How to Turn on a Vizio TV Without a Remote

Lost your remote? No problem; use the Vizio TV Remote app

What to Know

  • On the device: Use the physical power button.
  • On an iPhone or Android device: Use the SmartCast app.
  • You can also connect your PlayStation 4 or Nintendo Switch to your Vizio TV.

This article covers how to turn on your Vizio TV without a Vizio TV remote.

How to Turn on a Vizio TV Without a Remote

All Vizio televisions have buttons on the TV itself, but they may be in hard-to-find places. You'll typically find the buttons on the back of the TV, in the bottom right, or bottom left corners. It varies from model to model, but once you find the power button, you'll always be able to turn on the television without a remote.

Other Vizio TV Buttons

In addition to a power button, you will also find volume, channel, and input buttons. The reason Vizio hides these buttons is twofold. The first concerns aesthetics—buttons clash with the sleek, minimalist design of most modern televisions.

The second reason is the built-in buttons are not meant to be used for navigating menus. The included remote and smartphone app are both more efficient and convenient ways to control the television.

Turn on Vizio TV Using the SmartCast App

The simplest way to turn on your television when you've lost or misplaced the remote is through the Vizio SmartCast app for iOS or Android.

You can also control your Vizio Smart TV without a remote using the remote app. That means that, even if you can't find the remote, you can still be in control of the TV.

  1. Download the Vizio SmartCast app for Android from Google Play or go to the App Store and download the app for iOS, depending on your device.

  2. If this is your first time using the app, you'll need to pair it. Select Devices > Add in the upper-right corner. You'll be prompted to hold your phone near the device for a short time.

  3. Once paired, select Control at the bottom of the screen.

  4. Select Devices in the upper-right corner and choose your display from the list. 

  5. Once selected, you can control the television as if your smartphone were a remote: Use it to turn the TV on or off, adjust the volume, change the channel, set the aspect ratio, and more.

    Control, Devices, Power button on Visio Remote app

    You don't have to open the app to turn on the television. If the TV is off, streaming anything from your smartphone to the TV will cause it to automatically turn on.

How to Turn on Your Vizio TV With a PS4

If you're an avid gamer, you may want to streamline the process of jumping into a game. Here's how to make your television turn on just by starting up a game console. 

  1. Connect your PlayStation 4 console to the Vizio television using an HDMI cable and start it up.

  2. Select Settings > System.

  3. Select Enable HDMI Device Link.

  4. When you turn on your PlayStation 4, the Vizio TV will automatically power on and switch to the correct input. In addition, selecting that input from the list will automatically turn on the PlayStation 4.

How to Turn on Your Vizio TV With the Nintendo Switch

The process is slightly different for Nintendo Switch users. 

  1. Connect your Nintendo Switch console to the Vizio television via the dock.

  2. From the Home screen, select System Settings.

    The System Settings icon
  3. Select TV Settings in the left column, and then scroll down the list and select Match TV Power State to turn it on.

  4. When you put your console to sleep, the input will switch off. When you power the console on, the TV will automatically switch to the proper input channel.

A Note on HDMI-CEC and Xbox One

Unfortunately for Xbox One players, there's no way to enable HDMI-CEC. While the Xbox can control the television, it does so through the use of an IR blaster and the Xbox Kinect, a peripheral item no longer produced by Microsoft. Why the console doesn't support this functionality is unclear, but fans have asked for it to be added since the Xbox's release. 

  • How do I turn up the volume on my Vizio TV without the remote?

    If your Vizio TV doesn't have volume buttons, use the Smart Cast app remote on your phone, or use any universal remote.

  • How do I program a universal remote to a Vizio TV?

    To program a universal remote, press and hold the Device button on your remote, then enter the code for the brand of the device (consult the manual or check online for the code).

  • How do I reset my Vizio TV without the remote?

    If your Vizio TV has buttons on it, press and hold Volume Down+Input. When the screen says “Reset to default,” hold the Input button for 10 seconds to reset your TV.

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