Have you got a VIZIO remote app for your phone?
These days, smart TVs like VIZIO have much more benefits compared to traditional TVs, and one of them is that you can use it without a remote control. In this article, I’m going to inform you how to control VIZIO TV without remote by downloading and installing the SmartCast app on your mobile device.
Apart of that, there are still some other ways to activate any VIZIO TV without a remote.
Keep reading to find out…
Table of Contents
4 Ways to Control Your VIZIO Without Using a Remote
1. Use the buttons found on the TV
VIZIO smart TVs include physical buttons which you can make use of in case you can’t access some buttons, such as ON/OFF, on the remote.
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Some say that their VIZIO TVs don’t have those buttons; however, they are available on every VIZIO piece. You hardly see them on the first look because these buttons are usually located at the backside of the TV. Depending on the various models, the location can be a bit different (bottom right or bottom left). You can also find the buttons for channel controls, volume controls, and inputs.
Whenever your VIZIO TV remote has any problem or you misplace it somewhere, use these alternative buttons if you want to watch TV or access the menu features before getting a new one.
VIZIO TVs with one button
Please notice that some VIZIO models have just one button. In order to power on your television, press that button quickly. Once you turn it on, quickly pressing the power button again to scroll through the available TV inputs. To turn it off, all you need is to press and hold it for 5 seconds.
VIZIO TVs with 4 button
On the other hand, some VIZIO TVs have up to 4 buttons allowing you to control power, volume, and input. The position of these buttons is at the back of the television and stacked on top of each other.
2. Use the SmartCast app
Of course physical buttons still have limits; therefore, you need the VIZIO SmartCast app in order to access more functions on your VIZIO smart TV.
Do you know what the best feature of VIZIO TVs is?
The answer here is the option to use SmartCast. This is the app allowing users to control the VIZIO TV like a remote. Besides, you can also use it to connect with different streaming apps, such as Netflix, Prime Video, Hulu, Disney+, iHeartRadio, and HBO Max, to get a variety of content straight to your television. If you’re using VIZIO TV, then SmartCast is a must-have app as it provides all the functions of a remote conveniently; plus, you can control it directly on your phone.
How to install:
- Download SmartCast from the App Store or Google Play Store
- Open the app on your mobile
- Keep your phone near the device for a short time
- Tap Control at the bottom
- Click Devices on the top right corner and select your TV model
- Change the input, turn on/off the television, change the video mode, and more with the control menu
For individuals who can’t find your TV model name on the list, make sure that your phone is connected to WiFi. If you’re using SmartCast for the first time, you’ll have to pair it. If you still can’t solve the problem, let’s check and see if your VIZIO TV has connected to the Internet.
Read more: Tips to connect VIZIO to WiFi without remote
When turning on the television, it’s not necessary to open the app. If the TV is off, it can turn on automatically as long as you stream anything from your mobile to the TV.
Free to download, it is available for both iOS and Android users.
3. Use Nintendo Switch
You not hear it wrong!
That’s right; you can control your VIZIO TV using a Nintendo Switch. When I heard it the first time, I was so surprised too. Make use of this when your remote goes missing or is out of battery.
- Connect your television via the dock of your Nintendo Switch console
- Choose System Settings on the Home Screen
- Select TV Settings from the left column
- Scroll down and turn on the Match TV power state
Keep in mind that the input will turn off if you put your Nintendo Switch to sleep. It will switch to the right input channel right away when you turn on the console.
4. Using PlayStation 4 (PS4)
Who would have thought that a VIZIO TV can be controlled by a PS4?
When launching the game console, you can use your PlayStation 4 to turn on your VIZIO smart TV.
- Connect your television with an HDMI cable
- Turn on your PS4 console
- Choose System and select Settings
- Click on Enable HDMI Device Connection
- Wait and your VIZIO TV will be turned on automatically once your PS4 is activated
Still any solution…?
Another option to consider if you lost your VIZIO TV remote is to purchase a universal remote. This cheap yet smart tool allows you to control different devices in your house, so get one from today.
The Bottom Line
That’s all for how to control VIZIO TV without remote?
One thing for sure – VIZIO has made it easy for its users to control VIZIO TVs without the need of getting a remote. With the physical buttons on the television, you can turn on/off, adjust the volume, and use input. For more convenience, simply download the SmartCast app and you can access to any features as well as functions right on your phone. You can even control your TV using game consoles, like Nintendo Switch and PS4.
With the methods mentioned above, you now can choose one that works best for you.
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