Vizio TV + Dish TV is a no-brainer, no doubt about that! But what's even better is to control both the devices with the same Remote.
Dish has been an all-time great at the OTA broadcast scene, and one of their crown jewels is their multifaceted Remote.
And what better device to pair the Remote with than a Vizio TV to which the Dish TV is connected!
To program Dish remote to Vizio TV, open the Dish settings menu and go to Remote Control>TV>Pairing Wizard>Vizio, and follow the onscreen instruction to pair it with the TV. With an older Dish remote, you'll have to enter a suitable code to program it to the TV.
Here's a more detailed account of everything about programming a Dish Remote to a Vizio TV.
How to Program Dish Remote to Vizio TV Without Codes
Traditionally, universal remotes and other peripheral controllers required you to program them with unique device-specific codes to make them work with the said device.
Don't get me wrong, some remotes nowadays, too, require you to program the Remote with a unique code, including older Dish TV remotes.
Unlike programming Vizio TV remotes, Dish remotes can be programmed without manually entering the codes to work with your Vizio TV.
All you have to do is to go through a few roadblocks of settings, and you're all set and done.
Dish remotes belonging to the 40.0/50.0/52.0/ 54.0 series can all be programmed without entering a code.
The set-top box will go through the hassle of cycling through different entry codes for you instead.
Now, to get your Dish remote to pair up with the TV, follow these steps once you turn ON the Dish TV:
1. Press the Home button on your remote two times. On the 40.0 series remotes, press the Menu button once instead.
2. Click open the Settings icon.
3. Select the Remote control option.
4. Click on the Device you want to pair your Remote with (TV in our case).
5. Select Pairing Wizard.
6. Now, carefully navigate to and select the Vizio brand.
7. The Wizard now tries to cycle through the most obvious code options.
8. You'll be asked to press various buttons on your Remote to test the codes. (Power and Volume controls are the recommended buttons)
9. If you find the button presses to translate into TV commands, click on the Finish tile. Else, select 'Try Next Code'.
Now, exit the Wizard and try out the various commands on your Vizio TV using the Dish Remote.
How to Program Older Dish Remote to Vizio TV
When it comes to Dish remotes from yesteryear, programming them is a bit different than the contemporary ones.
Not only do they differ in the programming process, but Dish has come a long way in terms of form factor too.
For starters, older Dish remotes feature a whole bunch more buttons than the current models. And the funny thing is that all of them are functional in some way or the other.
You can pair the 20.0 or the 21.0 series Dish Remotes in two ways.
You can program them either by manually entering the appropriate codes or make the Dish Set-top-box do the scan for you, similar to programming DirecTV remotes to Vizio TV.
Regardless of the method, to get into the Program menu, you'll have to follow a series of steps as mentioned here:
1. Direct your Dish Remote to the Vizio TV.
2. Then press and hold the TV mode button towards the upper half of the remote.
3. After about 10 seconds, all four mode buttons will start to flash.
4. Press the Power button to make the flashing buttons stable. Now you can start the programming process.
5. Press the Up button to send the first code. Continue pressing the Up button at regular intervals until the TV turns OFF.
6. When you have successfully turned OFF the TV, press the Pound (#) button on your remote to confirm the code.
The Mode buttons will flash three more times to indicate the cache registry of the code.
Cycling through each and every code on your Dish Remote can test your patience to its fullest.
Fortunately, there exists a workaround.
After making the Mode buttons stable, enter these codes and then press the Up button instead:
What to Do if You Can't Program Dish Remote to Vizio TV
Issues with programming the Dish remote to a Vizio TV are in no way uncommon. Pairing issues are commonplace nowadays, especially when dealing with products from different manufacturers.
But dealing with any such issues can be deemed easy and stress-free.
Here are a few troubleshooting steps that you can try in trying times:
Check the Status of the Battery on Dish Remote
One of the most common causes for issues with programming a Dish Remote to your Vizio TV is a drained battery.
When the battery runs out of juice, the Remote becomes inept at recognizing button presses and transmitting the command to the receiver.
And so, when you try to program the Remote to pair with the Vizio TV, most of the commands get dropped off or misread.
If you have trouble with programming the Dish Remote, first, ensure that the batteries on the Remote are fresh and carry enough power.
Check for damage to the batteries as well before proceeding any further.
Check for Physical Damage on the Dish Remote
A damaged Remote can render your attempts at programming the Remote void or unsuccessful.
Broken plastic frames, jutting rubber matrix, and internal damages to the circuitry can all render the remote damaged.
But out of all the reasons for the Remote to go haywire, the most concrete one is a broken sensor.
Dish remotes make use of infrared sensors to transmit commands to the receiver.
As a consequence of the grant scheme of things or an arbitrary accident, if you did get the sensor damaged, the only fix is to replace the sensor or the Remote as a whole.
You could also avail the services of the many universal remote apps available on the AppStore as a substitute for your Dish Remote.
Even if these apps can take care of rudimentary operations like navigation and volume adjustments, complex operations like programming could be a long shot.
And there you have it, a complete and comprehensive guide on how to program your Dish remote to work with a Vizio TV, and a brief troubleshooting guide on how to fix issues with the programming process is also included.
If you still have any doubts regarding the Dish remote programming, feel free to contact the customer services of Vizio or Dish for further assistance.
Being able to operate multiple devices simultaneously with a single remote is a godsend for people like me who happen to own quite a few devices, each with its own remote controllers.
You can also program digital platform remotes like Xfinity Remotes to work with Vizio.
Follow the steps mentioned in this article to program Dish remote to your Vizio TV.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I pair my Vizio remote?
To pair your Vizio remote to your TV, follow these steps:
- Turn ON the TV manually.
- Now, point the remote to the TV and press and hold the TV/Device button for about 5 seconds.
- The LEDs on the Remote will blink a couple of times to indicate the pairing.
Why is my Vizio remote not working
Here are some of the most plausible reasons for remotes to not work on your Vizio TV:
- Incompatible pairing codes/process.
- Damaged Remote.
- Broken Sensor.
- Line of Sight impediments.
Can I use a universal remote for my Vizio Smart TV?
Yes, you can pair your Vizio TV with a universal remote and control just about all the functions of your TV. Make sure to follow the pairing process carefully. You could also use a universal remote app with a Vizio TV.