Your Devices:

    • Look at the back or the side of your TV to identify the input ports (HDMI, component, etc.).
    • Connect your cable box, streaming devices, game consoles, etc. using the appropriate cables.
    • Switch the TV’s input to the correct port using the ‘Input’ button on the remote.


  • My TV isn’t turning on. What should I do?
    • Make sure the power cord is fully plugged into both the TV and the outlet.
    • Check if the power outlet is working by trying another device.
    • Try fresh batteries in your remote.
  • How do I find channels if I’m using an antenna?
    • Go to the TV’s menu.
    • Select ‘Channels’ or ‘Tuner’ and then ‘Scan’ or ‘Auto Search’.
  • How do I connect my Vizio TV to the internet?
    • During the Guided Setup, you’ll be prompted to connect to Wi-Fi.
    • If you skipped that step, go to the TV’s menu and find ‘Network Settings’.
  • How do I access streaming services?
    • Your Vizio Smart TV has apps for popular streaming services.
    • Use the ‘V’ button on the remote or find SmartCast on the home screen.
    • You may need to sign up for accounts with individual streaming services.
  • Where can I find more help?
    • Vizio provides excellent support resources:


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