Home Theater & Entertainment TV & Displays How to Use Your Vizio Smart TV Without the Remote You can get a Vizio TV remote app for your phone by Patrick Shawn Hearn Writer Patrick Hearn has been a freelance technology writer for 6+ years. He has written for CBSi, GameSpot, Xfinity, and many others. our editorial process Twitter LinkedIn Patrick Shawn Hearn Updated on April 02, 2020 reviewed by Jessica Kormos Lifewire Tech Review Board Member Jessica Kormos is a writer and editor with 15 years' experience writing articles, copy, and UX content for Tecca.com, Rosenfeld Media, and many others. our review board Article reviewed on Aug 28, 2020 Jessica Kormos TV & Displays Samsung Projectors Antennas HDMI & Connections Remote Controls Tweet Share Email Vizio Smart TVs are affordable, entry-level options into the smart TV market. Many of the TVs also have 4K resolution with UHD and HDR capabilities. Best of all, you don't even need a remote to operate the television. You can do it all from your phone. Here's how using the Vizio smart TV remote app. How to Use Your Vizio Smart TV Without the Remote Don't throw away the normal remote just yet. If your Vizio Smart TV needs to be reset, one of the only ways to do this is with the physical remote through a series of key strokes. While there are ways to perform a hard reset using the buttons on the back of the television, it's less than ideal. The first step is to download the Vizio Smartcast App from either the Google Play Store or the iOS App Store, depending on your mobile device. Download For: iOS Android Open the SmartCast app on your mobile device. The SmartCast app lets you add and control apps on your Visio TV directly from the phone, including Netflix, Hulu, iHeartRadio, and many other options. However, you'll need the relevant app downloaded and set up on your smartphone beforehand. Netflix vs. Hulu vs. Amazon Prime: Which One Is the Best? At the bottom, tap Control. It looks like a television with a subwoofer in front of it. Tap Devices in the top right corner, then select your television from the list that appears. If you do not see your television on the list, make sure your phone is connected to the Wi-Fi network. If that still doesn't resolve the problem, check your smart TV and make sure it is configured on Wi-Fi or through an Ethernet cord. Once you've selected the television, the control menu will appear. From this screen, it operates much like a normal remote. You can change the input, turn the television on and off, change the video mode, and more. Swipe to the left to access the movement screen, which allows you to control the television like you would with the directional pad.