How to update Vizio TV — handy and simple ways

Updated: May 11, 2023
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How to update Vizio TV — handy and simple ways
by Gary Spenser
Tech Expert & Writer
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Your Vizio TV needs regular software updates. For many people, this process can be complicated and confusing. The Howly team has prepared a simple and useful guide to help you to update the software on Vizio TV without too much effort. There are three different ways to install it: automatically, manually, and with a third-party medium. And at the end of the article, you will find some useful tips and hacks.

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How to update your Vizio TV automatically?

According to the basic settings, Vizio TV software updates regularly and automatically. As soon as a new software version appears, the device is updated automatically.

For the software to update automatically, you need to:

  • You must have a stable Internet connection to update. So make sure your TV has an uninterrupted connection to the network.
  • An important factor is a TV off. The update process will only start when the device is turned off. Therefore, for the update process to run automatically, turn off the TV for an extended time.

How do I update my Vizio TV manually?

If you have problems with the automatic update, you can do the process manually. Here are detailed instructions to help you update Vizio TV by yourself:

  1. First, you need to check if your TV has a stable connection. If your TV is not connected to Wi-Fi, you can do this in the Settings in the Network Settings tab.
  2. Use the remote control to open the Settings menu. In the tabs that open, select System and open it.
  3. In the menu that opens, select the Check for updates process. When you enable it, the system will search for available software updates.
  4. The system will let you know if some updates are available. Confirm the action to update. As soon as you confirm, the new version will be downloaded. After that, the process of installing the update on your TV will start.
  5. When the installation process completes, the device will restart, and you will receive a notification that the process has been completed successfully.
  6. Note that you cannot use the TV while the software is being installed. Therefore, it is better to start the upgrade process when you do not need to use the TV.

How to update Vizio using a USB?

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This way is suitable if you can't install the update manually or automatically. You can install the update with a flash card. The idea is that you download the latest version of the software and use a USB stick to transfer it to your TV. Here is a simple and easy-to-follow guide to help you do this:

  1. First, you need to prepare the right flashcard. Officially, the company has these requirements for the flashcard. The minimum capacity must be at least 2 GB of available memory. And the format must be FAT/FAT32.
  2. Now you need to download the latest version available. Use your PC to go to the official Vizio website. Now find the tab where all Firmware is collected. Here you will need to enter your TV model details.
  3. After you fill in all the data about the TV, you will be offered the available software versions. Choose the newest one and download it to your PC first.
  4. In the downloads, you will see files in ZIP format; they must be extracted and saved on a prepared flash card.
  5. A flash drive should be inserted into the turned-off TV. To start the process of installing the updated software, turn on your device. When the process starts, you will see the LED sensor blinking. When the installation is complete, the blinking will stop.

Updating Vizio TV — useful advice

If you are currently updating firmware on Vizio TV or are planning to do so, here is a collection of useful tips and hacks to help you:

  • To find out which version of the software is installed on your PC, see the System Information tab in Settings.
  • During updates, you may get pop-ups and messages with questions and useful information. You can use the remote to control this.
  • Make sure that your network connection is stable. If your Internet connection is interrupted during the installation process, the process will be suspended.


Why I can't update my Vizio TV?

If you have some troubles, check your connection first. It may also help to restart your TV device. If restarting does not help, then you need to reset your TV. If nothing helps, then you need professional help.

How to check for updates on Vizio TV?

You need to enter the Settings menu on your TV. Then find the System tab. Here, you should select the Check for updates function and confirm the action.


Here is a simple and useful instruction that will help to update a Vizio TV software even for beginners. There are three different ways; you can choose the one that suits you best. There are detailed instructions on how to update automatically, a step-by-step guide on how to do it yourself, and how to do it with a flash drive. Keep the article to yourself so you don't lose the simple and clear instructions.

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I purchased a Vizio TV a few years ago, and I've never updated its software. Is there a way to check for updates and install them easily?
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I have not been able to update my TV for several days. Finally I found a simple and easy-to-follow instruction. I did a manual update and it worked!
Alexander Clark
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I have an older Vizio TV model. Can you guide me on how to update its software?
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My mom never got around to upgrading her TV. I sent her this article and she did it!
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Cool and helpful article. Saving it for myself.
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Thank you so much for this article! I realized that my TV is not connected to the Wifi. When I connected it, the software updated.
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Cool! I tried updating using your instructions with a flash drive and it worked! Thank you!
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Very helpful, thank you!
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This is a super article! My TV wouldn't update automatically and I didn't know what to do. And in this article I found instructions for updating manually and everything worked! Thank you!

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