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How to Set Up a VIZIO Smart TV

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Introduction

VIZIO TVs are a good choice for anyone who wants a smart TV with great picture quality at an affordable price. Once you've unboxed your TV and installed it where you'd like to have it, this guide can help you set it up in a few quick and simple steps by connecting it to the other Audio/Video devices you may have, performing the initial setup and connecting to WiFi.
What You'll Need:
  • Audio/Video cables to connect your Input/Output devices
  • A home WiFi network already set up and working
Before You Begin:
  • Make sure you have your WiFi password
VIZIO TV

1 Connect all the Input/Output Cables to the TV

Before plugging in the power cable, connect all the devices you want to use as audio/video input and audio output. The socket types on the rear of your TV will vary based on the model you have.

Audio / Video Inputs

Coaxial
Coaxial plug and socket.
HDMI
HDMI plug and socket.
Composite
Component plugs and sockets.
Component
Composite plugs and sockets.

Audio Outputs

HDMI
HDMI plug and socket.
Optical / Digital
Optical audio plug and socket.
RCA / Analog
RCA audio plug and socket.

2 Connect the Power and Turn the TV On

Once all the other connections have been made, it's safe to power up the TV.

  1. Plug one end of the power cord into the rear of the TV and the other into an electrical outlet.
    Power cord plugged into rear of VIZIO TV.
  2. The TV should turn on automatically. If it doesn't, press the power button on the rear of the TV.
    Power button highlighted on rear of VIZIO TV.

3 Perform the Initial Setup

To perform the setup, you'll have to use the remote. Press the directional buttons to highlight an option and OK to select the highlighted option.
OK and directional buttons on VIZIO remote.
  1. To start, press OK to bring up the setup guide.
  2. Select your preferred language.
    English language selected
  3. Then select Home Use.
    Selecting home use
  4. Choose your Home's WiFi network.
    Choosing home wifi
  5. Type in your WiFi password and select Next.
    Wifi password field and the next button
  6. Once connected to the Internet, the TV will search for available updates. If updates are found, the TV will install them automatically.

    The amount of time this takes depends on your TV model and when you purchased it. The TV may turn on and off several times during the update process.

    Updating
  7. Next, you can name your TV by selecting the room you've placed it in.
    Selecting Family Room as TV name
  8. If you have a coaxial cable connected to the rear of the TV you'll be able to scan for channels. Select Next to do that.
    Channel scanning screen showing during VIZIO TV initial setup.
  9. Select Accept for Terms and Conditions.
    Accepting terms and conditions
  10. Enter your email to register your TV, or you can skip this step.
    Registering your tv
  11. Your Vizio will provide you with information on what data it collects. Select Accept to continue.
    Accepting the data act
  12. Your TV is now set up and ready to use.

4 Select the Input to watch TV

With the TV set up, you can enjoy content from any Input connected to it.

  1. Press the Input button on the TV's remote.
    Input button highlighted on VIZIO TV remote.
  2. Select the Input that you wish to watch on the TV.
    Input selection on VIZIO TV.

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VIZIO TVs are a good choice for anyone who wants a smart TV with great picture quality at an affordable price. Once you've unboxed your TV and installed it where you'd like to have it, this guide can help you set it up in a few quick and simple steps by connecting it to the other Audio/Video devices you may have, performing the initial setup and connecting to WiFi.
What You'll Need:
  • Audio/Video cables to connect your Input/Output devices
  • A home WiFi network already set up and working
Before You Begin:
  • Make sure you have your WiFi password
VIZIO TV

Before plugging in the power cable, connect all the devices you want to use as audio/video input and audio output. The socket types on the rear of your TV will vary based on the model you have.

Audio / Video Inputs

Coaxial
Coaxial plug and socket.
HDMI
HDMI plug and socket.
Composite
Component plugs and sockets.
Component
Composite plugs and sockets.

Audio Outputs

HDMI
HDMI plug and socket.
Optical / Digital
Optical audio plug and socket.
RCA / Analog
RCA audio plug and socket.

Once all the other connections have been made, it's safe to power up the TV.

  1. Plug one end of the power cord into the rear of the TV and the other into an electrical outlet.
    Power cord plugged into rear of VIZIO TV.
  2. The TV should turn on automatically. If it doesn't, press the power button on the rear of the TV.
    Power button highlighted on rear of VIZIO TV.
To perform the setup, you'll have to use the remote. Press the directional buttons to highlight an option and OK to select the highlighted option.
OK and directional buttons on VIZIO remote.
  1. To start, press OK to bring up the setup guide.
  2. Select your preferred language.
    English language selected
  3. Then select Home Use.
    Selecting home use
  4. Choose your Home's WiFi network.
    Choosing home wifi
  5. Type in your WiFi password and select Next.
    Wifi password field and the next button
  6. Once connected to the Internet, the TV will search for available updates. If updates are found, the TV will install them automatically.

    The amount of time this takes depends on your TV model and when you purchased it. The TV may turn on and off several times during the update process.

    Updating
  7. Next, you can name your TV by selecting the room you've placed it in.
    Selecting Family Room as TV name
  8. If you have a coaxial cable connected to the rear of the TV you'll be able to scan for channels. Select Next to do that.
    Channel scanning screen showing during VIZIO TV initial setup.
  9. Select Accept for Terms and Conditions.
    Accepting terms and conditions
  10. Enter your email to register your TV, or you can skip this step.
    Registering your tv
  11. Your Vizio will provide you with information on what data it collects. Select Accept to continue.
    Accepting the data act
  12. Your TV is now set up and ready to use.

With the TV set up, you can enjoy content from any Input connected to it.

  1. Press the Input button on the TV's remote.
    Input button highlighted on VIZIO TV remote.
  2. Select the Input that you wish to watch on the TV.
    Input selection on VIZIO TV.