Vizio TVs feature some of the best display panels available on the market, and that too, at a fraction of the price of the market heavy-hitters. Paired with Chromecast, all your media needs are taken care of.
But what if you're at an impasse; what if you can't access Chromecast or share your screen with a Vizio TV anymore? Let's find out!
If Chromecast is not working on Vizio TV, ensure your TV supports Chromecast first. Older VIA and VIA+ Vizio TVs do not support Chromecast. Next, check for network issues and power cycle the TV and the Router. Updating the TV's firmware is also a viable fix. Factory resetting the Vizio TV could also help.
Let's now take a look at the many instances when Chromecast fails to work on your Vizio TV:
|Causes and Fixes
|Cannot find Chromecast on Vizio TV
|Older Vizio TVs (VIA and VIA+ models) do not support Chromecast. Check the user manual for more info
|Cannot connect device via Chromecast
|Issue with the network; ensure stable network connection and power cycle the Router and the TV
|Cannot cast content via Chromecast
|Software hiccup; Check and update the firmware of your TV and the associated App
|Factory reset the TV; contact Vizio customer support
Keep reading to know more about the various fixes for the Chromecast not working issue on Vizio TVs:
Power Cycle the Vizio TV
Software hiccups, such as minor bugs and cache errors, can mess up Chromecast on your Vizio TV.
And the easiest yet effective fix for resolving such a mishap is to reboot the Vizio TV.
Even though you can reboot the TV through the system interface, power cycling would be the ideal choice under such circumstances.
Power cycling is synonymous with the more traditional 'pulling the plug' mode of rebooting gadgets but in a more controlled fashion.
And so, when Chromecast stops working on your Vizio TV, start by power cycling the TV. Here's how to do so:
1. Unplug the power cable from the Vizio TV and leave it idle for some time (a few seconds would do).
3. Press and hold the Power button for a couple of seconds. Repeat this step a few times.
4. Plug back in the power supply and power ON the TV.
Check for the issue now.
Check for Network Issues
A stable network connection is crucial for Chromecast to work on your Vizio TV.
And the same goes for your Host device (Smart Phone/Tablet).
Hence, in the wake of a failing network connection, the service is bound to fail.
Now, your best bet at detecting issues with the network is to run a speed test.
You can test your network connection right from the Vizio TV itself.
Follow these steps to do so:
1. Open the Menu tab.
2. Navigate to Settings.
3. Select Test Connection.
If the signal strength or any accompanying parameter seems unstable, better look into the various fixes to resolve this issue. A Router reboot should get you started.
Reboot the Router/Modem
The simplest way to get your network back on track is to reboot.
Power cycling the Router, as we did with the TV, should do the trick.
And so, without any further ado, here's how to power cycle your Router/Modem:
1. Unplug the Router/Modem from the power supply, and leave it to rest for a few seconds.
3. Press and hold the various buttons on your Router. Repeat this step a few times.
4. Plug back in the power supply and power ON the Router/Modem.
Update Vizio TV Firmware
Running a device on outdated firmware will invite a lot of unwanted attention to the system, especially in the form of bugs, errors, and other undesirables.
Routinely updating your system will help the device fend off all these inconsistencies and help maintain security integrity.
Follow these steps to check and update the firmware version on your Vizio SmartCast TV:
- From the Menu tab, navigate to the System tab.
- Select Check for Updates.
- Execute any pending updates.
Wait for the TV to complete the update and reboot. Check for the issue now.
Clear the Chromecast Cache on Host Device
Now, the entire blame cannot rest with the Vizio TV alone. Some of the brunts can go to the host device as well.
Before casting your Phone/Tab to the Vizio TV, there are a few things to consider, the first of which is to ensure that the app/service you want to cast supports Chromecast.
Now, most media services of the nonce support Chromecast, but on the off chance you decide to dabble with something new, make sure the content has the cast logo.
If you still can't get Chromecast to work, then clearing the cache of the associated app or Chromecast, in general, should do the trick.
Since Chromecast no longer comes as a standalone app, you'll have to clear the cache of the Google Home app instead.
Here's how to clear the cache memory on your Android device:
- Open the Settings tab of your device.
- Navigate to the Apps tab. (Open See all Apps on some devices)
- Search for the Google Home app and open the app tab.
- Tap on Clear Cache.
Restart the device after clearing the cache memory. Check for the issue now.
Factory Reset Vizio TV
The ultimate fix for most issues similar and equivalent to the one at hand is to factory reset the Vizio TV.
In performing a factory reset, you get a clean slate to work with again. Factory resetting the Vizio TV will reset all preferences and revert all configurations.
With that said, here's how to factory reset a Vizio TV:
1. Open the Menu tab and navigate to the System option.
2. Select the Reset and Admin option.
3. Then select Reset TV to Factory defaults.
4. If asked, enter the parental control code (default: 0000).
Click OK and wait for the TV to reset. Reconfigure the TV and check for the issue now.
You can also reset a Vizio TV by using the onboard buttons. Since Vizio TVs don't have a reset button, on modern SmartCast TVs, press and hold the Volume down and the Input button to trigger a reset.
And there you have it, an informative guide on how to fix Chromecast issues on your Vizio TV.
If you still can't get over the issue even after going through with all the fixes mentioned here, consider the chances of a broken motherboard/motherboard component.
In that case, better get in touch with the customer services of Vizio for further assistance.
You can also hire the services of a trained professional to have your TV checked.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How do I update my VIZIO Chromecast?
You can update Chromecast, along with various other features, on your Vizio TV by updating the TV firmware. Open the Menu tab and navigate to System> Check for Updates to do so.
Is Vizio SmartCast free?
SmartCast if Vizio's implementation of a Smart TV OS. And it does come free with Vizio models that support it. You can access tons of free content via various apps and channels through SmartCast.
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