How to reset Vizio TV without Remote (Easy SOLUTION!)


Don’t panic if your Vizio TV has stopped working. There is an easy way to reset Vizio TVs without using the remote.

Vizio TV reset without remote

You can reset a Vizio TV by turning it on and then pressing VOLUME DOWN. Then, press INPUT for 15 seconds. After being prompted, press and hold the INPUT button for 10 seconds. The TV will then reset and restart.

Resetting your TV with the volume down or input buttons doesn’t always work. It may take you several times to get the procedure right.


When you see the message “Memory is being clear” on your TV, you will know that you have it right. It will soon reset and proceed to the initial TV setup wizard.

It should only take a few moments to clear all settings and restore everything to factory defaults. It will usually resolve your problem.

Remember that if your Vizio TV doesn’t have navigation buttons or remote controls, it will be difficult to complete the setup wizard. However, you can connect a USB keyboard as an alternative . It’s a good idea to get a replacement remote.

Vizio TV Does Not Have Volume or Input Buttons

It is possible that you are looking at your Vizio TV, and not seeing any buttons . You won’t be capable of resetting your TV if it doesn’t have volume or input buttons.

There are still some things you can do.

Use SmartCast App

Certain Vizio TV models are compatible with Vizio Smart Cast Mobile , an app that lets you use your phone to control the TV.

The app is also available on Google Play, AppStore. The app can be used to open apps and cast media to the TV.

The app can be used to locate your remote or fix any issues with the remote. It’s well worth the effort. This app is also great for those times when you are waiting for a replacement remote.

Download the app, create an account and check if your Vizio TV is listed in the nearby devices list.

Select it and a number code with a numeric code will be displayed on your TV. You should now be able use the app to control your TV using the code you entered into the app.

Purchase a replacement remote

You will need a replacement remote if your TV does not have an input or volume button and the SmartCast app does not work with it.

You don’t have a universal remote unless you have one. If you have one, program it with your Vizio TV by using the appropriate codes.

You can purchase one from Vizio in some cases. However, other online marketplaces may have one that matches the model of your Vizio TV.

Once your remote is connected, it can be used to navigate the settings menus or find the factory reset option. Below is how I found it.

How to Factory Reset Vizio TV through the Menu

The factory reset basically restores the settings of your Vizio TV back to when it was purchased.

With the TV on, press the SETTINGS button.

Click the “SYSTEM” button in the menu.

Next, find “Reset and Admin” or “Reset TV Factory Defaults”.

How to soft reset a Vizio TV

These steps will show you how to factory reset Vizio TV. However, there is another type of reset: a soft reset. This can fix any problems without having to delete all your settings.

Soft resets are also known as “power-cycling” a television. It takes just a minute to soft reset a Vizio TV.

It doesn’t delete your settings so you don’t have to go through it again.

Unresponsive remotes can often be fixed by a soft reset or power cycle. If your remote is not working with your TV, you might need to power cycle it.

To soft-reset a Vizio TV simply unplug it from the wall, and then hold the physical power button for 60 seconds.

Also, you should remove the power cord from the back of the TV.

You should see the Vizio TV logo when you turn on your TV. It may take some time for it to restart.

Factory Reset vs Soft Reset

Soft resets simply power-cycle the TV and force it to restart. It will remove any electricity buildup from the TV.

Soft resets do not erase any saved settings. A soft reset, or power cycle, forces all system apps and services restart. All data is retained.

The factory reset of a TV is the reverse. Factory reset does not reset the TV’s system apps, but also deletes all data. This includes wiping all memory and deleting all apps.

Factory reset should be used as a last resort. It wipes all your data and requires you to repeat the setup process.


It is easy to reset a Vizio TV with no remote. If you still have issues, a power cycle may be sufficient.

  • You can factory reset Vizio TVs without using a remote control by pressing the volume button and the input button together until you see a message.
  • Soft reset your TV by disconnecting it from power for 60 seconds.
  • Vizio SmartCast is an alternative to a remote control. It can be downloaded on your smartphone.
  • It is possible to purchase a new remote or a universal remote.

If the factory reset of the TV doesn’t resolve your problem, it is likely that the TV has a hardware issue that will require expert assistance.

Let me know if you have any questions about Vizio TV.



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