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How to Factory Reset a VIZIO Smart TV

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Introduction

A factory reset can restore your VIZIO Smart TV back to its default settings. You may want to do this if you wish to sell it, give it away, or as part of a troubleshooting process when you've exhausted all other options.

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1 Factory Reset a VIZIO Smart TV

Resetting a VIZIO Smart TV to its factory defaults will remove all customized settings, such as app, network, picture and audio settings, etc.

Even though VIZIO Smart TVs are reset to factory defaults in similar ways, the interface you may see on the screen may look slightly different. This interface is determined by the platform the TV is running on. To easily determine which platform your VIZIO Smart TV is running on, check the images below for reference:

VIZIO Internet Apps (VIA)
VIA interface on VIZIO Smart TV.
The VIA platform is found on VIZIO Smart TVs released between 2009 – 2013. You can install apps on this platform.
VIZIO Internet Apps Plus (VIA Plus)
VIA Plus interface on VIZIO Smart TV.
The VIA Plus platform is found on VIZIO Smart TVs released between 2013 – 2017. You can install apps on this platform.
SmartCast with No Apps
SmartCast interface with no apps on VIZIO Smart TV.
The SmartCast platform with no apps is found on VIZIO HD Smart TVs released between 2016 – 2017. You cannot install apps on this platform.
SmartCast with Apps
SmartCast interface with apps on VIZIO Smart TV.
The SmartCast platform with apps is found on VIZIO 4K UHD Smart TVs released between 2016 – 2017 and all VIZIO Smart TVs released since 2018. You cannot install apps on this platform.

To reset your VIZIO Smart TV to factory defaults, expand the instructions below for the type of TV you have:

SmartCast or VIZIO Internet Apps Plus (VIA Plus)
  1. Press the Menu button on the TV remote.
    Menu button highlighted on VIZIO TV remote.
  2. Select System from the menu.
    System option highlighted in VIZIO TV settings on VIA Plus platform.
  3. Then select Reset & Admin.
    Reset & Admin option highlighted in VIZIO TV system settings on VIA Plus platform.
  4. And select Reset TV to Factory Defaults.
    Reset TV to Factory Defaults option highlighted in VIZIO TV Reset & Admin settings on VIA Plus platform.
  5. If required, enter your parental control passcode or system PIN.

    The default passcode or system PIN is 0000. Try that if you've never set it before.

  6. You'll be asked to confirm whether you want to restore the default settings. Select Reset.
  7. The TV will be restarted and it will bring up the initial setup screen.
VIZIO Internet Apps (VIA)
  1. Press the Menu button on the TV remote.
    Menu button highlighted on VIZIO TV remote.
  2. Select Help from the menu.
    Help option highlighted in VIZIO TV settings on VIA platform.
  3. Then select Clear Memory (Factory Default).
    Clear Memory option highlighted in VIZIO TV help menu on VIA platform.
  4. If required, enter your parental control passcode.

    The default passcode is 0000. Try that if you've never set a passcode before.

  5. You'll be asked to confirm whether you want to restore the default settings. Select Yes.
  6. The TV will be restarted and it will bring up the initial setup screen.

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A factory reset can restore your VIZIO Smart TV back to its default settings. You may want to do this if you wish to sell it, give it away, or as part of a troubleshooting process when you've exhausted all other options.

Vizio Logo.

Resetting a VIZIO Smart TV to its factory defaults will remove all customized settings, such as app, network, picture and audio settings, etc.

Even though VIZIO Smart TVs are reset to factory defaults in similar ways, the interface you may see on the screen may look slightly different. This interface is determined by the platform the TV is running on. To easily determine which platform your VIZIO Smart TV is running on, check the images below for reference:

VIZIO Internet Apps (VIA)
VIA interface on VIZIO Smart TV.
The VIA platform is found on VIZIO Smart TVs released between 2009 – 2013. You can install apps on this platform.
VIZIO Internet Apps Plus (VIA Plus)
VIA Plus interface on VIZIO Smart TV.
The VIA Plus platform is found on VIZIO Smart TVs released between 2013 – 2017. You can install apps on this platform.
SmartCast with No Apps
SmartCast interface with no apps on VIZIO Smart TV.
The SmartCast platform with no apps is found on VIZIO HD Smart TVs released between 2016 – 2017. You cannot install apps on this platform.
SmartCast with Apps
SmartCast interface with apps on VIZIO Smart TV.
The SmartCast platform with apps is found on VIZIO 4K UHD Smart TVs released between 2016 – 2017 and all VIZIO Smart TVs released since 2018. You cannot install apps on this platform.

To reset your VIZIO Smart TV to factory defaults, expand the instructions below for the type of TV you have:

SmartCast or VIZIO Internet Apps Plus (VIA Plus)
  1. Press the Menu button on the TV remote.
    Menu button highlighted on VIZIO TV remote.
  2. Select System from the menu.
    System option highlighted in VIZIO TV settings on VIA Plus platform.
  3. Then select Reset & Admin.
    Reset & Admin option highlighted in VIZIO TV system settings on VIA Plus platform.
  4. And select Reset TV to Factory Defaults.
    Reset TV to Factory Defaults option highlighted in VIZIO TV Reset & Admin settings on VIA Plus platform.
  5. If required, enter your parental control passcode or system PIN.

    The default passcode or system PIN is 0000. Try that if you've never set it before.

  6. You'll be asked to confirm whether you want to restore the default settings. Select Reset.
  7. The TV will be restarted and it will bring up the initial setup screen.
VIZIO Internet Apps (VIA)
  1. Press the Menu button on the TV remote.
    Menu button highlighted on VIZIO TV remote.
  2. Select Help from the menu.
    Help option highlighted in VIZIO TV settings on VIA platform.
  3. Then select Clear Memory (Factory Default).
    Clear Memory option highlighted in VIZIO TV help menu on VIA platform.
  4. If required, enter your parental control passcode.

    The default passcode is 0000. Try that if you've never set a passcode before.

  5. You'll be asked to confirm whether you want to restore the default settings. Select Yes.
  6. The TV will be restarted and it will bring up the initial setup screen.