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Vizio TV Won’t Turn On? (Do THIS First!)

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For years technology has been a big part of Gardy's life. He's an Android guy with a secret love for Apple products. When not at work, you can usually catch him drawing with a pencil. He is a writer at Gotechtor covering streaming media, TVs, and everything smart-home related. 

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Vizio TVs are among some of the most popular on the market, but they do have a frustrating problem of simply not turning on.

While the problem can drive you crazy, it doesn’t need to as there are several very easy solutions to try in order to fix it when Vizio TV won’t turn on.

Most of the time the fix is as simple as power cycling the TV by unplugging it and replugging back in. Other times it might be a matter of a software update being pending.

In either case, there are several simple methods to try to attack this issue. Let’s quickly talk about how to fix the “Vizio TV won’t turn on” issue.

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Vizio TV Won’t Turn On

You can fix your Vizio TV that won’t turn on by simply resetting it. Just unplug your TV, wait for 30 seconds, and plug it back in. The soft reset should help when your Vizio TV is not turning on.

It’s crucial to remember that similar procedures apply to other TV brands as well. No matter what kind of TV you have, these troubleshooting techniques should be helpful.

Unplug Your Vizio TV

It is perhaps the most overstated strategy in electronic fix guides, but it bears repeating again. Turning something off and on again fixes a sizable majority of problems. This is the first thing that any tech or IT professional would try. 

Now, it’s clear that the “turned off” part is the problem here, to begin with, but many times it helps any electronic, including Vizio TVs to simply be power cycled.

Unplug Vizio TV

You can power cycle your Vizio TV by simply unplugging the TV from the outlet in the wall for around 30 seconds, then plugging it back in.

Once it is replugged in, and a light indicator comes on confirming the power is being fed to the Vizio again, use the power button on the TV itself (not the remote) to try to turn it on. 

If this works, then perhaps the problem is with the remote. Either it could use some new batteries or, in more rare instances, the remote might need to be replaced.

You can search many online marketplaces for a good deal or contact Vizio with the specific TV model number to play it safe. 

Remove Batteries From Vizio Remote

Vizio TV remote

Sometimes the problem is not with the TV at all, but with the remote. If the batteries in the remote are dying or are completely drained, there is a good chance that’s the reason why your Vizio TV won’t turn on.

If the batteries have been recently replaced, try removing them. Hold the remote’s power button down for 15 to 30 seconds later, then replace them, and try again.

Check the Condition of Your Vizio TV Power Cord

If your Vizio TV still won’t turn on after you’ve performed a soft reset and checked the remote, it might be a hardware problem. It’s time to check your power cable.

Vizio TV Power Cord

Take a closer look at the cable. If you see any visible signs of wear, especially at the end that connects your TV, it might be to blame.

If inspecting your TV’s power cord doesn’t fix the problem, there are a few more things you can try to resolve the issue.

Check Vizio Power Indicator Lights

Vizio TVs commonly use the Vizio logo as the light indicating power on the TV, especially on the newer models.

Vizio TV Power Indicator Lights

When power is being fed to the TV the logo shines in a bright white color, fading out as the TV’s actual picture becomes more prominent.

Sometimes, this logo will appear orange, gradually changing to white. This indicates that the TV requires are reboot. If the logo is flashing, there is a problem with the TV powering up. 

A brightly lit white logo without a picture may indicate that the TV is on, but the screen is not showing anything because it is on the incorrect input channel or the source feeding the image to the screen is not operational.

If the logo turns on, and then immediately goes off, it is a good time to contact Vizio for tech support advice.

If the logo won’t light up at all, it might be a loose connection of the power source, in which case you will want to double-check whether the TV is plugged in or plugged in fully.

Check Vizio TV’s Power Source

Consider the light indicator mentioned in the previous suggestion. If your TV is plugged in but no light indicator is on, then the power source is not feeding anything to your Vizio, and you are therefore not able to power it back up. 

So it is important to confirm that the power source is actually providing the power needed to allow the TV to function.

If you want to confirm that the wall outlet works, plug in a smaller electronic that you can confirm works into that outlet and see if it works.

This can be anything small like a phone charger or a nightlight. If no change is detected, then you need to look into the reason for the lack of power. (Many times something caused the breaker to trip, and it just needs to be rebooted).

Contact Vizio Support

If none of the above tips work for you, it might be time to contact Vizio customer support. Tech support has likely seen every issue with the Vizio TV that there is.

It’s important to remember that tech support will likely try to guide you through the steps already discussed above first.

If Vizio tech support determines your Vizio TV is experiencing an issue, they’ll provide troubleshooting steps for your particular Vizio TV model.

They may also determine that an on-site tech may need to come out and potentially repair the TV or you may need to send your TV in for repairs. These situations are rare, but they do occur.

Final Thoughts on Vizio TV Not Turning On

From time to time you’ll find yourself dealing with a Vizio TV that won’t turn on. When that happens follow the steps in this guide to troubleshoot the Vizio TV not turning issue.

Usually, a simple power cycle can fix it when Vizio TV not turning on. Other times, you may need to go through all the tips above in order until you find the fix that works for you.

Did you manage to make your Vizio turn on again? Did you find other ways to troubleshoot this issue? Share your ideas in the comments below.

Writer, Smart Home

For years technology has been a big part of Gardy's life. He's an Android guy with a secret love for Apple products. When not at work, you can usually catch him drawing with a pencil. He is a writer at Gotechtor covering streaming media, TVs, and everything smart-home related. 

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