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How to Update a VIZIO Smart TV

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Introduction

To get the most out of your VIZIO Smart TV it is recommended to keep its firmware up to date. The firmware is a certain type of software that tells the Smart TV how to operate, what to show on the screen and how you can interact with it. Updating the firmware can add new features or improve existing ones, and even fix current issues. This guide will show you how to update the firmware on your VIZIO Smart TV.

Before You Begin:
Connect to the Internet
To be able to update its firmware, your VIZIO Smart TV needs to be connected to the Internet:
Vizio Logo.

How Can a VIZIO Smart TV Be Updated?

Updating the firmware on your VIZIO Smart TV depends on the platform it is running on, the model series and when it was released:

  • VIZIO SmartCast TVs released in 2018 and later receive updates automatically but also allow you to fetch them manually (on request).
  • VIZIO SmartCast 4K UHD TVs released between 2016 – 2017 could initially only be updated automatically. If they received the latest updates, then they can also be updated manually afterward.
  • VIZIO SmartCast HD TVs released between 2016 – 2017 can only be updated automatically.
  • VIZIO VIA & VIA Plus TVs released until 2017 can only be updated automatically.

1 Update a VIZIO Smart TV

How To Update a VIZIO Smart TV Automatically

  1. If a VIZIO Smart TV is connected to the Internet it will check for available updates periodically.
  2. When a new update is available, it will be queued to be downloaded and installed when the TV is turned off.
  3. If the TV is turned on while it's updating, the update process will be stopped and queued until the TV is turned off again, at which point it will restart the update process.
  4. When the TV is turned on after the update process has completed, it will show a notification on the screen that a new update was installed.

How To Update a VIZIO Smart TV Manually

This feature is only available on VIZIO SmartCast TVs running the latest firmware.

  1. Press the V key on the TV remote.
    V key on VIZIO TV remote control.
  2. Select System from the menu.
    System option highlighted in settings menu of VIZIO Smart TV.
  3. Then select Check for Updates.
    Check for Updates option highlighted in System settings of VIZIO Smart TV.
  4. The TV will start checking for updates.
  5. If a new update is available, confirm you want to install it and wait for the process to complete.

    Do not turn off the TV during the update process.

  6. The TV will first download the new update, restart, install the update and restart again.
  7. After the second restart the TV will be updated and ready to use.

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To get the most out of your VIZIO Smart TV it is recommended to keep its firmware up to date. The firmware is a certain type of software that tells the Smart TV how to operate, what to show on the screen and how you can interact with it. Updating the firmware can add new features or improve existing ones, and even fix current issues. This guide will show you how to update the firmware on your VIZIO Smart TV.

Before You Begin:
Connect to the Internet
To be able to update its firmware, your VIZIO Smart TV needs to be connected to the Internet:
Vizio Logo.

How Can a VIZIO Smart TV Be Updated?

Updating the firmware on your VIZIO Smart TV depends on the platform it is running on, the model series and when it was released:

  • VIZIO SmartCast TVs released in 2018 and later receive updates automatically but also allow you to fetch them manually (on request).
  • VIZIO SmartCast 4K UHD TVs released between 2016 – 2017 could initially only be updated automatically. If they received the latest updates, then they can also be updated manually afterward.
  • VIZIO SmartCast HD TVs released between 2016 – 2017 can only be updated automatically.
  • VIZIO VIA & VIA Plus TVs released until 2017 can only be updated automatically.

How To Update a VIZIO Smart TV Automatically

  1. If a VIZIO Smart TV is connected to the Internet it will check for available updates periodically.
  2. When a new update is available, it will be queued to be downloaded and installed when the TV is turned off.
  3. If the TV is turned on while it's updating, the update process will be stopped and queued until the TV is turned off again, at which point it will restart the update process.
  4. When the TV is turned on after the update process has completed, it will show a notification on the screen that a new update was installed.

How To Update a VIZIO Smart TV Manually

This feature is only available on VIZIO SmartCast TVs running the latest firmware.

  1. Press the V key on the TV remote.
    V key on VIZIO TV remote control.
  2. Select System from the menu.
    System option highlighted in settings menu of VIZIO Smart TV.
  3. Then select Check for Updates.
    Check for Updates option highlighted in System settings of VIZIO Smart TV.
  4. The TV will start checking for updates.
  5. If a new update is available, confirm you want to install it and wait for the process to complete.

    Do not turn off the TV during the update process.

  6. The TV will first download the new update, restart, install the update and restart again.
  7. After the second restart the TV will be updated and ready to use.